James E. Spencer Papers

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James E. Spencer papers
Creator: Spencer, James Edmund, 1826-1880
Call Number: D.412
Dates: 1839-1889
Physical Description: 1 box
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
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: James E. Spencer papers
Creator: Spencer, James Edmund, 1826-1880
Call Number: D.412
Dates: 1839-1889
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
James Edmund Spencer (1826-1880) was a member of the very first class to graduate from the University of Rochester in 1851 and was also a founding member of our first fraternity, Alpha Delta Phi. Spencer had been a junior at Madison University when he joined the exodus to the nascent UR in 1850. He received his Master of Arts from the University in 1854.

After graduating, Spencer worked at the Rochester Grammar School until 1852. He later served as principal of Female High School in Louisville, Kentucky (1856-57) and as a lumber merchant in Rochester (1857-78). His final position was that of a U.S. Indian Agent at the Pyramid Lake Reservation in Nevada. Unfortunately, he died of illness in 1880 after only a year at his post. The remainder of the collection comes from his wife, Helen A. Spencer, who outlived him by at least a decade.

Scope and Content
The James E. Spencer Papers extend from his early education to Helen's business affairs after his death. Material relating to the University of Rochester includes the text of Chancellor Ira Harris's address at the University's first commencement in 1851, as well as a notice of Spencer's honorary dismissal from Madison and an 1850 letter to his brother. Post-UR material is mostly legal matters.

Subject(s):
Spencer, James Edmund, 1826-1880
University of Rochester
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The James E. Spencer Papers were donated by Mildred F. Stoeber in July 2001.Access
The James E. Spencer papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], James E. Spencer papers, D.412, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
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Content List
Box 1, Folder 1Hamilton Literary and Theological Institution, 1839-1843
Box 1, Folder 2Early education and Madison University, 1844-1849
Box 1, Folder 3Math problems and natural history, undated
Box 1, Folder 4Alpha Delta Phi, early 1850s
Box 1, Folder 5University of Rochester tuition receipt, 1851
Box 1, Folder 6Chancellor Ira Harris's address to first UR graduates, 1851
Box 1, Folder 7Spencer's address to the Phoenix Society of the UR, 1852
Box 1, Folder 8Essays and poems, 1850-1853
Box 1, Folder 9Letters of recommendation from UR faculty, 1850-1853
Box 1, Folder 10Contracts, 1853-1876
Box 1, Folder 11Certificates, 1865, 1869
Box 1, Folder 12Legal cases and papers, 1865-1878
Box 1, Folder 13Appointment as U.S. Indian agent in Nevada and Oath of office, 1879
Box 1, Folder 14School reports from the Pyramid Lake Reservation, 1880
Box 1, Folder 15Correspondence, 1849-1881
Box 1, Folder 16Correspondence of Helen A. Spencer, 1880-1889
Box 1, Folder 17Miscellaneous clippings, undated
Box 1, Folder 18Receipts, 1837-1889
Box 1, Folder 19Envelopes and letter fragments


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