Bartlett Family papers, 1790-1930 Rauner Manuscript MS-1219


The Bartlett family, the descendants of New Hampshire’s first governor, Josiah Bartlett, comprised a long line of scholars, missionaries, and politicians. Twelve members of the family graduated from Dartmouth College, and the Rev. Samuel Colcord Bartlett served as President of the College from 1877-1892. Bartlett’s presidency was characterized by expansion of the College, with the construction of severeal new buildngs as well as increased scholarships and sunstantial growth of the endowment. However, Bartlett also ran afoul of both students and faculty during his tenure, and in the 1880s he was forced to fend off an attempt to remove him from office. Much of the family’s correspondence came into Dartmouth’s possession following President Bartlett’s death, and some additional papers were later donated by family members.

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