Fiske, Willard, 1831-1904

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The coins were purchased by Willard Fiske from H. H. I. Lynge of Copenhagen in 1899.

From the description of Runic coins, circa 1047-1076. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 489960820

Linguist, bibliophile, chess expert. First university librarian at Cornell University. Assembled impressive collections of Dante, Petrarch, Icelandia, etc.

From the description of Willard Fiske letters [manuscript], 1875 and 1879. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 244831676

Journalist, librarian, educator, bibliophile.

From the description of Daniel Willard Fiske papers, 1847-1989, 1847-1903 (bulk). (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 73965674

George Allen was a professor of languages at the University of Pennsylvania and an authority on the game of chess.

From the description of Letters to George Allen, 1856-1859. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 773679805

Secretary of American Geographical and Statistical Society; journalist, librarian, bibliophile, educator.

From the description of Letter, 1860, January 9 and February 4, New York, to Professor Reuben A. Guild, Librarian of Brown University. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122450317

  • Nov. 11, 1831: Daniel Willard Fiske born at Ellisburg, New York
  • 1845 - 1847 : Student at Cazenovia Seminary, Cazenovia, New York
  • 1847 - 1848 : Student at Hamilton College, Clinton, New York
  • 1850 - 1852 : Scandinavia. Studied at the University of Upsala. In Copenhagen (1850, 1851), Fiske was connected with the United States Legation. Correspondent for American newspapers
  • 1852 - 1861 : Returned to America where he continued as newspaper correspondent. From 1852-1859, he held a position in the Astor Library (NYC). From 1857-1860, he edited the American Chess Monthly
  • 1861 - 1863 : Attache to the United States legation in Vienna
  • 1863 - 1865 : Editorial Staff of the Syracuse Daily Journal
  • 1865 - 1867 : Book dealer
  • 1867 - 1868 : Staff of the Hartford Courant
  • 1868 - 1883 : While traveling abroad he was offered the position of Professor of North-European Languages and Librarian of Cornell University. On July 13, 1880 he was married to Jennie McGraw who died in Ithaca on Sept. 30, 1881. During 1882-1883 Fiske made trips to Egypt and Europe and it was in the latter year that the Petrarch Collection was begun. There were more European travels until 1883 when Fiske severed all connections with Cornell University
  • 1883 - 1892 : Lived in Florence in a rented villa (Villa Forini) until 1888. During these years in Italy he made several trips to the United States, Egypt, Scandinavia, and other European countries.
  • 1892 - 1904 : In 1892 Fiske purchased and proceeded to remodel the Villa Landor near Florencce where he entertained many guests and pursued his book collecting and many other interests. The Dante Collection was begun in 1893. In 1891 the Rhaeto-Romantic Collection was started.
  • Sept. 17, 1904: Daniel Willard Fiske died at Frankfort-on-the-Main, Germany. Buried next to Jennie McGraw Fiske in the Crypt of Sage Chapel at Cornell University.
  • Trips to United States were made in 1889, 1890, 1891-1892, 1893, 1895-1896, 1897; to Egypt in 1888-1889, 1898; to Scandinavia periodically (according to HSW in Chronological Outline, Willard Fiske, Life and Correspondence)

From the guide to the Daniel Willard Fiske papers, 1847-1927, 1847-1903 (bulk), (Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library)

