Chicago Theological Seminary's collection of the E.W. Blatchford papers, 1877-1913

Collection Information
Title:

Chicago Theological Seminary's collection of the E.W. Blatchford papers, 1877-1913.

Creator(s):

Chicago Theological Seminary (Chicago, Ill.)

Blatchford, E.W. (Eliphalet Wickes), 1826-1914

Dates:

1876-1913

Extent:

1 box (0.44 cubic feet)

Collection ID #:

RG4982

Conditions Governing Access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted and open to the public.

Copyright: Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], in the Chicago Theological Seminary's collection of the E.W. Blatchford papers, RG4982. The Congregational Library & Archives, Boston, MA.

Language:

English

Processing information:

Processed by David Castillo, March 2014 using DACS Second Edition.

Abstract:

E.W. Blatchford (1826-1914) was a successful industrialist, noted philanthropist and prominent Congregational layperson in Chicago who served as vice president of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions and president of the Chicago Theological Seminary.  This collection documents E.W. Blatchford's efforts to create a memorial biography of his friend, railroad executive and philanthropist, Charles G. Hammond, and to gather documents and photos related to Hammond's life. The collection includes correspondence, photographs, obituaries, and drafts of the biography.

Acquisition Information:

Items transferred to the Congregational Library and Archive in 2011 from the Chicago Theological Seminary Library.

Description

Historical Note

E.W. Blatchford was born on May 31, 1826 in Stillwater, New York to Rev. John Blatchford and Frances Wickes Blatchford. In 1837, the Blatchfords moved to Chicago and then later to Missouri where John Blatchford served as president of Marion College. E.W. Blatchford returned to Illinois in 1845 to attend Illinois College. He began his career in St. Louis, before eventually relocating to Chicago, where he eventually achieved enough success with his lead and linseed oil manufacturing company to buy out his partner and reorganize the company as E.W. Blatchford and Company. In 1858, he married Mary Emily Williams and the two had seven children together. Throughout his life, Blatchford was a noted philanthropist and leading Congregational layperson. He served as the president of the Chicago Theological Seminary for over 40 years and as vice president of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions and devoted himself greatly to missionary work. He also played a central role in establishing the Newberry Library in Chicago.

In 1852, Blatchford became friends with Colonel Charles G. Hammond, a Chicago railroad executive, former Michigan state legislator, and fellow philanthropist. The two remained close friends until Colonel Hammond's death in 1884. From the late 1880s onward, Blatchford worked closely with Hammond's brother, H.L. Hammond on the creation of a memorial biography, the Memorabilia of Charles G. Hammond, which was completed in 1889. In later years, he continued collecting documents and photographs related to Colonel Hammond's life and corresponded with other members of the Hammond family on the topic of Colonel Hammond.  E.W. Blatchford died in January 1914.

 

Scope of Collection

The Chicago Theological Seminary's Collection of the E.W. Blatchford papers primarily documents E.W. Blatchford's efforts to create a memorial biography of his friend Charles G. Hammond and to gather documents and photos related to Hammond's life. The collections includes correspondence with various members of the Hammond family, correspondence with photographers, documents related to Charles Hammond's death and funeral, drafts of the memorial biography, and photographs.

 

Further Searches

Subject Headings

Blatchford, E.W. (Eliphalet Wickes), 1826-1914.

Chicago Theological Seminary.

Hammond, Charles G., 1804-1884.

Hammond, H.L. (Henry Laurens), 1815-1893.

Sturtevant, J.  M. (Julian Monson), 1834-1921.

Businessmen - Illinois - Chicago - Biography.

Obituaries.

Conversion - Personal narratives.

Congregationalists - Illinois.

 

Related Materials

Additional materials regarding E.W. Blatchford may be found in the Blatchford Family papers, 1777-1987 and the Blatchford Family Papers - Additions, 1841-1947 at the Newberry Library, Chicago, IL.

 

Arrangement

The Chicago Theological Seminary's Collection of the E.W. Blatchford papers is arranged in three series highlighting Charles G. Hammond's memorial biography, E.W. Blatchford's correspondence, and obituaries of Charles G. Hammond and other members of the Hammond family. The Charles G. Hammond Biography series contains documents related to drafts and notes for E.W. Blatchford and H.L. Hammond's biography of Charles G. Hammond. The Correspondence series documents the correspondence of E.W. Blatchford with members of the Blatchford family and with various photographers. The Hammond Family Life Events series documents the life and death of Charles G. Hammond and the lives and deaths other members of the Hammond family and contains obituaries, tributes, and a sermon.

 

Contents

Series I: Charles G. Hammond Biography
Date: 1876-1904
Extent: 4 folders
Scope of Series: The Charles G. Hammond Biography series contains drafts of the Memorabilia of Charles G. Hammond, a biography commissioned by E.W. Blatchford and written by H.L. Hammond. In addition, it contains preparatory notes and research and copies of an autobiographical sketch by Charles G. Hammond.
  Date Box/Folder
  Notes and research 1876- circa 1889 B1/F1
  Autobiographical sketch 1876 B1/F2
  Memorial drafts 1889 B1/F3
  Memorial drafts 1889-1904 B1/F4
 
Series II: Correspondence
Date: 1877-1913
Extent: 4 folders
Scope of Series: The Correspondence series includes correspondence between E.W. Blatchford and H.L. Hammond on the topic of Charles G. Hammond's biography and between E.W. Blatchford and other members of the Hammond family, as well as their relations in the Hurd and Hubbrad families. The series also includes correspondence between Blatchford and various photographers as he sought to obtain photos of various towns where Charles G. Hammond had lived. Included as well are the photographs Blatchford purchased and received from the photographers. Finally, the series contains personal correspondence unrelated to the topic of Charles G. Hammond.
  Date Box/Folder
  Correspondence — Hammond family 1877-1900 B1/F5
  Correspondence — Photographers 1903-1906 B1/F6
  Photographs circa 1903-1906 B1/F7
  Correspondence — Unrelated 1909-1913 B1/F8
 
Series III: Hammond Family Life Events
Date: circa 1877-1905
Extent: 4 folders
Scope of Series: This series documents the life and death of Charles G. Hammond and the lives and deaths of other members of the Hammond family and their relations. The series includes photographs of Charles G. Hammond and his wife, Charlotte, printed obituaries for and tributes to Charles G. Hammond including a tributary sermon, as well as newspaper articles regarding his will. The series also documents the preparation and planning for Hammond's funeral. Finally the series includes a wedding announcement and obituaries for various members of the Hammond family and other relations.
  Date Box/Folder
  Photographs — Charles and Charlotte Hammond circa 1877 B1/F9
  Obituaries and tributes — Charles G. Hammond 1884 B1/F10
  Funeral planning — Charles G. Hammond 1884 B1/F11
  Wedding announcements and obituaries — Hammond family 1888-1905 B1/F12

 

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