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A to Z List of Archival and Manuscript Holdings

This guide to the formal collections and major holdings of Amherst College's Archives and Special Collections is not a complete inventory. Much of the listing was compiled from old finding aids in non-standard formats, and the information, especially dates, should be regarded as approximate. In addition, a number of the collections, such as Commencement, are active, with material being added annually.
Collection titles in this guide use the following standard archival terms:
Records—official records of institutions and organizations or their subdivisions
Papers—personal papers of individuals or families
Collection—materials from diverse sources, brought together because of a common subject, theme, or purpose
These designations may differ from the titles in the finding aids; consult the Archives and Special Collections staff if there is any question about the correct form for citations.
Please note that several collections or parts of collections are currently available online in digital format, as part of the Five College Archives Digital Access Project. These collections are indicated by the link "Digital Collection." A small number of published works relating to Amherst College history have also been converted to electronic text.

 

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Academic Department Records
64.5 linear feet

Affirmative Action Committee Records
1972-1986
1.5 linear feet
Minutes, reports, correspondence, printed material and other records documenting the activities of the Advisory Committee on Affirmative Action.

Richard (AC 1952) and Josephine
Haskell Aldridge Papers
1898-2002 (bulk 1930-1994)
12.5 linear ft.
Papers documenting the life of poet Richard Aldridge and his wife, children's author Josephine Haskell Aldridge. Material in the collection includes draft and unpublished writings by Richard Aldridge from childhood on; publication-related materials; a large amount of correspondence from family members and other writers; documentation from the various schools that Richard Aldridge attended, including photographs and memorabilia from Amherst College; and photographs, primarily of Richard Aldridge's childhood and his time in the U.S. Army in Germany in the mid-1950s.

Robert Allen (AC 1955) Course Notebooks
1953-1955
0.5 linear feet

Timothy D. Allman Papers
6 linear feet
Journalist. Contains a draft of Allman’s proposed PhD thesis for St Anthony's College, Oxford (never completed) plus his original news dispatches concerning the wars in Indochina, some of which were published in revised form by the Manchester Guardian for which he worked as a stringer at the time.  The papers also include correspondence with people at the British Embassy in Vientiane, Laos.

American Studies Department Records
1949-1986
8 linear feet

Jeffery Amherst Collection
1757-1874 (bulk 1757-1797)
1.25 linear ft.
Chiefly handwritten letters exchanged between Jeffery Amherst and British army officials or government authorities; also, engraved portraits of General Amherst, newspaper clippings and a set of eight medals commemorating British victories in the wars in North America.

Lady Sarah Archer Amherst.  India Diaries
1823-1828 
0.25 linear ft. 
Wife of  William Pitt Amherst, the first Earl Amherst, who was Governor-General in India. Consist chiefly of five bound volumes of her personal diary remarking on daiy life and conditions in India, 1823-1828. Also includes a Book of Common Prayer and a large traveller's map of London, 1776.

Amherst, Town of - See: Town of Amherst Collection
1845-present
3 linear feet

Amherst Academy - See: Amherst College Early History Collection

Amherst College

  • Record Books
    1801-1919 (bulk 1825-1908)
    4 linear ft. (38 volumes)
    Manuscript record volumes documenting various visitors and activities at the College during the 19th century; largely administrative in nature.
  • Committee Records
    1826-2010
    ca. 12 linear ft.
    (Portions restricted)
    Records of some 200 various Amherst College committees, including draft, interim and final reports, as well as (in some cases) minutes, correspondence and other supporting documents.  Some committees are formal standing committees, but the majority are ad-hoc temporary bodies often convened as Presidential advisory committees or task forces.

Amherst College. Academic Computer Center.
 
Records
1970-1998 (Bulk: 1972-1985)
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.

Amherst College. Alumni Office.

  • Historical Records
    1848-1955
    4 linear feet
    Minutes, reports, correspondence, programs, scrapbooks and other materials documenting official activities of Amherst College alumni, including Alumni Council meetings, dinners and conferences and the activities of regional alumni associations.
  • Public Records (some access restrictions apply)
    1922-1992
    20.75 linear feet
    Correspondence, minutes, printed matter, and other administrative records related to alumni relations at Amherst College, 1922-1992.

Amherst College. Association of Amherst Students.
Records, 1987-2008 [Some access restrictions apply]
20 linear ft.
Financial records, meeting minutes, correspondence, election records and other records documenting the activities of the Association of Amherst Students, the official student government body of Amherst College.

Amherst College. Class of 1902.
Class of 1902 Papers

1932-1967
1.5 linear feet
Reunion pictures and publications, correspondence, articles written by members of the class, and a scrapbook.

Amherst College.  College Photographer.
College Photographer's Negatives Collection
1960-2005 (Bulk: 1962-2005)
ca. 70 linear ft.
Primarily 35 mm black and white negatives documenting Amherst College events, people and places taken by the College Photographer for the Office of Public Affairs, ca. 1962-2005.

Amherst College. Dean of Students Office.  Associate Dean of Students (Bekki Lee, 1986-2009).
Records related to advising of Asian Students Association and Other Affiliated Student Organizations
1979-2009
1.5 linear feet

Amherst College. Dept. of English. Records.
1879-1977 (bulk 1930s-1960s)
7.75 linear feet
Assignments, examinations, student papers, course descriptions, reading lists and excerpts, and other material pertaining to the English Department and its courses, chiefly 1930-1970.

Amherst College. Dept. of Neuroscience. Records
[portions restricted]
1971-2011
1.25 linear ft.
Reports, announcements, correspondence, and various course materials documenting the establishment and ongoing administration of the academic program in neuroscience at Amherst College, 1971-2011, as well as instruction in certain lower-level biology courses. Amherst College was the first institution to offer an undergraduate major in neuroscience. 

Amherst College. Development Office. Records.
[Access restrictions apply]
1960-1992 (bulk 1960s and 1970s)
36 linear ft.
General office files concerning corporate relations, fund-raising, capital programs, friends and associations, deceased alumni, the Long Range Planning Committee, and Federal legislation and grants. Access restricted to Development Office.

Amherst College. President's Office.

  • President's Office Public Records
    1934-1976
    8 linear ft.
    Clippings, correspondence, and other records documenting of the public face of the Amherst College President's Office, 1934-1976. Includes invitations and requests for information, as well as correspondence and other documents related to institutional associations such as the American Council on Education, Association of Colleges in New England and New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. 

Amherst College. Queer Resource Center.
Records, ca. 2000-2014
0.25 linear ft.
Posters, flyers, and announcements of QRC-sponsored events, ca. 2000-2014. 

Amherst College. Student Council.
Records, 1917-1975
2.5 linear ft.
Minutes, financial records, correspondence, reports, and various printed matter documenting the activities of student government at Amherst College, 1917-1975 (with gaps), including budget allocations to student clubs and organizations, election of officers, and administration of the honor system.

Amherst College. Study Abroad Office. 
Records, ca. 1969-2013
1 linear ft.
Study abroad handbooks, policies, minutes, statistics and participation lists related to the Twelve College Exchange for study abroad.

Amherst College. Treasurer's Office. 

  • Amherst College Financial Records
    1830-1952 (bulk ca. 1860-1921) 
    13.5 linear feet
    Ledgers, account books, correspondence and other financial records relating to Amherst College scholarships, loans, tuition payments, special funds, and investments, dating chiefly from ca. 1830-1900.
  • Amherst College Financial Records [access restricted]
    1875-1975 (Bulk: 1920-1950)
    12.5 linear feet
    Annual financial reports, 1933-1958, and other permanently retained records of the Amherst College Treasurer and Comptroller, including journal entries, vouchers, documentation of securities transactions and investment portfolios, and samplings of student ledger cards.

Amherst College. Trustees. 

Amherst College. Women's and Gender Center.
Records, 1968-2001 (bulk 1975-2000)
1.25 linear ft.
Newsletters, flyers, photographs, correspondence and other materials maintained by the Women's and Gender Center (formerly the Women's Center) of Amherst College, and documenting its activities as an informational resource, intentional space and advocacy group related to women's and gender issues. 

Amherst College Alumni Biographical Files
1821-
354.25 linear feet
Biographical questionnaires; writings and correspondence by or about alumni, newspaper articles, obituaries, photographs. Also includes some materials pertaining to an entire class, such as class agent records, and copies of class resolutions or class anthologies.

Amherst College Calendars Collection
1880-ongoing (bulk 1900-1950)
1.5 linear feet
Calendars issued by Amherst College students or by the College itself since the 1880s. Calendars generally contain photographic scenes of the college.

Amherst College Annual Catalogues
1822-
Digital Collection (1822-1900 only)

Amherst College Centennial Collection
1919-1921
ca. 2.5 linear feet
Records of the Amherst College Centennial Celebration Committee and clippings, programs, ephemera, photographs and scrapbooks related to activities at the College for the celebration in 1921 of the 100th anniversary of its founding.

Amherst College Chapel Records - See: Church of Christ in Amherst College and Amherst College Chapel Records

Amherst College Class Album Collection
1853-1909
114 linear feet
Autograph, portrait and photograph albums of graduating classes from 1853 to 1909. Also includes several fraternity albums.

Amherst College Coeducation Collection

1870-1997
2 linear feet
Digital Collection
Chronologies, articles, newspaper clippings, and committee reports relating to coeducation at Amherst College and its subsequent anniversaries. The bulk of the collection covers planning for coeducation and responses to coeducation by Alumni, Faculty, Students, Amherst's president John Ward, and the Trustees of Amherst College. This is an artificial collection created by compiling related materials from other collections.

Amherst College Commencement Collection
1822-present
14.5 linear feet (to date)
Commencement programs, news articles, speeches, class week programs and schedules of events, tickets for events held during class week and commencement, poems, student addresses and other items relating to commencements. Arranged chronologically.

Amherst College Curriculum Reports Collection
1938-ongoing (bulk 1938-1984)
1 linear foot
Copies of various reports made by the Committee on Educational Policy (CEP) and other committees regarding Amherst's curriculum. Also included are a few books and a magazine article related to the curriculum and related issues and controversies.

Amherst College Early History Collection
1815-1991 (bulk 1815-1849)
6 linear feet
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.

Amherst College Early History Manuscripts and Pamphlets Collection
1820-1843 (bulk 1821-1825)
Correspondence, petitions, pamphlets and other printed material documenting the early history of the College. The collection was collected and arranged by Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Mellon and given to the College in 1921.

Amherst College Financial Records
See: Amherst College. Treasurer's Office.

Amherst College Inaugurations Collection
1821-present
3.5 linear feet
Speeches, notes, newsclippings, photographs, invitations, tickets, programs,, and guest lists from various Amherst College Inauguration ceremonies dating from 1821 to present.

Amherst College Library History Collection
1850-1987 (bulk 1850-1965)
0.75 linear feet
Materials compiled by former Librarian Newton F. McKeon. Mr. McKeon assembled these materials to write a history of the Amherst College Library. This history, however, was never written. The Library History Collection includes McKeon's notes, copies of library reports and records, ephemera dating from the 19th century, and published and unpublished articles and reports about the Amherst College Library. Most of the material focuses on the late 1800's through the early 1910's. Reports describing the spatial needs of the library dating from 1937, 1959, and 1961 are also included.

Amherst College Library Bookplates Collection
ca. 1828-1989
1.5 linear ft.
Approximately 222 bookplates and bookplate designs used in the Amherst College library.  The collection also includes information about the history of some of the bookplates; a variety of printing blocks, engravings and other print masters; and a small amount of correspondence.

Amherst College Library Records
1833-1977 (bulk 1876-1933)
14.5 linear feet
Library records documenting the development of the Amherst College Library. Despite the time span (1833-1977), the records provide incomplete information about the administration of the Library. The records best document the library holdings (1833-1938), and particular functions, such as classification. The Records include correspondence, accession logs, annual reports, in-house manuals and procedures statements, some financial records, printed catalogs, and shelf lists. The administrative files of Librarian Newton F. McKeon (1939-70), Charles Laugher (1970-75), and Willis E. Bridegam, Jr. (1975- ) are not part of this collection.

Amherst College Olio 1928 Photographs and Papers
1925-1928
1 linear foot
Photographs and artwork used in the 1928 Olio, the Amherst College yearbook, along with some material from the 1926 Olio, additional photographs and correspondence related to the editorial and business matters of the  'Olios editorial committee.

Amherst College Olio 1940 photographs
1939-1940
0.25 linear foot

Amherst College Oral History Project Records
1978-1982
1 linear foot
Transcriptions of interviews with Professors Emeriti, staff members, and other prominent members of the Amherst community.

