Oh, Moses, the Tyler collection!

In 1904 Northern State Normal School’s original library purchased Moses Coit Tyler’s working library. This consisted of 2,000 titles comprising 3,000 volumes which are now being housed by the NMU Archives. Most of the collection is about the history of the United States including works about Old World history. These publications reflect the experiences of the American Revolution and include writing from Edmund Burke and William Cobbett (reformer).

The collection also encompasses works from some of our founding fathers such as Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Franklin, and Hamilton. There are also biographies such as Life of George Washington, by John Marshall, and Life of Andrew Jackson, President of the United States, by William Cobbett.

Moses Coit Tyler

Moses Coit Tyler

In addition to the collection, the Archives also has pictures and materials about Tyler himself, highlighting his contribution to the historical development of American Literature in the eighteenth and early nineteenth century.  He studied at the University of Michigan but left to attend Yale and graduated in 1857. In 1873, he became an editor of The Christian Union in New York.  In 1874, he realized his heart was in education and became a faculty member of University of Michigan until Cornell University offered him a position as chair of American history (first in the country). In 1884, Tyler helped found the American Historical Association.

To view the collection or for more information visit the   Archives in room 126 of the LRC (down by Starbucks).

Prepared by Alexandria Eisner, Kacey Lewis, and Savannah Mallo


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