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Isaac Hall Papers

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: yhm-arc-2004-015

Content Description

Books, including The Syrian Antilegomena Epistles, edited by Isaac H. Hall, 1886, Digest of Studies and Lectures in Theology, by Edwin Hall, 1866, & translation into Chinese, 1853 Plays of Shakspere, Salaminia, Cyprus, Ilios, Catalogues of various colleges, genealogical works on the Halls and Hollisters, Webster's Elementary Spelling Book, 1876 map of Beyrouth, 17th-century Bible in French, Polymicrian New Testament, Ropp's 200 Year Calendar, 1894 Hamilton Review, with letter, poems enclosed, 1864 New-York Daily Tribune, loose pages from Hall's Syriac manuscript & other mss., booklets, annual reports, journals with interviews, obituary; Scrapbooks with clippings of research on Cypriote, Biblical-related, Hamilton-related matters by Hall and others; manuscript English translation of books about the Syriac Language; ms. coverless book in Hebrew; 3 ms. notebooks by Hall, Lectures upon Municipal Law; notebook with Hamilton College essays by Hall; misc. other ms. notebooks and pages; correspondence to Hall from di Cesnola, first director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and others; envelopes containing mummy cloth and Babylonian gold dust; pencil sketches; 7 silk tasselled shawls and other cloth items; photographs of Hall, others, landscapes (Niagara Falls), snow scenes, rolled (albumen?) prints; photographs of Syrica ms. page; ms. pages with Syriac and Cypriote writing

Acquisition Type



box 1 preserved in 1933 by Mary Frederick Hall Bates, oldest daughter of Isaac Hall. Letter from Janet M. Bates (wife of I.H.'s great-grandson) explains provenance. Objects acquired by Isaac Hollister Hall, Class of 1859, in 1875-77 when he assisted General Luigi Palma di Cesnola in archaeological digs at Larnoca in Cyprus. Dr. Hall worked with General di Cesnola in classifying the Cypriot collection in the Metropolitan Museum, becoming curator in 1885 until his death in 1896. It appears that he personally retained pieces not acceptable to the Museum, bequeathing them to his daughter, Mary Hall Bates, who left them to her surviving son, George P. Bates, Class of 1936, whose widow, Janet M. Bates, donated them to Hamilton College.

Restrictions Apply



  • Creation: circa 500BC to 1896
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1855-1896



7 Linear Feet