Amherst College Original Library
(Items are cataloged individually. Follow this link to a targeted search in the online library catalog)

Amherst College Student and Alumni Publications Collection
1829-2012
90 linear ft.
A collection of literary, humor and news publications, largely written and edited by Amherst College students, but also including Five-College publications and publications edited by the college for students and alumni.

Amherst College War Materials Collection
1826-1999
4 linear feet
An artificial collection consisting mainly of publications, ephemera and correspondence related to Amherst College's involvement in various United States wars, including the Civil War, Mexican War, Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Amherst College Weather Station Records
1835-1924, 1948-present
3 linear feet (to date)
Climatological data recorded by Professor Ebenezer Strong Snell (Class of 1822) and his daughter Sabra Snell from 1835 to 1902; observations recorded by the Hatch Experimental Station at the Massachusetts Agricultural College from 1891 to 1924; and by Dr. Philip Ives (Class of 1932) from 1984 to date.

Amherst College Women (Ladies of Amherst College)
Records, 1912-1976
1.75 linear feet
Organizational, membership and financial records, spanning the history of the organization from 1906 to 1976. Include constitutions, meeting minutes, and annual membership lists, as well as newspaper clippings, correspondence, expense records and memorabilia.

Amherst Mountain Club Records - See: Clubs and Societies Collection
1903-1936
.5 linear feet

Amherst Outing Club Records - See: Clubs and Societies Collection
1927-1976
1 linear foot

"Amherst Reports" Collection
1962-1976
.25 linear feet

Amherst Ski Club Records - See: Clubs and Societies Collection
[1949-1957]
.5 linear feet

Amherst Summer School Collection
1878-1906
.25 linear feet
Started by Dr. Sauveur as the Normal School of Languages at Amherst College in 1875. Contains existing documentation of the Library School and incomplete documentation of other school programs. Includes bulletins, brochures, lecture notes, examinations and certificates; as well as Newton McKeon's notes on the Library School.

Amherst (Town) Collection - See: Town of Amherst Collection
1845-present
3 linear feet

Joseph Amiel (AC 1959) Papers
1956-2004
8 linear feet
Typescripts, galleys, proofs, and publicity material for Joseph Amiel's novels Hawks, Birthright, Deeds, Star Time, and A Question of Proof, published 1979-1993. Also included are four screenplays written by Amiel, 1970-1994, and class notes taken by Amiel for history and English courses at Amherst College, 1956-1959.

Anthropology and Evolution Courses Collection - See: Plough, Harold H. Anthropology and Evolution Course Materials

1939-1958
1.5 linear feet

Annual Catalogs (1822-present) - See: Amherst College Catalogs
1822-present
Digital Collection (1822-1900 only)

Archaeological Institute of America.  Western Massachusetts Society. Records.
ca. 1940-2005
3 linear ft.

John H. Armstrong (1932-1959, AC 1954) Papers
1932-1974 (bulk 1950-1960)
3.5 linear feet
Correspondence, photographs, diaries, journals, publications and vital and legal documents dealing with Armstrong's days at Amherst college, Harvard University, his foriegn language studies and finally, the trip to Africa on which he died. The collection also includes the papers of Catherine M. Armstrong relating to her son's death, including correspondence with the families of Armstrong's fellow travelers, official correspondence relating to the investigation, notes on her trip to Paris to visit the family of Tommy-Martin and notes of sympathy following her son's death.

Frederick D. M. Aronow (AC 1967)
Papers Related to the Vietnam War, "Winter Soldier," and the Civil Rights Movement
ca. 1965-1972
1 linear ft.

Athletics Collection
1865-2009 (bulk 1900-1990)
56 linear ft.
[See also: A Glance at Amherst Athletics by Walter L. Tower, 1935]
Programs, photographs, correspondence, press information, newsclippings, and other records and memorabilia documenting the history of intercollegiate and intramural athletics at Amherst College. The collection does not include much material related to physical education; see separate collection.

Audio-Visual Collection
ca. 30 linear feet

 


 

Robert Bagg (AC 1957) Papers
1822-2007 (Bulk: 1953-2007)
24.1 linear ft.
Papers documenting the literary, scholarly, and personal activities of poet and translator Robert Bagg. Correspondence between Bagg and contemporaries, including poets Richard Wilbur and James I. Merrill, make up a large portion of the material. Also included are drafts of poetry and other writings, Bagg's undergraduate and graduate student work, and teaching and administrative materials from Bagg's time as a professor of English. The Bagg Papers also include sub-collections of material originally belonging to three associates: Thomas F. Gould, John A. Moore, and James J. Scully. 

Theodore and Frances Titchener Baird Papers
1901-1996 (bulk 1930-1996)
12.5 linear ft.
Papers documenting the personal and professional life of Theodore Baird, Amherst College English professor, 1927-1969. Consists chiefly of correspondence between Baird and former students and colleagues. Some of the correspondence and other writings in the collection discuss the Bairds’ house, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Also included is a small amount of material from Frances Titchener Baird, Theodore Baird’s wife.

Ingham C. Baker (AC 1919) Papers
1916-1919
0.5 linear feet
Correspondence, french road maps, french song sheets, and a military citation covering the time Ingham C. Baker served as an ambulance driver for the American Field Service and U.S. Army Corps from 1916 to 1919. The bulk of the collection consists of letters from ICB to his family, particularly his parents Asa George Baker (Amherst 1888) and Lucy C. Baker, and his brother Walton C. Baker (Amherst 1919). It also includes letters to ICB from his parents and two letters from his friend Arthur Hazeldine (Amherst 1919 non-graduate).

 Leslie Stuart Baker (AC 1921) Papers
1895-1972
0.5 linear feet
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.

 

Ball Family Papers
1869-1931
1.25 linear feet
Personal papers of three Amherst College alumni, the Rev. Albert H. Ball (AC 1866) and his two sons Allan (AC 1892) and Walter (AC 1897). The collection includes alumni notes, notebooks, manuscript writings, and printed matter.

Lincoln Wade Barnes (1879-1966) Photographic Negative Collection
ca. 1927-1965
6 linear feet

George Wesley Bellows Papers
1899-1962 (bulk 1905-1929)
7 linear feet
(see also: Charles H. Morgan Papers on George Wesley Bellows)
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.

Antonio Benitez-Rojo Papers
1957-2002
4 linear feet
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.

Bruce B. Benson (AC 1943) Papers
1939-1988
1.5 linear ft.
Amherst College alumnus (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.

Donald N. Bigelow (AC 1939) Papers
1860-2009 (bulk 1935-2004)
50.85 linear ft.
Correspondence, speeches, reports, articles, photographs, printed matter and audio-visual media documenting the personal life and professional career of Donald N. Bigelow (AC 1939), a top administrator in the U.S. Education Department of Education, as well as a writer, teacher and consultant on education policy, chiefly from 1961 to 1984. Professional papers include records of many Federal programs he oversaw as part of the National Defense Education Act (NDEA, 1958), Higher Education Act (1965), and Education Professions Development Act (EPDA, 1967). Correspondents include Benjamin DeMott and Allan Nevins.

William P. Bigelow (AC 1889) Papers
1867-1941
1 linear foot
Professor of Music at Amherst College. Letters, postcards, photographs, drawings, sheet music, certificates, receipts, passports, manuscripts, music programs, and other materials documenting the professional and personal life of Professor Bigelow and his wife Jane Ball Bigelow.

Osmond Jesse Billings (AC 1900) Sermons
1906-ca. 1960
4 linear feet
Congregational minister. Papers consist mainly of handwritten sermons, but also include a journal and other miscellaneous writings.

Biographical Files (Alumni and Non-Alumni) Collection
ca. 1822-present
ca. 350 linear feet (to date)

Clarence Birdseye (AC 1910) Field Journals
1910-1916
13 volumes, 1 linear foot
Field journals of the noted inventor, naturalist and businessman Clarence Birdseye. This collection consists of 13 field journals, 12 of which were written by Clarence Birdseye and one by Perry W. Terhune. The dates of the journals are from 1910 Nov 9 to 1916 Jul 20.

Walter R. Blackmer (AC 1897) Sermons
1898-1956
5 linear feet
Congregational preacher. Collection consists mainly of sermons, but also includes addresses and talks delivered on various occasions.

Bliss Family Papers (some restrictions apply)
ca. 1850-1981 (bulk 1856-1922)
4 linear feet
Correspondence (with other writings, clippings, and photographs) of members of the Bliss and Dodge families, principally of Howard Sweetser Bliss, second president (1902-1920) of Syrian Protestant College (later American University of Beirut), which was founded by his father, Daniel Bliss, in 1866. Two letters by Howard Bliss (age 13) are from 1873; additional letters (to 1920) describe his undergraduate years at Amherst College, his travels to universities at Oxford, Goettingen and Berlin as a travelling fellow of Union Theological Seminary, and his pastorship at churches in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Montclair, N.J., following his ordination in 1902. The correspondence, especially of Abby Wood Bliss between 1874 and 1909, provides insight into marriage and family relationships of the 19th and early 20th centuries, discussing a range of issues from education and the raising of children to health problems and the treatment of illness. The Dodge family was descended from Howard's and Amy's daughter, Mary Bliss Dodge.

Marshall Bloom (AC 1966) Alternative Press Collection
Ca. 1967-1992
Ca. 253.5 linear feet
Approximately 3,500 alternative "underground" newspapers published chiefly in the United States, ca. 1967-1989, most originally compiled by Liberation News Service as record copies from its subscribers. Also included is a much smaller collection of glossy magazines for gay men, ca. 1967-1992.

Marshall Bloom (AC 1966) Papers
1950-1999 (bulk 1962-1999)
12.5 linear feet
Correspondence, diaries, unpublished writings, news clippings, publications, financial records, photographs and other materials chiefly documenting Bloom's childhood, education, personal life and work as the founder of Liberation News Service and its larger role in the radical counterculture of the 1960s.

Louise Bogan (1897-1970) Papers
[1930-1970]
13.5 linear feet
Poet and editor. Collection consists of correspondence, drafts of poems, prose, short stories, and translations, lectures, teaching notes, news clippings, journals and notebooks documenting Bogan's career from 1930 until her death in 1970; and also includes some family correspondence and photographs.

Botany Department Papers
1930-1936
30 unbound volumes of files on indigenous plant species.

Walter Boughton (1918-1987) Papers
1950-1986
0.5 linear feet
Mainly teaching notes and classroom materials from Walter Boughton's approximately thirty years teaching and directing theatre at Amherst College. Also contains notes schoolwork done by Boughton while attending Brown University.

Bowles-Hoar Family Papers
[1800-1950]
60 linear feet
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. 

Frank Learoyd Boyden (1879-1972, AC 1902) Papers
1912-1971
5.5 linear feet
Headmaster of Deerfield Academy (Deerfield, Mass.), 1902-1969. Collection consists of Boyden's correspondence concerning Amherst College, his Class of 1902, his fraternity, Class reunions and other general correspondence.

Henry Walcott Boynton (1869-1947) Papers
1897-1939
6.5 linear feet
Correspondence, notes, reviews and clippings documenting the literary career of Henry Walcott Boynton. The collection includes handwritten drafts of plays, prose and poems, and drafts of stories written under the pseudonym John Walcott. Correspondence is chiefly with magazine and book publishers, including the Atlantic Monthly, The Bookman and The Nation.

Bailey LeFevre Brown (1903-1971) Papers
1930-1964
1 linear foot
Mathematician. Contains mathematical notes, correspondence, article reprints and other materials documenting his research in mathematics. Includes correspondence with Neal H. McCoy.

William Crary Brownell (1851-1928; AC 1871) Papers
1867-1936 (bulk 1870-1927)
5.5 linear feet
American journalist and newspaper editor.  Correspondence, notebooks, manuscripts of his journalistic writings, photographs and other personal and professional papers.

William Jennings Bryan
See: Henry Steele Commager, William Jennings Bryan Research Materials Collection

Buildings and Grounds Collection
1820-2011
ca. 100 linear feet

Frederic Marsena Butts (AC 1909) Papers
1909-1949 (Bulk: 1909-1910)
0.5 linear ft.
Mostly writings and photographs documenting Butts' trip to the Mediterranean, Asia and North Africa, 1909-1910. Also included are a speech before an Amherst College alumni group and correspondence about a scholarship he established there.

Margaret Blaisdell Byrd. New York City Music, Opera and Theater Scrapbooks
1899-1962
2.5 linear feet
8 scrapbooks of programs and clippings related to musical concerts, theatrical performances and opera in New York City, 1899-1962.

