Samuel Sobieski Nelles Fonds

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Samuel Sobieski Nelles fonds

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1.80 m of textual records

Biographical Sketch

Samuel Sobieski Nelles (1823–1887) was an educator and long-time academic administrator, who served various positions at Victoria College/University, Cobourg, 1850–1887. He was born in Mount Pleasant, Ontario in 1823, and received his earlier education in New York state, before spending two years at Victoria College under the tutelage of Egerton Ryerson. Following a year of home study he took his degree at the Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, 1846. After an interval of teaching and Methodist Church work he was named Principal of Victoria College in 1850, and then President in 1854, a position he held until his death in 1887. During the years 1852–1887 he was also a Professor; his titles included Professor of Mental Philosophy, with Logic, Ethics, Evidences of Religion, and Homeletics, 1856–1872.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of the following series: correspondence, 1856–1962; diaries and journals, 1846–1887; essays and articles, 1842–1896; sermons, 1848–1888; speeches and addresses, 1842– 1887; lectures, 1854–1887; notebooks of sermons, addresses, lectures, essays and notes, 1847–1887; writing and memorabilia, 1846–1902; and material relating to Victoria College, 1851–1884.


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Title based on the contents of the fonds.


No further accruals are expected.

Related Groups of Records in Different Fonds

See also Alida Martin fonds (2103).

Access points

  • Nelles, Samuel Sobieski, 1823–1887
  • Victoria University (Cobourg, Ont.)—Presidents


  • College administrators