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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Additional Sources

Description of Series

Transcriptions compiled by Students

Lovejoy Family, 1804-1891

General Files, 1831-1959 and undated

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Elijah P. Lovejoy:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1804-1891, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Lovejoy, Elijah P. (Elijah Parish), 1802-1837
Title: Elijah P. Lovejoy, Papers,
Dates: 1804-1891
Abstract: The papers of Elijah Parish Lovejoy, born in 1802 near Albion, Maine, was a preacher, editor, and abolitionist.
ID S 585.1
Quantity: 4 small boxes (1.3 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Elijah Parish Lovejoy, born in 1802 near Albion, Maine, was a preacher, editor, and abolitionist. He studied theology at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1832, and served as a preacher in St. Louis, Missouri. He became editor of the Observer, a reform newspaper. In 1835, he moved to Alton, Illinois, and established a newspaper that met with opposition in the town. Three of his presses were destroyed by mobs, and Lovejoy died in 1837 while defending his fourth press.

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Scope and Contents

The collection includes correspondence, sermons, lectures, newspapers, news clippings, and family memorabilia created by, or related to, Lovejoy and his family. The collection bulks with correspondence (1824-1853) and concerns abolition, temperance, religion, and theology. The first two files contain transcripts of some of the correspondence and poems compiled by college students for a class project from 1973-1974.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research

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Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Lovejoy, Owen, 1811-1864.
Lovejoy family.
Places
Alton (Ill.)
Alton (Ill.)--History.
Alton (Ill.)--Riot, 1837.
Subjects
Abolitionists--Illinois.
Abolitionists--Illinois--Alton.
Abolitionists--United States.
Antislavery movements.
Freedom of the press--United States.
Riots--Illinois--Alton--History--19th century.

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Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

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Administrative Information

Acquisition

Gifts, 1959-1961

Processed by

Abel Ramirez, 2000

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Additional Sources

“Austin Wiswall,” The Post. Morgan Park, Illinois, 16 Sept. 1905.

Beecher, Edward. Narrative of Riots at Alton in Connection with the Death of Rev. Elijah P. Lovejoy. Alton, Illinois: G. Holton, 1838.

Dillon, Merton Lynn. Elijah P. Lovejoy: Abolitionist Editor. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1961.

Gill, John. Tide Without Turning: Elijah P. Lovejoy and Freedom of the Press. Boston: Starr King Press, 1958.

Lovejoy, Joseph Cammet and Owen Lovejoy. Memoir of the Rev. Elijah P. Lovejoy. New York: Arno Press, 1969.

Moore, Richard Ray. "Elijah P. Lovejoy: the Making of a Reformer." Thesis (M.A.)--Texas Technological College, 1960.

Simon, Paul. Freedom's Champion--Elijah Lovejoy. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1994.

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Collection Inventory

Transcriptions compiled by Students

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1 1 Correspondence and Poems, 1824-1885
2 Correspondence, 1839-1850

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Lovejoy Family, 1804-1891

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1 3 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1804
4 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1805
5 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1807
6 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1810
7 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1812
8 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1815
9 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1816
10 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1817
11 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1820
12 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1822
13 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1823
14 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1824
15 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1825
16 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1826
17 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1827
18 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1828
19 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1829
20 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1830
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2 1 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1831
2 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1832
3 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1833
4 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1834
5 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1835
6 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1836
7 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1837
8 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1838
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3 1 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1839
2 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1840
3 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1841
4 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1842
5 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1843
6 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1844
7 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1845
8 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1846
9 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1847
10 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1848
11 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1849
12 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1850
13 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1852
14 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1853
15 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1854
16 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1856
17 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1857
18 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1861
19 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1862
20 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1863
21 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1864
22 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1865
23 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1867
24 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1869
25 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1870
26 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1871
27 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1872
28 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1879
29 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1881
30 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1885
31 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1886
32 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1890
33 Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1891

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General Files, 1831-1959 and undated

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4 1 Essay, Manuscripts, Sermons, undated
2 Clippings, Photographs, Pamphlets, undated
3 Sermons, Poems, Correspondence, undated

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