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Andrew Dousa Hepburn (pro tempore; later considered to be regular), 1846-1944, bulk: 1868-1924

 Sub-Group — Box: 1; Andrew Dousa Hepburn Collection; 1846-1964; 13A-A-2B

Scope and Contents

Notebooks, correspondence, printed matter, and news clips mainly relating to Hepburn's service on the Miami faculty, his post-retirement activities, and the Hepburn Memorial. Also includes Hepburn's diary of a trip to Germany and Summer Study at Anhalt-Zerbst while a University of North Carolina Faculty Member.


  • 1846-1944
  • Majority of material found within 1868-1924


Conditions Governing Access

Materials do not circulate and are made available to users in the Miami University Archives.

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Materials do circulate and may only be used in the archives.

Biographical / Historical

Birth Death 1830-1921

Term 1871-73 [pro tem]

Biography Born, Williamsport, Pa., Nov. 14, 1830; son of Samuel and Rebecca (Williamson) H.; A.B., Jefferson Coll., Pa., 1851; Grad. U. of Va. 1854, Princeton Theol. Sem., 1857; Graduate student Univ. of Berlin; (D. D., Hampden-Sidney, 1876; LL. D., U. of N.C., 1881); Married, Henrietta McGuffey, July 10, 1857 ; Father of Charles McGuffey Hepburn. Stated supply Harrisonburg, Va., 1857-58; ordained Presbyn. ministry, Oct. 22, 1858; pastor New Providence, Va., 1858-60; Professor of Logic, Rhetoric, and English Language and Literature, U. of N.C. 1860-67; same chairs Miami U., 1868-73; President of Miami Univ., 1871-73; Prof. Mental Philosophy and English Lit., 1874-85. President 1877-85. Davidson, Coll., N.C.; Prof. of English Language and Literature, Miami U., 1885-1908, resigned. Author of "Manual of English Rhetoric." Died, February 14, 1921. [Who Was Who in America, 1897-1942; Miami University Alumni Directory, Centennial Edition, p. xx]

Bibliography: Francis M. Coppock, "The Hepburn Administration," In Historical Addresses Delivered to the Alumni In Connection with the Centennial Commencement Exercises of Miami University, June 12-17, 1909. Miami Bulletin ser.8, n.3 (September 1909): 31-33.

Andrew Dousa Hepburn was born on November 14, 1830 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He received an A.B. degree from Jefferson College in 1851 and a D.D. degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1857. In that same year he married Henrietta McGuffey, daughter of noted author William Holmes McGuffey. Hepburn was ordained on October 22, 1858 and pastored a congregation in New Providence, Virginia from 1858 to 1860.

In 1860, he joined the University of North Carolina as Professor of Logic, Rhetoric, and English a post he held until 1867. In 1868, Hepburn became Professor of Logic, Rhetoric, and English at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Upon the resignation of Miami President Robert Stanton, Hepburn was named President Pro Tem of the University in 1871. When Miami closed temporarily in 1873, Hepburn accepted a Professorship in English Literature at North Carolina's Davidson College. He served as President of the College from 1877 to 1885. Hepburn returned to Miami in 1885 as Professor of English, serving in that capacity until his retirement in1908. During that period, he gained notoriety as an opponent of the admission of women to Miami in 1887 and for a bitter feud with Robert McFarland, Miami's President from 1885 to 1888. Shortly before Hepburn's retirement the Miami Board of Trustees voted to name the institution's first female dormitory after him. Hepburn accepted the honor without comment. Following his retirement from Miami, Hepburn resided in Oxford, Ohio, until his death on February 21, 1921.


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Language of Materials



Collection of materials relating to the life of Presbyterian minister and educator Andrew Dousa Hepburn, who served as President of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, from 1871 to 1873.


