Series 1. Correspondence, 1835, [1836, 1845],
1884 (0.5 inches)
Organized into two subseries consisting of original correspondence
and non-original correspondence. Original correspondence consists
of two letters written by Asa Mahan in 1835 (to Nathan P. Fletcher)
and 1884 (to My Dear Daughter). Non-original correspondence
includes a photocopy of an 1845 letter written to Hamilton Hill
(Original is in Hamilton College Archives. The letter was reportedly
sent by President Henry Churchill King to someone who requested
a Mahan autograph). The remaining non-original material consists
of printed correspondence from Letters of James Gillespie Birney,
1831-1857, Volume 1, edited by Dwight L. Dumond (New York, 1938).
Series 2. Original Documents, 1850, 1853, n.d.
Contains documents relating to Mahans disagreements with
the Oberlin faculty and Board of Trustees. Includes the ten-point
indictment of Mahan drawn up by the faculty in 1850, and extracts
from a paper presented to the Board of Trustees by Mahan on August
Series 3. Writings by Asa Mahan, 1836, 1848,
1851, 1855, 1883, [1889-90] (2.5 inches)
Contains original writings by Asa Mahan, including Principles
of Christian Union, and Church Fellowship (1836), a newspaper
article with Mahans address before the National Educational
Convention at Cleveland on August 20, 1851 on the Character
and Comparative Merits of the Old and New System of Liberal Education,
Introduction to the Critical History of Philosophy (1883)
(note: the book was used as a scrapbook, pages 64-89 have newspaper
clippings affixed over the pages), Modern Mysteries Explained
and Exposed (1855) and Science and Moral Philosophy (1848).
Non-original writings include photocopies of Mahans writings
in The Divine Light, 1889-90.
Series 4. Writings About Asa Mahan, [1859,
1884-94], 1935-85 (0.5 inches)
Consists of writings about Mahan, both published and unpublished.
Included is a folder of writings relating to the short-lived Cleveland
Series 5. Family Information and Genealogy,
[1764-1920], 1791-1990s [span dates] (0.3 inches)
Contains genealogy and family information on Mahan. The bulk of
the material was compiled by Kenneth Roose, former Professor of
Economics, who was a descendant of Mahan. Two cards from 1889 and
1894 announce the death of Mahan and his second wife, respectively.
A 1922 letter accompanied the transfer of Mahans scale. The
latter housed in Museum Items (RG 35). Also included are photocopies of letters, articles, family histories and genealogical charts.