Recent additions to the Hamill Family Papers are now open for research use. This new accession includes correspondence, sermon notes, receipts, and printed ephemera collected by Headmaster Dr. Samuel M. Hamill. A significant amount of correspondence between Samuel M. Hamill, Jr. and other members of the Hamill family and several photos are also included. This material provides a wealth of information about the day-to-day operations of school in the 19th century. In addition to documents pertaining to school business, the papers also contain correspondence with notable people such as Chief of the Cherokee Nation William P. Ross, United States Secretary of War William W. Belknap, Princeton University President James McCosh, and Horace Porter, personal secretary to Ulysses S. Grant. This material has already been used by students studying the late-Antebellum Era and the Civil War in Anne Louise Smit’s honors U.S. history course.
The Stephan Archives received the documents as a gift from William Hamill L ’65 and Samuel Lambert, two of Dr. Hamill’s great-grandchildren. The newly acquired documents were added to our existing collection of Headmaster Hamill papers and the collection was renamed the Hamill Family Papers. A finding aid for the collection can be found here: https://stephanarchives.org/doing-research/collections/finding-aids/hamill-family-papers-finding-aids/