ABC 60

Smith, Eli, 1801-1857. Eli Smith papers, 1819-1869: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: ABC 60
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Smith, Eli, 1801-1857.
Title: Eli Smith papers,
Date(s): 1819-1869.
Quantity: 1 collection (3.5 linear feet (3 cartons)
Abstract: Eli Smith was a missionary in the Middle East and translator of the Bible into Arabic, 1826-1857. The papers include missionary and family correspondence and scholarly papers chiefly on philology and geography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Manuscripts deposited by the United Church Board for World Ministries; received ca. 1949.

Processing Information:

Processed by: J. F. Coakley

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Eli Smith Papers, 1819-1869 (ABC 60). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Further correspondence of Smith can be found in the main series (especially ABC 16) of the ABCFM archives at Houghton Library.
There is another collection of papers of Eli Smith in Yale Divinity School Library.

Separated Materials

The Arabic papers from this collection, chiefly letters to Eli Smith, have been segregated and have the call number ABC 50. (These have not yet been catalogued.)

Biographical / Historical

Eli Smith (1801-1857) was a missionary of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, stationed in the Middle East, briefly in Malta (1826) and then, until his early death, in Beirut. He also traveled in Greece (1829), Armenia and Persia (1830-1831), and Palestine (1838 and 1852). He is remembered as a translator of the Bible into Arabic. Smith was married three times, to Sarah Lanman Huntington (1833-1836), Maria Ward Chapin (1841-1842), and Hetty Simpkins Butler (1846- ).


Arranged into the following series:

Scope and Contents

The papers span the whole of Smith's career 1826-1857 and include a few items before that. His correspondence was chiefly but not exclusively with missionary colleagues and with his family. There are also papers of his first wife Sarah L. Smith, of his widow Hetty Smith (down to 1869), and a few items from his children including Charles L. Smith. Eli Smith's own letters are mostly copies made in a copying press, the bulk of them from the years 1835-1839.

Index to recipients of letters from Eli Smith

(item 105 above).
Adger, John
Anderson, Rufus
Ayer, Joseph
Badger, George Percy
Beebee, Samuel J.
Bingham, John C.
Bird, Isaac
Brenner, P.
Brown, C.
Bustani, Butrus
Calhoun, Simeon H.
Chasseaud, J.
Chapin, Moses
Chesborough, A.
Churchill, Mark
Coates, D.
Daggett, Hinman & Co.
De Forest, Catherine
De Forest, Henry A.
Dittrich, August
Dodge, Martha
Dwight, H. G. O. (Harrison Gray Otis)
Farren, J. W.
Field, David D. (David Dudley)
Flügel, Gustav
Glidden, John
Gobat, Samuel
Goodell, William
Haddad, Tannus
Hallock, Homan
Hallock, William A. (William Allen)
Hays, C. D.
Hebard, Sister
Hebard. Story
Hemley, J. K.
Hill, Henry
Hoadly, Eli Smith
Hoadly, L. Ives
Hoadly, Lydia
Homes, Henry A.
Hooker, E. W.
Hough, Lent Serajah
Hooker, M. L.
Hough, Hannah
Hubbard, Sister
Huntington, E. B.
Huntington, Jabez
Huntington, Jed

(The identification is not certain for all these letters.)

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