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HUM 68

Foxcroft, Thomas, 1697-1769. Papers of Thomas Foxcroft, 1710-1714: an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: HUM 68
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Foxcroft, Thomas, 1697-1769.
Title: Papers of Thomas Foxcroft, 1710-1714
Date(s): 1686-1837
Quantity: .21 cubic feet (1 half document box)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Thomas Foxcroft (1696/7-1769) was minister of the First Church of Boston from 1717 until his death in 1769. He attended Harvard College as an undergraduate from 1710 to 1714 and studied a curriculum that emphasized Latin and Greek studies, and public discourse and syllogistic debate. The papers of Thomas Foxcroft consist of thin paper notebooks of theses and Latin lessons kept by Foxcroft while an undergraduate at Harvard College, as well as a Commencement thesis, and the salutatory and valedictory orations composed by Foxcroft for the July 7, 1714 Harvard Commencement ceremonies, where he graduated first in his class. The documents are written almost completely in Latin.

Acquisition information:

The collection was acquired in 1953 from the B. Tighe purchase.

Processing Information:

The material was first classified and described in the Harvard University Archives shelflist prior to 1980 as individual items. The material was re-processed in 2011 as the papers of Thomas Foxcroft and assigned the call number HUM 68. A list of superceded call numbers is available at the end of the finding aid. Re-processing involved a collection survey, re-housing in appropriate archival folders and boxes, and the creation of this finding aid.
This finding aid was created by Diann Benti in January 2011.
Preservation and description of the papers of Thomas Foxcroft was supported by the Arcadia-funded project Harvard in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries.

Researcher Access:

The papers of Thomas Foxcroft are open for research.

Copying Restriction:

Copying of fragile materials may be limited.

Online access:

All of the papers have been digitized and are available online. Links accompany detailed descriptions.

Preferred Citation:

Foxcroft, Thomas, 1697-1769. Papers of Thomas Foxcroft, 1710-1714. HUM 68, Harvard University Archives.

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Biographical Note

Thomas Foxcroft (1696/7-1769), minister of the First Church of Boston, was born on February 26, 1696/7. He attended Harvard College as an undergraduate from 1710 to 1714 and studied a curriculum that emphasized Latin and Greek studies, and public discourse and syllogistic debate. Foxcroft graduated first in his class and delivered Salutatory Oration at the 1714 Commencement. After receiving an AB from Harvard, Foxcroft went on to receive an AM in 1717. He was ordained as a minister of the First Church of Boston on November 20, 1717, whereupon he became an ex-officio member of the Harvard Board of Overseers. Though Foxcroft was severely affected by a paralytic shock in 1736, he served as a minister until his death and was a public opponent of Arminianism. Foxcroft delivered the annual Dudleian lecture at Harvard College on May 13, 1761. Foxcroft died on June 18, 1769.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged in two series:

Scope and Content

The papers of Thomas Foxcroft are arranged in two series containing student notebooks and Commencement orations. The collection consists of thin paper notebooks of theses and Latin lessons kept by Foxcroft while an undergraduate at Harvard College, as well as a Commencement thesis, and the salutatory and valedictory orations composed by Foxcroft for the July 7, 1714 Harvard Commencement ceremonies, where he graduated first in his class. The documents are written almost completely in Latin.

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This document last updated 2015 January 8.

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