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Eli Smith papers

Eli Smith was a missionary in the Middle East and translator of the Bible into Arabic, 1826-1857. The papers include missionary and family correspondence and scholarly papers chiefly on philology and geography.

Dates

  • 1819-1869

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Extent

3.5 linear feet (3 cartons)

The papers span the whole of Smith's career 1826-1857 and include a few items before that. His correspondence was chiefly but not exclusively with missionary colleagues and with his family. There are also papers of his first wife Sarah L. Smith, of his widow Hetty Smith (down to 1869), and a few items from his children including Charles L. Smith. Eli Smith's own letters are mostly copies made in a copying press, the bulk of them from the years 1835-1839.

Biographical / Historical

Eli Smith (1801-1857) was a missionary of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, stationed in the Middle East, briefly in Malta (1826) and then, until his early death, in Beirut. He also traveled in Greece (1829), Armenia and Persia (1830-1831), and Palestine (1838 and 1852). He is remembered as a translator of the Bible into Arabic. Smith was married three times, to Sarah Lanman Huntington (1833-1836), Maria Ward Chapin (1841-1842), and Hetty Simpkins Butler (1846- ).

Arrangement

Arranged into the following series:
  1. I. Letters to Eli Smith
  2. II. Letters from Eli Smith
  3. III. Other letters
  4. IV. Compositions by Eli Smith
  5. V. Biographical material
  6. VI. Other papers

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Manuscripts deposited by the United Church Board for World Ministries; received ca. 1949.

Related Materials

Further correspondence of Smith can be found in the main series (especially ABC 16) of the ABCFM archives at Houghton Library.

There is another collection of papers of Eli Smith in Yale Divinity School Library.

Separated Materials

The Arabic papers from this collection, chiefly letters to Eli Smith, have been segregated and have the call number ABC 50. (These have not yet been catalogued.)

Index to recipients of letters from Eli Smith

(item 105 above).