 


 

Calendars Collection - See: Amherst College Calendars Collection

F. Curtis Canfield (AC 1925) Papers
1929-1981
4.5 linear feet
Director and drama professor. Professor of Theater and Dramatic Art  at Amherst College, 1925-1954.

Ercole Cartotto, Portrait Drawings of Selected Amherst College Alumni, Faculty and Administration
ca. 1930
1 linear foot
19 framed portraits of Amherst College alumni, faculty and staff, by the Italian-born portraitist.

Catalogues (Amherst College)
1822-present
Digital Collection (1822-1900 only)

Centennial (Amherst College) Collection - See: Amherst College Centennial Collection
1919-1921
ca. 2.5 linear feet

Chapin-Kiley Manuscripts Collection-  See: Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection
0.5 linear feet

Charles E. Merrill Trust Collection
1954-1996 (bulk 1959-1980)
 5 linear ft.
Documents relating to the granting activities over the lifetime of a charitable trust established after the death of Charles E. Merrill (AC 1908) according to instructions laid out in his will. The bulk of the collection consists of bound volumes of financial updates and funding recommendations that were sent to trustees prior to their meetings.

Aurin M. Chase (AC 1896) Letters
1892-1896
0.5 linear feet

Church of Christ in Amherst College and Amherst College Chapel Records
1826-1968
4.5 linear feet

George Bosworth Churchill (1866-1925, AC 1889) Papers
1883-1925
5 linear feet
Professor of English at Amherst College, 1903-1925, and Member of the Massachusetts State Senate, 1917-1920. Correspondence, lectures, class materials, manuscripts, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, and photographs by or about Churchill. The bulk of the collection is made up of professional documents: lectures, undergraduate papers, class materials and manuscripts. A number of speeches and articles relating to his substantial political career are also included. The collection contains some correspondence between Churchill and his wife and between Churchill and acquaintances, mostly between 1891 and 1894.

Sandra Cisneros Collection
1984-2001
0.5 linear feet
Writer. Collection includes typescripts or photocopied typescripts of six stories, one unpublished story, an unpublished speech, an interview, a biographical sketch, and a bound volume of part of the novel Caramelo, distributed to friends for comment.

Evans Clark (1888-1970, AC 1910) Papers
1910-1970
1 linear foot
Correspondence, clippings and other material on the major activities of Evans Clark's career. Some clippings are by Clark, presumably the editorials written while he was with the New York Times.

John Bates Clark (AC 1872) and Alden Hyde Clark (AC 1900) Family Papers
1847-2003 (bulk 1900-1940)
3 linear feet
Letters, documents, and photographs from the families of economist John Bates Clark; his son Alden Hyde Clark; and Alden's three children, Mary Lawrence Clark, John Alden Clark (AC 1929), and William Whitcomb Clark (AC 1933).  The collection is especially rich in materials relating to Alden's missionary work in India (the American Marathi Mission), but there is also general family material, including items relating to the Clark family's history in America.

Class Album Collection - See: Amherst College Class Album Collection
1853-1909
114 linear feet

Class of 1902 - See: Amherst College Class of 1902 Papers
1932-1967
1.5 linear feet

Class Shelves
ca. 1832-2007
A miscellaneous collection related to individual alumni and their graduating classes, consisting primarily of manuscripts related to undergraduate studies, as well as reunion and other class activities.

Clubs and Societies (Amherst College) Collection
1821-2010
22.5 linear feet
Official records and associated material of Amherst clubs. Includes founding records, minutes, financial records, membership lists, clippings, publications, correspondence, reports, photographs and other materials.

Charles W. Cobb (AC 1897) Papers
ca. 1930-1940
1.5 linear ft.
Professor of Mathematics, Amherst College, 1909-1941.  Lecture notes, drafts of his publications and other data related to his work on statistics of manufactures in the United States and most particularly in Massachusetts. Also includes papers submitted by his Amherst College students for his classes.

Morrill Cody (AC 1921) Papers
1930-1969 (bulk 1958-1962)
0.5 linear ft.
Journalist, editor and diplomat.  The collection consists mostly of incoming correspondence, concerning social affairs, editorial work, and publishing. Among the correspondents are a number of literary figures, including Sylvia Beach, e. e. cummings, Marcel Duchamp, Ernest Hemingway, Langston Hughes, Marianne Moore, Ezra Pound, Raymond Queneau, Eleanor Roosevelt, Edith Sitwell, Alice B. Toklas, and William Carlos Williams.

Sherwin Cody (AC 1889) Correspondence
1893-1916
0.5 linear ft.
Writer and entrepreneur. The collection consists almost entirely of incoming correspondence, mostly concerning social affairs, editorial work, and publishing.  Correspondents include a wide range of writers, editors, and artists, including Edmund Gosse,  Walter Blackburn Harte, William Dean Howells, Arthur Curtiss James (AC 1889), Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, Edgar Lee Masters, and William Butler Yeats.

Coeducation Collection - See: Amherst College Coeducation Collection
1870-1997
2 linear feet
Digital Collection

Jerry Cohen (AC 1963) Papers
1965-2009
12.75 linear feet
Digital Collection
Chiefly legal records kept by Cohen during his 14 years as General Counsel of the United Farm Workers of America and personal attorney of César Chávez. The collection relates primarily to Cohen's participation in the legal battles for union recognition and basic labor rights fought by the U.F.W. in the late 1960s and 1970s. The collection contains only non-privileged material.

Charles W. Cole (AC 1927) Papers
1906-1979 (bulk 1920-1960)
26 linear feet
Letters, reports, minutes, speeches, photographs, printed matter and other materials documenting Charles W. Cole's personal life and professional career as President of Amherst College (1946-1960) and as a member of a variety of committees and boards in the private and public sector. The collection also includes correspondence and other personal papers of Cole's first wife, Katharine, but does not include any significant material related to Cole's appointment as Ambassador to Chile or Trustee of Hampshire College.

Joseph Gerald Cole (AC 1915) Papers
ca. 1919-1945
1.5 linear ft.
Diaries, photographs, correspondence, certificates, clippings, and ephemera related to the Cole's career in banking and foreign service, chiefly in France. Cole served in the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I and the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II, and received a number of prestigious French honors. 

College and University Intramural Athletic Handbooks Collection
c. 1948
0.75 linear foot
Intramural handbooks from 72 American colleges and universities. They were collected and exhibited at the College Physical Education Association meetings held in Chicago, Ill, December 27-28, 1948, by Albert E. Lumley, chairman of the College and University Intramural Division for 1948-1949.

Henry Steele Commager Papers

Alternative download:  Commager finding aidCommager finding aid
1920-1998 (bulk 1945-1985)
84 linear ft.
Papers documenting the professional life and career of Henry Steele Commager, 20th century historian, public intellectual, and engaged citizen. They include the extensive letters received from historians, congressmen, educators, journalists, jurists, publishers, as well as former students, and the general public. Commager's writings and public appearances reflect his active professional life as well as his influence within the profession. The papers document a wide variety of issues of 20th century American society, including the interventionist role in Europe; civil liberties; academic freedom; the loyalty oath; nationalism; the American military in Vietnam; the expansion of executive power; changing views of foreign policy; and the purpose and role of education in society.

  • Henry Steele Commager - ancillary collections:
    Dan Family Papers
    William Jenings Bryan Research Materials Collection

Commencement Collection - See: Amherst College Commencement Collection

Committees:

Ad Hoc Trustee Committee on Campus Life Records
1984
1 folder

President's Committee on Student Residential and Social Life Records
1983-1985
1 folder

Lawrence H. Conrad Vachel Lindsay and Robert Frost Collection
1918-1966 (bulk 1928-1934)
0.7 linear ft.
Consists of material related to American poets Vachel Lindsay and Robert Frost which was collected by a mutual friend of theirs, writer and English professor Lawrence H. Conrad. The collection includes correspondence, manuscript and typescript poems by Lindsay and Frost, programs and pamphlets produced by Lindsay, and press clippings and scholarly writings about the two poets.

Manuel Cuéllar Vizcaíno Collection
1909-2002
1.5 linear feet
Books, magazines, manuscripts, speeches, news clippings and photographs that document Manuel Cuéllar Vizcaíno's career as a Cuban writer and teacher, chiefly from the 1940s through the 1950s. All of the materials are in Spanish.

Curriculum Reports Collection - See: Amherst College Curriculum Reports Collection

Edward S. Curtis, The North American Indian
[Seattle] : E.S. Curtis ; [Cambridge, Mass. : The University Press], 1907-1930
20 v. + 20 portfolios (723 leaves of plates)

John P. Cushing World War I Posters Collection
1914-1926 (bulk 1914-1919)
ca. 750 items
Propaganda posters (chromolithograph) commissioned by seven different governments during World War I exhorting the populace to enlist in the military, conserve food, produce supplies supporting the war effort, and buy war bonds.  Unlike mass-produced public notices of the same period, these were colorful works of art that attracted popular attention and communicated powerful but succinct messages. The collection includes work from the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Canada and Spain.

 


Dan Family Papers
See: Henry Steele Commager Papers

Harry J. Danos
Army Air Forces Technical Training Command, "C" Pre-Meteorolgical Program Collection
1943-1944
1.5 linear ft.

Benjamin Butler Davenport Papers
1884-1959
2 linear feet
Playwright, producer, actor and theater manager. Papers contain correspondence, photographs, and autographs from numerous actors, producers and others relating chiefly to Butler Davenport's theatrical productions in New York City.

Jeffrey Davidow Papers
1993-2003
4 linear feet
Ambassador to Venezuela and Mexico, Asst. Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs. Contains materials relating to his diplomatic career in Latin America, including news clippings, business and personal documents, appointment books, photographs, speeches, transcripts of interviews, and government reports.

Eli Whitney Debevoise Papers
1949-1962
3 linear feet
The papers of Eli W. Debevoise (EWD) document his position as the deputy general counsel with the High Commission for Germany-Office of General Counsel (HICOG-OGC) from 1950-1953 and his ongoing interest in US-German affairs. In addition to providing a picture of EWD's work at HICOG, this collection serves as an important adjunct to the papers of John J. McCloy, also held at the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections. McCloy was not only a friend of EWD, but also his superior at HICOG. While the Debevoise Papers include personal and professional correspondence, appointment calendars and other administrative material, memoranda, and speeches, the majority is published material relating to post-World War II Germany.

Degrees and Honors Collection
1825-
3.5 linear ft.
The bulk of the collection is made up of diplomas and certificates awarded by Amherst College to Amherst Graduates, as well as honorary degrees awarded to individuals associated with the college. The remainder of the degrees and certificates were awarded to Amherst College Alumni by other institutions both educational and civic.

Detroit Publishing Co.
William Henry Jackson Photochrom Collection
1898-1908
2 linear feet
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, with the rest being taken by other photographers working for the company.

Dicken-Statham Family Papers

1800-2013
6.0 linear feet
The Dicken-Statham Family Papers document four generations in the life of the family of Henry Heathcote Statham (1839-1924) and his wife, Florence Dicken Statham (1856-1938). Statham, or “H.H.S.,” as he appears in some publications, was an architect, author, and musician. He edited the journal “The Builder” for 20 years and was the author of several books, including a long-used textbook about architecture. Florence Dicken Statham was born in India to William Stephens Dicken, Deputy General Inspector of Hospitals for the East India Company in the middle of the 19th century. She raised a family of six children and wrote her own children's book, "Flix and Flox," a copy of which is in the collection.The papers cover topics such as the British Raj, World War I (the Stathams lost two sons, Arthur and Noel, in war), and family life in England across two centuries. The collection contains correspondence, photographs, journals (including W.S. Dicken’s original journal of a voyage to India), and other unique documents that illustrate the family's history.

Dickinson Family

Daniel and Tammy Dickinson Family Papers
1818-1901 (Bulk: 1850-1880)
0.5 linear ft.
The Daniel and Tammy Dickinson Family Papers document the lives of three generations of the Daniel Dickinson (1793-1874) and Tammy (Martha) Eastman Dickinson (1801-1887) family. The papers date from 1818 to 1901 and are comprised almost entirely of correspondence, mostly incoming to Daniel and Tammy from siblings, children, grandchildren, friends, acquaintances, and business contacts. Topics in the letters include family news, religion, the Civil War, and western migration. The last two folders of the collection contain photocopies of miscellaneous background papers, including a selection of genealogical research reports with information about people mentioned in the collection. 

