The Hovey Letters Collection consists of nearly 400 letters written between 1822 and 1876 that document the life of Edmund O. Hovey as student, Presbyterian minister, and educator. They also provide accounts of events in the early history of Wabash College, pioneer life in frontier Indiana, Presbyterian thought and missionary activity, the personal concerns of early 19th century Americans, and the Hovey family history. Most of the letters were written to or from Edmund O. Hovey and his wife Mary Carter Hovey, who came to Indiana from Vermont in 1831. Hovey, a Presbyterian missionary, was a founder of Wabash College and served as a trustee and faculty member for over fifty years until his death in 1877. The correspondents include relatives, friends, other trustees of the College, ministerial colleagues, Wabash students and alumni, and others.