Date Published: 1892-1931
Binding: No binding
Henry van Dyke Collection contains 51 items specifically 11 Autograph Letters Signed, 17 Typed letters Signed, 6 Manuscripts, 8 Autographed signed notes/ cards and 9 Ephemera. Collection items dating from 1892 to 1931.
Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933), Presbyterian clergyman, author, and professor was born on November 10, 1852, in Germantown, Pennsylvania. Van Dyke attended Princeton University and received his B.A. in 1873 and an M.A. in 1876. He then spent the next two years studying at the University of Berlin and when he returned to the United States, he was ordained as a Presbyterian minister. For the first four years of his ministry, Van Dyke served as a pastor of the United Congregational Church of Newport, Rhode Island. In 1883, he left Newport to become the pastor of the Brick Presbyterian Church of New York City where he stayed for eighteen years. While in New York, Van Dyke gained a national reputation as one of the greatest preachers of New York City and also published his first book in 1884, The Reality of Religion. Van Dyke published several other books, short stories, and poems during his lifetime, usually incorporating religious matters and literary criticism. In 1900, Van Dyke became the Murray Professor of English Literature at Princeton and would remain in that position through 1923, when he retired. In 1908-1909, Van Dyke also served as a visiting lecturer for the University of Paris and in 1913, President Woodrow Wilson appointed him the United States minister to the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Henry Van Dyke died at his home in Princeton, New Jersey, on April 10,1933. quoted from Brown University finding aid.
Henry van Dyke Collection contents:
Eleven Autographed Letters Signed (ALS);
• ALS to George H. Putnam (letterhead of The Brick Church on Fifth Ave N.Y. where van Dyke was pastor), 5 January 1892 or 1897, recommending Leonard C. van Noppen, well known poet and translator of Dutch literature.
• 3 ALS to George Park Fisher (American theologian and professor of ecclesiastical history at Yale University), 18 February 1897, 12 September 1902, and n.d (the latter 6 pp.), re (“our chance of a good talk on the yacht was gobbled up by an academic misunderstanding”), their shared Christian values, and Van Dyke’s appreciation of Fisher’s History of Christian Doctrine.
• ALS to Miss Lockwood, 9 Jan. 1902, informing her that he can’t be at Mt. Vernon on 3 June because he’s travelling from the University of Missouri to Trinity College, North Carolina.
• ASL to Rev. Dr. William Elliot Griffis, June 22, 1903 (dict and signed) sending 1 dollar (not included) for a copy of Chambers Memoir
• ALS to Earl M. Benson, 19 September 1929, giving Benson permission to reprint “The Americanism of Washington”.
• ALS addressed “Dear Sir”, 25 April 1913, telling his correspondence that the shortness of his stay (in San Francisco) has prevented him from making an appointment and he can probably find what he wants by consulting the poetry of Ella Wheeler Wilcox or The Book of Verse.
• ALS to Edwin A. Elsbach, 19 July 1921, sends him his autograph and apologizes for the delay in it sending because his wife was ill, now recovered.
• ALS to Charles W. McAlpin, 20 December 1901 , re check for $500 for the Babcock Memorial fund
• ALS without a named recipient, 3 April 1924, “You made a good guess at the story. But go on a little further….”
Seventeen Typed Letter Signed (TSL);
• TSL to Rev. Dr. William Elliot Griffis, Feb. 20, 1899 Condolences on Griffis’ wife death and and asking for one of his preachers at the Brick Church next summer.
• TLS to Herbert D. Gallaudet, 5 March 1901, declining an invitation to go to the University of Virginia.
• 2 TLS to Harper’s Magazine (Henry E. Rood), 17 October 1907 and 16 January 1908, re the “foolish newspaper report”, Talcott Williams’ editorial, proofs of the Damascus article, pamphlet entitled The News and Jesus, and book Van Dyke might write (Palestine Travel Papers) or a novel of News Testament times.
• TLS to The Rev. Christopher R. Eliot, 26 January 1911, telling him that he’s unable to speak at a meeting of the Unitarian Association in Boston due to a prior commitment.
• TLS to James Carleton Young, 3 October 1911, about Young’s personal library (“I have also read the remarkable French tributes which have been paid to your library.”).
• TLS with envelope to Charles W. McAlpin, 19 March 1915, re enclosure from Princess de Ligne.