E. Porter Dickinson Papers
1900-1991
7.5 linear ft.
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.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

For a brief overview of our holdings see: Emily Dickinson at Amherst College

Emily Dickinson Collection
1840-2005 (bulk 1850-1955)
21 linear feet
The collection documents the creative work and personal life of Emily Dickinson, spanning her lifetime, from 1830 to 1886; her family and friends; and the early publication history of her work. It also includes material from Dickinson scholars Mabel Loomis Todd, Millicent Todd Bingham, Jay Leyda, and others. The collection includes original poems, manuscripts, and letters from Dickinson to family and friends; images of the poet, including the daguerreotype and silhouette; physical artifacts related to Dickinson; manuscript transcriptions; printers' copies and proofs; Mabel Loomis Todd's correspondence, research indices, and writings; and material from or about Dickinson's friends and family, including correspondence, photographs, objects, and scrapbooks.

Dickinson-Related Materials Collection
1866-
9.5 linear feet
The collection consists primarily of printed matter associated with Emily Dickinson, her life and work, her home, her family, and any other topics associated with the poet, dating from ca. 1866 to the present.

Diplomas Collection - see: Degrees and Honors Collection

Louis P. Dolbeare (AC 1940) Papers
1934-1998 (bulk 1934-1965)
1 linear foot
Urban planner and 1940 graduate of Amherst College. Collection contains correspondence with friends and family, photographs and newspaper clippings relating to Amherst College alumni reunions and theater productions.

Doshisha University Collection
1914-present
4 linear ft.
Correspondence, ephemera, photographs, printed matter and media documenting the long-standing connection between Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan and Amherst College.

John W. Dower (AC 1959) Papers
ca. 59 linear ft. [currently in process]
Chiefly research materials related to Dower's scholarship in 20th century and contemporary Japanese history, including such topics as World War II in Asia, race and power, the atomic bomb, post-World War II occupied Japan, the Cold War in Asia, historiography (especially the Cold War and U.S. scholarship), war and memory, "cultures of war," and visual history.

Dramatic Activities Collection
1826-present
44.5 linear feet
Theater programs, scripts, photographs and slides, set and costume designs, publicity material and posters, clippings, audio and video material, and an odd object or two that chronicle the conceptualization, creation, production and review of hundreds of Amherst College dramatic performances over more than 180 years.

Charles Drew House Family Albums
1986-1992
1 linear foot
The Charles Drew Memorial Cultural House is an Amherst College residential theme house founded in 1984 to celebrate the achievements of black people and to explore the cultures of Africa and the Diaspora at large. The collection includes photographs and miscellaneous material documenting the members of Drew House and House special events from 1986-1992.

Raymond T. Drew (AC 1949) Papers
1943-1982 (bulk 1943-1972)
2.25 linear feet
The bulk of the collection consists of letters written by Drew to his family in Greenfield, Massachusetts, while serving as a radio operator in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, 1943-1946, which were transcribed and printed by his cousin Conrad Totman; and poetry manuscripts, ca. 1946-1975. Included in the poetry are two copies of his book Goat Songs (1970), and letters to Drew about the book; correspondents include James Merrill. The collection also includes photographs of Drew, snapshots taken during World War II, miscellaneous correspondence and sketches.

Drew House - See: Charles Drew House Family Albums

Harrison Griswold Dwight (1875-1959) Papers
1830-1959 (bulk 1902-1959)
8 linear feet
Correspondence, printed articles, manuscripts, notebooks, diaries, family photographs, and notes covering the life of Harrison Griswold Dwight, author and Amherst graduate. The bulk of the collection is made up of letters to Dwight from friends and publishers covering a period from 1897 to 1959. These include a number of letters from well-know persons ranging from Willa Cather to Eleanor Roosevelt.

Walter Alden Dyer (AC 1900) Papers
1862-1944 (bulk 1910-1944)
4.5 linear feet
The bulk of the papers consist of Dyer's many articles and stories. These published works are from the following magazines: Household, The Art World, Country Life in America, the Country Gentleman, The Antiquarian, The Fine Arts, Yankee, Antiques, Our Dumb Animals, Colliers, Holland's Magazine, Top Notch, The Woman's Magazine, The American Magazine, Own Your Own Home, The Bookman, The Adult Bible Class Magazine, Home Magazine, House Beautiful. The papers also include many book reviews of Dyer's works.  In addition, the collection also includes 21 photographic prints of Civil War scenes from Georgia and South Carolina taken by H. P. Moore in 1862-63.


Early History Collection (Amherst College) - See: Amherst College Early History Collection

Clarence Willis Eastman (1873-1952) Papers
ca. 1935-1955
3 linear feet
The bulk of the collection consists of notes, assignments and other materials related to Eastman's teaching of German language and literature at Amherst College. In addition, there is correspondence, personal diaries and unpublished manuscripts on topics in medieval German literature and German linguistics; one folder related to army training at Amherst College during World War I; and copious notes and manuscripts for his 1916 genealogy of the Thompson, Hull, Clark, Curtiss, Gunn, Peck, Stiles, Wells (Welles) and Judson families.

Joseph B. Eastman (AC 1904) Papers
1837-1960 (bulk 1904-1944)
84 linear feet
Correspondence, diaries, diplomas, newspaper clippings, photographs, speeches, reports, miscellaneous printed matter and memorabilia chiefly documenting Eastman's 25-year career in the U.S. Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC), 1919-1944, as well as memorabilia and other materials related to Eastman's personal life.

Benjamin Kendall Emerson (AC 1897) Papers
c a. 1837-1928
8.5 linear feet
The papers consist of personal and family correspondence; geological notebooks kept by Emerson during his geological survey of Massachusetts and other areas of New England; pamphlets and scientific papers relating to Emerson's Helix Chemica and his Geology of Massachusetts and Rhode Island; essays and compositions written by Emerson when he was a student; and notes and letters concerning family genealogy.

English Department Records - See: Amherst College Department of English. Records

John Erskine Papers
1909-1950
1 linear foot
Educator, writer, musician. Papers include correspondence and a corrected typescript of Erskine's book The Memory of Certain Persons.

Martín Espada Papers
1957-2003
13.5 linear feet
Poet, social activist, educator. Contains correspondence, poetry manuscripts and galley proofs, news clippings, contracts, posters, notebooks, photographs, video and audio recordings, and other materials documenting his literary career, personal life and social activism, 1957-2006. Includes translations of some of his poetry into other languages, especially Spanish.

William Cole Esty (AC 1889) Papers
1878-1905
2.5 linear feet
The papers contain account books, diaries, essays, exams, and notebooks documenting Esty's academic career at Amherst and M.I.T. Most of the material dates from 1887-1893 and relates to courses offered at these institutions and are useful in the study of curriculum development. There are also several notebooks and scrapbooks in the letters from Esty's childhood and adolescence.


Faculty Club Records
1891-1962
2 linear feet
Minutes, treasurer's reports, bank statements, bills, and correspondence relating to the activities of the Faculty Club.

John B. Fairbank (AC 1867) Family Papers
1817-1922
0.5 linear feet
Soldier, lawyer. Various documents relating to John Fairbank's life and career, and those of his parents, sisters, and other members of his family.

Daniel B. Fayerweather. Will Papers
1890-1948
1 linear foot
New York merchant. Court statements, orders and records; and correspondence involving the court cases brought by Fayerweather's legatees against his executors over the settlement of his estate.

Thomas Weston Fels (AC 1967) Papers
1972-2008 (bulk 1983-2004)
25 linear ft.
Papers documenting the professional activities of writer and curator Thomas Weston Fels (AC 1967), including research, writing, correspondence, and exhibition planning documents and notes from throughout his professional education and career. Also included are materials relating to his book Farm Friends: from the late sixties to the west seventies and beyond. 

Oriole Farb Feshbach
Records of the Master Institute of United Arts, Inc.
ca. 1937-1971
2.5 linear feet

Financial Records (Amherst College) - See: Amherst College Financial Records

First Congregational Church (Amherst, Mass.) Records
1829-1959 (bulk: 1829-1939)
0.5 linear ft.

Nathan Welby Fiske (1798-1847) Papers
1824-1847
2.5 linear feet
Amherst College professor, 18254-1847. Chiefly notes by Fiske on Greek language and literature, mental and moral philosophy and American history.

W. Clyde Fitch (AC 1886) Papers
1867-1986 (bulk 1883-1909)
6.3 linear feet
American dramatist and graduate of Amherst College in the Class of 1886. Correspondence, annotated play scripts, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, articles and photographs documenting the literary career, works, and personal life of Clyde Fitch (1865-1909). Correspondents include Robert Browning, Richard Harding Davis, William Dean Howells and William Lyon Phelps.

Thomas A. Flanagan (AC 1945) Papers
1866-2002 (bulk 1946-2001)
42 linear ft.
Irish-American novelist and professor of English. Literary manuscripts, correspondence, photographs and related materials documenting the professional career of Thomas Flanagan.

Fraternities Collection
1830-2004 (Bulk:1830s-1984)
46 linear feet
Correspondence, reports, printed material, newspaper clippings, financial and business records, publications and other materials relating to fraternities at Amherst College.

Reginald French Papers
1930-1977
1 linear foot
Amherst College Professor of Romance Languages. Papers include his dissertation (Harvard University, 1933), "Francesco d'Antonio da Fiorenza, Cieco," as well as extensive notes, a few articles and some miscellaneous photographs, newspaper clippings, greeting cards and correspondence.

Samuel French Company. Theater Scrapbooks - See: M. Abbott Van Nostrand Theater Collection

Alfred Friendly (AC 1933) Papers
1911-1983 (bulk 1927-1982)
8 linear feet
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and longtime managing editor of the Washington Post. Collection consists of correspondence and writings by Friendly, including columns written for the Washington Post or for other publications, manuscripts, and various other endeavors.

Friends of Amherst College Library Records
1938-ongoing
2.75 linear feet
Correspondence regarding the formation of the group, minutes of meetings, financial and membership records, newsletters, other publications, and information regarding activities sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Robert Frost (1875-1963) Collection
1887-2008 (bulk 1920-1963)
26.25 linear feet
Literary manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings and magazine articles, ephemera, audio recordings and other materials related to Robert Frost's career as a poet and teacher. Correspondents include Joseph Blumenthal, G. R. Elliot, James Hayford, Otto Manthey-Zorn, Lawrance Thompson and George F. Whicher.

  • See also: Newton McKeon (AC 1926), Robert Frost Bibliography Papers

Robert Frost Periodicals Collection
1890-2006
25 linear feet

Fuess, Claude Moore (AC 1905). Materials for a Biography of Frank Waterman Stearns (AC 1878)
1868-1941 (bulk 1915-1941)
0.5 linear foot
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.


G. & C. Merriam Company Collection
1833-1852
0.25 linear foot
Business correspondence (30 items) written to George and Charles Merriam, booksellers in Springfield, Mass., 1833-1852, from people associated with Amherst College and the town of Amherst.

Charles E. (AC 1872) and Eliza Miner Garman Family Papers
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1732-1932 (bulk 1862-1907)
35 linear feet
Correspondence, papers, essays, pamphlets, notes, notebooks and diaries relating to the personal and professional life of Charles Edward Garman, Professor of Moral and Mental Philosophy at Amherst College. His teaching career is represented by the printed pamphlets he distributed in his classes and by lecture notes taken by his students.

General Files
1821-present
ca. 26 linear feet

Julian H. Gibbs (AC 1947) Papers
1954-1985
2 linear ft.
Chemist, former Amherst College president. Papers consist mainly of papers, abstracts, articles and lecture notes on topics in physical chemistry, and correspondence with colleagues.

Sheridan de Raismes Gibney (AC 1925) Papers
1920-1992 (bulk 1922-1985)
3.25 linear feet
Chiefly play scripts and dramatic treatments written by Gibney for stage and television, 1925-1980; personal and professional correspondence, 1920-1962; the manuscript of an unpublished novel, Flatbush Man, ca. 1979-1985; and various papers related to his undergraduate years at Amherst College and his receipt of an honorary degree in 1939.

Katrin Janecke Gibney Berlin Diaries
1941-1945
.5 linear feet
Diaries kept in secret by Katrin Janecke (later wife of Sheridan de Raismes Gibney (AC 1925)) during her years living in Berlin and working at an assigned job in the German Propaganda Ministry during World War II and in the period following the German surrender. Also an unpublished typescript prepared by Katrin Gibney of the diaries, titled "Angels Forbidden".

Gilbert Museum of Indian Relics Catalogue
1903-1933
1 linear foot
Catalog records describing specimens of Native American relics in the Gilbert Museum of Indian Relics at Amherst College, including the original collection of Dr. Edward Hitchcock (AC 1849) and later additions from other sources, including the collection of D. S. Kellogg. Supplementary materials include two printed catalogs of the museum, 1903-1904.

