Sibley, John Langdon, 1804-1885

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John Langdon Sibley (1804-1885) served as Harvard's Assistant Librarian from 1825 to 1826 and 1841 to 1856, Librarian from 1856 to 1877, and Librarian, Emeritus from 1877 to 1885. He was the editor of the Harvard Triennial Catalogue from 1839 to 1875 and of the Harvard Quinquennial Catalogue from 1875-1885. A noted biographer, Sibley is best known for his "Biographical Sketches of Graduates of Harvard University", an extensive collection of biographical material on Harvard graduates. Sibley was born in Union, Maine, attended Harvard (AB 1825, Grad. Div. S. 1828), and was an ordained pastor of the First Church at Stow, Massachusetts (1829-1837).

From the description of Note from John Langdon Sibley regarding the Papers of John Thornton Kirkland, 1842 January. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 776238959

Harvard librarian, author and historian; b. in Union, Me.

From the description of John Langdon Sibley biographical sketch of Cyrus Eaton, 1784-1875, undated. (Maine Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 70978491

Sibley was Harvard's librarian (1856-1877) and a biographer, best known for his Biographical Sketches of Graduates of Harvard University. Bartlett was a physician who held political office in New Hampshire.

From the description of Letters to Levi Bartlett, 1821-1823. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 78544043

From the guide to the John Langdon Sibley letters to Levi Bartlett, 1821-1823., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Sibley received his A.B. from Harvard in 1825. He served Harvard as Librarian (1825-1877, non-contiguous service) and editor of Triennial and Quinquennial catalogues of Harvard graduates.

From the description of Spanish exercises, 1823-1824. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 236231572

From the description of Themes, 1823-1824. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 236231573

From the description of Themes, 1824-1825. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 236231841

Sibley (1804-1885) earned his Harvard AB 1825. He served Harvard as Librarian (1825-1877, non-contiguous service) and editor of Triennial and Quinquennial catalogues of Harvard graduates. He was also the owner and editor of the "American magazine of useful and entertaining knowledge."

From the description of Papers of John Langdon Sibley, 1831-1885. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 249204128

From the description of Papers of John Langdon Sibley, 1831-1885. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 61893003

From the description of Papers of John Langdon Sibley, 1831-1885. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 76972884

Sibley graduated from Harvard in 1825 and served as librarian at Harvard.

From the description of Papers of John Langdon Sibley, 1831-1885 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 17267353

John Langdon Sibley (1804-1885, Harvard AB 1825) was assistant librarian from 1825 to 1826, librarian from 1856 to 1877, editor of the Triennial Catalogue from 1839 to 1875, editor of the Quinquennial Catalogue from 1875 to 1885, and librarian emeritus from 1877 to 1885.

From the description of Letter from John Langdon Sibley to Rev. Augustus R. Pope, Kingston, Mass., 10 March 1847. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 77067923

John Langdon Sibley received his A.B. from Harvard in 1825. He served Harvard as Librarian (1825-1877, non-contiguous service) and editor of Triennial and Quinquennial catalogues of Harvard graduates.

From the description of Themes , 1823. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 77072642

American librarian.

From the description of Autograph letter signed as Librarian of Harvard College : [Cambridge], to A.C. Fowler, 1867 May 16. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270662267

Harvard librarian, born in Union, Maine. He graduated Harvard in 1825 and entered the divinity-school. Worked in the library while attending school and after pastoring a church for four years and then working as an editor he was appointed assistant librarian of the Harvard Library in 1841 and in 1856 librarian. He remained in that position until he retired in 1877. The library holdings increased greatly due to his persistent appeals for printed material and increased funding.

From the description of Letter, Oct. 12, 1869. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 54848374

