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Henry Mitchell Whitney papers

 Collection
Identifier: MC 115

Scope and Contents

This collection contains biographical information, photographs, and news articles and other publications by or about Henry Mitchell Whitney. Featured are four scrapbooks kept by Whitney, containing letters, news clippings, photographs, and other ephemera about his family and the Civil War. Also available is an index and transcription of one of the scrapbooks.

Dates

  • 1862-1911, 1972-1988

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research; however, certain materials are fragile and require Archives staff for handling, or use may be restricted altogether.

Biographical / Historical

Summary of Chapter 17 "Henry Mitchell Whitney" of Robert K. Richardson's unpublished History of Beloit College manuscript:

Henry Mitchell Whitney, "Whit" for short, was professor of Rhetoric and English Literature from 1871 to 1899 at Beloit College. He came from a distinguished family. At the age 16 he entered Yale, but then left to join the Union army where he became a Sergeant Major. After his time in the Army he returned to Yale where he graduated in 1864; he then attended Princeton and Andover theological seminary. Finally, in 1871 he came to teach at Beloit. While in Beloit he became a co-founder of the Beloit Savings Bank in 1881. He also had an unsuccessful bid for mayor in 1885, running on a pro-liquor platform. Whitney was somewhat liberal for his time -- he believed in the acceptance of different Christian denominations, even though this was an unpopular stance with others at the college. His particular sense of humor was not always appreciated either. On different occasions he was ridiculed for inappropriate behavior even though his intentions were jovial. He became known to students through his undisciplined teaching style, and received criticism for repeating classes verbatim year after year. However, he was interested in student activities. He supported the building of a gymnasium and always took interest in student events. Throughout his career at Beloit he wrote several short histories of the college and numerous other articles. When he retired in 1899, he moved to Connecticut to become the librarian for the James Blackstone Memorial Librarian. He died of heart failure on March 26th, 1911.

Extent

1 Linear Foot (3 boxes)

Overview

Henry Mitchell Whitney, "Whit" for short, was professor of Rhetoric and English Literature from 1871 to 1899 at Beloit College. This collection is comprised of biographical information, photographs, and news articles and other publications by or about Whitney. Also featured are four scrapbooks containing news clippings, photographs, and other ephemera about his family and the Civil War.
Title
Henry Mitchell Whitney papers
Status
Completed
Author
Michelle Tom
Date
February, 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Beloit College Archives and Special Collections Repository

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