Adger, John
  1. 1835 Apr. 29;
  2. 1837 Feb. 23, Mar 24
Anderson, Rufus
  1. 1833 Dec. 2, 9;
  2. 1834 Jan. 4, Feb. 4, June 24, Sept. 27, Nov. 10;
  3. 1835 Feb. 17, June 20, 23, Aug. 28, Dec. 1, 2;
  4. 1836 Apr. 27;
  5. 1837 Jan. 19, 25, Mar. 10, May 13, Aug. 5, Sept. 6;
  6. 1838 Jan. 14, 31, Feb. 3, 16, Mar. 1, 10, 28, Aug. 9, 17, Oct. 27, Nov. 1;
  7. 1839 Jan 7, 11, May 27, Oct. 1;
  8. 1842 Jan 6, 7; 1843 Jan. 6, Feb. 6, 27, Aug. 3;
  9. 1844 Dec. 11;
  10. 1848 Feb. 29;
  11. 1849 Feb. 15, Mar 29, June 15;
  12. 1851 June 16, 17;
  13. 1852 Aug. 2;
  14. 1853 Aug. 3, Dec. 26; 1854 June 12, Oct. 7;
  15. 1854 June 12;
  16. 1855 Oct. 19;
  17. 1856 Mar. 13.
Ayer, Joseph
  1. 1840 Apr. 6
Badger, George Percy
  1. 1834 Feb. 8, Feb. 24;
  2. 1837 Jan. 25, May 24;
  3. 1838 Feb. 3
Beebee, Samuel J.
  1. 1854 Feb. 23
Bingham, John C.
  1. 1836 Apr. 26;
  2. 1848 Oct. 26
Bird, Isaac
  1. 1836 Jan. 18;
  2. 1837 May 15;
  3. 1838 Dec. 9;
  4. 1839 Apr. 19
Brenner, P.
  1. 1838 Oct. 30
Brown, C.
  1. 1835 Sept. 8;
  2. 1848 Oct. 26
Bustani, Butrus
  1. 1855 Mar. 16
Calhoun, Simeon H.
  1. 1838 Oct. 16;
  2. 1842 Dec. 31;
  3. 1843 Jan. 19
Chasseaud, J.
  1. 1835 May 27, Dec. 1;
  2. 1836 Jan. 17
Chapin, Moses
  1. 1842 May 30
Chesborough, A.
  1. 1840 1 July
Churchill, Mark
  1. 1855 Feb. 27
Coates, D.
  1. 1839 July 4
Daggett, Hinman & Co.
  1. 1840 Mar. 25
De Forest, Catherine
  1. 1845 Mar. 19
De Forest, Henry A.
  1. 1842 May 30;
  2. 1851 Oct. 18
Dittrich, August
  1. 1838 Dec. 17
Dodge, Martha
  1. 1837 Jan. 17
Dwight, H. G. O. (Harrison Gray Otis)
  1. 1837 Mar. 31, May 13, June 2, July 19, Aug. 11, Oct. 13;
  2. 1838 Jan. 15;
  3. 1847 June 30
Farren, J. W.
  1. 1834 May 9;
  2. 1837 May 5, 24
Field, David D. (David Dudley)
  1. 1840 Aug. 20
Fl├╝gel, Gustav
  1. 1838 Dec. 17;
  2. 1839 Mar. 30
Glidden, John
  1. 1837 Mar. 3, Apr. 26
Gobat, Samuel
  1. 1843 Jan. 19;
  2. 1849 July 12;
  3. 1850 Mar. 18
Goodell, William
  1. 1829 Apr. 15;
  2. 1836 Jan. 13, Apr. 27;
  3. 1837 Mar. 22, May 13, July 21, 28, Dec. 28;
  4. 1838 Nov. 23
Haddad, Tannus
  1. 1837 Nov. 4
Hallock, Homan
  1. 1836 Dec. 16;
  2. 1837 Jan. 17, June 21, 22, July 9, 19, Aug. 1, Sept. 2, Nov. 3, Nov. 27, Dec. 16;
  3. 1838 Jan. 24, Feb. 3, Apr. 25, Oct. 17;
  4. 1839 Jan. 9, Apr. 1, 12, June 6, 19
Hallock, William A. (William Allen)
  1. 1837 Oct. 16;
  2. 1840 Apr. 17;
  3. 1842 Dec. 31;
  4. 1849 Feb. 3
Hays, C. D.
  1. 1835 Mar. 2
Hebard, Sister
  1. 1837 Nov. 4;
  2. 1838 Feb. 28
Hebard. Story
  1. 1836 July 23;
  2. 1837 Jan. 17, June 21, July 9, 19, Aug. 1, Sept. 2, Nov. 3, 27, Dec. 16;
  3. 1838 Dec. 10;
  4. 1839 Jan. 9, 12, June 8, Dec. 31;
  5. 1840 July 11
Hemley, J. K.
  1. 1838 May 3
Hill, Henry
  1. 1827 Aug. 21;
  2. 1831 Aug. 1;
  3. 1834 July 1;
  4. 1835 Mar. 15, June 19, July 1, Aug. 6, Nov. 26;
  5. 1836 Jan. 1, Apr. 29;
  6. 1837 Feb. 7;
  7. 1838 Jan 1., Aug. 9;
  8. 1856 Feb. 13
Hoadly, Eli Smith
  1. 1837 July 13;
  2. 1838 Apr. 8
Hoadly, L. Ives
  1. 1837 Jan 21, Mar. 31, May 15, Sept. 25;
  2. 1838 Jan. 2, Mar. 11, 25, July 13, Oct. 27;
  3. 1839 Jan. 14
Hoadly, Lydia
  1. 1837 Sept. 15
Homes, Henry A.
  1. 1837 Jan. 18, May 11, June 7, Dec. 13;
  2. 1838 Aug. 4, Oct. 13, Nov. 23;
  3. 1839 Jan. 5, Feb. 26, June 10
Hooker, E. W.
  1. 1835 Jan. 14;
  2. 1837 Feb. 6, May 23, Sept. 23, 24, Oct 10;
  3. 1838 June 10, Nov. 4
Hough, Lent Serajah
  1. 1838 Mar. 27
Hooker, M. L.
  1. 1837 Mar. 29
Hough, Hannah
  1. 1835 Jan. 15;
  2. 1837 Feb. 6, Sept. 13
Hubbard, Sister
  1. 1837 Jan. 17
Huntington, E. B.
  1. 1837 Mar. 30, Sept. 9;
  2. 1838 July 12
Huntington, Jabez
  1. 1837 Sept. 13
Huntington, Jed

(The identification is not certain for all these letters.)
  1. 1837 Sept. 27

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Title
Smith, Eli, 1801-1857. Eli Smith papers, 1819-1869: Guide.
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
EAD ID
hou00061

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