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Atwater, Lyman Hotchkiss, 1813-1883
Lyman Hotchkiss Atwater Papers
Manuscripts Division
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Lyman Hotchkiss Atwater was a nineteenth century theologian and scholar. His papers include lectures, notes, published essays, printed matter, and some correspondence, as well as a volume of lecture notes from Atwater's son, Edward Atwater, and articles authored by various people for The Princeton Review.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of lectures, lecture notes, published essays, printed matter, and a small amount of correspondence of Atwater, a professor of logic and moral and political science at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), as well as some papers of other people. Included are bound volumes of lectures and exam questions given by Atwater, attendance lists, newspaper clippings collected for research purposes, tax forms and other administrative papers. Also present are a volume of lecture notes taken by Atwater's son, Edward Atwater (Princeton Class of 1862), while a freshman at Princeton in 1858, and tearsheets of articles by various authors published in the Princeton Review.

Collection Creator Biography:

Atwater, Lyman Hotchkiss, 1813-1883

Lyman Hotchkiss Atwater was a prominent religious and academic figure, born on February 23, 1813 in New Haven, Connecticut. He began attending Yale University at age 14. During his time at Yale, he experienced a religious reawakening and continued his studies at Yale Divinity School. After leaving Yale, Atwater became a pastor of the First Congregational Church of Fairfield Connecticut and started writing articles to appear in several theological journals. He established himself as a Calvinist and a political and social conservative. He moved to Princeton in 1854 and began lecturing on religion and metaphysics. In 1869 he became a professor of logic, metaphysics, ethics, economics, and politics and remained with the University in this capacity until his death. Atwater worked with the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. for the greater part of his life as well, and continued to write, publishing many articles and one book. He passed away on February 17, 1883 in Princeton, New Jersey.

Collection History


Transferred from P.U. Archives in Mudd Library in 1995.

Custodial History

The collection was formed in part as a result of a departmental practice of combining into one collection manuscript material of various accessions relating to a particular author.


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Processing Information

Biography written by Alyxandra Cullen, '09.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Lyman Hotchkiss Atwater Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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