President; Andrew Dousa Hepburn Collection; 1846-1964; Bulk 1868-1924 Box 1 [13A-A-2B] Contents: Notebooks and Compositions, 1846-96, and undated 1. "Influence of national songs in a civilised and in a barbarous age," Single folded sheet signed: "A. D. Hepburn" (March 23, 1846) 2. Notebook on Religion and Grammar (1856, 1876-80) 3. Diary on voyage to Germany and summer study at Anhalt-Zerbst (1865) 4. Notebook on theological subjects [possibly sermons](1870s-80s) 5. Lecture notebook (1870's-80's) 6. English Literature lecture notebook (189-) 7. French Revolution lecture notebook (1896) 8. Notes on Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (190-) 9. Notebook on English Language and other subjects (n.d.) 10. Notebook on English History and Literature (n.d.) 11. Notebook on Chaucer (n.d.) 12. Lecture Notes on Drama (n.d.) 13. Notebook on Philosophy (n.d.) 14. Notebook on Ethics and Philosophy (n.d.) 15. Notebook on various topics (n.d.) Financial and Land Documents, 1858-80 16. Andrew D. Hepburn Account Book (1858-80) 17. Samuel Hepburn transfer of land to Andrew and Alex (August 1868) 18. "Indenture," (September 3, 1868)-Purchase of land by Samuel Hepburn from Thomas and Mary H. Hepburn, "Ingleside," in the County of Westmoreland, State of Virginia Reports to the President and the Board of Trustees, 1869-1904 19. Reports to the Board of Trustees (1869-73) [a]. Report as Professor of English Language and Literature (June 21, 1869) [b]. Report as Acting Professor of Modern Languages (June 21, 1869) [c]. Report for Department of English Literature (June 27, 1871) [d]. Report for Department of English Language and Literature (June 13, 1872) [e]. Report to the Board (April 18, 1872) [f], Report to the Board (June 10, 1873) 20. Reports to the Board of Trustees (1886-91, 1893-1902) [1886-English Language and Literature, Greek; 1887-English Language and Literaturel 1888-English Language and Literature, Psychology, Ethics, History, and Political Economy, Chaplain; 1889/91-English Language and Literature; 1893-1902-Rhetoric, English Language and Literature] 21. Reports to the Board of Trustees - College of Liberal Arts (1902-03, 1903-04) Presidency, 1871-73 22. Faculty meeting resolution naming Hepburn Chairman of the Faculty for the coming year (June 19, 1871) 23. Board of Trustees resolution deeming it not "expedient" to elect a President or Professor of Greek Language; A. D. Hepburn named President Pro Tempore of the University (June 29, 18--) 24. Memorandum from Hepburn re. provision of rooms for the proposed Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering (1872?) 25. Request from Trustees for a Board meeting to consider filling of faculty vacancies and the plan for reorganization of studies proposed by Acting President Hepburn (April 1872) 26. Student petition for election of Professor Hepburn as President (April 18, 1872) 27. Report of committee to confer with A.D. Hepburn indicating that he has accepted the Presidency to which he has been elected and will be prepared to be formally inaugurated at the coming Commencement (April 18, 1872) 28. Report of Committee of Arrangements containing proposed inaugural ceremony for President-elect Hepburn (April 18, 1872) 29. Hepburn's letter of resignation as President and Professor at Miami (May 30, 1873); Board of Trustees resolution of appreciation in accepting Hepburn's resignation (June 10, 1873) Correspondence, 1861-1921 30. Hepburn to his mother re. family affairs and political situation in North Carolina (July 27, 1861) 31. James Phillips to Hepburn, re. life and people in Chapel Hill, North Carolina (January 9, 1866) 32. E. Morris? to Hepburn, re. a plan of English Literature instruction (Gettysburg, February 25, 1868) 33. R. L. Stanton to Hepburn, re. his acceptance of appointment to Miami and the recent state of modern language teaching at Miami (March 26, 1868) 34. 