The Archives and Special Collections houses over 80,000 rare books and more than 11,000 linear feet of archival collections. These collections include everything from manuscripts and paper records to sound recordings, photographs, posters, artwork, and objects. Rare books, senior theses, and other published works can be found by searching the Library Catalog. Archival collections are described in individual Finding Aids and can also be searched in the Five Colleges Archives and Manuscript Collections database.
Newsletters, manuals, grant proposals, minutes, correspondence and other documents related to the operations of the Amherst College Academic Computer Center, under the direction of Betty Romer. Includes files on the planning, design and construction of the Seeley-Mudd Building (1980-1984) which has housed many of the offices of the department of Information Technology.
Reports by the Office of Admission at Amherst College for the use of secondary schools. The reports present statistics on the incoming freshman class and information for secondary school principals and guidance councilors.
Materials generated by the Board of Trustees of Amherst College relative to the presidency (1912-1924) and resignation of Alexander Meiklejohn.
Public minutes of Faculty Meetings and of the Committee of Six.
Printed material, legal documents, financial records, correspondence and other papers documenting the history of Amherst Academy, its Charity Fund, and the inception and founding of Amherst College. Includes early circulars and catalogues of both Amherst College Academy and Amherst College, as well as papers of several 19th century trustees.
A guide to this collection is not yet available. Please contact Archives and Special Collections for access to this material.
The bulk of this collection consists of correspondence from Leslie S. Baker to his parents (Elwood and Sallie) during World War I. Baker joined the war in 1917, served as a machine-gunner in France, and in 1920, while still a student at Amherst College, published a book about his company, The Company History: The Story of Company B, 106th Machine Gun Battalion, 27th Division, U.S.A. The collection includes a small amount of miscellaneous additional material by and about Baker, including some of his drawings.
Correspondence, manuscripts, legal documents, certificates, contracts, awards, medals, exhibition brochures, newspaper clippings, magazines, photographs, printed materials, and 3 scrapbooks relating to George Bellows and his family. Much of the collection consists of correspondence, this includes letters between George Bellows and Emma Story Bellows and others. The bulk of the manuscripts and printed materials relate to Bellow's work, and include speeches, articles, and biographies. There is also a large section of photographs both personal and of his paintings. See also: Charles H. Morgan Papers on George Wesley Bellows.
Cuban-born writer and intellectual; professor of Spanish at Amherst College, 1983-2005. Chiefly printed printed matter by and about Benítez-Rojo's literary work, book covers, flyers and posters of conferences given or attended by him, photographs, and videotapes of some of his lectures.
Amherst College alumnus Class of 1943, instructor and later professor of physics at Amherst College, 1947-1990. Collection includes Benson's class notes and exams from college and graduate school; teaching notes and assignments from courses he taught at Amherst; draft articles about physics that he wrote, along with reprints of his published articles; material from college-wide faculty committees on which he served; and a small number of photographs and pieces of incoming correspondence.
Congregational minister. Papers consist mainly of handwritten sermons, but also include a journal and other miscellaneous writings.
Combined papers of the families of Samuel Bowles II and III, the founder and editor of the Springfield Republican, and Judge Ebenezer Rockwood Hoar of Concord, Mass. The families are connected through the marriage of Judge Hoar's daughter Elizabeth to Samuel Bowles IV. The collection is currently being processed, with items occasionally featured on blog posts for "The Consecrated Eminence" and pages within the Archives and Special Collections section of the Library's website.
Primarily personal correspondence documenting the lives of members of the Clark family across three generations: in particular, economist John Bates Clark, his son Alden Hyde Clark (AC 1900), and Alden's three children, Mary Lawrence Clark, John Alden Clark (AC 1929), and William Whitcomb Clark (AC 1933). Includes correspondence between Alden Hyde Clark and his fellow missionaries in India (the American Marathi Mission) and general documentation on 20th century missionary activity in that country.
Papers of Charles Wiggins Cobb (AC 1897), Professor of Mathematics at Amherst College, 1909-1941, including manuscripts of unpublished books, data and reports on U.S. manufacturing, reports done for Mathematics classes, data on industrial materials and copies of letters.
The Beeckman Jousseaum Delatour (AC 1911) Papers contain letters from Beeckman Delatour to his parents, Albert J. and Susie S. Holcomb Delatour, during his undergraduate years at Amherst College (1907-1911), his medical school years at Johns Hopkins University (1911-1915), and his service in France during World War I (1917-1919). There is a small amount of associated ephemera, but the bulk of the papers document the maturation of a youth of the early twentieth century.
