William Channing Gannett Papers

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William Channing Gannett papers
Creator: Gannett, William C. (William Channing), 1840-1923
Call Number: A.G18
Dates: 1841-1953
Physical Description: 75 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Related Materials
Content List
Series I: Correspondence
Subseries I: Personal correspondence
Subseries II: Family correspondence
Series II: Personal papers
Subseries I: Diaries and account books
Subseries II: Religious materials
Subseries III: Additional materials
Series III: Manuscripts and publications
Subseries I: Published writings by William C. Gannett
Subseries II: Manuscripts of lectures by William C. Gannett
Subseries III: Duplicate manuscripts and publications by William C. Gannett
Collection Overview
Title: William Channing Gannett papers
Creator: Gannett, William C. (William Channing), 1840-1923
Call Number: A.G18
Dates: 1841-1953
Physical Description: 75 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
William Channing Gannett was a Unitarian minister in St. Paul, Minnesota (1877-1883) and Rochester, N. Y. (1889-1908).

Scope and Content
The collection includes the correspondence and other papers of William Channing Gannett (1840-1923), who was a Unitarian minister in St. Paul, Minnesota (1877-1883) and Rochester, N.Y. (1889-1908). The correspondence to and from Mr. Gannett includes letters from Jane Addams, Abigail May Alcott, Susan B. Anthony, Samuel Longfellow, Elihu Root, Alphonso and William Howard Taft, Booker T. Washington, Frank Lloyd Wright and many Unitarian leaders of the late 1800s and early 1900s. There are also letters relating to the Western Unitarian Controversy, the education of the freedmen at Port Royal, the temperance crusade, Unity magazine, Unitarian church organization and membership, and to the editing of Unity Hymns and Chorals by Mr. Gannett and Frederick L. Hosmer. About 400 letters, dated 1875-1912, were added to the collection by Charles H. Lyttle and relate to the Western Unitarian Controversy.

Other material includes diaries belonging to Gannett and his wife, Mary Thorn (Lewis) Gannett, personal financial papers, hymns and hymnals, Gannett lectures and published writings, articles and clippings about the Port Royal experiment, Sunday School lessons used by Gannett, material on Unitarianism and a collection of Unity magazines from 1878 to 1928, materials relating to woman suffrage, and papers written by Gannett in his youth. In addition, family correspondence to and from Mr. Gannett includes letters from his father, Ezra Stiles Gannett, his sister, Kate (Gannett) Wells, his aunt, Kate Tildes, his wife, Mary (Lewis) Gannett and his children, Charlotte and Lewis. Letters from members of the Wells and Lewis families are also included.

New York (State)--Rochester
South Carolina--Port Royal
African Americans--Education
Church music
Gannett, William C. (William Channing), 1840-1923
First Unitarian Church of Rochester, N.Y.
Western Unitarian Conference
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Presented to the University of Rochester Library by Lewis Stiles Gannett, New York, and Dr. E. Carleton MacDowell, Long Island, New York, Feb. 5, 1953; by Dr. Charles H. Lyttle, Chicago, Ill., Nov. 22, 1954; and by Lewis Stiles Gannett, West Cornwall, Conn., and Dr. E. Carleton MacDowell, Long Island, May 17, 1965.Access
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[Item title, item date], William Channing Gannett papers, A.G18, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
See Also: D.26 William Channing Gannett Papers, 1857-1956.

For information on William Channing Gannett, see:

DAB, v. 7, p. 124-125.

NCAB, v. 22, p. 36.

William H. Pease, William Channing Gannett; a Social Biography. Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Rochester, 1955. (AS 38.621 P36w)

For information on Mary T. L. Gannett, see:

Democrat and Chronicle [Rochester, N.Y.], Oct. 27, 1952, p. 13.

Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055

Content List
Series I: Correspondence
Subseries I: Personal correspondence
Box 1, Folder 1-6Personal correspondence, 1841-1865
Box 2, Folder 1-8Personal correspondence, 1866-1870
Box 3, Folder 1-10Personal correspondence, 1871-1874
Box 4, Folder 1-8Personal correspondence, 1875-1878
Box 5, Folder 1-6Personal correspondence, 1879-1881
Box 6, Folder 1-5Personal correspondence, 1881-1882
Box 7, Folder 1-5Personal correspondence, 1883-1884
Box 8, Folder 1-6Personal correspondence, 1885
Box 9, Folder 1-6Personal correspondence, 1886-1888
Box 10, Folder 1-7Personal correspondence, 1889-1891
Box 11, Folder 1-7Personal correspondence, 1892-1893
Box 12, Folder 1-6Personal correspondence, 1894-1895
Box 13, Folder 1-6Personal correspondence, 1895-1896
Box 14, Folder 1-8Personal correspondence, 1897-1898
Box 15, Folder 1-8Personal correspondence, 1899
Box 16, Folder 1-8Personal correspondence, 1900-1901
Box 17, Folder 1-6Personal correspondence, 1902-1903
Box 18, Folder 1-8Personal correspondence, 1903-1905
Box 19, Folder 1-8Personal correspondence, 1905-1907
Box 20, Folder 1-6Personal correspondence, 1908-1909
Box 21, Folder 1-6Personal correspondence, 1910
Box 22, Folder 1-6Personal correspondence, 1911
Box 23, Folder 1-9Personal correspondence, 1912-1915
Box 24, Folder 1-13Personal correspondence, 1916-1953
Box 25, Folder 1-4Correspondence, undated
1 folder of Chadwick letters and 3 folders of undated letters.

Box 26, Folder 1-26Charles H. Lyttle collection, 1875-1887
Box 27, Folder 1-13Charles H. Lyttle collection, 1882-1912
Box 27, Folder 14Correspondence concerning the anti-vivisection movement, 1895-1907
Subseries II: Family correspondence
Box 51, Folder 1-12Family correspondence, 1827-1860
Box 52, Folder 1-12Family correspondence, 1861-1863
Box 53, Folder 1-13Family correspondence, 1864-1868
Box 54, Folder 1-9Family correspondence, 1869-1870
Box 55, Folder 1-14Family correspondence, 1871-1880
Box 56, Folder 1-17Family correspondence, 1881-1885
Box 57, Folder 1-10Family correspondence, 1886-1887
Box 58, Folder 1-13Family correspondence, 1888
Box 59, Folder 1-14Family correspondence, 1889-1890
Box 60, Folder 1-13Family correspondence, 1891-1893
Box 61, Folder 1-13Family correspondence, 1894-1895
Box 62, Folder 1-23Family correspondence, 1896-1899
Box 63, Folder 1-15Family correspondence, 1900-1902
Box 64, Folder 1-17Family correspondence, 1903-1905
Box 65, Folder 1-12Family correspondence, 1906-1907
Box 66, Folder 1-18Family correspondence, 1908-1910
Box 67, Folder 1-10Family correspondence, 1911-1914
Box 68, Folder 1-14Family correspondence, undated
Series II: Personal papers
Subseries I: Diaries and account books
Box 28, Folder 1-10Newspaper clippings, 1873-1923
Newspaper clippings of Gannett Articles in folders 1-6. Hay Market Affair (November 3, 1887), Russia, and Sea Islands in folders 7-10.

Box 29, Volume 1-62 Diaries of Mrs. Mary Thorn (Lewis) Gannett, 1882, 1884-1944
Box 30a, Volume 1-23Diaries and account books of William Channing Gannett, 1855, 1857-69, 1871-98
Box 30b, Folder 1-8Account books and expenses, 1860-1886
Box 30c, Folder 1-2Expenses, 1890-1898
Box 31, Folder 1-8Financial papers
Accounts - Mary Thorn Lewis Gannett; Bills and Statements- William Channing Gannett; Contributions; Sibley Place House Bills.

Box 38, Folder 1-4Port Royal experiment clippings
Articles about contracts and newspaper clippings.

