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COLLECTION Identifier: HUM 274

Gordon B. Wellman student notebooks

The collection consists of ten student notebooks kept by Gordon B. Wellman (AB 1910) while a student at Harvard College (1906-1910), New College at the University of Edinburgh (1910-1911), at the Andover Theological Seminary (1914-1916) and the Harvard Divinity School (1916-1918). The notebooks reveal the work completed by Wellman during years as an undergraduate and graduate student on subjects related to history, economics, philosophy, religion, and theology. Also included is a copy of The Harvard Lampoon (March 9, 1883).

Dates

  • 1883, 1906-1918

Creator

Researcher Access

Open for research.

Extent

1.43 cubic feet (4 document boxes, 1 pamphlet binder)

The collection consists of ten student notebooks kept by Gordon B. Wellman (AB 1910) while a student at Harvard College (1906-1910), New College at the University of Edinburgh (1910-1911), at the Andover Theological Seminary (1914-1916) and the Harvard Divinity School (1916-1918). The notebooks reveal the work completed by Wellman during years as an undergraduate and graduate student; and document learning at the beginning of the twentieth century at Harvard and other institutions. The notebooks contain lecture and reading notes, course outlines, table of contents, syllabi, examination questions, bibliographies and reading lists. Included among some of the volumes are class essays written by Wellman.

Volumes 1 through 6 include Wellman’s Harvard College class notes for medieval and modern history, European history, economics, and philosophy. Volume 2 includes Wellman’s notes on ecclesiastical history from the beginnings of the Church to Saint Augustine taken while he attended New College at the University of Edinburgh. Volume 7 contains Wellman’s notes on theology taken at the Andover Theological Seminary. Volumes 8 through 10 include Wellman’s notes on subjects related to theology and the history of religion taken at the Harvard Divinity School.

Wellman’s skills at organizing data, and what questions, ideas, and thoughts he explored during his school years are illustrated in the notebooks. Essays demonstrate the topics that were of particular interest to Wellman, reading notes reveal his outside reading which supplemented his lecture learning, and his lecture notes provide the essential facts Wellman derived from each lesson.

Notable Harvard professors whose courses are represented in Wellman’s student notebooks are scholar and author George Herbert Palmer, historians Roger Bigelow Merriman, Charles Homer Haskins, Robert M. Johnston, and Archibald Cary Coolidge, and economists Thomas N. Carver and Charles J. Bullock. Other Harvard professors are zoologist George H. Parker, literary critic Bliss Perry, English Professor Barrett Wendell, and philosophers George Santayana and Ralph Barton Perry. Also included are Harvard Divinity School theologians William Wallace Fenn and Edward C. Moore. Notes taken by Wellman in classes given by Albert Parker Fitch, president of the Andover Theological Seminary, Daniel Evans, professor of Christian Theology at the Andover Theological Seminar, and A.R. MacLiven from New College in The University of Edinburgh are also in the collection.

The collection also contain a single issue of The Harvard Lampoon.

Biographical note

Gordon Boit Wellman (1887-1942) was an associate professor of Biblical history at Wellesley College. Born to Edward Wyman and Emma Rebecca Patch Wellman in Malden, Massachusetts, Wellman studied at Harvard College receiving his AB (1910), STM (1917), and ThD (1919); he received his STB from Andover Theological Seminar in 1916. During his Harvard college years, Wellman became interested in religion and the study of ornithology. Wellman later studied theology at Edinburgh University and New College, Edinburgh from 1910 to 1911. After his stay in England, Wellman traveled to Egypt to study the local ornithology; and then spent time in Italy, Northern Europe and again in England before returning to the United States in 1913. Wellman began teaching at Wellesley College in 1919, where he taught the history of religions and New Testament studies for the remainder of his life, first as a lecturer and from 1929 as associate professor of Biblical History. In 1918, Wellman married Helen Hyde Upton. Wellman died on March 30, 1942, in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Arrangement

Records are organized into two series: Student notebooks, 1906-1918 and The Harvard Lampoon, 1883 March 9.

Acquisition information

Gordon B. Wellman student notebooks were transferred to the Harvard University Archives by the Andover Newton Theological School

Accession number: 2017.401; 2017 May 16.

Related Materials

In the Harvard University Archives

Wellman, Gordon Boit. “Teleology, a Principle of Explanation.” Th.D diss. Harvard University, 1919.

Harvard Lampoon. Records of the Harvard Lampoon, 1886-2013. HUD 3511, Harvard University Archives.

The Harvard Lampoon. HUK 510, Harvard University Archives.

References

Harvard College Class of 1910, Thirty-fifth Anniversary Report, June, 1946, Ninth Report. Gordon Boit Wellman. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Printed for the Class, The Cosmos Press, 1946.

Processing Information

The Gordon B. Wellman student notebooks were processed in June 2017 by Dominic P. Grandinetti. Processing included arranging the volumes in the collection chronologically, rehousing the volumes into appropriate containers, and the creation of this finding aid.
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Title
Wellman, Gordon Boit. Gordon B. Wellman student notebooks, 1883, 1906-1918: an inventory
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EAD ID
hua08017

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard University Archives Repository

Holding nearly four centuries of materials, the Harvard University Archives is the principal repository for the institutional records of Harvard University and the personal archives of Harvard faculty, as well as collections related to students, alumni, Harvard-affiliates and other associated topics. The collections document the intellectual, cultural, administrative and social life of Harvard and the influence of the University as it emerged across the globe.

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