Dick Hoefnagel papers, 1921-2004 Rauner Manuscript MS-929

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Dick Hoefnagel papers

Call Number:

Rauner Manuscript MS-929

Collection Dates:


Size of Collection:

7 linear ft., 4 boxes


Dick Hoefnagel, pediatrician and author. Born in 1922. The collection contains photocopies of historical documents and articles, correspondence, clippings, writings and notes related to his research of American history with an emphasis on the history of Dartmouth College.

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.

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Dick Hoefnagel contain photocopies of historical documents and articles, as well as correspondence, clippings, writings and notes related to his research of American history with an emphasis on the history of Dartmouth College. The papers include a genealogy of the Wheelock family, architectural features in the Sherman Art Library and Rauner Special Collections Library and the Dartmouth seal.


Dick Hoefnagel was born on September 25, 1922, in Indonesia. He received his MD from the University of Amsterdam Medical School in 1950. After a rotating internship at University Hospitals in Amsterdam (1950-1951), he came to the United States and interned at St. Raphael Hospital in New Haven, Conn., followed by a residency at the Children's Hospital in Washington, DC. From 1957 to 1962, he served as assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston University. He joined the faculty of Dartmouth Medical School as an assistant professor of pediatrics in 1962, and was promoted to professor of maternal and child health in 1976. Hoefnagel was the first director of clinical genetics at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and has published and lectured on pediatric and maternal genetic disorders. He retired in 1986, and devoted his time to researching American history, with a particular interest in the history of Dartmouth College. Hoefnagel published several articles and books on or related to Dartmouth, including "Incunabula in the Dartmouth College Library" (1980), and with Virginia L. Close, "Eleazar Wheelock and the Adventurous Founding of Dartmouth College" (2002). Hoefnagel died on July 10, 2013.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, 1978-2002

Access Restrictions


Contains "George Gissing at Work: A Study of His Notebook" by Pierre Coustillas and Patrick Bridgwater (1988); photocopies of historical articles on Dartmouth College and Hanover, NH (1997-1998); historical articles related to Silas Dean and his poetry (1987); "Dartmouth College Library Bulletin" (1992-2002); "Treasure from Dartmouth College's Rauner Library" (2001); Robe, Cossack, Hat: photocopies of historical articles relating to Dartmouth College and the American Revolution; "The Merchant of Venice" by John Leech with correspondence regarding his painting (1989); "Incunabula" and the Dartmouth College Library (1978-1981); photocopies, correspondence and articles relating to classical emblems (1982, 2002); "Franklin Gazette" (1992); The George Ticknor Room (1984); photocopies of correspondence regarding Lord Nelson (1984); Sterne and Avicenna, notes and queries (1981); correspondence relating to Abraham Lincoln's signatures (1984,1995); obituary of Arthur Mullin and correspondence regarding his death (1996); information regarding the Star Chamber (1985); photocopies, articles and other information relating to Abraham Lincoln.

Box: 2, 1921-1998

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Contains notes and articles on Irish conspiracy & Sir Walter Scott (1982); The Eliot Bible (1991); notes and queries regarding Lord Byron's letters to J. J. Coulman (1984); the probate of Col. Alexander Phelps; guide and corrections to errors in writings about the history of Dartmouth College; photocopies of articles related to the history of Dartmouth College and London (1967,1983); articles related to the history of the official Dartmouth College seal/crest (1998); articles and portraits of artist John Butler Yeats (1988); notes and writings on classical emblems; Dolivar, annotations and sources of emblems (1970); miscellaneous correspondence; historical articles about Dartmouth (1980s); The John Flude Metal; Bawdy Court (1986); "The Sherman Art Library Fireplace Mantle from Paris to Dartmouth" by Richard Hoefnagel (1986); "Ex Libris Rene Sturel" by Richard Hoefnagel (1921); Wentworth Bowl, Commencement (1994); articles regarding Charles Dickens (1992)

Box: 3, 1971-2004

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Contains notes, articles and writings on a Wheelock Family Genealogy (2004); photocopied letters of Abraham Lincoln and Nathaniel Gordon; probate records of Dr. John Crane; map and prints of Faubord, St. Antoine (1652-1900); "A Guide to the Microfilm Edition of the Papers of Eleazar Wheelock"(1971) with annotations by Hoefnagel

Box: 4, 1981-1989

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Contains photocopies of probate records for the Wheelock/Woodward family with notes and the Williams family of Connecticut; photocopy of "Manuscript Notes of Medical Lectures At Dartmouth College Prepared By Moses Morrison in 1821"; notes on the Morrison manuscript; photographs of "Seeing Through the Glass Darkly" self portrait of John Yeats (1988); photograph of "The Daniel Webster Tea Service: Coffeepot" with correspondence (1996); "Irish Conspiracy and Sir Walter Scott's Marriage" by Dick Hoefnagel in "The Wordsworth Circle" (1985); correspondence regarding the emblem of emperor Franz Josef (1978); correspondence with Richard Ellmann (1984-1985); photocopies of letters and emblems related to Benjamin Franklin; photograph and notes on the Dartmouth Cup; excerpt of article on the fireplace at the Sherman Art Library; correspondence and pamphlets regarding the history of Dartmouth Library (1986-1995); photographs of Wheelock paintings and the Wentworth Bowl; articles by Richard Hoefnagel (1981-1989); photocopies of Grafton County Deeds (1773-1849); research on the Austrian sideboard in Rollins Chapel office; miscellaneous booklets and notes.

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