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George Meason Whicher Correspondence, 1878-1936
2.5 Linear feet (5 archives boxes)
Collection number: MA.00375

Abstract:
Contains personal and professional incoming correspondence, primarily to George Meason Whicher. Correspondents include numerous American authors, poets, and educators.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the George Meason Whicher Correspondence should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Amherst College Archives and Special Collections

Biographical / Historical

George Meason Whicher was born in Muscatine, Iowa in 1860 and graduated from Iowa College (later known as Grinnell College) in 1882. He studied at Johns Hopkins University, 1884-1885, and earned his A.M. from Iowa College in 1885. He held the following academic appointments: Professor of Greek and German, Hastings College (Nebraska), 1883-1888; principal, Iowa College Academy (Iowa College's prep school), 1888-1889; Classical Master, Lawrenceville Academy for Boys (New Jersey), 1889-1892; Professor of Greek and Latin, Packer Collegiate Institute (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 1892-ca. 1900; Professor of Classics and Archaelogy and head of the Greek and Latin Department, Hunter College (New York, N.Y.), ca. 1900-1924. He also spent one year as the director of the Classical School in Rome and published several books of poetry. In 1887 he married Lillian Hope Frisbie, the daughter of Alvah Lillie Frisbie (AC 1857). The Whichers moved to Amherst after George M. Whicher's retirement from Hunter College.

Scope and Contents

The George Meason Whicher Correspondence contains personal and professional incoming correspondence, primarily to Whicher; however, some correspondence is addressed to his wife, Lillian Hope Frisbie Whicher, his father-in-law, Rev. Alvah Lillie Frisbie, and others. There is also a small number of signatures collected from 19th century notable persons.

This collection is arranged alphabetically by correspondent.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the George Meason Whicher Correspondence should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection: [Identification of item], in George Meason Whicher Correspondence [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection
Custodial history:

This collection of material was found in a house in Amherst, MA in 1971 and gifted to the Amherst College Archives by Elizabeth Whicher in January 1973. The material in this collection was filed in the Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection before being removed to form this discrete collection in 2019.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives
Language
English
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Contents List
Abbott, Lyman to Dr. Truman J. Backus
1889 September 23

Box 1: folder 1
Adams, Franklin Pierce to unknown
[1926 August?]

Box 1: folder 2
Adams, Franklin Pierce to George Meason Whicher
1935 June 20

Box 1: folder 3
Addams, Jane to Dr. Holmes
1892 September[?] 15

Box 1: folder 4
Alden, Ada: copy of her poem "The Skylark" in memory of Edith Thomas
[1930?]

Box 1: folder 5
Alden, Ada to George Meason Whicher
1930 August 14

Box 1: folder 6
Allinson, Anne Crosby Emery (Mrs. Francis G.) to George Meason Whicher
[circa 1930] June 11

Box 1: folder 7
Anderson, Florence W.B. to [George Meason Whicher and Lillian Hope Frisbie Whicher]
1933 June 19

Box 1: folder 8
Bacheller, Irving to George Meason Whicher
1927 November 23

Box 1: folder 9
Baker, Ray Stannard to [George Meason Whicher]
1933 June 27

Box 1: folder 10
Bangs, John Kendrick to George Meason Whicher
1918 October 25

Box 1: folder 11
Barnard, George Grey to George Meason Whicher
1935-1936

Box 1: folder 12-15
Bartholdi, Frederic Auguste: autograph signature
undated

Box 1: folder 16
Bates, Katharine Lee to Samuel G. Elbert, autographed broadside
[circa 1911-1929]

Box 1: folder 17
Bates, Katharine Lee to George Meason Whicher
1908 April 9

Box 1: folder 18
Bates, Katharine Lee to George Meason Whicher
1925 June 1

Box 1: folder 19
Bates, Katharine Lee to George Meason Whicher
1928 January 31

Box 1: folder 20
Bates, Katharine Lee to George Meason Whicher
1928 April 19

Box 1: folder 21
Bates, Katharine Lee to George Meason Whicher
1928 October 11

Box 1: folder 22
Bates, Katharine Lee to [George Meason Whicher and Lillian Hope Frisbie Whicher]
[circa 1886?]

Box 1: folder 23
Bates, Katharine Lee to [Lillian Hope Frisbie Whicher]
1886 November 22

Box 1: folder 24
Bates, Katharine Lee to Lillian Hope Frisbie Whicher, with envelope
1887 April 26

Box 1: folder 25
Bates, Katharine Lee to [Lillian Hope Frisbie Whicher]
1887 September 2

Box 1: folder 26
Bates, Katharine Lee to [Lillian Hope Frisbie Whicher], with envelope
1888 June 26

Box 1: folder 27
Boni, Giacomo to George Meason Whicher
[1912?]

