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Jack W.C. Hagstrom 1955

Jack Hagstrom was interviewed by John Lancaster on October 12, 2005.  Excerpts from the interview are below.  Copies of the interview on DVD are in the open stack video collection of the Frost Library for borrowing, and are available for viewing in Archives and Special Collections or for purchase on request .

Jack W. C. Hagstrom , Class of 1955, is a collector of books, a bibliographer, and a founding member of the Friends of the Amherst College Library.  His first major gift to the Library was a collection of poetry by Robert Frost, who taught him as a student at Amherst.  Hagstrom earned a medical degree from Columbia University and taught at Case Western Reserve University.  From there he served as Director of Pathology at Harlem Hospital and later at Columbia Presbyterian, where he retired as Professor Emeritus of Pathology.  He served as Chairman of the Friends 1973-1990.

John Lancaster served at Amherst as Special Collections Librarian and Archivist of the College beginning in 1977, and he retired from the position of Curator of Special Collections in 2007.

  • Hagstrom talks about Robert Frost:
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  • Hagstrom describes his friendship with Lord Amherst:
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  • Hagstrom talks about the beginnings of the Friends of Amherst College Library:
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