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creatorOf Sibley, John Langdon, 1804-1885. Letters to Levi Bartlett, 1821-1823. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf John Langdon Sibley letters to Levi Bartlett, 1821-1823. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Letters from various correspondents, 1861-1920 (inclusive), 1892-1918 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Autograph File, P, 1554-2005. Houghton Library.
referencedIn William Warland Clapp correspondence, 1790-1891 (inclusive), 1840-1891 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Autograph File, H, 1584-1988. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Delaware language collection, 1779-1806 and undated. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Sibley, John Langdon, 1804-1885. Letter, 1872 February 3, Cambridge, Mass., to David Williams Patterson, Newark Valley, N.Y. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn Smithsonian Archives. Ru 33: Office Of The Secretary, Outgoing Corres..
referencedIn Lincoln Room collection of miscellaneous papers, 1837-1924. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Trumbull, J. Hammond (James Hammond), 1821-1897. Papers, 1821-1914. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf Whittemore, Thomas J. Index to Species général et iconographie des coquilles vivantes par Kiener : manuscript, [18--] Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Letters from various correspondents, 1869-1883. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Books from the library of Amos Bronson Alcott, 1579-1893. Houghton Library.
creatorOf North American Review. North American Review papers, 1831-1843. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Quaker collection, 1700-1888 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Book collectors miscellaneous papers, 1649-1937. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Delaware language collection, 1779-1806 and undated. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Autograph File, A, 1518-2002. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, R-Z, and unidentified. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Ralph Waldo Emerson letters from various correspondents, ca. 1814-1882. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Letters to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1761-1904 (inclusive) 1820-1888 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn North American Review, papers, 1831-1843. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Sibley, John Langdon, 1804-1885. Letter, Oct. 12, 1869. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Autograph File, C, 1554-2002. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Autograph File, S, 1556-1996. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Sibley, John Langdon, 1804-1885. Note from John Langdon Sibley regarding the Papers of John Thornton Kirkland, 1842 January. Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Sibley, John Langdon, 1804-1885. Themes, 1823-1824. Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Sibley, John Langdon, 1804-1885. Themes , 1823. Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Sibley, John Langdon, 1804-1885. Papers of John Langdon Sibley, 1831-1885. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Deane, Charles, 1813-1889. Correspondence, 1602-1889, bulk: 1844-1889. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Palfrey family papers, 1713-1915. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits, ca. 1852-ca. 2004 Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Alpheus Felch Papers, 1817-1896 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Wendell Phillips papers, 1555-1882 (inclusive) 1833-1881 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Sibley, John Langdon, 1804-1885. Collected papers, 1627-1850. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Sibley, John Langdon, 1804-1885. Spanish exercises, 1823-1824. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Howells family papers, 1850-1954 (inclusive). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Harvard College Class of 1858 photograph album, ca. 1855-1858. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Smithsonian Archives. Ru 52: Assistant Secretary, Incoming Correspondenc.
referencedIn Jared Sparks collection of American manuscripts, 1582-1843. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Mathematical theses, 1782-1839. Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Papers of Professor Henry William Wilder Foote and Family, 1714-1959 Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School
referencedIn Harvard University Archives. Correspondence, 1831 1840.
creatorOf Washburn, John D. (John Davis), 1833-1903. Correspondence, 1853-1854. Library of Congress
referencedIn Autograph File, S, 1556-1996. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Sibley, John Langdon, 1804-1885. Letter from John Langdon Sibley to Rev. Augustus R. Pope, Kingston, Mass., 10 March 1847. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Correspondence, 1827-1885. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Autograph File, M, 1648-1985. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Autograph File, Y, 1754-1914. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Harvard University. Publication Office. Editorial material (kept as sample), 1773-1905 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Everett, Edward, 1794-1865,. Delaware language collection, ca. 1779-1806 and undated. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Sibley, John Langdon, 1804-1885. Papers of John Langdon Sibley, 1831-1885 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Sibley, John Langdon, 1804-1885. Papers of John Langdon Sibley, 1831-1885. Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Gage, Nancy George Sibley, 1813-1887. Letters, 1828-1844. Gadsden Public Library
referencedIn Records of the Harvard Club, and, 1855-1858, 1933 Harvard University Archives.
creatorOf Sibley, John Langdon, 1804-1885. Themes, 1824-1825. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Miscellaneous papers, 1833-1874. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Sibley, John Langdon, 1804-1885. Autograph letter signed as Librarian of Harvard College : [Cambridge], to A.C. Fowler, 1867 May 16. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Harvard College Class of 1857 photograph album, 1857. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Hingham (Mass.). Records, 1637-1931. Library of Congress
referencedIn Class album, 1873. Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Autograph File, F, 1447-1994. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Sibley, John Langdon, 1804-1885. John Langdon Sibley biographical sketch of Cyrus Eaton, 1784-1875, undated. Maine Historical Society Library
referencedIn Chickering, Jesse, 1797-1855. Jesse Chickering papers, 1805-1919. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, R-Z, and unidentified. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Sibley, John Langdon, 1804-1885. Papers of John Langdon Sibley, 1831-1885. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Charles Sumner correspondence, 1829-1874. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Autograph File, G, 1641-1991. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Class album, 1867. Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Harvard College Class of 1864 photographs, ca. 1864. Massachusetts Historical Society
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Maine--Union
United States
Maine--York
Québec (Québec)
Québec (Québec)
Québec (Québec)
Massachusetts--Cambridge
Québec (Québec)
Subject
Obstetrics--Practice
Scientific publications
Physicians
Harvard University--Students
Judges
Medicine--Practice
Religion
Hebrew language--Study and teaching
Smithsonian Exchange
Finance, Personal
Greek language--Study and teaching
Arabic language--Study and teaching
Librarians--Massachusetts--Cambridge
Library administrators
Occupation
Historians--Massachusetts--Cambridge
Librarians
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Birth 1804-12-29

Death 1885-12-09

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