Herbert Foster papers, 1908-1954 Rauner Manuscript MS-936

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Title:

Herbert Foster papers

Call Number:

Rauner Manuscript MS-936

Collection Dates:

1908-1954

Size of Collection:

5.0 linear ft., 4 boxes

Abstract:

Herbert D. Foster (1863-1927), professor of history and author. Dartmouth College Class of 1885. The collection contains materials relating to Foster's professional life and his interest in modern European history, John Calvin, Puritanism, and John Locke.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Conditions Governing Access

Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

These materials may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.).

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Herbert D. Foster consist of indexes of periodicals, booklets, reference guides, author cards, bibliographies, catalogue call slips, manuscripts, account books, correspondence, student assignments, prompts, lecture notes, as well as maps. Writings by Foster include “Old Geneva as an International Power: First Puritan State” and “The Successors of the Puritan State in Europe and America.” The papers document his interest in and research of modern European history, John Calvin, Puritanism, and John Locke. Documents related to the estate of Lillian D. Foster are also included.

Biography

Herbert Darling Foster was born on June 22, 1863, in West Newbury, MA. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1885. Upon graduation, Foster went on to teach English, German, and Greek at Worcester Academy, and in 1888, he was awarded an A.M. degree from Dartmouth. He served as the Umgan Fellow in history at Harvard University from 1891 to 1893, where he received a second A.M. degree in 1892. In 1893, he was elected Professor of History at Dartmouth. He would begin teaching the following year and would remain at Dartmouth until his death. At Dartmouth, Foster served as the president of the New England History Teacher’s Association, a member of the Historical Manuscripts Commission of the American Historical Association, and was actively connected with the New Hampshire Peace Society. He also served as secretary for his class from 1905 to 1915. During his professorship, he studied at Cambridge, England, Berlin, and Leipzig, and was awarded the honorary degree LittD, from the University of Switzerland in 1909. During World War I, he was engaged in Y.M.C.A. work in Europe and following the Armistice, took the position of director of instruction in history with the American Expeditionary Force (A.E.F.). Foster was the author of numerous works in history, including several papers on Calvinism and a book on the life of John Calvin entitled “Calvin’s Programme for a Puritan state in Geneva.” Foster was gathering data for a work on John Calvin in St. Ives, Cornwall, England, when he died on December 26, 1927.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, 1909-1954

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Contains indexes of periodicals; directions on bibliography use; a booklet "The Knowledge Locator" from Stephens College (1950); a reference guide; author cards; decimal classification descriptions; union list of serial numbers; guide to the Dartmouth College stacks; diagrams of author cards, and several bibliographies, including the American and National Trade bibliographies/problems; Trade and National France bibliographies; "Roorbach Bibliotecha Americana," "Kelly’s American Catalogue of Books," "Watt's Bibliotheca Britannica, the Early Printed Books and Incunabula," and the "U.S. Catalogue of Books in Print 1928." Also includes extensive notes, both handwritten and typed, regarding 16th, 17th, and 18th century Europe, as well as John Calvin and Puritanism; maps of Europe; and a book on the art and architecture of Europe (1925).

Box: 2, 1922-1927

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Contains notes, both handwritten and typed, regarding John Locke, John Calvin, Puritanism, and Europe from the 16th to the 18th century, as well as catalogue request slips.

Box: 3, 1908-1925

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Contains handwritten and typed notes; call slips; correspondence; student assignments and prompts; a typescript for study; an incomplete essay on Calvin and Calvinism by Foster; sermon flyers and a book on Calvin, "Der Rheinische Protestantismus" published in 1924; typescripts of Foster’s essays, "Old Geneva as an International Power: First Puritan State" and "The Successors of the Puritan State in Europe and America."

Box: 4, 1879-1927

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Account books, 1879-1895
  • Folder: 2, Correspondence, 1918-1924
  • Folder: 3, Grade book - History 1A, 1898-1899
  • Folder: 4, Lillian Foster documents relating to her estate, 1926-1927
  • Folder: 5, Reading list for students of history, undated
  • Folder: 6, Webster notes, undated
  • Folder: 7, "American democracy and the War," typescript with notes, undated
  • Folder: 8, "Bridging the chasm or making democracy safe for the world," typescript with notes, undated
  • Folder: 9, "The Broadening of the idea of scholarship and of the academic function of a college," typescript with edits, undated
  • Folder: 10, "Calvinists & Education," manuscript and galley proof, undated
  • Folder: 11, "Consciousness of Power," typescript with edits and notes, undated
  • Folder: 12, "Dartmouth Spirit," manuscript with notes, undated
  • Folder: 13, "The Elements in the Making of a New England Town," typescript with edits, undated
  • Folder: 14, "Foundation of Democracy," typescript with notes, undated
  • Folder: 15, Personalization of relations between college and schools," typescript with edits, undated
  • Folder: 16, "Pilgrim and Puritan principles applied to Present Problems," Lebanon, Grafton, Orange Conference, November 5, typescript with edits, 1919
  • Folder: 17, Miscellaneous manuscript and typescript notes, undated
  • Folder: 18, Correspondence: Benjamin Franklin Stewart to Herbert D. Foster re. information about letters relating to Indian School, June 3, 1893
  • Folder: 19, Correspondence: Herbert D. Foster to Winston Churchill re. Calvin Monument Fund, June 27, 1908
  • Folder: 20, Correspondence: Herbert D. Foster to Lindsay Swift re. publication of Richard Hovey poem "Thersites," November 3, 1910
  • Folder: 21, Correspondence: Herbert D. Foster to Lindsay Swift re. publication of Richard Hovey poem "Thersites," November 30, 1910
  • Folder: 22, Correspondence: Herbert D. Foster to Lindsay Swift re. thank you for Hovey letters, December 16, 1910
  • Folder: 23, Correspondence: Herbert D. Foster to Lindsay Swift re. Gay Collection and lists of colonial libraries, December 20, 1913
  • Folder: 24, Correspondence: David Cross to Herbert D. Foster re. permission to use Cross' letters and name, March 18, 1914
  • Folder: 25, Correspondence: David Cross to Herbert D. Foster re. thanks Foster for his letter, July 17, 1914
  • Folder: 26, Correspondence: Allen Hazen to Herbert D. Foster re. Asa Hazen's books, February 4, 1926
  • Folder: 27, Correspondence: Herbert D. Foster to President and Trustees of Dartmouth College re. Choate House, June 21, 1927

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