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Guide to the Isaac Ferris Papers MC.76

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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on November 28, 2018
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Updated by Jacqueline Rider for compliance with DACS and ACM Required Elements for Archival Description  , November 2018

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Ferris, Isaac, 1798-1873
Title: Isaac Ferris Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1816-1931
Dates [bulk]: 1816-1871
Abstract: Isaac Ferris, 1798-1873, was a clergyman in the Reformed Dutch Church of America and the third chancellor of New York University. This collection consists of manuscripts, letters, memorabilia, and other printed material from the late 1800s.
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet in one manuscript box
Location: Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please request materials at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Language: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: MC.76

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Biographical Note

Isaac Ferris, 1798-1873, was a clergyman in the Reformed Dutch Church of America and the third chancellor of New York University. He served the Second Church at Albany (1824-1836) and the Market Street Church in New York City (1836-1853) before assuming the chancellorship of New York University (then the University of the City of New York) in 1853, a position he held until 1870. Ferris was also founder of the Rutgers Female Institute in New York (1839), member of the American Bible Society (1840-1873), founder of the New York YMCA (1852), and corresponding secretary for the Board of Foreign Missions of the Reformed Dutch Church.

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Scope and Contents

This collection includes manuscripts, letters, memorabilia, and printed material created by Isaac Ferris, the third chancellor of New York University.


The collection is arranged chronologically.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Poems.
  • Correspondence.
  • Sermons.
  • Invitations.
  • Speeches.

Subject Organizations

  • American Bible Society
  • University of the City of New York
  • American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions
  • Collegiate Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of the City of New York
  • Columbia College (New York, N.Y.)
  • Rutgers Female Institute (New York, N.Y.)
  • Young Men's Christian Association of the City of New York
  • New York Ophthalmic Hospital
  • New York University -- Administration

Subject Topics

  • Christianity -- United States

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.) -- History

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by the creator are maintained by New York University. Permission to publish or reproduce materials in this collection must be secured from New York University Archives, (212) 998-2646,

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Isaac Ferris Papers; MC 76; box number; folder number; New York University Archives, New York University Libraries.

Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the University Archives by Mrs. Morris P. Ferris from 1927 to 1930 and by Mrs. J. Stewart McNally from 1978 to 1980.

Processing Information

Materials were placed in an archival box and folders.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 List of printed sermons and speeches
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Commencement Address at Columbia College
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Address at the Opening of the Rutgers Female Institute
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Christmas Day poem
Box: 1 Folder : 5 "Ecclesiastical Characteristics: A Plain Statement of the Characteristics of the Protestant Dutch Church"; Discourse before the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Address delivered on the formation of the YMCA of New York
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Anniversary address delivered at the New York Ophthalmic Hospital
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Address delivered at the opening of the Law Department
Box: 1 Folder : 9 "The Duties of the Times": preached on the National Thanksgiving
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Jubilee Memorial of the American Bible Society: 1816-1866
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Semi-Centennial Memorial Discourse of the New York Sunday School Union
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Address delivered at the Centennial Proceedings at the North Dutch Church, 1769-1869
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Alumni notes to Ferris on his retirement
Box: 1 Folder : 14 "Memorial Discourse; or, Fifty Years Ministry in the Reformed Church of America"
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Receipt, Alumnae Association, Rutgers Institute
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Lecture outline and notes, invitation to attend anniversary meeting of Philomathean & Eucleian Societies, correspondence, clippings
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Correspondence of Mrs. Morris P. Ferris

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