Box 1: folder 28
Booth, Maud B. to unknown
1897 March 23

Box 1: folder 29
Brady, Cyrus Townsend to Helen Hiscock Backus
1902 October 24

Box 1: folder 30
Bridges, Robert to George Meason Whicher
[1900?] November 13

Box 1: folder 31
Brooks, Phillips to Rev. Alvah Lillie Frisbie
1880 March 2

Box 1: folder 32
Brownell, Gertrude Hall to George Meason Whicher
1929 September 27

Box 1: folder 33
Brownell, William Crary to George Meason Whicher
1925 August 14

Box 1: folder 34
Brownell, William Crary to George Meason Whicher
1925 September 25

Box 1: folder 35
Brownell, William Crary to George Meason Whicher
1926 May 14

Box 1: folder 36
Bryan, George S. to George Meason Whicher
1925 October 3

Box 1: folder 37
Bryan, William Jennings: autograph signature
[circa 1900?]

Box 1: folder 38
Burr, A.J. to George Meason Whicher, includes poem "Exempt" by Burr
[circa 1900?]

Box 1: folder 39
Burr, A.J. to George Meason Whicher
[circa 1900?]

Box 1: folder 40-43
Burr, A.J. (Mrs. Carl Elmore) to George Meason Whicher
[circa 1920?]

Box 1: folder 44-45
Burroughs, John to [George Meason Whicher]
[1910] January 20

Box 1: folder 46
Burton, Richard to George Meason Whicher
1904 March 16

Box 1: folder 47
Butler, Ellis Parker to George Meason Whicher, 21 letters
1901-1937

Box 1: folder 48-68
Butler, Nicholas Murray to Dr. Truman Jay Backus
1898 November 23

Box 1: folder 69
Bynner, Witter to George Meason Whicher
1925 December 8

Box 1: folder 70
Bynner, Witter to George Meason Whicher
1936 July 14

Box 1: folder 71
Canfield, James Hulme: autograph signature
undated

Box 1: folder 72
Cather, Willa: autograph signature
[circa 1900?]

Box 1: folder 73
Chapman, John Jay: poem "John Keats"
[circa 1900?]

Box 1: folder 74
Cheney, Julia Arthur to George Meason Whicher
[circa 1910]

Box 1: folder 75
Choate, Joseph Hodges to George Meason Whicher
1910 March 10

Box 1: folder 76
Christie, Francis A. to George Meason Whicher
1935 February 7

Box 1: folder 77
Coffin, Robert P. Tristram to unknown person
[1937?]

Box 1: folder 78
Cone, Helen Gray: autograph signature
1900 June

Box 1: folder 79
Cone, Helen Gray, to George Meason Whicher: 20 letters
1901-1933

Box 1: folder 80-100
Conkling, Grace Walcott Hazard to George Meason Whicher
1917 November 28

Box 2: folder 1
Conkling, Grace Walcott Hazard to George Meason Whicher
1925 November 9

Box 2: folder 2
Cumming, Albert B. to Alvah Lillie Frisbie
1903 July 21

Box 2: folder 3
Daskam, Josephine Dodge to Lillian Hope Frisbie Whicher, with envelope
[1902 October 12?]

Box 2: folder 4
Davison, Edward Lewis to George Meason Whicher
1933 February 27

Box 2: folder 5
Deland, Margaret Wade to George Meason Whicher
1911 March 28

Box 2: folder 6
Deland, Margaret Wade to George Meason Whicher
1923 November 19

Box 2: folder 7
Deland, Margaret Wade to George Meason Whicher
1924 June 11

Box 2: folder 8
Deland, Margaret Wade to George Meason Whicher
1924 September 13

Box 2: folder 9
Deland, Margaret Wade to George Meason Whicher
1934 June 7

Box 2: folder 10
Deland, Margaret Wade to George Meason Whicher
1934 June 12

Box 2: folder 11
Dobson, Austin envelope addressed to George Meason Whicher
[1902 January 22]

Box 2: folder 12
Dodge, Grace Hoadley to Rev. W. L. Hervey
1908 February 29

Box 2: folder 13
Driscoll, Louise to George Meason Whicher
1924 March 10

Box 2: folder 14
Driscoll, Louise to George Meason Whicher
[circa 1925]

Box 2: folder 15
Driscoll, Louise to George Meason Whicher
1927 September 29

Box 2: folder 16
Driscoll, Louise to George Meason Whicher
1930 August 4

Box 2: folder 17
Eaton, Walter Prichard to George Meason Whicher
1933 September 14

