Oral History Interview with Jack W. C. Hagstrom (Part 2)

Interview by John Lancaster Oct. 12, 2005

Jack W. C. Hagstrom, class of 1955, physician, book collector and founding member of the Friends of the Amherst College Library; interview by John Lancaster, former curator of special collections.


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

John Lancaster served at Amherst as special collections librarian and archivist of the college beginning in 1977 and he retired from the position of curator of special collections in 2007.

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