Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lovejoy, Elijah P. (Elijah Parish), 1802-1837

Title: Elijah P. Lovejoy, Papers

Dates: 1804-1891

Abstract: The papers of Elijah Parish Lovejoy, born in 1802 near Albion, Maine, was a preacher, editor, and abolitionist

ID: S 585.1

Quantity: 4 small boxes (1.3 linear feet)

Language: English

Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Elijah Parish Lovejoy, born in 1802 near Albion, Maine, was a preacher, editor, and abolitionist. He studied theology at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1832, and served as a preacher in St. Louis, Missouri. He became editor of the Observer, a reform newspaper. In 1835, he moved to Alton, Illinois, and established a newspaper that met with opposition in the town. Three of his presses were destroyed by mobs, and Lovejoy died in 1837 while defending his fourth press.

Scope and Contents

The collection includes correspondence, sermons, lectures, newspapers, news clippings, and family memorabilia created by, or related to, Lovejoy and his family. The collection bulks with correspondence (1824-1853) and concerns abolition, temperance, religion, and theology. The first two files contain transcripts of some of the correspondence and poems compiled by college students for a class project from 1973-1974.

Due to the fragil nature of the materials, the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library has digitized this collection to protect the original materials while maintaining access. All files are PDF files and require Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.0 or later to view. To view the materials, please go to Elijah Lovejoy Digital Files

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research

Index Terms

The subject hearings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.

Subjects (Persons)

  • Lovejoy, Elijah P. (Elijah Parish), 1802-1837
  • Lovejoy family
  • Places

  • Alton (Ill.)--History
  • Alton (Ill.)--Riot, 1837
  • Subjects

  • Abolitionists--Illinois
  • Abolitionists--Illinois--Alton
  • Abolitionists--United States
  • Antislavery movements
  • Freedom of the press--United States
  • Riots--Illinois--Alton--History--19th century
  • Related Material

    For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections.

  • Merton Lynn Dillon Papers, 1960-1961
  • Austin Wiswall Papers, 1863-1912
  • Harriet Wiswall Papers, 1863-1865 and undated
  • Administrative Information

    Acquisition

    Gifts, 1959-1961

    Processed by

    Abel Ramirez, 2000

    Additional Sources

  • Dillon, Merton lynn. "Elijah P. Lovejoy: Abolitionist Editor." Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1961.
  • Beecher, Edward. "Narrative of Riots at Alton in Connection with the Death of Rev. Elijah P. Lovejoy." Alton, Illinois: G. Holton, 1838.
  • Gill, John. "Tide Without Turning: Elijah P. Lovejoy and Freedom of the press." Boston: Starr King Press, 1958
  • Lovejoy, Joseph Cammet and Owed Lovejoy. "Memoir of the Rev. Elijah P. Lovejoy." New York. Arno Press, 1969.
  • Moore, Richard Ray. "Elijah P. Lovejoy: the Making of a Reformer." Thesis (M. A.)--Texas Technological College, 1960.
  • Simon, Paul. "Freedom's Champion--Elijah Lovejoy." Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1994
  • Collection Inventory

    Transcriptions compiled by Students, 1973-1974

    Box 1

    Folder 2, Papers: Inventory and Manuscript Transcriptions, Compiled in 1973

    Folder 2, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1804

    Folder 3, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1805

    Folder 4, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1810

    Folder 5, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1812

    Folder 6, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1807

    Folder 7, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1815

    Folder 8, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1816

    Folder 9, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1817

    Folder 10, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1820

    Folder 11, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1822

    Folder 12, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1823

    Folder 13, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1824

    Folder 14, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1825

    Folder 15, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1826

    Folder 16, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1827

    Folder 17, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1828

    Folder 18, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1829

    Box 2

    Folder 1, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1830

    Folder 2, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1831

    Folder 3, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1832

    Folder 4, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1833

    Folder 5, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1834

    Folder 6, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1835

    Folder 7, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1836

    Folder 8, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1837

    Folder 9, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1838

    Box 3

    Folder 1, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1839-1850

    Folder 2, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1839

    Folder 3, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1840

    Folder 4, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1841

    Folder 5, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1842

    Folder 6, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1844

    Folder 7, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1845

    Folder 8, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1843

    Folder 9, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1846

    Folder 10, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1847

    Folder 11, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1848

    Folder 12, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1849

    Folder 13, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1850

    Folder 14, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1852

    Folder 15, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1853

    Folder 16, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1854

    Folder 17, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1856

    Folder 18, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1857

    Folder 19, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1861

    Folder 20, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1862

    Folder 21, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1863

    Folder 22, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1864

    Folder 23, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1865

    Folder 24, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1867

    Folder 25, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1869

    Folder 26, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1870

    Folder 27, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1871

    Folder 28, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1872

    Folder 29, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1879

    Folder 30, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1881

    Folder 31, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1885

    Folder 32, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1886

    Folder 33, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1890

    Folder 34, Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1891

    Box 4

    Folder 1, Essay, Manuscripts, Sermons, undated

    Folder 2, Clippings, Photographs, Pamphlets, undated

    Folder 3, Sermons, Poems, Correspondence, undated

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