John Martin Vincent papers
- Vincent, John Martin, 1857-1939 (Person)
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Collection is open for use.
Conditions Governing Use
3.58 Cubic Feet (3 letter half-size document boxes, 5 legal size document boxes, 1 flat box (15.5 x 12 x 3 inches), 2 pamphlet boxes (7.25 x 4 x 10 inches))
Dr. Vincent spent 20 years as Professor of European History at Johns Hopkins. He edited the Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science, and authored five works: Costume and Conduct in the Laws of Basel, Bern and Zurich, 1370- 1800, Municipal Government in the Twelfth Century, Municipal Problems in Mediaeval Switzerland, State and Federal Government in Switzerland, and Switzerland at the Beginning of the Sixteenth Century. In addition he edited a work on science and religion and one on European and American constitutions. John Martin Vincent died in 1939 at age 81, leaving an estate of more than one million dollars, which he bequeathed to The Johns Hopkins University.
Scope and Contents
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).
- Adams, Charles F. (Charles Francis), 1866-1954
- Adams, Ephraim Douglass, 1865-1930
- Adams, Henry, 1838-1918
- Adams, Herbert Baxter, 1850-1901
- American Historical Association
- Ames, Joseph Sweetman, 1864-1943
- Andrews, Charles McLean, 1863-1943
- Anthony, Susan B. (Susan Brownell), 1820-1906
- Bancroft, Frederic, 1860-1945
- Bassett, John Spencer, 1867-1928
- Bingham, Hiram, 1875-1956
- Browne, William Hand, 1828-1912
- Callahan, James Morton, 1864-1956
- College teachers
- Dewey, Davis Rich, 1858-1942
- Dodd, William Edward, 1869-1940
- Ely, Richard T. (Richard Theodore), 1854-1943
- Finley, John H. (John Huston), 1863-1940
- Freeman, Douglas Southall, 1886-1953
- Gilman, Daniel C. (Daniel Coit), 1831-1908
- Hart, Albert Bushnell, 1854-1943
- Haskins, Charles Homer, 1870-1937
- Hilbert, F. W.
- Hildebrandt, L. F.
- Jameson, J. Franklin (John Franklin), 1859-1937
- Johns Hopkins University
- Johns Hopkins University. Alumni Association
- Johns Hopkins University. Department of History
- Johns Hopkins University. Historical Seminary Library
- Keutgen, Friedrich, 1861-1936
- Kinley, David, 1861-1944
- Latané, John Holladay, 1869-1932
- Levermore, Charles H. (Charles Herbert), 1856-1927
- MacDonald, William, 1863-1938
- MacNeil, Hermon Atkins, 1866-1947
- Miller, R. D.
- Paullin, Charles Oscar, 1868 or 1869-1944
- Pritchett, Henry S. (Henry Smith), 1857-1939
- Remsen, Ira, 1846-1927
- Schouler, James, 1839-1920
- Seager, Henry R. (Henry Rogers), 1870-1930
- Shaw, Albert, 1857-1947
- Stevenson, Edward Luther, 1858-1944
- Sydenstricker, Edgar, 1881-1936
- Tarbell, Ida M. (Ida Minerva), 1857-1944
- Turner, Frederick Jackson, 1861-1932
- United States
- Vincent, John Martin, 1857-1939
- Wagstaff, Hollis M.
- Willoughby, Westel Woodbury, 1867-1945
- Willoughby, William F. (William Franklin), 1867-1960
- Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924
- Woodburn, James Albert, 1856-1943
- clippings (information artifacts)
- notes (documents)
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