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William Wells Eaton notebooks

Identifier: C-63

Scope and Contents

Collection contains one notebook containing holograph lectures given by William Wells Eaton for his class, The Political and Legal Antiquities of Athens, one holograph diary kept by William Wells Eaton from 1873-1886, and a notebook containing holograph notes from Professor Edwards Amasa Park's lectures at Andover from 1870-1871.


  • 1870-1886


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Open to research without restrictions.

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Biographical / Historical

William Wells Eaton (1846-1905) is the son of Amherst College professor James S. and Louisa Howard Eaton. He is the brother of Amherst College professors James H. Eaton and George T. Eaton. Eaton was born in Colchester, Conn., on August 24, 1846, and attended Phillips (Andover) Academy before attending Amherst College (class of 1868). After graduating, Eaton became a teacher at Monson Academy, and was a member of Andover Theological Seminary from 1869 to 1871. Eaton taught at Phillips Academy from 1871-1873, and from 1873 to 1876, he studied classical and comparative philology in the Universities of Gottingen and Leipsic, Germany. From 1877 to 1880, he was assistant to the associate professor of Sacred Literature at Andover Theological Seminary, following which he was employed for two years as an assistant to Professor J. H. Thayer in translating and editing Grimm's New Testament Greek Lexicon. From 1882 until his death in 1905, Eaton was a professor of Greek language and literature at Middlebury College, and a professor of German from 1884 to 1894.

Edwards Amasa Park (1808-1900) was an American Congregational theologian. Park was the son of Calvin Park, Congregational minister and professor at Brown University. Park graduated from Brown University in 1826, was a teacher at Braintree for two years, and graduated from Andover Theological Seminary in 1831. He was co-pastor of the orthodox Congregational church of Braintree from 1831-1833, professor of mental and moral philosophy at Amherst College in 1835, and Bartlet professor of sacred rhetoric from 1836 to 1847, and Abbot professor of Christian theology from 1847-1881 at Andover. Park was an ardent admirer of Jonathan Edwards, whose great-granddaughter he married. Park was one of the most notable American theologians and orators, and was the most prominent leader of the new school of New England Theology.


1 Box (1 box, 3 folders)


Collection is arranged chronologically.

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Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

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