Stephens, H. Morse (Henry Morse), 1857-1919

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Professor of history, Cornell University.

From the description of Henry Morse Stephens pictures, [ca.1894-1902]. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 64073764

Biography

Henry Morse Stephens, professor of history and founder of the University of California Extension, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on October 3, 1857. He attended Radley College School, then studied with a private tutor while in France. He later entered Haileybury College, which he left after five years to go to Balliol College, Oxford, where he took a "first" in History in treats. He married in 1880, shortly after completing his studies at the University. He coached at Oxford for a short time, leaving to complete research for his book on the history of the French Revolution. During this period he also wrote many articles for various weekly newspaper, reviewing books, exhibit, concerts, opera and theatre. After a serious breakdown of his health he moved to the country and traveled extensively in Europe, particularly in France. At this time he wrote Albuquerque, edited a two volume work on the orators of the French Revolution, and published Portugal as part of the series of the History of the Nations. He returned to Oxford to work on India, and gave his first history lectures, which were immediately successful. He soon joined the university extension lectures, offering history courses in southern England and on the Isle of Wight. He also became an editor of "India", a new monthly, and at this time accepted a position as lecturer in Indian history at Cambridge.

Invited by Cornell University, Stephens came to America in 1894, as professor of modern European and English history. While in Ithaca he formed a devoted group of students, founded the Kipling Club and an American version of the famed British Savage Club.

At the invitation of the president of the University of California, Benjamin Ide Wheeler, a former colleague at Cornell, Shepherd became Sather professor of history in Berkeley in 1902. He was able to put his experience of extension education to good advantage as director of the University Extension from 1902-1909. Virtually the Extension's sole lecturer in the early days, Stephens spent a great part of hit working week traveling over all of California, giving courses in history supplemented by detailed syllabi.

Stephens found a congenial group in the Bohemian Club, of which he was an active member, and for which he wrote his play, St. Patrick at Tara. He enjoyed summers in the Grove from early May through July, often its sole inhabitant.

He was renowned as a stimulating teacher, attracted brilliant students, gave generously of his time and assistance, read voraciously and produced solid scholarly works. Stephens particularly emphasized the importance of using original source material for research, stressing historical accuracy based on fact. Because of this passion for accurate source material he sent many of his students to Europe, and even instigated scholarships for research, especially in Spain, where he had many transcripts made from hitherto unavailable archives of Seville and Madrid.

Stephens was very vocal in expressing his opinions on the importance of acquiring the Bancroft Library collection, and for many years was intimately connected with its preservation and with the housing of its resources.

Stephens was active in the American Historical Association, and engineered meetings and lectures for the Pan-American History Conference held during the San Francisco International Exhibition in 1915.

Stephens died suddenly on April 16, 1919, while returning from the funeral of Phoebe Apperson Hearst in San Francisco.

From the guide to the H. Morse Stephens Papers, [ca. 1890-1919], (The Bancroft Library.)

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referencedIn Dutcher, George Matthew, 1874-1959. George Matthew Dutcher papers, 1895-1897. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Eells, Kate Gay, 1881-. Kate Gay Eells student notebooks, 1900. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Schevill, Rudolph, 1874-1946. Rudolph Schevill papers : mss, typescript, ca. 1920-1985. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Greenlee, William B. (William Brooks), 1872-1953. Papers, 1872-1953 (bulk 1890-1953) Newberry Library
referencedIn Knowlton, Daniel Chauncey, 1876-1966. Daniel C. Knowlton miscellany, 1894-1899. Cornell University Library
referencedIn American Historical Association. Records of the American Historical Association, 1884-1985. Library of Congress
creatorOf Mexico City (Mexico). Colegio de San Fernando. Copia de cartas escritas por el P.P. Fr. Juan Crespi, missionero appostolico ... sobre las expediciones ... en el año 1769 ... : y otra correspondencia sobre las misiones de California : ms., 1769-1772. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Educators and Librarians Collection, 1846-1953 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn Stanford University, President's Office, Rhodes Scholarship Committee, records, 1904-1916 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Burr, George Lincoln, 1857-1938. George Lincoln Burr papers, 1861-1942. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Leebrick, Karl Clayton, 1885-. Karl Clayton Leebrick correspondence, 1917-1927. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Bowman, J. N. (Jacob Neibert), 1875-1968. Reminiscences of the University of California, 1906-1912 : ms.S, 1963. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Arlett, Arthur M. Arthur Arlett papers, 1912-1921. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Garrison family papers, 1801-1948 (inclusive), 1840-1907 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Berkeley Club Papers, 1873-1960 Bancroft Library
creatorOf H. Morse Stephens Papers: Additions, [ca. 1871-1918] Bancroft Library
referencedIn Thayer, William Roscoe, 1859-1923. Papers, 1762-1927 (bulk 1872-1921) Houghton Library
creatorOf H. Morse Stephens Papers, [ca. 1890-1919] Bancroft Library
creatorOf Rubke, Francis William, 1890-1955. Francis William Rubke papers, ca. 1912-1947. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Stanford University. President's Office. Stanford University, President's Office, Rhodes scholarship committee records, 1904-1916. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf American Historical Association. Pacific Coast Branch. American Historical Association, Pacific Coast Branch papers, 1903-1912. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Stephens, H. Morse (Henry Morse), 1857-1919. H. Morse Stephens papers : additions, circa 1871-1918. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Mills, Susan Lincoln Tolman, 1826-1912. Susan Lincoln Tolman Mills letters to Henry Morse Stephens, 1908 April 27 and 30. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Donovan, Herbert D. A. (Herbert Darius Augustine), b. 1880. Herbert D. Donovan course notes, programs of student activities, pipes, tobacco, 1899-1912. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Educators and librarians collection, 1846-1953. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Wendell family papers, 1620-1921 Houghton Library
creatorOf Stephens, Henry Morse. Henry Morse Stephens pictures, [ca.1894-1902]. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Stephens, H. Morse (Henry Morse), 1857-1919. Correspondence with Henry Charles Lea, 1900-1907. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Stephens, H. Morse (Henry Morse), 1857-1919. [Publications]. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944. Houghton Library
creatorOf Stephens, H. Morse (Henry Morse), 1857-1919. Henry Morse Stephens papers, 1894-1922. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Turner, Frederick Jackson, 1861-1932. Papers of Frederick Jackson Turner, 1862-1976 (bulk 1889-1932). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Briggs, Lawrence Palmer, b. 1880. Lawrence Palmer Briggs papers, 1911-1912. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Stephens, H. Morse (Henry Morse), 1857-1919. H. Morse Stephens papers, circa 1890-1919. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Reed, Virginia Elizabeth Backenstoe. Virginia Reed letter concerning The Donner Party : and material related to its publication, 1847 May 16 and 1912. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Vischer, Edward. Edward Vischer papers, 1853-1878. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Hull, Charles Henry, b. 1864. Charles Henry Hull papers, 1850-1945. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Faust, Frederick Schiller, 1892-1944. Frederick Schiller Faust papers, [ca. 1917-1940]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Charles Henry Hull papers, 1850-1945. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Westergaard, Waldemar, b. 1882. Waldemar Westergaard correspondence and notes : Chico, California, and Ithaca, New York, 1907-1912. California Digital Library
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Birth 1857-10-03

Death 1919-04-16

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