Collections and Personal Papers:

Trustee Papers:
Diaries of Bishop Jesse Truesdell Peck

Jesse Truesdell Peck Jesse Truesdell Peck (1811-1883) was a bishop in the Methodist-Episcopal Church, but more importantly was one of the founders of Syracuse University. In 1870 Peck and three others each donated $25,000 to start the institution. He served as president of Syracuse University's Board of Trustees from 1870 to 1873, and was a member of the board until his death.

Peck Hall on Genesee St. in downtown Syracuse, was named for him, as is the Jesse Truesdell Peck Professorship of Literature in the College of Arts and Sciences.

In 2006 the Syracuse University Archives purchased a collection of 27 of Peck's personal diaries from the year 1852 until 1883, the year of his death, with the exception of the years 1869, 1871, 1872, and 1874. The collection includes entries during the establishment of the University, as well as other national events such as the Civil War. The diaries were sold to the University by a local dealer in historical ephemera, through the generous contributions of several alumni clubs and individuals.

The diaries are in the process of being transcribed for posting on this web site to create easier access for people wishing to browse and read them. The transcription process is slow going as Peck's 19th century handwriting is often very difficult to decipher. The 1852 diary, Peck's first, is transcribed and now on this web site. The Archives has plans to add other years as they are transcribed.