444 photochrom images of American landmarks, both natural and man-made, dating from 1898 to 1908. Scenes of Mexico and Cuba are depicted as well. The majority of the photographs were taken by William Henry Jackson while employed by the Detroit Publishing Comapny, with the rest being taken by other photographers working for the company.
Mainly correspondence, materials relating to Porter Dickinson’s family and the town of Amherst, photographs, and objects that reflect the many of his interests (particularly mountaineering and the White Mountains). Correspondents include Robert Francis, Professor E. Kimball Morsman, and Walter Hendricks.
Correspondence, ephemera, photographs, printed matter and media documenting the long-standing connection between Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan and Amherst College.
Primarily family correspondence saved by Margaret Randolph Hitchcock Emerson from the year 1934, in which her mother (Mary Waters Bryan Hitchcock) died. There is a small amount of correspondence from other years, as well as a random collection of writings, ephemera, and publications.
Amherst College professor, 1824-1847. Chiefly notes by Fiske on Greek language and literature, mental and moral philosophy and American history.
Fuess was an educator, historian and author, commissioned by businessman Frank Stearns to write a biography of Stearns himself, a project which was abandoned after Stearn's death. Collection includes unfinished typescript chapters of the biography, along with various biographical materials about Stearns and some of his personal papers.
Scrapbook, journal, herbarium, photographs and college notebooks of various members of the Gillett family, many members of which attended Amherst College: Edward Bates Gillett (AC 1839), Frederick Huntington Gillett (AC 1874), Arthur Lincoln Gillett (AC 1880), and Robert Swift Gillett (AC 1916). The herbarium is believed to have been kept by Lucy Douglass Fowler Gillett.
Family correspondence and sermons documenting the family and career of William James as a Presbyterian minister in New York State.
Charles L. Kades (1906-1996) was a lawyer and U.S. army officer who served in the Government Section of the General Headquarters of the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers (SCAP) in post-war Japan. He is best known for his role in drafting Japan’s post-war constitution. The collection includes original and photocopied memoranda, drafts, and correspondence documenting the constitutional drafting process. It also includes contemporaneous translations of the Japanese parliamentary debates on the constitution. Additional material includes interview transcripts, correspondence with researchers, and other retrospective material on the constitution and on post-war Japan. A small amount of material documents Kades’s work as a lawyer for the U.S. Public Works Administration, U.S. Treasury Department, and the New York law firm of Hawkins, Delafield, and Wood.
Businessman and former President of Amherst College. Correspondence, speeches, articles, scrapbooks, awards, photographs and other materials documenting his personal and professional life and that of his wife, Margaret P. Jackson King. Correspondents include Newton D. Baker, Ernest M. Hopkins, Felix Frankfurter and Frederick J. E. Woodbridge.
Poet. Papers include correspondence, cards, newspaper and magazine clippings, programs, and a photograph, mostly sent to Eugenia Graham.
Correspondence art is a worldwide art movement emphasizing the decentralized participation of artists and amateurs in a variety of media through the use of the international postal system. This collection consists primarily of correspondence art, magazines, artists' books, small press publications, and postcards. Also contained in this collection are materials related to correspondence art, such as exhibition catalogs, stamp catalogs, book buying catalogs, posters, and public relations material.
Correspondence, literary manuscripts and other materials of literary, scientific, or historical significance that are generally unrelated by provenance and do not fit into any other existing manuscript collections. The material has been gathered together into a single collection for ease of access and for preservation.
The collection comprises orginal pencil sketches, story scripts and illustration scripts for the Prince Valiant comic drawn and written by Hal Foster, plus original illustrations by John Cullen Murphy, as well as a Stan Drake original comic strip.
Handwritten and illustrated fictional works created by the children of the Nelson family of Goshen, New Hampshire, in the 1890s.
Papers documenting the professional and academic life of Donald S. Pitkin, Amherst College Anthropology professor, 1964-1992. Collection includes Pitkin's class notes, assignments, and syllabi from courses taught at Amherst College; material from College committees on which he served; research, correspondence, notes, drafts, and typescripts relating to published and unpublished works, speeches, and articles. Also included are journals, correspondence, and photographs relating to Pitkin's several year residence and research in Sermoneta, Italy.
Primarily letters, typescripts, scrapbooks, articles and clippings documenting Pohl’s writings and research on varied historical/biographical subjects, as well as correspondence and travel ephemera.