• TLS to Jacob Rohrback with envelope and cutting of magazine photo, 18 October 1920, declining an invitation.
• TLS to Hilda E. Woodruff, 29 November 1927, writing that he is pleased that students at her school have read two of his stories: “I am particularly glad to know the Jewish boys and girls whom you teach find something to interest them in the stories and nothing to wound their feelings. After all, the little children whom Jesus of Nazareth took into his arms and blessed were Jewish children, and I believe we ought not to forget it.”
• TLS to Charles Edwin Knowles, 2 January 1931, re James Larkin Pearson, the Mountain Poet of North Carolina.
• TLS from Van Dyke to Charles Levings, 28 January 1911, tipped in between pp. 196 and 197 of the book The Spirit of America Book (New York: Macmillan, 1910) includes a 15-line , thanking him for pointing out an error in his book about Thomas Jefferson’s tombstone).
• TLS to S.D. Green, 13 February 1925, re message to the students of Trenton Senior High (hard work, intellectual honesty, sense of honor, love of God).
• TLS to William Lucas, 22 September 1927, re ivy and periwinkle in the garden of his house in Germantown, gladly will autograph books for him.
• TLS from and signed by Agnes Rix, van Dyke’s secretary, to Green, 21 February 1927, re van Dyke willing to sign three volumes before he leaves for California
• 2 TLS to Charles W. McAlpin • 30 April 1915, .re: check for $100 for the Belgian refugees in Amsterdam • 27 November 1929 his preaching at the Brick Church, reading at the Christmas Festival at Carnegie Hall, request for staying with McAlpin
• TLS to Mr. Palmer, 17 May 1910, re Phi Beta Kappa meeting at Harvard, poem while fishing in Pennsylvania.
• Autograph manuscript signed, written in pencil, commemorative tribute entitled “Hamilton Wright Mabie”, 5 pp., published in American Academy of Arts and Letters, no. 22, 1922.
• incomplete ms, n.d. but perhaps circa 1910,12 pp., some pages torn, probably written by a female student of his (perhaps Edith Burk or Fridolyn Mastbaum Gimbel, daughter of the famous Gimbel’s department store owner) that knew him well by the list of girls’ names on the last page, Hollman School for Girls in Philadelphia a school that had some strong affiliation with Princeton University at the time.
Eight Autographed Signed Notes (or Card) (ANS);
• ANS for Mrs. H.G. Jacobs, sent from Pasadena, CA, 11 March 1913. “Life is an arrow, - therefore you must know what mark to aim at, how to use the bow, - Then draw it to the head, and let it go!”
• Autograph card, 28 September 1904.
• Typed signed card, 8 May 1929: “So many requests for autographs come to me that I can do no more than send you this with good wishes.”
• Signed card (18 May 1927) with several news clippings of his poems and photogravure signed in facsimile.
• Signed quotation on page dated October 3, extracted from the pages of a 1902 Autograph Calendar book recovered from Orange Memorial Hospital, New Jersey: "Life is an arrow: therefore you must know what mark to aim at, how to use the bow, Then draw it to the head, and let it go!”
• B&w printed photo, signed twice.
• Signed card dated May 21, 1928.
• Signed card, n.d., stating that he is still very ill and busy but providing his autograph.
• Van Dyke’s bookplate with “Ex Libris Henry Van Dyke” and motto “Lux summa lex mea” depicts the Greek god, Hermes, reading a book while fishing and a shield with a helmet and star.
• 6 post card and printed poem cards: image of van Dyke and flowers with quotation, “There is love that stirs the heart…”, 1908, The Scofield-Pierson Co.; greeting card, n.d., “Not to the swift, | the race;….”; “The Foot Path to Peace”, 1907, with quotation “To be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars....’; “The Spirit of Christmas”, [190?], addressed to Elsa Rist; “Life Is in Tune with Harmony” from Music and Other Poems (1904); “My Work”, post-marked 1908. “The Legend of the Vain King”, Post card, Princeton New Jersey Mansion Home of Professor Henry Van Dyke, 8 April 1915, to Mrs. Guest, apparently in Van Dyke’s hand. “Henry van Dyke. The Man and His Work”,
• 1 page article extracted from the Ladies’ Home Journal, September 1904.
• B&w small printed full profile image of Van Dyke with biographical information about him.
This collection is on consignment with LDRB.