Subseries II: Religious materials
Box 33, Volume 1-4Hymnals
See also Box 39, Published Writings, Unity Hymns and Chorals, 1886 and 1911 editions.

Box 34, Folder 1-5Magazines and pamphlets
Historical magazine, the index. the pamplet mission, and suffrage writings.

Box 43, Volume 1-5Sunday school lessons
Bible Stories, Bible studies, talks, and teacher assignments.

Box 44, Folder 1-6Sunday school lessons
Box 45, Volume 1-7Sunday school lessons
Box 46, Volume 1-9Unitarianism
Hinsdale Church, Rochester Church, Conferences, Government, and the Western Unitarian Conference.

Box 47, Folder 1-7Unity Magazine, 1878-1890
Box 48, Folder 1-8Unity Magazine, 1891-1928
Subseries III: Additional materials
Box 37, Folder 1Address book
Box 37, Folder 2Autograph book - May Lewis Gannett
Box 37, Folder 3Christmas card list, 1881-1910
Box 37, Folder 4Gannett-Lewis families
Box 37, Folder 5Indices to letters and writings
Box 37, Folder 6Library holdings, 1902-1925
Box 37, Folder 7Personal papers
Temperance memorial, wimbush wills, and lecture notes.

Box 37, Folder 8Papers and photographs
Box 37, Folder 9Thesis, 1928
William Channing Gannett by Alfred Walters Hobart

Box 49, Folder 1-5Women's suffrage articles
Box 50, Folder 1-7Youth papers
School compositions, school memorabilia, and school records.

Series III: Manuscripts and publications
Subseries I: Published writings by William C. Gannett
Box 32, Folder 1-11Unity hymnals and chorals
Circulars, business papers, and other materials for Unity Hymns and Chorals, edited by William Channing Gannett and Frederick L. Hosmer.

