Fiske, Willard, 1831-1904Variant names
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)
|Place Name||Admin Code||Country|
|New York (State)--Ithaca|
|Surveys And Explorations, General|
|United States--Politics and government--1857-1861|
|Prayer books and devotions--Raeto--Romance|
|Booksellers and bookselling|