5 telegraphs to Hepburn from J. S. Davis, J. H. Bryson, and T. D. Witherspoon re. final illness, death, and burial of William Holmes McGuffey (April 27-May 5, 1873) 35. Hepburn to R. H. Bishop, Secretary of the University, re. resignation at Davidson College and acceptance of Professorship at Miami University (Mecklenburg Co., NC, February 23, 1885 [2 letters] 36. J. R. Sitlington Sterrett to Hepburn, re. Sterrett's search for an academic postion (July 12, 1887) 37. Hepburn to J. W. McSurely, re. accomodations for McSurely's daughter while she takes course of study at Miami (Oxford, Ohio, August 11, 1888) 38. Hepburn to his daughter Henrietta "Etta" Hepburn re. Professor Henry Snyder's illness (September 14, 1898) 39. J.R.S. Sterrett to Hepburn re. Hepburn's interest in position as head of the University of Cincinnati Library (Amherst, Mass., January 15, 1900) 40. A. D. Hepburn to Guy Potter Benton, 2 letters and 2 post cards re. Hepburn's eye operation (Cincinnati, October-December, 1905)[Includes typescript copies of Benton's replies] 41. Raymond W. Phelan to Hepburn congratulating him on being admitted to the Carnegie Pension Fund (Minneapolis, February 20, 1908) 42. N. E. Marwick to Hepburn congratulating him on being admitted to the Carnegie Pension Fund (Cleveland, February 21, 1908)[With copy of enclosed news clip] 43. Philip N. Moore to Hepburn, 3 letters, one of which mentions Hepburn's inclusion on the Carnegie Institution's lists and his continued residence in Oxford (St. Louis, March 10, July 3, 1908; May 9, 1910) 44. J. W. Withrow to Hepburn, requesting further autobiographical information (Cincinnati, April 24, 1908) 45. Frank M. Coppock to Hepburn re. residence for Hepburn (Cincinnati, April 24, 1908) 46. Ed. Chambers Smith to Hepburn, inviting Hepburn to stay with him before attending the University of North Carolina's commencement (Raleigh, NC, May 23, 1908) 46a. H. Hepburn to Hepburn re. retirement and pension (May 29, 1908) 47. Derrick T. Vail [Hepburn's doctor] to Hepburn (Mankazoo, Holland, Michigan, August 11, 1908) 48. Hepburn to Kirby Smith, letter of thanks (Hamilton, Ohio, March 3, 1910) 49. Hepburn to Guy Potter Benton, accepting Benton's invitation to preach one of the University Sermons (July 21, 1910) [Enclosed; typescript of Benton's reply] 50. J. R. Sterrett to Hepburn, thanking him for supporting his research project in Asia and Syria (January 17, 1911) 51. W. L. Tobey to W. F. Eltzroth, requesting payment of fourth assesment to rent for Hepburn residence at Oxford (Hamilton, Ohio, April 3, 1911) 52. A. D. Hepburn to F. Doubler, declining membership in Phi Beta Kappa (Oxford, Ohio, May 12, 1911) 53. Philip N. Moore to Hepburn, re. Lewis Place and personal matters (July 10, 1911) 54. Oxford Forum Circulation Manager to Hepburn, re. subscription (February 1914) 55. W. L. Tobey to Hepburn re. death of Prof. Sterrett (August 11, 1910 [ie., 1914) 56. F. G. Schell to Hepburn--Schell was former Hepburn student at Davidson College (March 21, 1914) 57. Philip N. Moore to Hepburn, re. Beta convention in St. Louis and family matters (September 8, 1914) 58. W. L. Tobey to A. D. Hepburn, 2 letters, 1 with check in payment of rent (Hamilton, Ohio, September 9, 1914, June 23, 1916) 59. Ruth Snyder to Hepburn re. Los Angeles (July 23, 1915) 60. R. R. Hoes to A. D. Hepburn, re. Senator Charles Dick (July 31, 1916) [With enclosure: "Senator Dick's Wise Action"] 61. R. H. Snyder Jackson to A.D. Hepburn, birthday greetings (November 10, 1917) 62. 2 Letters from Treasury Department requesting support of the clergy for the War effort (April 10, 1918; June 14, 1919) 63. Henry B. McClure to Hepburn, 2 letters re financial matters (April 13, November 15, 1920) 64. Philip N. Moore to Hepburn, re. birthday greetings and family matters (November 11, 1920) 65. Unsigned letter, probably from Hepburn relative, to Dr. C. B. Harding of Davidson College, re. A. D. Hepburn's death (March 30, [1921]) 66. John W. Krauth to executor of Hepburn estate, re. renewal of insurance (November 18, 1921) Hepburn Memorial Tablet, 1923-24 67. Hepburn Memorial Correspondence, 25 letters to and from George Julian Zolney, Sculptor; R. M. Hughes; W. L. Tobey; Phillip N. Moore (April 6-December 12, 1923)[from President Hughes' papers, 1922-23] 68. Copies of invitations to Memorial Tablet unveiling ceremony from President Hughes to Charles McGuffey Hepburn and Henrietta Hepburn (June 5, 1923); Charles McGuffey Hepburn's response (June 7, 1923) 69. Hepburn Memorial pamphlet-includes photograph of tablet and "Remarks at the Unveiling of the Hepburn Memorial Tablet," by Philip N. Moore (June 9, 1923); Typescript copies of Moore's remarks; News Clip-"Miami Alumni to Unveil Bronze Tablet to Memory of Dr. Hepburn," Hamilton Daily News (June 8, 1923); Charles M. Hepburn to Raymond M. Hughes, thanking Hughes for copy of Moore's remarks (Bloomington, Ind., June 16, 1923); Raymond Hughes? to W. L. Tobey, thanking Tobey for copies of the Hepburn pamphlet (February 11, 1924) 70. W. L. Tobey to Raymond M. Hughes, letter with list of receipts to and expenditures of the Hepburn Memorial Fund (Hamilton, Ohio, July 15, 1924); Amy Blanche Greene to Walter L. Tobey, proposing establishment of a graduate fellowship in Dr. Hepburn's memory (New York City, May 17, 1923) Henrietta McGuffey Hepburn Materials, 1855-1921 71. W. W. Hepburn to [Henrietta Hepburn?] re. returning to Virginia (1855) 72. J H, Bryson to Henrietta McGuffey Hepburn re. illness of her father William Holmes McGuffey (May 1, 1873) 73. 