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creatorOf Fiske, Willard, 1831-1904. Willard Fiske notes on literary controversies, 1880s? Cornell University Library
creatorOf Daniel Willard Fiske papers, 1847-1927, 1847-1903 (bulk) Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Fiske, Willard, 1831-1904,. Raeto-Romance manuscript collection, 1636-1838. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Evans, E. P. (Edward Payson), 1831-1917. Edward P. Evans letters, 1870-1915. Cornell University Library
referencedIn LeConte, John L. (John Lawrence), 1825-1883. Papers, 1812-1897 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Petrarca, Francesco, 1304-1374. Dramatic version of Griselda, 1600s. Cornell University Library
creatorOf May, Samuel J. (Samuel Joseph), 1797-1871,. May Anti-Slavery manuscript collection, 1749-1933 (bulk 1840-1880). Cornell University Library
creatorOf Alekhine, Alexey A., 1888-1939. [Chess letters]. Cleveland Public Library, Main Library
creatorOf Fiske, Willard, 1831-1904. Letters [ca. 1884-1886 Feb. 6, Feb. 12, Nov. 29, Jan. 5, Florence, to [E.P.] Evans [Munich?]. University of Michigan
referencedIn Garrison family papers, 1801-1948 (inclusive), 1840-1907 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf Cornell University. Library. Cornell University Library miscellaneous correspondence, 1872-1944. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Fiske, Willard, 1831-1904. Letters to George Allen, 1856-1859. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Rafn, Carl Christian, 1795-1864. Carl Christian Rafn correspondence, [ca. 1870] Cornell University Library
creatorOf Fiske, Willard, 1831-1904. Willard Fiske letters [manuscript], 1875 and 1879. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Howell, Frederick W. W., 1857-1901. Icelandic and Faroese photographs of Frederick W. W. Howell: with Icelandic photographs of Henry A. Perkins and Magnús Olafsson, [ca. 1895-1900]. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Fiske, Willard, 1831-1904. Varianti al testo della Divina commedia dal codice cartaceo in fol. pic. della 2a metà del sec. XIV, in confronto con la edizione cominiana, 1800s. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Petrarca, Francesco, 1304-1374. D. Francisci Petrarcae poetae laureati Triumphi sex incipit, circa 1500-1530. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Smithsonian Archives. Ru 52: Assistant Secretary, Incoming Correspondenc.
referencedIn May, Samuel J. (Samuel Joseph), 1797-1871. Samuel Joseph May diary, 1865. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Evans family. Papers, 1866-1918. University of Michigan
creatorOf Tassoni, Alessandro, 1565-1635. Per dare un saggio del satirico ingegno del Tassoni, 1800s? Cornell University Library
referencedIn Murray, H. J. R. (Harold James Ruthven), 1869-1955. Some notes on Willard Fiske's Chess in Iceland / by H.J.R. Murray. Cleveland Public Library, Main Library
creatorOf Evans family. Evans family papers, 1866-1918. University of Michigan
creatorOf Fiske, Willard, 1831-1904. Daniel Willard Fiske papers, 1847-1989, 1847-1903 (bulk). Cornell University Library
referencedIn Lounsbury, Thomas Raynesford, 1838-1915. Thomas Raynesford Lounsbury papers, 1829-1915 (inclusive), 1856-1915 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Smith, Goldwin, 1823-1910. Goldwin Smith papers, 1819-1921, 1844-1915 (bulk). Cornell University Library
creatorOf Petrarca, Francesco, 1304-1374. Rime, [14--]. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Morato, Fulvio Pellegrino. Note al Fortunio e Sposizione del Petrarca, 1521. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Fiske, Willard, 1831-1904. [Chess letters and documentation from the David Lawson collection]. Cleveland Public Library, Main Library
creatorOf Petrarca, Francesco, 1304-1374. Quadro di micrografia rappresentante il tempio di Cupido nel Figurato e nella Scritturazione : XXIX canzoni e CLXXVI sonetti di Francesco Petrarca, 1800s. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Norton, Charles Eliot, 1827-1908. Papers, ca.1845-1908 Houghton Library
creatorOf Petrarca, Francesco, 1304-1374. Fabula de Griselde / a Francisco Petrarca ; ex Joannis Boccatii novellis latina facta & ex duobus codicibus manuscriptis descripta a M. Georgio Veesenmeyer, 1805. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Petrarca, Francesco, 1304-1374. I Trionfi / di M. Francesco Petrarca, 1800s. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Forcignanò, Luigi. Sulla tomba di Francesco Petrarca nel suo quinto centenario, 1874. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321. Dante Alighieri, La Divina commedia in 32 scatole, [1884]. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882. Letters to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1761-1904 (bulk 1820-1888) Houghton Library
creatorOf Petrarca, Francesco, 1304-1374. Oi ch' ascoltate i rime sparse il suono, circa 1470-1500. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Petrarca, Francesco, 1304-1374. La nocte che segui l'orribil caso, 1500s? Cornell University Library
referencedIn Andrew Dickson White papers, 1832-1919 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn Thorvald Solberg Papers, 1882-1949, (bulk 1897-1930) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Orlandi, Vincenzo. Notes on Dante's Inferno, 1800s. Cornell University Library
referencedIn May, Samuel J. (Samuel Joseph), 1797-1871. Samuel Joseph May diary, 1868. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Petrarca, Francesco, 1304-1374. Francisci Petrarcȩ laureati Rerum memorandarum liber primus incipit: De otio et solitudine capitulum primum ..., [15--]. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Fiske, Willard, 1831-1904. [Publications]. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Fiske, Willard, 1831-1904. Raeto-Romance almanacs, 1823-1891. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Biagi, Zaccaria. Pel monumento di Francesco Petrarca eretto in Selvapiana : sonetti / del dottore Zaccaria Biagi, 1800s? Cornell University Library
creatorOf Petrarca, Francesco, 1304-1374. Rime, 1402? Cornell University Library