Box 39, Folder 1The abdication of the parent, April 14, 1910
Box 39, Folder 2A birthday greeting, 1920
Box 39, Folder 3Blessed be drudgery!, 1908
Box 39, Folder 4A blessing on the day
Box 39, Folder 5Changes in religion, November 1906
Box 39, Folder 6Channing and the Unitarian movement in America, 1880
Box 39, Folder 7Channing, the man and his message
Box 39, Folder 8The Christmas birth poem
Box 39, Folder 9The Christmas poem and the Christmas fact
Box 39, Folder 10The county week
Box 39, Folder 11Civilization organized brotherhood
Box 39, Folder 12Confirmation class talks
Box 39, Folder 13Culture without college
Box 39, Folder 14The dear togetherness
Box 39, Folder 15Deathlessness
Box 39, Folder 16The faith of ethics
Box 39, Folder 17The childhood of Jesus, parts I-IV, 1884
Box 39, Folder 18The faith that makes faithful
Box 39, Folder 19Five years of freedman's education
Box 39, Folder 20The flowering of Christianity
Box 39, Folder 21Francis David
Box 39, Folder 22The freedmen at Port Royal
Box 39, Folder 23God's providence and man's improvidence
Box 39, Folder 24The growth of the Hebrew religion
Box 39, Folder 25The hate that heals
Box 39, Folder 26The higher Unitarianism
Box 39, Folder 27The house beautiful
Box 39, Folder 28Household altar
Box 39, Folder 29How pray?
Box 39, Folder 30How we got the Temperance Society in the church
Box 39, Folder 31A hundred years in the Unitarian movement in America
Box 39, Folder 32Installation of Reverend Caleb Samuel Dutton
Box 40, Folder 1In the home
Box 40, Folder 2International good-will as a substitute for armies and navies
Box 40, Folder 3Incarnation
Box 40, Folder 4The promotion of sympathy and goodwill
Box 40, Folder 5Letters from William Channing Gannett
Box 40, Folder 6Life of Ezra Stiles Gannett
Box 40, Folder 7A little catechism
Box 40, Folder 8The little child at the breakfast table, 1915
Box 40, Folder 9Love to God and love to man
Box 40, Folder 10Nature's pronoun, -- "He" or "It"?
Box 40, Folder 11Of faces and their making
Box 40, Folder 12Of making one's self beautiful
Box 40, Folder 13Old testament heights
Box 40, Folder 14Outline studies in Holmes, Bryant, Whittier, 1887
Box 40, Folder 15Outlines for a study of Longfellow's and Lowell's
Box 40, Folder 16O ye of little faith
Box 40, Folder 17The parent, the child and God
Box 40, Folder 18The present constructive tendencies in religion
Box 40, Folder 19Poetry by Gannett I
Box 40, Folder 20Poetry by Gannett II
Box 41, Folder 1Poetry by Gannett
Box 41, Folder 2Prayers, 1896
Box 41, Folder 3Putting a smile into politics
Box 41, Folder 4Ralph Waldo Emerson
Box 41, Folder 5A recipe for good cheer
Box 41, Folder 6Reconciliation in religion
Box 41, Folder 7Religious liberalism
Box 41, Folder 8Religion the life of god in the soul of man
Box 41, Folder 9The rise of Unitarianism in New England
Box 41, Folder 10Seven studies of temperance
Box 41, Folder 11Shall we hang our Quakers again?
Box 41, Folder 12Social economics and ministerial usefulness
Box 41, Folder 13Songs of faith, hope, charity
Box 41, Folder 14The sparrows fall
Box 41, Folder 15The spirit and faith of Unitarian churches
Box 41, Folder 16The story of Unitarianism in America
Box 41, Folder 17Studies in Longfellow
Box 41, Folder 18Suggestions for an Emerson class programme
Box 41, Folder 19The Sunday I would keep
Box 41, Folder 20Susan B. Anthony
Box 41, Folder 21The things most commonly believed today among us
Box 41, Folder 22The thorn-bearer
Box 41, Folder 23The thought of God
Box 41, Folder 24Three stages of a Bible's life
Box 42, Folder 1Unitarian Church, Rochester New York papers
Box 42, Folder 2Unitarianism or something better papers, 1887
Box 42, Folder 3The Unitarian movement in America and Channing's relation to it, 1880
Box 42, Folder 4A Unitarian view, 1911
Box 42, Folder 5Unity club (Emerson class)
Box 42, Folder 6Unity hymns and chorals, 1886
Box 42, Folder 7Unity hymns and chorals, 1911
Box 42, Folder 8Was there a need of a Susan B. Anthony?, 1911
Box 42, Folder 9What Is a "liberal" in religion?, 1896
Box 42, Folder 10What is religious liberalism?, 1909
Box 42, Folder 11What it means to vote I and II, 1871
Box 42, Folder 12What might have saved Jamie?, 1901
Box 42, Folder 13A wicket-gate to the Bible, 1907
Box 42, Folder 14William Ellery Channing
Box 42, Folder 15The working-man's Sunday, 1877
Box 42, Folder 16Worship, 1885
Box 42, Folder 17Wrestling and blessing
Box 42, Folder 18A year of miracle, 1905
Box 42, Folder 19German and Japanese translations of William C. Gannett writings
Box 73, Volume 1Of making one's self beautiful
3 copies

Box 73, Volume 2The faith that makes faithful
4 copies

Box 73, Volume 3The thought of God
8 copies

Box 73, Volume 4A year of miracle
4 copies

Box 73, Volume 5Unity hymns and chorals
4 copies

Box 73, Volume 6The childhood of Jesus
2 copies

Box 74, Volume 1Childhood of Jesus
Box 74, Volume 2-5Unity of hymns and chorals
Box 75, Folder 1Christian register, 1888