2 letters--Henrietta McGuffey Hepburn to Miss Frankie Munns re. William Holmes McGuffey; his illness; and family and Oxford affairs (April 5, April 15, 1873) 74. Henrietta McGuffey Hepburn to A.D. Hepburn re. last days, death, and burial of William Holmes McGuffey (May 6, 1873) 75. A. H. McGuffey to Henrietta McGuffey re. William Holmes McGuffey's will (May 29, 1873) 76. Henrietta Hepburn to Miss Frankie Munns on the occasion of the birth of Cornelia's daughter (November 18, 1876) 77. Henrietta Hepburn to Frankie Munns on occasion of her sister's death (June 7, 1883) 78. Alenxander H. McGuffey to Henrietta McGuffey Hepburn re. family business (October 27, 1885) 79. Henrietta Hepburn to Andrew D. Hepburn (1906, 1912) 80. ? to Henrietta McGuffey Hepburn (August 6, 1909) 81. Copy of will of Henrietta McGuffey Hepburn (July 3, 1908) 82. ? to Henrietta McGuffey Hepburn (May 2, 1913) 83. Phylis M...[?] to Henrietta McGuffey Hepburn (June 23, 1915) 84. List of "Things Belonging to Mrs. Henrietta McGuffey Hepburn in box of A.D. Hepburn at First National Bank, Cincinnati (December 22, 1920) 85. Clara Keil to Henrietta and Henrietta McGuffey Hepburn, re. death of A.D. Hepburn (March 1921) Miscellany, 1857-1964, and undated 86. Holograph copy of resolution and amendment re. union of N ..[?] Church and Rockingham Church, Chapel Hill, North Carolina (1857) 87. The "new department of the English Language and Literature" [xerox copy of selected portions of President Robert Stanton's Second Annual Report to the Board of Trustees (1868); and Stanton's letter to the Board (June 22, 1869)] 88. Invitations, programs, and ephemera (1875-1919, and undated) 89. J.R. Sterrett to "My dear Friends," re. Mrs. Hepburn's request for a copy of a satrical letter; with partial copy of the letter (December 6, 1890) 90. 17 Postcards addressed to the Hepburns (1909-20, and undated) 91. Hepburn photos and biographical information [4 photo cut outs, typescript containing biographical information, cut out of Hepburn biograpohical sketch from Miami Centennial Alumni Catalog (xerox copy) and Andrew and Charles Hepburn biographical sketches from Who Was Who?; xerox copy of Charles Hepburn biographical sketch from the National Cyclopedia of American Biography, v.21, p.292; 3 letters from W. P. Roudebush to S. W. Richey containing biographical information on Andrew Hepburn (April-May 1944); "Dr. A. D. Hepburn--A Great Teacher." Miami University Bulletin-Alumni News Letter, ser. 19, n.6 (February 1921): 2-3] 92. Butler County Probate Court. "Final Account of Extrx in Settlement of the Estate of Andrew D. Hepburn, dec'd." (1921) 93. News Clip-"Change Hepburn Hall Name to Miami's Newest Building," Oxford Press (September 24, 1964) [Contains information on renaming of "Old Hepburn" and "New Hepburn" Halls, and biographical information on Andrew Hepburn] 94. Letter, Grandmother from Charles M. Hepburn, Cincinnati, OH January 5, 1884


Organized into the following series: Organized into the following series: I. Notebooks and Compositions, 1984-65 and undated; II. Financial and Land Documents, 1858-80; III. Reports to the President and the Board of Trustees; 1886-1904; IV. Presidency of Miami University, 1871-73; V. Correspondence, 1868-1916; VI, Hepburn Family Correspondence, 1873-1916; VII. Hepburn Memorial Tablet, 1923-24; VIII. Miscellany, 1868-1944 and undated. Arranged chronologically within each series.

Physical Location

Miami University Archives, King Library, 3rd Floor, Walter Havighurst Special Collections, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

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Acquired from various sources.

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The collection was processed by Bob Schmidt, Archivist, Miami University Archives.

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Part of the Miami University and Western College Memorial Archives Repository