Gillett Family Papers
1848-c. 1920
1.5 linear feet
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.

Samuel G. Goodrich (Peter Parley) Collection
1812-1972 (bulk 1820-1860)
1 linear foot
Children's writer. Collection consists chiefly of correspondence but also passports, contracts, tickets, official proclamations, and other documents relating to Goodrich's life and literary work.

Theodore P. Greene (AC 1943) Papers
ca. 1943-2006
1 linear foot
Professor of history and American studies at Amherst College, 1952-1989. Primarily correspondence, writings and talks, and research materials on the history of Amherst College and higher education.

Werner L. Gundersheimer (AC 1959) Papers
1940-2004
1.5 linear ft.
Correspondence, photographs, articles, awards and other materials documenting the academic and professional life of Werner L. Gundersheimer, educator, European historian and past Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.


Hagstrom, Jack W. C., (AC 1955):

Correspondence with or about Thom Gunn, Donald Hall, Marianne Moore, Dave Smith and Richard Wilbur
1958-2002
7.5 linear ft.
Chiefly Hagstrom's correspondence with poets Gunn, Hall, Moore, Smith and Wilbur, as well as with numerous publishers, scholars, librarians and book dealers, mainly concerning his collection of these writers' works. Also included are critical and bibliographical reviews, invoices, etc. 

Dana Gioia Bibliography Papers
1966-2002
15 linear ft.
Materials was assembled by Jack W. C. Hagstrom in the course of writing a bibliography of poet Dana Gioia (Dana Gioia: A Descriptive Bibliography with Critical Essays; Parrish House, 2002). Includes publications containing writing by and about Gioia; correspondence between Gioia and Hagstrom; and Hagstrom’s notes, correspondence, and typescripts for the bibliography.

James I. Merrill Bibliography Papers
1956-2010
43.75 linear ft.
Materials assembled by Jack W. C. Hagstrom in the course of writing a bibliography of poet James I. Merrill (James Ingram Merrill: A Descriptive Bibliography; 2009). The collection includes periodicals containing writing by and about Merrill; correspondence between Merrill and Hagstrom; Hagstrom’s notes, correspondence, and typescripts for the bibliography, and copies of Merrill’s correspondence with select other people.

Thom  Gunn Bibliography Papers
1940-2006
25.3 linear ft.
Materials assembled by Jack W. C. Hagstrom in the course of writing a bibliography of poet Thom Gunn (Thom Gunn: A Bibliography 1940-1978; 1979). An update to the book was published in issues of the Bulletin of Bibliography between 1992 and 1994 as Emendations to Thom Gunn: a bibliography 1940-1978 (Part I-[V]). The collection includes publications containing writing by and about Gunn; correspondence between Gunn and Hagstrom as well as Gunn and other people; and Hagstrom’s notes, correspondence, and typescripts for the bibliography.

Haldeman-Julius "Little Blue Books" Collection
1919-1947
3029 volumes; 55 linear feet

Halpern, Joel M. Research Materials and News Reports on the Former Yugoslavia
1953-1997
28 linear ft.
Anthropology research materials relating to historical-demographic studies in various parts of the former Yugoslavia, chiefly 1961-62, including code books, code sheets and bound print-outs.  The bulk of the collection consists of print-outs of email and Internet postings from various news sources concerning the wars in the former Yugoslavia.

Howard L. Hamilton Japanese Theater Papers
Ca. 1956-2007
Ca. 30 linear ft.
Hamilton (1918-2007), a physician and medical researcher associated with the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission and the Radiation Effects Research Foundation in Hiroshima, Japan, was equally noted for his enthusiastic patronage of and participation in Japanese Noh theater, and for his lecture-demonstrations of Noh for English-speaking audiences.  The collection consists of several thousand photographs, albums, films, theater programs related to Noh, Kabuki and Bunraku, as well as a small number of props and costumes. (His collection of Japanese art and theater books will be cataloged separately.)

William Gooding Hartin (AC 1909) Student Papers
1907-1909
0.25 linear foot
School principal and superintendent; businessman. Papers consist of essays written for classics and English literature courses at Amherst College, 1907-1909, and Amherst College debate teams. Three articles that may have been written later in Hartin's life are included in the final folder.

Doris Hartman Papers

ca. 1940-2011
ca. 7 linear ft.
American Christian missionary in Japan.  Letters, diaries, photograph albums, color slides, sermons, memorabilia and other materials documenting her career in Christian ministry in Vermont and (from 1952 to 1981) Hiroshima, Japan. 

Marika Joyce Hashimoto (AC 2006).  Papers from Doshisha Fellowship
2006-2007
2 linear ft.
Doshisha Fellow for one year after graduation from Amherst College. Teaching records, printed matter, photographs, and other materials documenting her year as a teacher of English and peer mentor, as well as information on Amherst House at Doshisha and various university activities.

Hugh Hawkins Papers [access restricted]
ca. 1942-2006
8 linear ft.
Anson D. Morse Professor of History and American Studies (1957- ). Personal and professional papers, including correspondence, manuscripts, diaries, committee records, course materials, general printed matter, and audiotapes.

James Hayford (AC 1935) Papers
1933-1972
0.5 linear ft.
Poetry notebooks and manuscript poems by Vermont poet, teacher, and political activist James Hayford, 1933-1993. There is also a small amount of prose writing, including the text of his Bond oration at Amherst College in 1935, his M.A. thesis (1942) on Robert Frost, and an unpublished short novel. A small amount of correspondence is also included.

Laurens Perseus Hickok Papers (1798-1888)
1822-1875 (bulk 1830-1845)
4 linear feet
Correspondence, certificates and licenses, lectures, sermons, and other writings by Hickok. Sermons make up the bulk of the collection. Much of the correspondence in the collection concerns Hickok's uneasy career at Union College, from his appointment as Vice President to his resignation in 1866. The collection also contains some correspondence between Hickok and his family, including his wife, Elizabeth Taylor Hickok.

Hills Family Papers (1785-1957)
[bulk 1853-1910]
24 linear feet
The Hills Family Papers contain correspondence, deeds, personal financial records, photographs and memorabilia of several generations of this prominent Amherst family during the second half of the 19th century. As a record of a wealthy 19th century family, this collection is important because of its size, time span and completeness.

Hills Family Legal Papers
1826-1900
0.25 linear foot
Family legal papers. Consists mainly of deeds that document the exchange of property in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Also includes two wills and miscellaneous legal papers.

Historical Manuscripts Collection
ca. 1821-ca. 1900
4 linear feet
Correspondence and literary manuscripts - mostly orations, disputations and essays - written by Amherst College alumni. The collection includes materials of such individuals as Henry Ward Beecher, John Quincy Adams, William Austin Dickinson, and Edward Hitchcock.

Edward and Orra White Hitchcock Papers
1805-1910 (bulk 1811-1864)
20 linear feet
Correspondence, drawings, legal documents, sermons, drafts of published and unpublished works, printed articles, autographs, artwork, and images relating to the professional activities and some of the personal life of Edward Hitchcock, Orra White Hitchcock, and their family. The material spans the years 1804-1910, with the bulk of the material falling into the period 1820-1864. Edward Hitchcock's work as a minister and nationally noted geologist is well documented in the papers. Orra White Hitchcock is less thoroughly represented. The collection contains the diaries she kept when she accompanied her husband on their European trips, along with her ad hoc sketches.

Edward (AC 1849) and Mary Judson Hitchcock Family Papers
1840-1962 (bulk 1850-1911)
25 linear feet
Papers documenting the professional activities and personal life of Edward "Doc" Hitchcock, Mary Judson Hitchcock and the Hitchcock and Judson families. "Doc" Hitchcock's papers include letters, published and unpublished writings, travel diaries, and manuscript and printed music used by Hitchcock while playing the cello. They reflect his roles and interests as an educator in physical education and hygiene, a faculty member, physician and family man. Papers of his wife, Mary Judson Hitchcock, include letters, legal records and photographs documenting her roles as wife, mother, member of the College and town community, and genealogist. Also included are letters and other personal papers of the Hitchcocks' children Edward, Caroline, Lucy, Jane, John and Albert, as well as genealogical information on the Hitchcock and Judson families. The papers include letters written to Mary W. Bryan Hitchcock in 1898 by her husband John Sawyer Hitchcock (AC 1889) and brother-in-law Albert Hitchcock while serving in Cuba during the Spanish American War, where they contracted malaria.

Hitchcock Ichnological Cabinet Catalogue
[1858, 1865]

Arthur John Hopkins (1864-1939) Papers
1846-1939
3.5 linear feet
Correspondence, draft writings, articles, notes and other materials documenting the career of Hopkins as a scientist and professor of chemistry at Amherst College. His scientific notes and writings chiefly document research in the field of alchemy, but there is also some material on the calculation of latitude and longitude. In addition, the papers include some correspondence of his wife, Margaret Briscoe Hopkins, as well as genealogical information.

Margaret Sutton Briscoe Papers
1891-1942
1.5 linear feet
Short story writer, playwright, and novelist, wife of Amherst professor Arthur John Hopkins (for his papers, see separate finding aid). Collection includes copies of published short stories, correspondence, and manuscript writings, including Briscoe's unfinished memoirs.

Luther Clark Howell (1835-1866) Papers
1855-1874
1 linear foot
Chiefly correspondence and photographs, 1855-1869 documenting Howell's early life, student days at Amherst College, and military service in 31st Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers during the Civil War. Correspondence includes letters to and from Luther Clark Howell, his family members and friends. Civil War letters describe battles, forts, and travel during the Civil War. Photographs include portraits of Civil War officers and Amherst College classmates.

Albert Wells Hubbard (1841-1899, AC 1867) Family Papers
1864-1909
1 linear foot
Correspondence, reports,and two photographs from circa 1864 to 1909, chronicling A.W. Hubbard's graduate years at Princeton until several years after his death in 1899. The bulk of the collection represents personal correspondence among Albert Wells Hubbard, his wife Emma Roxanna Spencer Hubbard, and their immediate family. A large portion of the material documents his years as a missionary in Turkey between 1873 and 1899.

Heman Humphrey (1779-1861). Sermons
1813-1861
1.5 linear ft.
Educator,Congregational clergyman, and the second President of Amherst College (1823-1844). Collection consists of Humphrey's holograph sermons and one bound volume of sermons published as pamphlets between 1813 and 1861. The collection includes Humphrey's printed sermons on temperance, slavery and Native American rights.

Rolfe Humphries (AC 1915) Papers
1896-1992 (Bulk: 1915-1969)
9.5 linear feet
Chiefly of correspondence, manuscript drafts, typescripts and galley proofs documenting the career of Rolfe Humphries as a poet, translator, teacher, editor, and reviewer. Correspondents include Louise Bogan, David Ferry, Richard Gillman, Donald Hall, Ezra Pound, Theodore Roethke, and E. Merrill Root. Poetry manuscripts include material that was unpublished or appeared later in substantially different form. Also included are reviews of Humphries' work and general articles about him as well as a small amount of family papers, including an autobiography of his mother, Florence Yost Humphries.


Inaugurations (Amherst College Presidents) Collection - See: Amherst College Inaugurations Collection

Irish Literary Renaissance Collection


William Henry Jackson - see: Detroit Publishing Co., William Henry Jackson Photochrom Collection

William James (1797-1868) Family Papers and Sermons
1808-1888
2.5 linear feet
Family correspondence and sermons documenting the family and career of William James as a Presbyterian minister in New York State.

Fayad Jamis Collection
1959-1987
0.5 linear foot
Unpublished manuscripts, books, handwritten and decorated booklets, and photographs related chiefly to Fayad Jamis' career as a poet and book artist during the period 1959-1987. Includes a heavily annotated copy of Jamis' collected poems, La Pedrada, which was published in Havana in 1985. All of the materials are in Spanish.

Richard Claverhouse Jebb Papers
1859-1917 (bulk 1882-1905)
2 linear ft.
Chiefly scholarly notebooks and manuscripts by Sir Richard Claverhouse Jebb on topics in ancient Greek poetry and drama. The collection also includes one letter from W. G. Headlam and one published article concerning Jebb's personal library.

John Jeffries Air-Mail Letter Collection
1784-1961
0.75 linear feet
American physician; first American to be airborne. Includes a letter dropped from Jeffries' balloon during his historic flight, as well as clippings, correspondence and other materials about the letter.

Alan Jenkins (AC 1924) Carl Sandburg Collection
Ca. 1938-1970
1.5 linear feet
Jenkins was a Congregational minister who formed a friendship with poet, novelist and folk singer Carl Sandburg. Collection contains correspondence between Sandberg and Jenkins, articles on Sandburg by Jenkins, other news clippings, photographs, notes, and related letters from Sandburg's literary contemporaries.