referencedIn White, Horatio S. (Horatio Stevens), 1852-1934. Horatio Stevens White papers, 1876-1905. Cornell University Library
referencedIn American Geographical & Statistical Soc. Polar Exploring Expedition.
referencedIn Hiram Corson papers, 1842-1956. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn Fiske Icelandic Collection. Fiske Icelandic Collection records, 1905-1985. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Petrarca, Francesco, 1304-1374. The Tryumphes of Fraunces Petrarcke / translated out of Italian into English by Henrye Parker knyght, Lorde Morley ..., 1800s? Cornell University Library
creatorOf Petrarca, Francesco, 1304-1374. Francisci Petrarce poete incipit, oi che ascoltate in rime sparse, [ca. 1470]. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321. Dante Collection, [ca. 1350- ]. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Palfrey family papers, 1713-1915 Houghton Library
creatorOf Bettoli, Parmenio, 1835-1907. A Francesco Petrarca, sonetto, 1884. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Zakrajsěk, Franz. An Dante : Sonett aus dem Manuscript "Goizer Musen Almanach" / von Franz Zakrajsěk, 1895. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Villa Landor (San Domenico di Fiesole, Italy). Records, 1883-1904. Houghton Library
referencedIn McGraw family papers, 1854-1956. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Fiske, Willard, 1831-1904,. Runic coins, circa 1047-1076. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Lucas, William E. William E. Lucas scrapbook, 1872-1886. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Goldwin Smith papers, 1819-1921, 1844-1915 (bulk). Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn Thomas Raynesford Lounsbury papers, 1829-1915 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Frignani, Angelo. Dante ad uso degli stranieri / spiegato da Angelo Frignani, circa 1878-1895. Cornell University Library
referencedIn McGraw family. McGraw family papers, 1854-1956. Cornell University Library
referencedIn May Anti-Slavery manuscript collection, 1749-1933, (bulk 1840-1880) Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Tyler, Moses Coit, 1835-1900. Moses Coit Tyler collection, 1779-1899 (bulk 1850-1899). Cornell University Library
referencedIn Andrew Dickson White papers, 1832-1919 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Zakrajsek, Fr. Grof Ugolino : iz Dante-jevega "Pekla" / prevel Fr. Zakrajski, circa 1897. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Library Of Congress, Manuscript Division. Alexander Dallas Bache Papers.
referencedIn Hudson family. Hudson and Fiske families, 1781-1882. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Fiske, Willard, 1831-1904. Letter, 1860, January 9 and February 4, New York, to Professor Reuben A. Guild, Librarian of Brown University. Brown University Archives, John Hay Library
referencedIn Andrew Dickson White papers, 1832-1919 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Petrarca, Francesco, 1304-1374. Dal Virgilio Ambrosiano del Petrarca, [188-?]. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Amdursky, Robert S. The background of and decisions in the Fiske-McGraw will suit, 1959. Cornell University Library
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associatedWith Amdursky, Robert S. person
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associatedWith Aromatari, Giuseppe degli, 1587-1660. person
associatedWith Arquin, C. person
associatedWith Austin, Willard, 1860-1934. person
correspondedWith Bache, Alexander Dallas person
associatedWith Bettoli, Parmenio, 1835-1907. person
associatedWith Biagi, Zaccaria. person
associatedWith Boyesen, Hjalmar Hjorth, 1848-1895, person
associatedWith Brown University. Library. Providence, Rhode Island. corporateBody
associatedWith Burleigh, Charles C. (Charles Calistus), 1810-1878. person
associatedWith Burr, George Lincoln, 1857-1938. person
associatedWith Caro, Annibal, 1507-1566. person
associatedWith Castelvetro, Lodovico, 1505-1571. person
associatedWith Ceva, Teobaldo, 1697-1746. person
associatedWith Cornell University corporateBody
associatedWith Cornell University. Libraries. Dept. of Rare Books. corporateBody
associatedWith Cornell University. Libraries. Dept. of Rare Books. corporateBody
associatedWith Cornell University. Libraries. Icelandic Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Cornell University. Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321. person
associatedWith Evans, E. P. (Edward Payson), 1831-1917. person
associatedWith Evans family. family
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associatedWith Fiske family family
associatedWith Fiske Icelandic Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Forcignanò, Luigi. person
associatedWith Frignani, Angelo. person
correspondedWith Garrison family. family
associatedWith Garrison, Francis Jackson, 1848-1916, person
associatedWith Garrison, Wendell Phillips, 1840-1907. person
associatedWith Goldwin, Smith 1823-1910. person
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associatedWith Harald III Harðráði, King of Norway, 1015-1066. person
associatedWith Harris, George William, 1849-1917. person
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associatedWith Zaa, N. F. person
associatedWith Zakrajsek, Fr. person
associatedWith Zakrajsěk, Franz. person
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Egypt
Iceland
Iceland
United States
Iceland
Denmark
Engadine (Switzerland)
New York (State)--Ithaca
Norway
Egypt
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Raeto--Romance language--Texts
Surveys And Explorations, General
Nativism
Arabic language
Librarians
Magnetism, Terrestrial
Smithsonian Publications
Book collecting
United States--Politics and government--1857-1861
Songs, Raeto--Romance
Book collectors
National Museum
Prayer books and devotions--Raeto--Romance
Chess
Coins, Runic
Academic libraries
Booksellers and bookselling
Meteorology
Smithsonian Exchange
Navies
Journalists
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Birth 1831-11-11

Death 1904-09-17

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