Hartwick College was founded in 1797, under the provisions of the will of John Christopher Hartwick, as the first Lutheran Seminary in America. The first Seminary building was erected in 1815 on the Hartwick Patent in upstate New York. In 1888 the Classical Department introduced the freshmen year of a collegiate course and in 1928 it expanded to a four year college and moved to Oneonta, New York. Today, Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains.
The Hartwick College Archives was officially established in 1973 and exists primarily to collect and preserve materials that reflect the biography of John Christopher Hartwick and the history of the educational institutions that bear his name - Hartwick Seminary, Hartwick Academy and Hartwick College. In addition, the archives houses numerous special collections.
All Hartwick College Digital Collections
Hartwick Seminary Records
These documents reflect the life of John Christopher Hartwick, his work with the Lutheran Synod, his land dealings, the problems of executing his will and establishing the Seminary, the relationship of the Lutheran Synod with the Seminary, the academic and social life of the Seminary and its eventual division into Hartwick Academy, Hartwick Seminary and Hartwick College.
John Burroughs Memorabilia
This collection, donated in 1955 by Miss Ethelwynn Doolittle - a good friend of Burroughs, includes a few of his published works, articles and poems written about him, photographs, postcards, memorabilia items from the John Burroughs Memorial Association, a wooden whistle hand carved by Burroughs, and a replica of the Tablet on the Boyhood Rock. A portion of this collection has been digitized and added to New York Heritage.
Oneonta, NY Railroad Memorabilia
These materials were usedby Dr. Eugene Milener during the compilation of his book, Oneonta: The Development of a Railroad Town, which he subsequently donated to the college archives. Materials from the Milener collection include street maps from 1785 through 1910, many photographs of local railroads, trolleys, city scenes, and correspondence regarding the choice of Oneonta as a site for the Delaware and Hudson Railway Company's Engine House and shops.
Ethelwyn Doolittle Memorabilia
This collection consists of memorabilia and correspondence of Ethelwyn Doolittle, a local resident and patron of Hartwick College, mostly related to Saint Francis of Assisi. A close friend of John Burroughs, Doolittle also donated the college's collection of John Burroughs Memorabilia.
George Bernard Shaw Memorabilia
This very small collection, including a photograph and a brief letter, was donated to the college by Fred K. Scheibe in 1964.
Hartwick College Records
This collection documents the history of Hartwick College from the expansion of the Hartwick Seminary Collegiate Course to its present day status of 1500 students and 130 faculty members. It reflects the diversity of ten administrations, the break with the Lutheran Church, the ever changing student and faculty population, the achievements, activities, priorities and educational pursuits of the college community, as well as the College's interaction with the local community and state.
Paul F. Cooper, Jr. Archives