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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1729

Cyrus Hamlin family correspondence


Contains correspondence of Congregational clergymen Cyrus Hamlin and George Washburn with their families.


  • Creation: 1850-1915

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1 linear feet (2 boxes)

Correspondence of Hamlin and Washburn concerning the politics and government of the United States, United Kingdom, and Turkey. Letters discuss in detail Robert College in Constantinople, including the idea to start a science school in Turkey, a business plan and outline, fund-raising for the college, and donations to the school. Also discussed is personal finance, daily life in Turkey, trips to Boston, and religion. Also included in the collection is a financial statement of the college, a funeral address, and a biographical article about Cyrus Hamlin.

Biographical / Historical

Cyrus Hamlin was a Congregational clergyman and missionary to Turkey for the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. He was founder and president of Robert College, Constantinople (1860-1877). George Washburn was a Congregational clergyman, missionary to Turkey, professor, and president of Robert College (1878-1903). He was married to Henrietta Hamlin, daughter of Cyrus Hamlin.


Arranged alphabetically

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

63M-209. Gift of Mrs Basil D. Hall, 1878 Main Road, Westport Point, Massachusetts; received: 1963 August 28.

Hamlin, Cyrus, 1811-1900. Cyrus Hamlin family correspondence, 1850-1915: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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