Burges Johnson (AC 1899) Papers
1895-1963
22 linear feet

Bruce W. Jones (AC 1956) Letters to Family
1952-2006 (bulk 1952-1956)
0.5 linear ft.
Approximately 184 letters and postcards written home from Amherst College by Bruce Jones when he was a student. Includes explanatory notes provided by Jones.


Charles L. Kades Papers
1913-1997 (Bulk: 1945-1996)
17.5 linear feet
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.

Kennedy Convocation Collection
1962-1988 (bulk 1962-1963)
1.5 linear feet
Correspondence, press releases, news clippings, photographs and other materials documenting President John F. Kennedy's visit to Amherst College on October 26, 1963 for a special convocation at which he and poet Archibald MacLeish were awarded honorary degrees, and for a groundbreaking ceremony for the Robert Frost Library.

William E. Kennick Papers
1947-2009
4 linear ft.
Professional and personal correspondence, lecture notes and other course materials, and speeches and writings related to his career as a professor of philosophy at Amherst College. Letters are mostly incoming correspond-ence from former students, fellow faculty members and administrators at Amherst. Correspondents include Profs. Theodore Baird, William Pritchard, Jerold Rothstein Presidents Calvin Plimpton and John William Ward; from former students, David Foster Wallace (AC 1985). Also included are Professor Kennick's 6-volume typescript on the history of philosophy and a binder of printed material entitled collectively "A Gallimaufry of Materials for Use in My Philosophy Courses." Among his writings are published articles and a personal memoir. The collection also includes ca. 40 letters of condolence to Mrs. Nancy Kennick after her husband's death in 2009.

David Kerr. Research Materials on Liberation News Service and the Alternative Press
1969-1973
0.75 linear foot
Background articles, interview tapes and transcripts, and other materials for David Kerr's research on the alternative press in the United States, with particular focus on Liberation News Service, an alternative press service started by Marshall Bloom and Ray Mungo in 1967.

Marcus P. Kiley (AC 1919) Papers
1917-1977
2 linear feet
Librarian and member of Amherst College Class of 1919. Collection includes notes from classes, papers and letters related to various library organizations, letters and other printed matter related to the Class of 1919, and a book of tributed to Kiley upon his retirement.

Stanley King (AC 1903) Papers
1880-1967 (bulk 1895-1967)
14.5 linear feet
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.


Ladies of Amherst College - See: Amherst College Women

Earl G. Latham Papers
49 linear ft.
Professor of Political Science, Amherst College, 1948-1977, who was active in Democratic Party politics. Correspondence, lecture and research notes, publications.

Lecture Posters -- see Posters Collection

Library (Amherst College) History Collection - See: Amherst College Library History Collection

Library (Amherst College) Records - See: Amherst College Library Records

Vachel Lindsay Collection
1924-1933 (bulk 1924-1925)
1.5 linear feet
Poet. Papers include correspondence, cards, newspaper and magazine clippings, programs, and a photograph, mostly sent to Eugenia Graham.

Karl Loewenstein Papers
1822-1977 (bulk 1908-1973)
89.5 linear ft.
Materials produced and collected by Karl Loewenstein (1891-1973) over the course of his long career as a German-born emigré political scientist, professor, lawyer, and government advisor.  The papers include professional and personal correspondence, manuscripts, lecture notes, reports, memoranda, legal documents, diaries, lecture and interview transcripts, photographs, recordings, and printed material.  The bulk of the collection documents Loewenstein’s long academic career, which began in Munich and continued at Yale and Amherst (1936-1961) after his emigration to the United States in 1933.  His work as an advisor for the Emergency Advisory Committee for Political Defense of the American Republics (1942-1944) and for the U.S. Office of Military Government for Germany (1945-1946) is also well documented.  Notable correspondents included Thomas Mann, Max Weber, Lyonel Feininger, Otto Kollreuter, Theodor Maunz, Otto Crusius, Julien Reinach, Lavinia Mazzucchetti, and Mina Tobler.  Pre-1933 materials include correspondence, manuscripts, and family papers.  The collection also includes small amounts of material belonging to Loewenstein’s wife, Piroska (Rona) Loewenstein, and other family members.

Frederic Brewster Loomis (AC 1896) Papers
1901-1936
1 linear foot
Amherst College professor of biology, comparative anatomy, mineralogy and geology. Correspondence, typescripts and scientific articles related to biological and archaeological expeditions that Dr. Loomis made to Patagonia, South America, 1911-1912; the Big Badlands in South Dakota; the Wasatch Basin in Wyoming; Converse County in Wyoming; Sioux County in Nebraska; and other expeditions to Maine, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Florida.


Otto Manthey-Zorn Papers
1906-1959
0.25 linear feet
Professor of German. Letters regarding his appointment to the faculty of Amherst College; notes for, and draft of, an uncompleted memoir.

Joseph Moncure March (AC 1920) Papers
1896-1999 (bulk 1917-1977)
12.5 linear feet
Poet, essayist and Hollywood screenwriter who is best known for his long narrative poems The Wild Party and The Set-Up. Collection includes literary manuscripts, film-scripts, personal and professional correspondence, and other material (including motion pictures, recordings and works of art).

Allison "Eli"Marsh (AC 1913) Papers
1915-1979
3 linear feet
Publications, photographs, clippings, letters, memorabilia, academic regalia and other materials documenting "Eli" Marsh's career as a soccer coach and professor of Physical Education, chiefly at Amherst College, 1917-1958, but also at Ohio State University, 1915-1917.

Dexter Marsh Papers
1830-1853
0.5 linear feet
The collection covers Dexter Marsh's financial activity from 1830 to 1853, including expense books, journals, day books, bills, receipts, and a deed. The collection also includes two registers of visitors to his home in Greenfield, which housed his fossil collection until his death. The second register contains some journal entries made by Marsh's wife from 1853-1858. One photograph of Marsh is also included.

Anthony W. Marx.  South Africa Research Materials
ca. 1985-1998
7 linear ft.
Political scientist and 18th President of Amherst College. Notes, printed matter, and audiocassette recordings related to Marx's comparative research on race and civil rights (particularly education) in South Africa, Brazil and the United States.  This research resulted in the publication of the books Lessons of Struggle : South African Internal Opposition, 1960-1990 (1992) and Making Race and Nation : a Comparison of South Africa, the United States, and Brazil (1998).

Master Institute of United Arts, Inc. - See: Feshbach, Oriole Farb

John J. McCloy (1895-1989, AC 1916) Papers
Alternative download: McCloy finding aidMcCloy finding aid
1897-1989 (bulk 1940-1979)
74.25 linear feet
Working papers, correspondence and memoranda, speeches, scrapbooks, photographs, legal documents, printed material, and memorabilia documenting McCloy’s varied career as lawyer, banker, U.S. government official (including Assistant Secretary of War during World War II and High Commissioner of Germany after the war), negotiator, and behind-the-scenes presidential advisor on national security and foreign policy issues. The papers include very little personal or family-related material.
John J. McCloy's World War II, Assistant Secretary of War diaries are available digitally:
McCloy diary 1941McCloy diary 1941
McCloy diary 1942
McCloy diary 1942
McCloy diary 1943
McCloy diary 1943
McCloy diary 1944
McCloy diary 1944
McCloy diary 1945
McCloy diary 1945

Newton McKeon (AC 1926)
Robert Frost Bibliography Papers
8 linear ft.

Mead Art Museum Records
1874-present (bulk 1946-present)
9.1 linear feet
Correspondence, research notes, news clippings, guest books, exhibition catalogues, monographs, press releases, and photographs. Bulk of collection relates to the Armory Show Retrospective of 1958. Collection also includes several exhibition catalogues.

William Rutherford Mead (AC 1867) and Olga Kilyeni Mead Papers
1840-2001 (bulk 1846-1950)
3.1 linear feet
Architect. Includes personal, professional, and family correspondence, financial records, articles and printed matter, photographs, music scores and general memorabilia. Includes information about the Meads' relationship with Amherst College, including their bequest for the construction of the Mead Art Museum.

Leonard C. Meeker (AC 1937) Papers (unprocessed)
ca. 1916-1995
ca. 17 linear ft.
Solicitor General for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II, career diplomat, Ambassador to Romania (1969-1973).
 

Alexander Meiklejohn (1872-1964) Papers
1894-1924 (bulk 1912-1923)
5.5 linear feet
Philosopher and former president of Amherst College. Papers contain correspondence with other educators and records created during his presidency.

See also: Amherst College Trustees Materials Concerning President Alexander Meiklejohn, 1923-1948

Alexander Meiklejohn - News clippings concerning the resignation of, 1923-1924
1.25 linear feet

Merriam Company - See: G. and C. Merriam Company Collection

Merrill Center for Economics
1953-1961
1.5 linear feet
Notes and other documents from the Merrill Center for Economics, a conference hosted every summer at the Southampton, New York, estate of Charles Merrill (AC 1908). The eight week conference was attended by eminent national and international economists and focused on various economic and policy questions.

James I. Merrill (AC 1947)-William S. Burford (AC 1949) Correspondence

1945-1980
0.5 linear foot
The bulk of the collection consists of thirty-four letters written by James Merrill to William S. Burford while they were Amherst College undergraduates. Also, six pen and ink sketches from Merrill's student days at Amherst; and two copies of the final publication of (as well as a draft of credits for) the literary journal The Medusa, which Merrill and Burford co-founded.

Merrill-Magowan Family Papers
1884-2002 (bulk 1926-1975)
32.75 linear ft.
The Merrill-Magowan Family Papers document the activities and relationships of three generations of Merrill and Magowan family members, dating from 1880 to 2002. Family correspondence makes up the largest portion of the material, with business records appearing in bulk in the papers of Charles Edward Merrill (AC 1908), founder of Merrill Lynch & Co. These materials are supplemented with artworks, diaries, memorabilia, photographs, writings and newspaper clippings, and a set of family heritage albums. Genealogical research material and notes can be found throughout the collection.

John Merson (AC 1966) Papers
1960-1968
0.5 linear feet
Vietnam War soldier, business administrator. Contains mainly letters written home to family members during Marine Corps basic training and combat duty in Vietnam, 1965-1968.

Ivor L. Miller Papers
1900-2005 (bulk 1990-2005)
11.5 linear feet
Research materials documenting the scholarly work of Ivor L. Miller in cultural studies on graffiti writers for his 2002 book Aerosol Kingdom: Subway Painters of New York City, and the cultural relationships of West Africa and its Diaspora in the Americas, particularly Cuba. Especially significant is a collection of over 200 LP music recordings produced in Cuba and largely unavailable elsewhere.

Don Milliken Collection of Correspondence Art and Associated Materials
1965-1990
5.5 linear ft.
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. 

Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection
ca. 1576-1987
8.5 linear feet
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.

Moratoria Papers
1969-1970
1.5 linear feet
Clippings, printed matter, photographs and administrative records related to four separate moratoria held at Amherst College to protest and discuss current events.

Charles H. Morgan Papers on George W. Bellows
1882-1979 (bulk 1960-1975)
7 linear feet
Professor of Art and director of the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, 1949-1969. Contains correspondence regarding Bellows, transcripts of letters between Bellows and other individuals, documents concerning Bellows, and catalogues of exhibitions showing Bellows' work. Includes a number of draft manuscripts of Morgan's book George Bellows - Painter of America. Addendum I includes correspondence concerning the Bellows book written after publication.

Charles H. Morgan Papers on Greece
1935-1941
1 .6 linear feet
Professor of Art and director of the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, 1949-1969. Contain notes, drafts and illustrations for Morgan's book The Byzantine Pottery, a study of pottery found in Corinth, published in 1942.

Charles H. Morgan Papers on Michaelangelo
ca. 1960
0.5 linear feet
Professor of Art and director of the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, 1949-1969. Papers contain manuscript and typescript drafts of Professor Charles H. Morgan's book, The Life of Michelangelo, published in 1960.

Dwight W. Morrow (AC 1895) Papers (MICROFILM)
1877-1933 (bulk 1900-1931)
167 reels of 35 mm microfilm
The microfilmed papers document the professional, public service, and personal activities of Dwight W. Morrow (1873-1931). They reflect Morrow's multiple roles and commitments as lawyer, international financier, statesman, public servant, alumnus, and board member. The 167 rolls of filmed papers include: extensive correspondence; memoranda and reports; subject files; meeting minutes; speech transcripts and printed articles; scrapbooks; clippings files. The material dates from 1877 to 1933, with the bulk of the collection dating from 1900 to 1931. The microfilmed papers' fullest coverage is of Morrow's work as a partner at J.P. Morgan & Co. (1914-27) and as ambassador to Mexico (1927-30).

