This collection consists of correspondence, scrapbooks, subject files, and personal materials ranging in date from 1881 to 1925. The bulk of the material is correspondence dating from 1900-1910.
The correspondence forms the bulk of the collection, and focuses primarily on Vincent's administrative duties for the department-- job interviews, recommendations of candidates to other schools, editorship of the John Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science. In addition, Vincent served on various committees of the American Historical Association, and some of the letters address his work there. The correspondents are varied--former students, faculty members, publishing companies--and the bulk of the letters cover 1900-1910.
The other series are small, and document only a small part of Vincent's career at Hopkins. Material in the Department of History series illustrates some of his duties in the History Department: preparing syllabi and exams, taking notes on meetings of the Johns Hopkins University Historical and Political Science Association. The papers written by Vincent's students on historical method reflect theories of late nineteenth and early twentienth century historiography. This series also contains two scrapbooks (1888-1916; 1883-1915) which have copies of matriculation exam questions and syllabi. Herbert Baxter Adams, first chairman of the history department and Vincent's mentor, probably began compiling the material; Vincent added to it after Adams's death in 1901.
Vincent also continued Adams's teaching technique of illustrating lectures with prints from books and magazines. Vincent entitled his print collection "Views of Places, Monuments, etc., etc." The prints are included in the Department of History series.
Before assuming his professorship in the History Department, Vincent ran the Historical Seminary Library. Vincent's correspondence with book dealers, as well as lists of books purchased are included in the History Department series. This material, along with similar invoices in the Herbert Baxter Adams Papers (MS.0004) document the development of the Seminary Library.
Vincent was a member of the Political Economy Club of Baltimore, a private organization which met to discuss current economic issues. The series consists of minutes from 1903-1906, which cover such diverse topics as: "The Fiscal Problem in England," "Expenditures of the Government," "The Problems of Colonial Government," and "Municipal Finances of Baltimore."
The datebooks, scrapbook and newspaper clippings reflect Vincent's personal life. The datebooks contain notations on appointments, activities, faculty meetings, and other responsibilities. The scrapbook reveals Vincent's lighter side, and contains limericks, puns, anecdotes, and newspaper clippings. The other news clippings Vincent saved were also of personal interest, focusing on Hopkins, local news from Elyria, Ohio, and copies of his columns written for an Elyria newspaper about his trip to Europe (1891-1892).