The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Family Papers document the history of one extended family over 270 years or eight complete generations. The collection is the property of the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Foundation, which operates the Porter-Phelps-Huntington House Museum in Hadley, Massachusetts. The house was lived in by six generations of this family, through its entire history, from its construction in 1752, to its incorporation as a museum in 1955. The house museum contains family furnishings and memorabilia and these papers document the history of the house and family.
The Hugh B. Price Papers contain material documenting Price's career from the 1970s through the 2000s. Included are correspondence, manuscript drafts, speeches, memoranda, position papers, press coverage and interviews. The bulk of the material was generated during Price's tenure as president of the National Urban League in the 1990s. Price also held positions at the Rockefeller Foundaton, the Brookings Institution, and Princeton University.
Corrsepondence from Viola Roseboro' to Gertrude Hall Brownell spanning the last decade of Roseboro's life and reflecting Roseboro's views on literature, politics, current events, shared acquaintances, and her health.
Contains correspondence to John E. Sanford (1830-1907) from his parents, Reverend John Sanford (1788-1866) and Sophia Loud Sanford (1790-1869). The bulk of the correspondence is from Reverend Sanford. Frequent topics include the health of the parents and their advice to John about his; money matters; Amherst news, and the personal and professional lives of both young John and his older brother, Baalis (AC 1845). The last folder in the small collection contains miscellaneous correspondence to and about John E. Sanford.
Clergyman, educator, author and politician; 5th President of Amherst College, 1876-1890. Chiefly correspondence, sermons, notes, journals, speeches and articles. The bulk of the collection is family and other correspondence, although it also includes many sermons and writings by Seeyle.
Botanist, mineralogist, natural historian. Collection consists primarily of letters regarding Shepard's mineral collection, and also includes a few notebooks, a bound volume of pamphlets and miscellaneous other materials.
Approximately 335 letters, bills, receipts, accounts, contracts, deeds and insurance documents, largely addressed to or concerning George Sibbald (circa 1756-1830) and his commercial affairs. There are also 36 printed items and five maps (one of lands in Geogia and four concerning property in New York City). Subjects include import and export in the early and post-Federal periods and there are trade records for a variety of goods all up and down the East Coast, throughout the Mediterranean, and from Surinam, Greenock, London, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Cassel, and Lucca. Letters and reports deal with the outfitting of ships, and land speculation and development in Georgia and Florida. The Georgia Asylum Land Company (speculation in 500,000 acres of pine barren land in Georgia) is represented among these papers, as are dealings with the North American Land Company. Although for the most part the papers are signed by commercial figures whose names have not otherwise been recorded, there are several items signed by or concerning such people as Robert Morris, Oliver Phelps, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, and Clement Biddle. The collection is also has philatelic interest, in connection with the cancellations and postmarks of early post offices.
Notebooks, correspondence, architectural and mathematical drawings, College account records, scientific papers and photographs of Ebenezer Strong Snell (1801-1876; AC Class of 1822) and his wife, daughters, parents and sisters. The papers chiefly document Snell’s family and personal life but also Ebenezer Snell’s career at Amherst College as Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy. The 19th century history of Amherst College and the teaching of science, including astronomy, meteorology and physics, are also documented. The family papers provide insight into family life in Amherst in the mid-to-late 1800’s and include correspondence, diaries and journals, household account books and photographs.
The Ethel "Sandy" (Beach) Socolar Family Papers (circa 1880-2015) contain correspondence, photographs, and scrapbooks related to the lives of Ethel "Sandy" (Beach) Socolar and her family, especially her mother, missionary-educator Ruth Porter (Ward) Beach, and sisters, Frances Helen (Beach) Bingham and Elizabeth Waterbury (Beach) Keller. The bulk of the material dates from about 1910-1950.
The Sprague Family Papers include the papers of Rosemary Sprague, an Amherst-area attorney; her father, Atherton Hall Sprague (AC 1920), an Amherst College professor of mathematics; and her mother, Marion Whittemore Sprague. The collection includes correspondence, diaries and travel journals, unpublished poetry, plays, and novels, Sprague family genealogical material, and photographs. Notable among the correspondence are letters that Rosemary Sprague received from her friend, the poet James Merrill.
Family correspondence, photographs, and newsclippings related to the family of John Robert Sitlington and Josephine Quarrier Sterrett. Also includes donor transcriptions of correspondence.
