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Mary A. James Papers

Identifier: SMC-013

Scope and Contents

Mary A. James writings are made up of compositions written by Mary A. James while at the Seminary, that include: “Why was the World Made so Beautiful?;” “The Thoughts of Youth are Long, Long Thoughts;” “The Meaning of Dreams;” “Earth;” “Discipline;” “Twilight;” “Sir Isaac Newton;” “The Study of the Face;” “No Sin, No sorrow;” “Principles of the Primary Rainbow;” “Old Books and Libraries;” and “Shadows.” Four untitled compositions include topics of a little child, the author Southey, a little mill and the beauty of nature. There are also four assignments of mathematic homework or notes.

An envelope addressed to Mary A. James, one semi-monthly report, and Mary’s Natural Philosophy notebook dated October 1, 1857 are also incorporated into her writings. Some of the topics in her philosophy notebook focus on voltaic electricity, optics, reflection and refraction of light, prisms, and a formula of a double convex lens. In the mathematics portion of writings are mathematic papers on the method of finding the density of the earth, and other math equations including square roots and factorials.


  • 1857-1859


Access Restrictions

No restrictions. Open for research.


Copyright is retained by the authors, or their descendants, of items in these papers as stipulated by United States copyright law


Mary A. James attended Wheaton Seminary from 1857-59.


0.3 Cubic Feet (3 folders)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Found in Collection. Acquisition information not available for this collection. Collection inputted into database in 2008.

Processing Information

Processed by: Ashley Kuhn, November 2008

Encoded using Archivist Toolkit by: Hanna Juergens, September 2012

Encoding edited by: Megan Wheaton-Book, Assistant Archivist, October 2012

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Repository Details

Part of the Marion B. Gebbie Archives and Special Collections Repository

Wheaton College
26 East Main Street
Norton Massachusetts 02766