Box 75, Folder 2Christian register, 1900-1914

Box 75, Folder 3Christian register, 1921-1924

Box 75, Folder 4Index: Liberty and light, 1874

Box 75, Folder 5Unity, freedom, fellowship and character in religion, 1877-1885

Box 75, Folder 6Unity, freedom, fellowship and character in religion, 1888-1889

Box 75, Folder 7Unity, freedom, fellowship and character in religion, 1892-1894

Box 75, Folder 8Unity, freedom, fellowship and character in religion, 1901-1919

Box 75, Folder 9Unity, freedom, fellowship and character in religion, 1924

Box 75, Folder 10Unity, Western Unitarian Conference number

Box 75, Folder 11Obituary and articles of Dr. Gannett
Subseries II: Manuscripts of lectures by William C. Gannett
Box 35, Folder 1About the office of a Church Trustee St. Paul, December 1889
Box 35, Folder 2The apocryphal gospels, January 1867
Box 35, Folder 3Athanasius, May 7, 1867
Box 35, Folder 4[Church Councils] Milwaukee, 1870
Box 35, Folder 5Clement of Alexandria, November 26, 1866
Box 35, Folder 6Emancipation and reconstruction in Russia
Box 35, Folder 7Faust ... Papers and syllabi
Box 35, Folder 8Frederick Douglass funeral, February 26, 1895
Box 35, Folder 9Genuineness and authenticity of John's Gospel, July 5, 1867
Box 35, Folder 10The goddess of reason! The church in the revolution
Box 35, Folder 11Lectures of Greek philosophy, Aristotle, Socrates
Box 35, Folder 12Lucretia Mott
Box 35, Folder 13Luther, 1868
Box 35, Folder 14Peter Abelard, 1867
Box 35, Folder 15Plato Boston, June 21, 1871
Box 35, Folder 16Protevangelium of James
Box 35, Folder 17Rational theology in England in the 17th century New York, 1872
Box 36, Folder 1Relation of X-7 to social progress, July 1868
Box 36, Folder 2The rise of Unitarianism in Old New England and New England
Box 36, Folder 3The Roman Catholic Councils ... first lecture (Milwaukee), February 20, 1870
Box 36, Folder 4The Roman Catholic Councils ... second lecture (Milwaukee), March 6, 1870
Box 36, Folder 5The Roman Catholic Councils ... third lecture (Milwaukee), April 10, 1870
Box 36, Folder 6The Roman Catholic Councils ... fourth lecture (Milwaukee), [1870]
Box 36, Folder 7Rome, revelation, reason contrasted as Church foundations
Box 36, Folder 8The socializing age, 1914
Box 36, Folder 9Socrates and Jesus, Boston, May 27, 1871
Box 36, Folder 10Story of toleration
Subseries III: Duplicate manuscripts and publications by William C. Gannett
Box 69, Folder 1List of books and articles written by W.C. Gannett
Box 69, Folder 2The abdication of the parent
Box 69, Folder 3An agreement entered into this day of………
Box 69, Folder 4Angels of St. Helena Islands
Box 69, Folder 4Are we turning mystics?
Box 69, Folder 5Birthday greeting, 1840-1920
Box 69, Folder 6Blessed by drudgery and other papers
Box 69, Folder 7A blessing on the day
Box 69, Folder 8Bring in the league
Box 69, Folder 9Channing, the man and his message
Box 69, Folder 10Charge to the minister –at the installation of Rev. Caleb Samuel S. Dutton as minister of the Second Unitarian Congregational Society (New Chapel) Brooklyn, N.Y., January 24, 1907
Box 69, Folder 11Christmas cards and prayers
Box 69, Folder 12Christmas poem and fact
Box 69, Folder 13Civilization Organization Brotherhood-Radical, February 1872
Box 69, Folder 14Class in religion 1907-Lewis Stiles Gannett
Box 69, Folder 16Culture without college
Box 69, Folder 17Death as friend
Box 69, Folder 18Deathlessness
Box 69, Folder 19Faith of ethics and the thought of God
Box 69, Folder 20Faith of immenence and its helpful symbols
Box 69, Folder 21Faithfulness companion volume to Blessed be Drudgery
Box 69, Folder 22Fear of the Lord: selected from the sermons and poems of William C. Gannett
