William H. McGuffey Papers

Biographical / Historical Note

William Holmes McGuffey was an educator, minister, author and college president. He is best known for the series of Eclectic Readers, or McGuffey Readers, textbooks which were widely used throughout much of the nineteenth century.


Scope and Content Note

The William Holmes McGuffey collection is an assembled collection of McGuffey material including correspondence from 1846 to 1872 relating primarily to affairs at the University of Virginia and academic interests. A notebook by McGuffey's associate,...

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The William Holmes McGuffey collection is an assembled collection of McGuffey material including correspondence from 1846 to 1872 relating primarily to affairs at the University of Virginia and academic interests. A notebook by McGuffey's associate, Dr. Thomas G. Addison, contains lectures on morals by Dr. W. H. McGuffey. Also included are lectures and correspondence of Alexander Hamilton McGuffey, William's brother, a collaborator on the Fifth Reader, and photographs relating to William H. McGuffey and family.

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Collection Details

Object ID: 00.1406.1
Creator: Henry Ford (Organization). Benson Ford Research Center 
Inclusive Dates: 1836-1894
Size: 0.2 cubic ft. and 1 oversize box
Language: English

Collection Access & Use

Item Location: Benson Ford Research Center

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

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Portrait of Educator William Holmes McGuffey Reading a Book, circa 1860

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Portrait of Educator William Holmes McGuffey Reading a Book, circa 1860

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Summary

Growing up in the Ohio wilderness, William Holmes McGuffey walked many miles to be tutored. McGuffey taught school to fund his college education, and later became a college professor and president. A well-respected educator, McGuffey was asked to publish a series of graded textbooks. McGuffey's Eclectic Readers were used in schools nationwide during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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Object ID

P.O.15754

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Portrait of Educator William Holmes McGuffey Reading a Book, circa 1860

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Portrait of William Holmes McGuffey, circa 1855

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Portrait of William Holmes McGuffey, circa 1855

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Artifact

Photographic print

Object ID

36.881.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Portrait of William Holmes McGuffey, circa 1855

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