Orsamus Charles Dake, 1832-1875 [RG0830.AM]

HISTORY NEBRASKA MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID



RG0830.AM:  Orsamus Charles Dake, 1832-1875



Papers:  1845-1902

Omaha, Douglas County; and Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska:  Episcopal minister, educator, poet

Size:  1.0 cu.ft.; 2 boxes



BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE



Orsamus Charles Dake was born in Portage, Livingston County, New York on January 19, 1832. He graduated from Madison University in Hamilton, New York in 1849. Dake moved to Illinois, where in 1853 he married Amanda Catherine Eaton of Edwardsville. In 1859, the Dakes moved westward to Lincoln, Illinois where Dake edited a pro-Lincoln newspaper, the Lincoln Herald. After a year and a half at this position, he worked briefly in Washington, D.C. as a clerk in the Census Bureau, Department of the Interior. During these years, he had studied for the Holy Orders and in 1862 was ordained in Omaha at Trinity Church (later Trinity Cathedral) by Bishop Talbot. Dake and his family remained in Omaha for a year. In 1863, he opened Brownell Hall, an Episcopal school for young girls. The Dakes again moved in 1865 to Fremont where he organized St. James’ church. He also help found Fremont College in 1869 and served on the original Board of Trustees. The family remained in Fremont until 1872, when Dake accepted the chair of Belles Lettres at the University of Nebraska. He became the first faculty member to publish a book when in 1871 his volume of poetry, Nebraska Legends and Other Poems,was published. He published second volume of poetry, Midland Poems, in 1873. Orsamus Dake died suddenly Oct. 18, 1875 of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 43.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



The Orsamus C. Dake collection is arranged in six series: 1) General Correspondence, 1858-1878; 2) Diaries, 1857, 1869 and undated; 3) Manuscripts 1866-1870, undated; 4) Legal papers, 1866-1902; 5) Printed Matter; and 6) Miscellany, 1863-1875. The papers span the years from 1857 to 1902. The collection relates to Dake’s career as an editor, Episcopal minister, professor at the University of Nebraska, and poet.



Series 1 contains letters relating to his career as a newspaper editor in Lincoln, Illinois, the establishment of Brownell Hall and his ministerial work in Omaha and Fremont, along with an account of his appointment to and early impressions of the University of Nebraska. The diaries in Series 2 give brief accounts of Dake’s newspaper work, his stint as a clerk in Washington, and the start of his ministerial career in Fremont. Series 3 contains Sermons, drafts of his poetry, and recollections of Dake written after his death in 1875. Several of these were written by Dake’s daughter, one by his granddaughter, and another was written by a former student. Land deeds, tax receipts, Dake’s last will and testament and incorporation records of Fremont College and Episcopal Church in Fremont are included in Series 4. The last two series contain a family Bible, several books and other miscellaneous papers of Reverend Dake.



See the photo component (RG0830.PH) for photographs.



INVENTORY



Series 1 – General Correspondence, 1858-1878



Box 1

Folder




    1. 1858-1861 [Photocopies]

    1. 1862-1865

    1. 1867-1871; 1873

    1. 1875-1876; 1878



Series 2 – Diaries, 1845, 1869, n.d.




    1. 1845-1869; photocopy of the diary of a horseback trip from New York to Illinois, 1853



Series 3 – Manuscripts, 1866-1870, n.d.




    1. Sermons, 1866-1870, undated

    1. Poems and essays, undated

    1. Recollections of O.C. Dake



Series 4 – Legal Papers, 1866-1902



Box 2

Folder




    1. Land Deeds, 1866-1902

    1. Tax Statements, 1868-1899

    1. Fremont College papers of incorporation, 1869

    1. Fremont Episcopal Church papers election of church officers 1869; tax receipt 1886

    1. Will and Testament, 1869



Series 5 – Printed Matter




    1. Dake Family Bible, psalm book, incomplete book of novels



Series 6 – Miscellany




    1. Ordination certificate, 1862; Copyright notice, 1873

    1. Church Bulletin, 1875; Contents of small wallet, receipts and clippings calling cards, ads for magazine subscription, undated



 



Subject headings:



Dake, Orsamus Charles, 1832-1875

Episcopal Church — Nebraska — Fremont

Fremont College (Fremont, Nebraska)

Love, Anna Margaret (Dake)

Nebraska University



 



Revised TMM       04-19-2007

Become a Member!

Our members make history happen.

Join Now

You May Also Enjoy

The Massacre Canyon Oral History and Archeology Project

The Massacre Canyon Oral History and Archeology Project

Lest We Forget:  The Lynching of Will Brown, Omaha’s 1919 Race Riot

Lest We Forget: The Lynching of Will Brown, Omaha’s 1919 Race Riot

Portraits of Omaha’s 1898 Indian Congress

Portraits of Omaha’s 1898 Indian Congress

About History Nebraska
History Nebraska was founded in 1878 as the Nebraska State Historical Society by citizens who recognized Nebraska was going through great changes and they sought to record the stories of both indigenous and immigrant peoples. It was designated a state institution and began receiving funds from the legislature in 1883. Legislation in 1994 changed History Nebraska from a state institution to a state agency. The division is headed by Interim Director and CEO Jill Dolberg. They are assisted by an administrative staff responsible for financial and personnel functions, museum store services, security, and facilities maintenance for History Nebraska.
Explore Nebraska
Discover the real places and people of our past at these History Nebraska sites.

Upcoming Events

View our new and upcoming events to see how you can get involved.

Become a Member

The work we do to discover, preserve, and share Nebraska's history wouldn't be possible without the support of History Nebraska members.

Latest Hall of Fame Inductee

The Nebraska Hall of Fame was established in 1961 to officially recognize prominent Nebraskans.

Become a Member

The work we do to discover, preserve, and share Nebraska's history wouldn't be possible without the support of History Nebraska members.
Nebraska Collections

History Nebraska's mission is to collect, preserve, and open our shared history to all Nebraskans.

Our YouTube Video Collection

Get a closer look at Nebraska's history through your own eyes, with our extensive video collections.

Additional Research Resources

History Nebraska Research and Reference Services help connect you to the material we collect and preserve.

Support History Nebraska
Make a cash donation to help us acquire, preserve, and interpret Nebraska’s history. Gifts to History Nebraska help leave a legacy and may help your taxes, too! Support the work of History Nebraska by donating to the History Nebraska Foundation today.

Volunteers are the heroes of History Nebraska. So much history, so little time! Your work helps us share access to Nebraska’s stories at our museums and sites, the reference room, and online.