Festivals and anniversaries
Box 70, Folder 1Flowering of Christianity
Box 70, Folder 2Four cardinal principles
Box 70, Folder 3Francis David
Box 70, Folder 4Green pastures and still waters
Box 70, Folder 5Growth of Hebrew religion
Box 70, Folder 6Hate that heals
Box 70, Folder 7House beautiful
Box 70, Folder 8Household altar in homes of the liberal faith
Box 70, Folder 9How shall we keep Sunday
Box 70, Folder 10How we got the Temperance Society in the Church
Box 70, Folder 11Hundred years of the Unitarian Movement in America
Box 70, Folder 12Hymns and songs
Box 70, Folder 13In one lifetime: 1840-1920; "Was there need of a Susan B. Anthony"
Box 70, Folder 14In the home
Box 70, Folder 15Incarnation
Box 70, Folder 16International good-will as a substitute for armies and navies
Box 70, Folder 17Interesting reminders
Box 71, Folder 1Juster appreciation of Orthodox believers by religious radicals
Box 71, Folder 2Little catechism
Box 71, Folder 3Little child at the breakfast table
Box 71, Folder 4Love does it all
Box 71, Folder 5Mother of Theodore Parker- and a dream shall it become a reality
Box 71, Folder 6Nature's pronoun "he" or "it"
Box 71, Folder 7The new Orthodoxy, the new Unitarianism, and the new Universalism should they be three or one
Box 71, Folder 8No guns tonight and never any more
Box 71, Folder 9Notes on father sermons, 1906-1907
Box 71, Folder 10Ye of little faith; Shall we hang our Quakers again?
Box 71, Folder 11Of faces and their making
Box 71, Folder 12Of making one's self beautiful
Box 71, Folder 13Old Testament heights
Box 71, Folder 14Pamphlet mission for freedom, fellowship and character in religion, July 1, 1878
Box 71, Folder 15Proceedings at the Eighth Annual Meeting of the Free Religious Association
Box 71, Folder 16Putting a smile into politics
Box 71, Folder 17Ralph Waldo Emerson
Box 71, Folder 18A recipe for good cheer
Box 71, Folder 19The religion of the ethical culture societies
Box 71, Folder 20Religious liberalism
Box 71, Folder 21Rise of Unitarianism in New England: organizing Unitarianism: The Transcendental movement in New England
Box 71, Folder 22Robert Browning
Box 71, Folder 23Scattered leaves
Box 71, Folder 24Social economics and ministerial usefulness: the Meadville portfolio
Box 71, Folder 25The spirit and the faith of Unitarian Churches
Box 71, Folder 26The sparrow's fall
Box 71, Folder 27Story of Unitarianism in America, 1740-1890
Box 72, Folder 1Studies in Longfellow
Box 72, Folder 2The Sunday I would keep
Box 72, Folder 3-4Sunday school and lessons
Box 72, Folder 5Temperate intemperance
Box 72, Folder 6Thanksgiving prayer
Box 72, Folder 7The things most commonly believed to-day among us
Box 72, Folder 8Thorn-bearer
Box 72, Folder 9Theodore Parker, the preacher and the function of preaching
Box 72, Folder 10The three stages of a Bible's life
Box 72, Folder 11Unitarian explains why church isn't in campaign
Box 72, Folder 12Union Thanksgiving services at the Temple Berith Kodesh-Thursday, November 30, 1905
Box 72, Folder 13Unity Club
Box 72, Folder 14Unity leaflets no.1, 4, 6
Box 72, Folder 15Unity mission no 4, 18, 35
Box 72, Folder 16Unity Sunday school
Box 72, Folder 17Unitarian Movement in America and Channing's relation to it
Box 72, Folder 18Unitarianism or something better
Box 72, Folder 19Unitarian view – address before The New York State Conference of Religion, June 1911
Box 72, Folder 20Unitarianism or something better
Box 72, Folder 21A wicket-gate to the Bible
Box 72, Folder 22What might haved saved Jamie
Box 72, Folder 23Wrestling and blessing
Box 72, Folder 24Year-book of the Unitarian Church, 1893-1894
Box 72, Folder 25Miscellaneous publications

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