Chicago Theological Seminary's collection of the E.W. Blatchford papers, 1877-1913
E.W. Blatchford was born on May 31, 1826 in Stillwater, New York to Rev. John Blatchford and Frances Wickes Blatchford. In 1837, the Blatchfords moved to Chicago and then later to Missouri where John Blatchford served as president of Marion College. E.W. Blatchford returned to Illinois in 1845 to attend Illinois College. He began his career in St. Louis, before eventually relocating to Chicago, where he eventually achieved enough success with his lead and linseed oil manufacturing company to buy out his partner and reorganize the company as E.W. Blatchford and Company. In 1858, he married Mary Emily Williams and the two had seven children together. Throughout his life, Blatchford was a noted philanthropist and leading Congregational layperson. He served as the president of the Chicago Theological Seminary for over 40 years and as vice president of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions and devoted himself greatly to missionary work. He also played a central role in establishing the Newberry Library in Chicago.
In 1852, Blatchford became friends with Colonel Charles G. Hammond, a Chicago railroad executive, former Michigan state legislator, and fellow philanthropist. The two remained close friends until Colonel Hammond's death in 1884. From the late 1880s onward, Blatchford worked closely with Hammond's brother, H.L. Hammond on the creation of a memorial biography, the Memorabilia of Charles G. Hammond, which was completed in 1889. In later years, he continued collecting documents and photographs related to Colonel Hammond's life and corresponded with other members of the Hammond family on the topic of Colonel Hammond. E.W. Blatchford died in January 1914.
Scope of Collection
The Chicago Theological Seminary's Collection of the E.W. Blatchford papers primarily documents E.W. Blatchford's efforts to create a memorial biography of his friend Charles G. Hammond and to gather documents and photos related to Hammond's life. The collections includes correspondence with various members of the Hammond family, correspondence with photographers, documents related to Charles Hammond's death and funeral, drafts of the memorial biography, and photographs.
The Chicago Theological Seminary's Collection of the E.W. Blatchford papers is arranged in three series highlighting Charles G. Hammond's memorial biography, E.W. Blatchford's correspondence, and obituaries of Charles G. Hammond and other members of the Hammond family. The Charles G. Hammond Biography series contains documents related to drafts and notes for E.W. Blatchford and H.L. Hammond's biography of Charles G. Hammond. The Correspondence series documents the correspondence of E.W. Blatchford with members of the Blatchford family and with various photographers. The Hammond Family Life Events series documents the life and death of Charles G. Hammond and the lives and deaths other members of the Hammond family and contains obituaries, tributes, and a sermon.
|Series I:||Charles G. Hammond Biography|
|Scope of Series:||The Charles G. Hammond Biography series contains drafts of the Memorabilia of Charles G. Hammond, a biography commissioned by E.W. Blatchford and written by H.L. Hammond. In addition, it contains preparatory notes and research and copies of an autobiographical sketch by Charles G. Hammond.|
|Notes and research||1876- circa 1889||B1/F1|
|Scope of Series:||The Correspondence series includes correspondence between E.W. Blatchford and H.L. Hammond on the topic of Charles G. Hammond's biography and between E.W. Blatchford and other members of the Hammond family, as well as their relations in the Hurd and Hubbrad families. The series also includes correspondence between Blatchford and various photographers as he sought to obtain photos of various towns where Charles G. Hammond had lived. Included as well are the photographs Blatchford purchased and received from the photographers. Finally, the series contains personal correspondence unrelated to the topic of Charles G. Hammond.|
|Correspondence — Hammond family||1877-1900||B1/F5|
|Correspondence — Photographers||1903-1906||B1/F6|
|Correspondence — Unrelated||1909-1913||B1/F8|
|Series III:||Hammond Family Life Events|
|Scope of Series:||This series documents the life and death of Charles G. Hammond and the lives and deaths of other members of the Hammond family and their relations. The series includes photographs of Charles G. Hammond and his wife, Charlotte, printed obituaries for and tributes to Charles G. Hammond including a tributary sermon, as well as newspaper articles regarding his will. The series also documents the preparation and planning for Hammond's funeral. Finally the series includes a wedding announcement and obituaries for various members of the Hammond family and other relations.|
|Photographs — Charles and Charlotte Hammond||circa 1877||B1/F9|
|Obituaries and tributes — Charles G. Hammond||1884||B1/F10|
|Funeral planning — Charles G. Hammond||1884||B1/F11|
|Wedding announcements and obituaries — Hammond family||1888-1905||B1/F12|