Seth C. Brace collection

Summary

Creator: Brace, Seth Collins
Date(s): 1842-1844
Call Number: GRA 0103
Language: Materials entirely in English.
Abstract: The Seth C. Brace collection comprises eight original pencil sketches and one modern reproduction of an original watercolor depicting churches and landscapes surrounding Newark, Delaware, drawn by Delaware College mathematics professor Seth C. Brace between 1842 and 1844.
Physical Description:
  • 8 items
  • 8 drawings (7 sheets) : pencil sketches ; images 17 x 20 cm or smaller and 1 photomechanical print (color reproduction of an original watercolor) ; image 15 x 17 cm
Source: Gift of Miriam Hill, 1926.
Processing: Processed by Iris Snyder, 1997. Revised and encoded by Lora J. Davis, August 2009. Finding aid prepared using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Biographical and Historical Notes

Seth Collins Brace was born to Reverend Dr. Joab and Lucy Brace in Newington, Connecticut, on August 3, 1811. After teaching for several years in Massachusetts, Brace began studying at the Divinity School at Yale University in 1835. Following his studies at Yale, Brace became the editor of the North American in Philadelphia in 1839, a position he held off and on until 1845. From 1842 to 1843 Brace served as a professor of mathematics and rhetoric at Delaware College in Newark, Delaware. Brace's later teaching positions included four years at the Young Ladies' Seminary in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and six years as a private tutor in New Haven, Connecticut. In addition to teaching, Brace also served for one year as the librarian of the Mercantile Library in Philadelphia.

Brace's church service began in 1857 with a one year post at the Presbyterian Church in Newark, Delaware, followed by another one year post at the Congregational Church at Curtisville in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Brace moved to the Congregational Church in Bethany, Connecticut in August of 1860, and was ordained one year later on June 26, 1861. He left this pastorate on May 18, 1864.

Brace moved back to Philadelphia in 1870, where he remained for the rest of his life. He died at the age of 86 on January 25, 1897.

Sources

Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University Deceased during the Academic Year ending in June, 1897: Including the Record of a Few Who Died Previously, Hitherto Unreported.Record presented at the meeting of the Alumni, June 29th, 1897. No. 7 of Fourth Printed Series, and No. 56 of the whole Record. New Haven: Yale University, 1897.

Scope and Content Note

The Seth C. Brace collection comprises eight original pencil sketches and one modern reproduction of an original watercolor depicting churches and landscapes surrounding Newark, Delaware, drawn by Delaware College mathematics professor Seth C. Brace between 1842 and 1844.

Four area churches are represented in the collection, including the following: Calvin, Wesley, St. Thomas Episcopal, and Whitely Creek. Also included are three views of the landscape surrounding Newark to the north, south, and southeast. The final item, a color reproduction of a watercolor, depicts the town of Newark as seen from the north. The original of this watercolor is held by the University of Delaware's University Archives.

These drawings were given to the University of Delaware Library in 1926 by Miss Miriam Hill of Orange, Virginia, who was a great niece of Seth C. Brace. After finding the sketches in her great uncle's possessions, Miss Hill contacted Pierre S. du Pont about donating them to the library. After receiving news that the sketches were of interest to the library, Miss Hill donated them with the help of University Trustee Hugh Rodney Sharp.

Using these materials

Shelving Summary

  • Shelved in SPEC GRA manuscript boxes (1 inch)

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

GRA 0103, Seth C. Brace collection, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library,Newark, Delaware.

Terms Governing Use andReproduction

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library, https://library.udel.edu/static/purl.php?askspec

Container List

Calvin and Wesley churches, Newark (Del.), circa 1842-1844 2 drawings (1 sheet) : pencil sketches ; images 8 x 8 cm. on support 33 x 26 cm. Box 1, F1

Includes two small sketches of churches in the Newark, Delaware, area. The sketches are unsigned and undated.

The Church in Newark, Del, 1844 February 1 drawing : pencil sketch ; image 8 x 11 cm. on support 33 x 26 cm. Box 1, F2

Includes one sketch of the former St. Thomas Episcopal Church (now the University of Delaware's Bayard Sharp Hall), which was dedicated in 1845. The sketch is signed S.C.B. and dated Feb. 1844.

Episcopal Church, Newark, Del, 1844 February 1 drawing : pencil sketch ; image 5 x 9 cm. on support 33 x 26 cm. Box 1, F3

Includes one sketch of the former St. Thomas Episcopal Church (now the University of Delaware's Bayard Sharp Hall), which was dedicated in 1845. The small sketch, which is dated Feb. 1844, is wrinkling from age.

Whitely Creek Church, near Newark, Del, 1842 September 1 drawing : pencil sketch ; 16 x 20cm. Box 1, F4

Includes one sketch of Whitely Creek Church near Newark, Delaware. The sketch is dated Sep. 1842.

View from Newark Coll. (Del.) northward, circa 1842-1844 1 drawing : pencil sketch ; image 16 x 20 cm. on support 26 x 33 cm. Box 1, F5

Includes one sketch depicting the landscape north of Delaware College, Newark, Delaware. The image shows fenced pastures, a farm animal, trees, and several buildings on a hillside in the distance. The sketch is unsigned and undated.

View from Newark Coll. southeast, circa 1842-1844 1 drawing : pencil sketch ; 17 x 20 cm. Box 1, F6

Includes one sketch depicting the view southeast of Delaware College, Newark, Delaware. The image shows many houses and fenced gardens, in addition to a stack of firewood and several haystacks. The sketch is unsigned and undated.

View from Newark Coll. (Del.) southward, circa 1842-1844 1 drawing : pencil sketch ; image 16 x 20 cm. on support 26 x 33 cm. Box 1, F7

Includes one sketch depicting the view south of Delaware College, Newark, Delaware. The image shows a road, several fenced pastures, and a large hill in the distance. The sketch is unsigned and undated.

View in Newark (Del.) from the high ground on the N. side, 1985 1 photomechanical print (color reproduction of an original watercolor) ; image 15 x 17 cm. Box 1, F8

Includes a reproduction of an original watercolor painted by Brace depicting Newark, Delaware, as seen from the north. The original watercolor is now held by the University of Delaware's University Archives.

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