David Peabody journals and autobiography, 1827 - 1859Manuscript MS-1292

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David Peabody journals and autobiography, 1827 - 1859

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1292

Collection Dates:

1827 - 1859

Size of Collection:

1 box (.25 linear ft.)


David Peabody (1805-1839), minister. Dartmouth College Class of 1828. The collection contains an autobiography and journals.

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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.

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Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The journals of David Peabody contain an "Autobiographical Memento of David Peabody" in manuscript form, as well as a typescript transcription of it, chronicling Peabody's life through his time at Dartmouth College. A journal in two volumes covering his life after graduation is also included. In the journals which begin in 1831 and end just before his death in 1839, Peabody reflects on his life, his teaching and his preaching.


David Peabody was born on April 16, 1805, in Topsfield, Massachusetts. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1828, after which he studied at the Andover Theological Seminary graduating with the class of 1831. Peabody was ordained pastor of the First Congregational Church at Lynn, Massachusetts in 1832. After several appointments with different churches, Peabody joined the Dartmouth College faculty as a professor of oratory and rhetoric in 1838. He published a memoir of Horace Basset Morse and two sermons. Peabody died on October 17, 1839, in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Journals, 1827-1859

Access Restrictions


Box: 1, Dates: 1827-1859

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Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, "Autobiographical Memento of David Peabody," manuscript, bound, 1827-1828
  • Folder: 2, "Autobiographical Memento of David Peabody," transcription, typescript, undated
  • Folder: 3, Journal, Vol.1, 1831-1834
  • Folder: 4, Journal, Vol. 2, 1834-1859

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