The collection consists of papers dating back more than a century and covering five generations in the family of Charles Hansen Toll (1882-1972) and Mayes Martin Toll (b. 1888-1974). The bulk of the collection dates from 1906 – 1973, when Charles “Carl” Toll was a professor or professor emeritus at Amherst College. The Toll family lived in Amherst for more than 60 years and was active in the affairs of the College and the town. The collection is comprised chiefly of correspondence, but there are also diaries, postcards, children’s drawings, and travel ephemera. The Toll Family Papers are stored off-site, please contact us in advance of your visit.
The personal and professional papers of Dudley H. Towne, Professor of Physics at Amherst College from 1952 to 1997. The papers include course materials, his letters home during WWII, unpublished reminiscences on his life from childhood to the end of his life with a focus on his experience as a gay man and various other materials.
A guide to this collection is not yet available and portions of the collection are restricted. Please contact Archives and Special Collections for access to this material.
The Israel E. Trask Papers document the professional and personal life of Israel E. Trask (1773-1835), early Amherst College Trustee (1821-1835) and Mississippi plantation owner.
Botanist. Contains correspondence, notes, pamphlets and botanical specimens. Correspondents include William G. Farlow, Charles Frost, Asa Gray, William Nylander, Henry Ravenel, and Charles J. Sprague.
The Edward Tuckerman Materials include a small group of documents ranging from items associated with some of botanist Edward Tuckerman's early schoolwork and interests to much later correspondence among his widow and colleagues about his botanical collections. The material includes correspondence, notebooks, photographs, and unique documents. Notable among the material are items associated with the Boston Phrenological Society.
Documents related to the families of Margaret Tuckerman Clark (including her father, mother, grandparents, aunts and uncles) and her husband Orton Loring Clark (primarily papers related to Clark himself). The collection includes correspondence, photographs, unique documents, and genealogical material (especially for the Tuckerman line). Notable among the collections are items associated with Margaret Clark’s grandfather, poet Frederick Goddard Tuckerman, and his brothers Edward Tuckerman, a lichenologist, and Samuel Parkman Tuckerman, an organist and composer.
Literary and social organization for local women founded in 1883. Official organizational records, photographs, news clippings, and other materials documenting the activities of the Tuesday Club, a women’s club in Amherst,Mass. founded in 1883. Organizational records include a constitution, meeting minutes and programs, copies of papers delivered at club meetings, membership information, and correspondence.
A guide to this collection is not yet available. Please contact Archives and Special Collections for access to this material.
Papers documenting the personal and professional lives of Dora Ward and her husband, Earl Ward (AC 1906). The bulk of the collection comprises correspondence with family members describing the Wards' work as missionaries in Turkey and India, 1911-1932. The correspondence is supplemented with photographs, work records, diaries, memorabilia, and newspaper clippings.
Correspondence, legal documents, news clippings, journal articles, one book and one map relating to the professional activities and personal life of Edwin St. John Ward. The bulk of the material falls into the years 1915-1918, when Dr. Ward was in service to the American Red Cross in Turkey, Palestine and France.
Papers documenting the personal and professional life of educator Paul Langdon Ward, including materials relating to his many articles and lectures, as well as to his research interests. Includes a smaller amount of material relating to his childhood as the son of medical missionaries in the Middle East.
Papers documenting the personal and professional lives of multiple generations of Ward and Bliss family members, dating from 1791 to 1977. Family correspondence makes up the largest portion of the material, supplemented with work records, diaries, memorabilia, photographs, writings, genealogical materials, and newspaper clippings.
The Charles Foster Weeden, Jr. (AC 1916) Papers document the personal and early professional life of Charles Foster Weeden as a member of the Near East Relief in Urfa, Turkey between 1919 and 1920. Most of the collection consists of Weeden’s outgoing correspondence to his family and his writings about his work in the Near East Relief. There is a smaller amount of incoming correspondence from family and friends. Two photograph albums and a file of loose photographs also document his work in Urfa.
Correspondence and papers documenting the personal life and career of Emma Hart Willard, a pioneering advocate of educational equality for women, including material on the Troy Female Seminary (later the Emma Willard School) when it was founded and administered by Emma Hart Willard. In addition, papers of her son John Hart Willard, his wife Sarah L. Willard and his daughter Emma Willard Scudder. Also included are papers and correspondence related to Willard Scudder, Henry Joel Scudder and Hewlett Scudder and the Willard, Scudder and Keyes families. There is correspondence from Timothy Dwight, Henry Barnard, A. S. Barnes, Almira Phelps (Mrs. Lincoln Phelps) and L. H. Sigourney.