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Defining Letters: The Correspondence of Daniel Coit Gilman


As the founding president of Johns Hopkins University, America's first research university, Daniel Coit Gilman's significance in the history of higher education is clear. As a nationally prominent educator and administrator, though, his influence and network of collaborators extended beyond the walls of academia.

The Daniel Coit Gilman papers document Gilman's wide range of interests and activities, including his travels in Europe and work as an attache in St. Petersburg (1854-55), his years working at Yale (1855-58), and his presidencies at the University of California (1872-75) and the Johns Hopkins University (1876-1902).

This exhibit highlights select items from the complete series of Gilman's digitized correspondence available from the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University. Gilman's correspondents include prominent educators, scientists, politicians, and literary figures. You can explore the complete correspondence series here, and can learn more about the Daniel Coit Gilman papers here.

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