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Clark Titus Hinman (1819-1854) Papers

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Scope and Contents

The Clark T. Hinman Papers fill one half-size box and span the years 1846 to 1976. The bulk of the papers include biographical excerpts regarding Hinman, newspaper clippings regarding Hinman, and correspondence regarding, but not directly connected to Hinman.  

Biographical Materials include excerpts from books and essays describing Hinman’s life. Much of the material is photocopied from books pertaining to Evanston or Northwestern.

A Clippings file contains newspaper articles dating from 1854-1875, including obituaries for Hinman, articles written about the history of Evanston and Northwestern including Hinman, and articles about subsequent generations of Hinman relatives attending Northwestern.

One file contains an original sermon given by Hinman on April 5th, 1846, on "The Appropriate Character and Responsibilities of Young Men."

Correspondence relating to Hinman spans the years 1898 to 1976 and consists of sporadic correspondence, mostly relating to locating historic items related to Hinman, specifically pictures of Clark and Martha Hinman. While one picture exists of Clark, no known picture exists of Martha.


  • 1846-1976


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There are no restrictions on use of the materials in the department for research; all patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations.


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Methodist minister Clark Titus Hinman was elected the first President of Northwestern University in 1853, but died before the University opened in 1855. This artificial collection consists of biographical material and correspondence postdating his life; there is also one original sermon.


The Clark Titus Hinman papers are organized into: biographical materials, clippings, the sermon "The Appropriate Character and Responsibilities of Young Men", and corresondence.

Source of Acquisition


Guide to the Clark Titus Hinman (1819-1854) Papers
David Schieber
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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US