Guide to the Herbert Franklin Fisk Papers

Collection Title: Herbert Franklin Fisk Papers
Dates: 1874-1917
Identification: 38/1
Creator: Fisk, H. F. (Herbert Franklin), 1840-1916
Extent: 1 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Herbert F. Fisk Papers, spanning the period 1874 to 1917, are arranged in nine folders, filling one box. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence and writings by Fisk, including his report as Principal of the Northwestern University Academy in 1896, and the typescript of his chapter on the administration of President Joseph Cummings for Wilde's Northwestern University: A History (1905).
Acquisition Information: Fisk's lap desk (see separations below) was presented to the University Archives in February, 1974, by his granddaughter, Mrs. James Forsythe. The remainder of the collection was received from unknown sources prior to June 1, 1974.
Processing Information: Katherine Giese; ca. 1975. James G. Carson; August 22, 1985. TW; May 2, 1990.
Separated Materials: Fisk's lap desk has been added to the Archives' artifact collection; photographs have been removed to the photograph collection.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Herbert Franklin Fisk was born in Stoughton, Massachusetts, on September 25, 1840. Fisk worked as a classics instructor and principal at various institutions before becoming Principal at Northwestern University's Preparatory School in 1873. He later joined NU's faculty as a Professor of Pedagogy/Education. He was an ardent anti-tobacco and anti-saloon crusader.

Fisk attended the Wesleyan Academy at Wilbraham, Massachusetts, and Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, from which he received his A.B. in 1860. He was subsequently awarded an M.A. (1863) and a D.D. (1888) by Wesleyan, and an LL.D. (1899) by Allegheny College.

From 1860 through 1873 Fisk served as an instructor of classics and/or principal at several eastern preparatory schools. In 1873 he became Principal of Northwestern University's Preparatory School (later known as the Evanston Academy and as the Northwestern University Academy), which had opened in 1859. Fisk spent the remainder of his career at Northwestern. In 1888, while continuing his duties at the Academy, he was given a concurrent appointment as Professor of Pedagogy (a title later changed to Professor of Education) in Northwestern's College of Liberal Arts.

The 30th anniversary of Fisk's principalship was celebrated in the fall of 1903 with a special conference on secondary education. He retired as Principal of the Academy in June of 1904, but continued to teach in the University until the close of the 1915-1916 academic year.

In addition to his educational concerns, Dr. Fisk was an ardent anti-tobacco crusader, and caused a stir at the Academy in February of 1902 by inviting students who smoked cigarettes to leave the school and offering to refund their fees. Fisk was also involved in the Anti-Saloon League and other temperance organizations.

Fisk was married in 1866 to Anna Green, with whom he had two daughters. His first wife predeceased him. He remarried in 1912, to Carla Sargent, a former pupil and teacher in the Academy, who survived him. Fisk died at his home in Evanston on December 20, 1916, at the age of 76.

Scope and Content

The Herbert F. Fisk Papers, spanning the period 1874 to 1917, are arranged in nine folders, filling one box. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence and writings by Fisk, including his report as Principal of the Northwestern University Academy in 1896, and the typescript of his chapter on the administration of President Joseph Cummings for Wilde's Northwestern University: A History (1905).

The collection also includes a folder of clippings relating to Fisk's “causes,” the anti-tobacco and anti-saloon movements; a small folder of biographical information; a few pages (undated) apparently from a diary or journal kept by Fisk; and a commemorative volume issued in honor of his 30th anniversary as Principal of the Northwestern University Academy.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)--History

Subjects

Smoking--Public opinion

Temperance--History


Container List / Contents

  • Biographical Materials, 1902-1917Box 1, Folder 1
  • Northwestern University Academy Materials, 1887-1904Box 1, Folder 2
  • Northwestern University and Business Materials, 1903Box 1, Folder 3
  • Addresses, Reports, and other writings, 1894-1905Box 1, Folder 4
  • Diary/Journal, n.d.Box 1, Folder 5
  • General Correspondence, 1874-1913Box 1, Folder 6
  • Miscellaneous Notes and Clippings, 1902-1908Box 1, Folder 7
  • Fisk's “Causes”, 1902-1909Box 1, Folder 8
  • Programs of Events Attended by Fisk, 1880-1909Box 1, Folder 9
  • Additional Correspondence, 1955-1961Box 1, Folder 10
      Scope and Contents: The addition comprises one folder of Mrs. Herbert Fisk's correspondence from her Pasadena, California home to Northwestern officials, 1955-1961. The addition is in Box 1, Folder 10.