Dwight W. Morrow (AC 1895) Papers
1877-1954 (bulk 1900-1931)
124 linear feet
Extensive correspondence; memoranda and reports; subject files; meeting minutes; speech transcripts and printed articles; scrapbooks; clippings files; family financial records; photographs; and some artifacts. The material dates from 1877 to 1954, with the bulk of the collection dating from 1900 to 1931. The papers document the professional, public service, and personal activities of Dwight W. Morrow (1873-1931). They reflect Morrow's multiple roles and commitments as lawyer, international financier, statesman, public servant, alumnus, board member, and family man. The papers' fullest coverage is of Morrow's work as a partner at J.P. Morgan & Co. (1914-27) and as ambassador to Mexico (1927-30).

James E. Morrow
Letters to Clara J. Johnson, 1863-1864
0.25 linear feet
Union military officer. Contains letters to Clara Johnson written during the Civil War. Also includes one letter to Clara Johnson from her father.

Anson D. Morse (1895-1916) Papers
ca. 1870-1916
7 linear feet
Historian and political thinker. Contains notes, manuscripts, articles, notebooks, newspaper clippings, and correspondence relating to his work as Professor of History at Amherst College.

Wadsworth W. Mount (1907-1985) Papers
[1932-1979]
2 linear feet

Mount Pleasant Classical Institution (Amherst, Mass.) Collection
1826-1870
0.25 linear feet
School for boys aged 4-16. Contains catalogues, regulations, and other printed matter as well as prints and drawings. Catalogues include lists of enrolled students, detailed information about the philosophy of the school, and descriptions of the course of study.

Mount Pleasant Institute (Amherst, Mass.) Collection
1846-1903
0.25 linear feet
School founded by Rev. John A. Nash. Collection consists chiefly of printed catalogues and ephemera relating to an examination and an exhibition. Catalogues include complete lists of students and description of curriculum.

Lewis S. Mudge Papers
ca. 1962-1976
3 linear ft.
Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Amherst College, and Minister to the College.  Teaching materials, research notes, scholarly writings.

Cullen Murphy (AC 1974) Prince Valiant Comic Collection
1971-2000
5.5 linear ft.
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.

Music at Amherst College Collection
1833-ongoing (bulk 1890-1965)
13.5 linear feet
Documents evolution of musical singing, performance, and composition at Amherst. Includes printed and manuscript music, photographs, printed material, personal correspondence and documentation, sound recordings, books, scrapbooks, memorabilia, and concert programs.


Nelson Family Juvenilia
ca. 1892-1895
0.5 linear ft.
Handwritten and illustrated fictional works created by the children of the Nelson family of Goshen, New Hampshire, in the 1890s.

Neesima, Joseph H. (AC 1870) and Kanzo Uchimura (AC 1887) Collection
1870-2002
1.75 linear feet
First Japanese graduates of Amherst College. Contains correspondence, photographs, memorabilia, articles, scrapbooks and other materials by or relating to their lives.

New Year Greeting Cards Collection
1921-[ongoing]
1.75 linear feet
New Year greeting cards sent to Amherst College alumni by the College, as well as several scrapbooks of the cards and related correspondence. Cards often contain artistic scenes from the campus or reproductions from the collection of the Mead Art Museum.

 


George D. Olds Papers
ca. 1870-1915
3.5 linear feet
Professor of mathematics and President of Amherst College. Collection includes course notes taken by Olds as a student in Germany, lecture notes for guest lectureships at German universities and for mathematics courses at Amherst College, as well as a photograph album and scrapbook.

Olio (1928) - See: Amherst College Olio 1928 Photographs and Papers

Olio (1940) - See: Amherst College Olio 1940 photographs

Oral History Project Records - See: Amherst College Oral History Project Records


 Peter Parley Collection - See: Samuel G. Goodrich (Peter Parley) Collection

Edward Smith Parsons (AC 1883) Papers
1883-1943 (bulk 1916-1921)
2.5 linear feet
Clergyman and English professor. Correspondence and news clippings, mainly regarding Parsons' dismissal from Colorado College; diaries; scholarly notes and papers on John Milton; and miscellaneous booklets.

Arthur Stanley Pease letters to Edward Tuckerman
1915-1928
0.5 linear foot
Pease was a classical scholar, avid amateur botanist, professor and President of Amherst College. The collection consists of 60 letters, all but one from Pease to Amherst College treasurer and author Tuckerman, dealing chiefly with the natural history of the White Mountains and Appalachian Range.

Donald S. Parsons (AC 1955) Collection of 19th Century Music Books and Scores
1822-1900
7 linear feet
American music books and scores, comprising chiefly sacred music but also including some popular songs and airs.

Cornelius Patton (AC 1883) Collection of William Wordsworth Manuscripts
1815-1850
Manuscript poems, outgoing correspondence, and scrapbooks about English Romantic poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850).

Justin Perkins (AC 1829) Papers
Ca. 1830-1869
3 linear feet
Educator, minister and missionary to Persia. Collection includes correspondence with others in his field, manuscript sermons, lectures and notes, some newspaper clippings and pamphlets, and some bound manuscripts, mostly letters and journals.

Phonograph Collection of Poetry and Spoken Word Recordings
ca. 1937-1976
1.5 linear ft. (59 LP records)
59 spoken word phonograph recordings, commercially produced, which include poetry readings primarily featuring the work of notable American authors, speeches and interviews. Authors include Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw, Dylan Thomas, John Updike and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Photographic Images Collection
ca. 1850-present
30.5 linear feet, plus 7 linear ft. unprocessed

Calvin Plimpton (AC 1939) Presidential Speeches
1960-1971
0.5 linear feet
Physician and former Amherst president. Collection contains proofs of The Spoken Word, a collection of his speeches; and also includes other speeches and articles by Plimpton.

George A. Plimpton (AC 1876)  

  • Materials related to the Dedication of the Amherst Building at Doshisha University
    1935-1936 (bulk 1935)
    Speeches, photographs, news clippings, correspondence, and other materials related to the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan, which George A. Plimpton attended as a representative of Amherst College in October 1935. The celebration included the presentation and dedication of the Amherst Building to Doshisha from friends of Amherst College.
  • Plimpton (AC 1876) Collection of French and Indian War Items
    1670-1934 (bulk 1730-1815)
    20 linear feet
    Maps, portraits, drawings, autograph letters, broadsides, newspaper clippings, muster rolls, receipts and a variety of other documents (many in facsimile or reprint) documenting the history of the French and Indian War, with particular focus on British forces and the campaigns directed by General Jeffery Amherst, Commander-in-Chief of the troops in North America (1758-1763), which culminated with the capture of French Canada in 1763.
  • Plimpton (AC 1876) Collection of Dramas
    1675-1920 (bulk 1850-1900)
    14 linear feet
    PlimptonPlays.pdf
    A collection of 1429 plays, largely from nineteenth century American and British popular theater.
    Note: These plays are all cataloged in the Amherst College online catalog. To find the complete listing, do a basic keyword search for "Plimpton collection of dramas". Individual plays can be searched by title and author.

Plough, Harold H. (AC 1913). Anthropology and Evolution Course Materials
1939-1958
1.5 linear feet
Lab exercises, lecture topics, outlines, lecture notes, examinations, and correspondence relating to Anthropology and Evolution courses taught at Amherst by Professor Harold H. Plough. Anthropology materials cover a number of courses from the period of 1939 to 1958. Evolution materials cover the course "Evolution of the Earth and Man" from 1947 to 1957.

Frederick J. Pohl (AC 1911) Papers
1920-1991
4.5 linear ft., plus ca. 3 linear ft. unprocessed

Porter - Phelps - Huntington Family Papers
1698-1968 (bulk 1800-1950)
90 linear feet, Deposit
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.

Related websites:
Porter-Phelps-Huntington House Museum
"A Lady's Travelogue": An Archival Showcase (2012)

Portraits and Signatures Collection
Ca. 1825-1900
0.5 linear foot
An artificial collection of engravings and photographs, predominantly portraits of a variety of individuals, as well as reproduced signatures. Subjects include American presidents, British monarchs, famous actors, Lord Jeffery Amherst, and others.

Posters Collection (Lectures, Musical Clubs, Athletics, Literary Miscellany)
1830-2009 (Bulk: 1870-1905)
16 linear ft.
Poster, placards and broadsides advertising campus events and public notices, chiefly 1870 to 1905 with additional materials from other years, especially from the 1980s to present. Materials continue to be added to this collection.

George D. Pratt (AC 1893) Papers
1882-1923 (bulk 1888-1898)
2.92 linear ft.
Executive at Charles Pratt & Co. and president of Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.  Papers consist chiefly of incoming correspondence, mostly during his undergraduate years and after.

Pratt, Herbert L. (AC 1895)
Autographs of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence
1 bound volume.
A collection of letters and documents containing the autograph signatures of all signers, each accompanied by engraved portraits of each man. The volume is prefaced by a series of six letters from George Washington to James Madison discussing the ratification of the Constitution.

Pratt Museum of Natural History. Records
1866-2000
7 linear feet
Reports, correspondence, clippings, photographs, field notebooks and catalogs related to the various natural history collections formerly held in the Pratt Museum, as well as expeditionary field work undertaken to develop those collections. Also includes some records of the Amherst College department of Geology. 


Reunion Trophy Collection
1873-1955
1.5 linear feet
Letters and documents related to the Reunion Trophy of Amherst College, given annually to the alumni class having the largest percentage of living members present at Commencement.

Alfred Sherwood Romer (AC 1917) Papers
1913-1977
1 linear ft.
Correspondence, clippings, photographs and other material relating to Romer's Amherst career, his service in WWI France, and his later activities as President of the Class of 1917 and as Chairman of the Phi Alpha Psi Fraternity Corporation.

E. Merrill Root (AC 1917) Papers
50 linear feet

Roseboro', Viola, Correspondence with Mr. and Mrs. William C. Brownell
1936-1944
0.5 linear ft.

Edwin Charles Rozwenc (AC 1937) Papers
1952-1972
26.2 linear feet
Historian and professor at Amherst College. Contains professional correspondence, manuscripts, course materials and research materials documenting his career.


Sabrina Collection
ca. 1860–2006
2 linear feet
Histories, correspondence, articles and photographs relating to the statue Sabrina, donated to Amherst College in 1857 and the object of pranks and interclass rivalry for much of the time since.

Hugo Saglio (AC 1931) Correspondence
1929-1968
0.25 linear feet
Business administrator. Collection consists of correspondence, mostly personal. Correspondents include Paul Abbott, James Hayford, Gail Kennedy, Sterling Lamprecht, David Morton, James Notopoulos and Arthur Stanley Pease.

Salutations Collection
ca. 1920-ongoing
2 linear feet
Letters of commendation and formal greeting, proclamations and certificates presented to Amherst College on special occassions by other colleges and universities, as well as other cultural institutions.

Samuel French Company
See: M. Abbott Van Nostrand Theatre Collection

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) Collection - See: Alan Jenkins (AC 1924) Carl Sandburg Collection

Schiffer, Eva
Materials Related to Editing the Publication of the Thomas Mann-Karl Loewenstein Correspondence
ca. 1977-1983
0.25 linear ft.
Correspondence related to the compilation, editing, and permissions to publish the correspondence between Thomas Mann and Karl Loewenstein, which was published in 1982 in Blätter der Thomas Mann-Gesellschaft, Nr. 18-19 (1981-82).

Oscar Schotté Biology Research Materials
1949-1957
0.5 linear ft.
Biologist in the field of experimental morphology, experimental embryology, endocrinology and regeneration.  Collection consists of research papers consisting of laboratory notes, tabulations and drafts of publications.

Scrapbooks Collection
1853-1964
71 linear feet
Scrapbooks containing programs, souvenirs, photographs, newspaper clippings, college papers, letters and ephemera relating chiefly to student life at Amherst. Includes both personal and institutional scrapbooks.

Julius Hawley Seelye (AC 1849) Papers
1824-1898
8 linear feet
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.

Senior Honors Theses Collection
1935-present
683 linear feet (to date)
Search the online library catalog for holdings.

Charles Upham Shepard (AC 1824) Papers
1826-1881
3.3 linear feet
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.

D. George Sherman (AC 1969) Papers
ca. 1965-1992
26.5 linear feet
Anthropologist. Contains Sherman's notes from his coursework and studies at Amherst College and Cornell University; field notes for and drafts of his book Rice, Rupees and Ritual (1990); published articles and public lectures; and extensive background and lecture notes related to the anthropology courses he taught.

