John Lord papers, 1825 - 1894Manuscript MS-1262

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John Lord papers, 1825 - 1894

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1262

Collection Dates:

1825 - 1894

Size of Collection:

1 box (.5 linear ft.)


John Lord (1810-1894), historian and lecturer. Dartmouth College Class of 1833. Consist of fan letters, copyright certificates and the manuscript for "Experience of a Lecturer for 50 Years."

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Use & Access

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Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of John Lord include the manuscript for "Experience of a Lecturer for 50 Years," by Lord, as well as fan letters and petitions praising his lectures. Correspondents include Daniel Webster, Edward Everett and Lord's uncle and Dartmouth College president, Nathan Lord. Copyright certificates for several of Lord's publications, as well as a broadside announcing one of his lectures are also included.


John Lord was born on September 10, 1810, in Portsmouth, NH. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1833, and studied theology for a time at Andover Theological Seminary. In his second year at the Academy he wrote a series of lectures on the Dark Ages, which he delivered soon after during a tour of northern New York. He also became an agent of the American Peace Society. Though not ordained to the ministry, he occupied Congregational pulpits in New Marlboro and Stockbridge, Mass. After 1840 he devoted himself to literary work and lecturing. In 1843-46 he was in England giving lectures on the Middle Ages, and on his return to the United States continued to lecture for many years. From 1866-76 he was lecturer on history at Dartmouth College. His lectures were published under the title "Beacon Lights of History" (1883). His other publications include "Modern History for Schools" (1850), "The Old Roman World" (1867) and "Ancient States and Empires" (1869). Lord died on December 15, 1894.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Papers, 1825-1894

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Box: 1, Dates: 1825-1894

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Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Manuscript: Experience of a Lecturer for 50 Years," by John Lord, p. 1-145, circa 1886
  • Folder: 2, Manuscript: Experience of a Lecturer for 50 Years," by John Lord, p. 146-312, circa 1886
  • Folder: 3, Manuscript: Experience of a Lecturer for 50 Years," by John Lord, p. 313-452, circa 1886
  • Folder: 4, Manuscript: Experience of a Lecturer for 50 Years," by John Lord, p. 453-548, circa 1886
  • Folder: 5, Broadside: "Lectures on the Middle Ages...", undated
  • Folder: 6, Certificate of Copyright: "The Old Roman World...," District of Connecticut, 1867
  • Folder: 7, Certificated of Copyright: "Ancient States and Empires of Colleges and Schools," District of Connecticut , 1869
  • Folder: 8, Certificate of Copyright: " A Modern History from the Times of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon," District of Massachusetts (1849) and Library of Congress (1877), 1849-1877
  • Folder: 9, Petitions for John Lord lectures, undated
  • Folder: 10, Correspondence: Fan letters, 1825-1839
  • Folder: 11, Correspondence: Fan letters, 1840-1849
  • Folder: 12, Correspondence: Fan letters, 1850-1859
  • Folder: 13, Correspondence: Fan letters, 1860-1869
  • Folder: 14, Correspondence: Fan letters, 1871-1894
  • Folder: 15, Correspondence: Fan letters, undated

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