Amherst College Archives, Dickinson Museum to Mark 150th Anniversary of Local Resident’s Civil War Death with Exhibit, Discussion, Reenactment

Submitted on Friday, 3/23/2012, at 2:19 PM

March 23, 2012

AMHERST, Mass.—This March and April, Amherst College’s Archives and Special Collections and the Emily Dickinson Museum will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the March 1862 death of Frazar Stearns, son of college president William Augustus Stearns, with a special exhibition, panel discussion and “living history” encampment. The events are free and open to the public.

Visit the Archives and Special Collections at Frost Library

Grant Awarded to Amherst Archives to Process Papers of Key WWII Rebuilders

Amherst College Archives & Special Collections

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a unit of the National Archives reporting to the Archivist of the United States, has awarded $56,744 to Frost Library’s Archives and Special Collections to process the personal papers of three men who played key roles in the economic and political reconstruction of belligerent nations after World War II. The materials belonged to Charles R. Kades, one of the writers of the Japanese constitution; Karl Loewenstein, a legal scholar instrumental in developing a constitution and civil administration in Germany and professor in Amherst’s political science department from 1936 to 1961; and Willard L. Thorp ’20, assistant secretary of state for economic affairs under President Truman and one of the principal architects of the Marshall Plan, who taught in his alma mater’s economics department from 1927 to 1936 and also served as a trustee. The NHPRC funding will enable the library staff to arrange and describe the papers according to current professional standards and apply existing in-house procedures for processing, said Michael Kelly, head of Archives and Special Collections.

Nooks and Crannies: Archives and Special Collections

Located on the A Level of Robert Frost Library, Archives and Special Collections is home to the history of Amherst. In 1851, the faculty approved a plan to collect and preserve the most important documents of the college, and the shelves beneath Frost Library (and buried deep in Bare Mountain) have grown with artifacts, books, theses, manuscripts and more ever since.

Emily Dickinson Birthday Lecture and Dinner Scheduled for Dec. 6

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November 21, 2007 Contact: Jane H. Wald Executive Director Emily Dickinson Museum 413/542-2154 Caroline Jenkins Hanna Director of Media Relations Amherst College 413/542-8417

Amherst College Will Honor Henry Steele Commager with Symposium on Saturday, Oct. 27

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