George Sibbald Papers
1790-1830
.5 linear feet
Approximately 335 letters, bills, receipts, accounts, contracts, deeds and insurance documents, largely addressed to or concerning George Sibbald (ca. 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.

Snell Family Papers
1793-1940 (bulk 1835-1870)
15 linear feet
{ Digital Collection }
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. 

Richard L. Soffer (Class of 1954) Ornithology Collection 

Sprague Family Papers
1890-2005 (Bulk: 1920-2005)
11.25 linear ft.
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.

Springfield Amherst Summer Academy (SASA) Collection
1969-1976
0.5 linear feet
SASA was a summer program for minority students from the Springfield, Mass. area. The collection includes application forms; curriculum materials including worksheets, "pre-tests" and tests; directory of participants; "SASA family alimni list"; and evaluations.

Ilan Stavans, Videotapes of “Conversations with Ilan Stavans”
2001-2006
2 linear feet
VHS videocassettes of the television show "Conversations with Ilan Stavans," broadcast on WGBH (Boston, Mass.) beginning in September 2001 as part of the program "La Plaza." "Conversations with Ilan Stavans" is a series of one-on-one discussions with notable Latino artists, writers and intellectuals.

William Augustus Stearns (1805-1876) Papers
1801-1875
7 linear feet
Clergyman and 4th President of Amherst College, 1854-1876. The collection contains a small amount of correspondence and biographical material containing general information on Stearns. The bulk of the collection consists of Stearns's sermons in manuscript form. The correspondence is mostly personal letters to and from members of Stearns's family, but there are some letters from Stearns to others, a group of anti-slavery letters and documents, and some religious documents pertaining to Stearns's ministry.

Sterrett Family Papers
1872-1914
2 linear feet
Travel diaries, family correspondence, photographs related to the family of John Robert Sitlington Sterrett.


William Taubman. Research Materials for Khrushchev: The Man and His Era
Ca. 1950-2003
32 linear feet
Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science at Amherst College (1967-).  Research materials, notes, correspondence and drafts of Taubman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. Included are photocopies of many declassified American and Soviet government documents relating to Khrushchev and his time in power. The papers also contain a wide variety Russian and English-language books, periodicals, memoirs, articles, clippings, scholarly papers, conference proceedings and documents. Taubman’s own detailed research notes, as well as his correspondence with scholars, experts, archivists, and Khrushchev family members, are interspersed throughout.

Tauchnitz Collection
1829-1954
812 volumes; 55 linear feet

A representative but incomplete collection of several series of books published by the firm of Bernhard Tauchnitz from 1829 to 1954. The books in this collection, all inexpensive, paperbound editions, were a direct precursor to mass-market paperbacks. 

Rev. James Taylor (1783-1831) Papers
1808-1832
0.5 linear feet
Congregational minister; Amherst College trustee. Papers consist of sermons and financial and legal papers.

Willard L. and Clarice Brows Thorp (AC 1920) Papers
1857-1994 (bulk 1920-1967)
80 linear feet
Willard Long Thorp (1899-1992; AC 1920) was a pioneer statistician, economist, domestic and foreign policy advisor, international development expert, and private business consultant.  Thorp’s papers document the role of a key U.S. government figure during periods marked by political and economic turbulence.  As Assistant Secretary of State for Economic Affairs from 1946-1952, he played a critical role in the design and implementation of the Marshall Plan and of the Truman administration’s Point IV program of international aid.  He also held a number of United Nations appointments and was Director of the Merrill Center for Economics.  Thorp also taught Economics at Amherst College.  The collection documents all of these activities and many more.  It also partially documents his partnership with Clarice Brows Thorp (1912-2003) and her career as a lawyer and civil rights advocate prior to their marriage in 1947.

William R. Throckmorton. Research Materials on Amherst College Alumni in World War II
1994-2001
1.5 linear feet
Correspondence, military records and other research materials compiled by William Throckmorton for the preparation of his books documenting the military activities of Amherst College alumni during World War II. Includes various manuscript and typescript drafts.

Toll Family Papers
1906-1973
20 linear feet
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.

Town of Amherst Collection
1845-present
3 linear feet
Written histories of the town; local government records; records of schools, private organizations, and local businesses; personal papers; souvenirs and programs of community events; maps of the town; and a large number of newspaper clippings.

Kim Townsend Papers
1985-1998
3 linear feet
Professor of English, Amherst College, 1970-2008. Chiefly research materials related to Townsend's work on his books Sherwood Anderson, a 1987 biography of the American author, and Manhood at Harvard, a 1998 book discussing the development of gender roles and norms in the post-Civil WarUS.

Frank Trapp Papers
1944-2003 (bulk 1944-1987)
2.25 linear feet

Israel Trask Papers - See: Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection
1812-1938
11 folders (0.5 linear feet)

Trustee Reports Collection (some restrictions apply)
1862-1989
2.5 linear feet

Edward Tuckerman (1817-1886) Botanical Papers
1816-1886
1 linear foot
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.

Tuesday Club (Amherst, Mass.). Records
1883-
ca. 3 linear feet
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.

James Hayden Tufts (AC 1884) Papers
1764-1940 (bulk 1900-1940)
1.5 linear feet
Philosopher. Collection includes genealogical notes on Tufts, Warren and Chapin families; family correspondence; and articles by Tufts.

John Mason Tyler (1851-1929, AC 1873) Papers
1875-1929
4 linear feet
Biologist. Contains correspondence, manuscripts of lectures, speeches, classroom notes and pamphlets.

William Seymour Tyler (AC 1830) Papers
1800-1902
4.5 linear feet
Professor of Latin and Greek Languages and Literature, Amherst College, 1836-1893. Family correspondence; manuscript essays by Tyler and by his brother Wellington H. Tyler; addresses; articles; notes; diaries; photographs of Tyler and of his wife; pamphlets by Tyler; funeral orations; and lectures given by him throughout his life.


Kanzo Uchimura (AC 1887) and Joseph Hardy Neesima (AC 1871) Biographical Files
1870-2002
1.25 linear feet
First Japanese graduates of Amherst College. Contains correspondence, photographs, memorabilia, articles, scrapbooks and other materials by or relating to their lives.

U.S. Army Ambulance Service, Section 539
Records, 1917-1941
1.5 linear feet
World War I ambulance unit, recruited in Amherst, Massachusetts in June 1917 from Amherst College students and local residents. Collection consists of clippings, photographs, a photograph album, maps, books, correspondence, pay and enlistment records, and other materials documenting the activities of the U.S. Army Ambulance Service Section 539, also called S.S.U. 539, in France during World War I.

United Farm Workers Printed Matter Collection
1970-1979
0.5 linear foot
Leaflets, posters, and bumper stickers used by the United Farm Workers in various strikes and boycotts held in California throughout the 1970s.

John Updike Collection


Henry J. Van Lennep (AC 1837) Sketches and Papers
1834-1879
1.25 linear feet
Most of the collection consists of pencil sketches and watercolors of scenery, people and objects, chiefly Turkish but also some American. In addition, a small amount of personal papers include passports related to his travel as a missionary in Turkey, a notebook of sermons written by Van Lennep in Armenian, and portrait photographs.

M. Abbott Van Nostrand Theatre Collection:

Samuel French Company Music Holdings
79.5 linear feet
Ca. 1900-2000
Primarily multi-part manuscript orchestrations of early-twentieth-century musicals. Some printed sheet music and some later materials are also included.

Samuel French Company Theatre Scrapbooks
11.5 linear ft. (23 volumes)
1885-1947
23 scrapbooks of newspaper clippings and programs related to theater productions in various United States cities between 1885 and 1947, presumably of plays published by the Samuel French Company.


 

War Materials Collection - See: Amherst College War Materials Collection

Dora Judd Mattoon Ward (1883-1979) Papers
1907-1975 (bulk 1911-1932)
2.75 linear feet
Christian missionary in Turkey and India, 1911-1932; wife of William Earl Dodge Ward (AC 1906) of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions; later active in civic groups in New Hampshire and Amherst, Mass. Collection consists of letters, diaries, photographs, news clippings, and relevant background materials documenting the greater part of Dora Judd Mattoon Ward’s life, with emphasis on her years abroad.

Edwin St. John Ward (AC 1900) Papers
1897-1986 (bulk 1915-1918)
0.5 linear feet
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.

John William Ward Papers
1952-1985
2 linear feet
Educator, historian and 14th President of Amherst College. Collection consists of speeches, lecture notes and course syllabi, articles and other papers documenting Ward's career as teacher, scholar and administrator at Princeton University and Amherst College.

Paul Langdon Ward (AC 1933) Papers
10 linear feet (in process)

William Earl Dodge Ward (AC 1906) Family Papers
1791-1977 (Bulk: 1870-1935)
8 linear feet
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.

Noah Webster (1758-1843) Family Papers
1810-1917
2 linear feet
Letters, legal and business papers, journals, photographs and other materials belonging to Noah Webster and four generations of his descendants. Consists mainly of correspondence concerning lexicographer Noah Webster's life and work. Some papers relate to the work of educators Rev. Henry and Eliza Jones and of businessman Robert Day.

Whicher Family Papers
1874-1949
1 linear foot
Correspondence, photographs, and family memorabilia of the Whicher family. The bulk of the correspondence is between George Meason Whicher and his wife Lillian Hope Frisbie Whicher. Other correspondents include Alvah Lillie Frisbie and George Frisbie Whicher.

L. Dan Wickenden (AC 1935) Papers
1921-1989
6 linear feet
Novelist and editor. Includes typed original manuscripts, galley proofs, correspondence to and from Dan Wickenden, literary reviews, printed materials, theatrical photographs, a small number of personal items, and a scrapbook containing newsclippings and reviews. They primarily document Wickenden's literary and professional career.

Richard P. Wilbur (AC 1942) Papers
ca. 1945-2005
2 linear feet
Poet and teacher. Worksheets, notes, typescripts, and galley proofs for published poems (sometimes together with associated correspondence), poetry translations and prose pieces by Richard Wilbur.

Thomas W. Wilcox (AC 1942) Papers
Correspondence, poetry, and other materials owned by Thomas Wilcox (AC 1942). Much of the correspondence is from Richard Wilbur (AC 1942) and his wife Charlotte "Charlee" Wilbur, dating from the World War II era. Also included are poems by Richard Wilbur and photos of the Wilbur family. Other correspondence in the collection is from Wilcox family members and Amherst College notables including Armour Craig and Theodore Baird.

Emma Willard (1787-1870) Family Papers
1819-1961 (Bulk: 1820-1880)
8.5 linear feet
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.

Williams-Chambers-Seelye Family Papers
1837-1918 [in process]
13 linear feet

Samuel Robinson Williams (1879-1955) Papers
1877-1956 (bulk 1904-1955)
2.25 linear feet
Professor of physics, Amherst College, 1924-1947. Includes drafts of manuscripts, reprints, bound volumes, printers' proofs, publishers' prospecti, correspondence, research notes, photographs, drawings, plans, and reports relating to his teaching and research in physics, as well as a small amount of personal papers documenting his private life. His extensive correspondents are listed in the appendix.

Talcott Williams (AC 1873) Papers
1854-1928
47 linear feet
Reporter for the New York World, 1873-1877, Washington correspondent for the New York Sun, 1877-1879, and editorial writer for the Springfield (Mass.) Republican, 1879-1881 and the Philadelphia Press, 1881-1912; director of the Pulitzer School of Journalism, Columbia University, 1912-1919. Collection consists mainly of correspondence to and from Talcott Williams and to and from his wife Sophia. 

Eugene S. Wilson (AC 1929), Dean of Admissions, Papers
2.5 linear feet

Howard R. Wolf (AC 1958) Papers
90+ linear feet
Literary manuscripts, correspondence, news clippings, ephemera and other materials documenting the professional and personal life of writer, critic and educator Howard R. Wolf. Correspondents include writers John Coetzee, Carl Dennis, Irving Feldman, Robert Hass, Leonard Michaels, and Roger Porter (AC 1958).

Related item: "Autobibliography, A Place in Time: On Shaping a Collection (1971-2006)" by Howard Wolf. In: Lifewriting Annual, vol. 2 (2008). Posted here with permission of AMS Press, Inc.

James Playsted Wood (AC 1927) Papers
ca. 1920-1973
35 linear feet
Writer, editor; professor of English, Amherst College, 1937-1946; . Notes, working drafts and published works. Also included is his business and personal correspondence.

 

 

 

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