Hiram Corson

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Hiram Corson
Cottage in Ithaca NY where HPB visited Corsons

Professor Hiram Corson (6 November 1828 – 15 June 1911) was a professor of Anglo-Saxon and English literature and rhetoric at Cornell University for over 30 years. He was a friend of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, who stayed at his home in Ithaca, New York for some of the period when she was writing Isis Unveiled.

Life and career

Portrait of Madame Blavatsky inscribed to Hiram Corson

Connections with Theosophical Society


Additional resources

  • Corson, Eugene Rollin. Some Unpublished Letters of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. London: Rider & Co., 1929. Hiram Corson's son, Dr. Eugene Corson, compiled 17 letters addressed to his parents by Madame Blavatsky, and added extensive commentary. Available at Theosophical University Press Online and Hathitrust.
  • Hiram Corson Papers, 1842-1956. Collection Number: 14-12-449. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library, Ithaca, New York. 2004. Professor Corson's papers are available where he taught for over 30 years, described by a "Guide to the Hiram Corson Papers, 1842-1956" and a PDF of a printed finding aid.