Box 2: folder 18
Eaton, Walter Prichard to George Meason Whicher
1933 September 21

Box 2: folder 19
Erskine, John to George Meason Whicher
1909 January 14

Box 2: folder 20
Erskine, John to George Meason Whicher
1916 January 4

Box 2: folder 21
Erskine, John to George Meason Whicher
1916 April 27

Box 2: folder 22
Erskine, John to George Meason Whicher
1920 June 21

Box 2: folder 23
Farrar, John to George Meason Whicher
1925 July 6

Box 2: folder 24
Ferber, Edna to Lillian Hope Frisbie Whicher
1915 December 27

Box 2: folder 25
Ficke, Arthur Davison: poem "Absolution"
1933 May

Box 2: folder 26
Ficke, Arthur Davison to George Meason Whicher
1933 May 26

Box 2: folder 27
Finley, John H. to George Meason Whicher
1905 January 30

Box 2: folder 28
Finley, John H. to George Meason Whicher
1930 November 30

Box 2: folder 29
Flickinger, Roy C. to George Frisbie Whicher
1936 July 14

Box 2: folder 30
Freeman, Alice E. to Mabel P. Frisbie
1886 April 23

Box 2: folder 31
Garland, Hamlin to Mr. Meiklejohn
[circa 1900?] August 7

Box 2: folder 32
Garrison, Theodosia Faulks to George Meason Whicher
[1910?] March 28

Box 2: folder 33
Garrison, Theodosia Faulks to George Meason Whicher
[circa 1915?]

Box 2: folder 34
Garrison, Wendell Philips to George Meason Whicher
[circa 1900] October 22

Box 2: folder 35
Gilbert, John: autograph signature
[circa 1900?]

Box 2: folder 36
Gildersleeve, Basil Lanneau to George Meason Whicher
1897 October 5

Box 2: folder 37
Going, Charles B. to George Meason Whicher
1918 March 17

Box 2: folder 38
Griffith, William to George Meason Whicher
1933 September 15

Box 2: folder 39
Guiterman, Arthur: signed broadside poem, "Bless the Four Corners of this House"
[circa 1910?]

Box 2: folder 40
Guiterman, Arthur: manuscript poem "The Golden Laurel"
[circa 1936?]

Box 2: folder 41
Guiterman, Arthur: typescript poem "The Golden Laurel"
[circa 1936?]

Box 2: folder 42
Guiterman, Arthur: typescript poem "Letter to a Toastmaster"
[circa 1910?]

Box 2: folder 43
Guiterman, Arthur to George Meason Whicher, 27 letters
1915-1937

Box 2: folder 44-70
Guiterman, Arthur to [George Meason and Lillian Hope Frisbie Whicher]
1933 September 6

Box 2: folder 71
Guiterman, Vida (Mrs. Arthur) to George Meason and Lillian Hope Frisbie Whicher
1931 January 23

Box 2: folder 72
Harper, William Rainey: autograph signature
[circa 1900?]

Box 2: folder 73
Hawthorne, Julian: autograph signature
[circa 1900?]

Box 2: folder 74
Hay, John: autograph signature
[circa 1900]

Box 2: folder 75
Holmes, Oliver Wendell: autograph signature
[circa 1880?]

Box 2: folder 76
Hopkins, Mark to Alvah Lillie Frisbie
1886 August 30

Box 2: folder 77
Howard, General Oliver Otis to Mrs. George Meason Whicher
1902 December 12

Box 2: folder 78
Hughes, Charles E. to George Meason Whicher
1919 May 26

Box 2: folder 79
Hull, Margaret Anglin to George Meason Whicher
[circa 1900]

Box 2: folder 80
Jackson, Helen Hunt to Alvah Lillie Frisbie, with envelope
1884 December 28

Box 2: folder 81
Jacobson, Ethel to The Bookmart, Amherst, Mass
[circa 1925?] August 8

Box 2: folder 82
Jacobson, Ethel to George Meason Whicher
[circa 1925?] November 9

Box 2: folder 83
Jefferson, Charles E. to George Meason Whicher
1908 May 5

Box 2: folder 84
Johnson, Robert Underwood to George Meason Whicher, 8 letters
1910-1934

Box 2: folder 85-92
Johnston, Joseph Eggleston: autograph signature. Also includes autograph signature by John Singleton Mosby, circa 1900
[circa 1880?]

Box 2: folder 93
Keller, Helen to George Meason Whicher
1936 December 31

Box 2: folder 94
Leaf, Walter to George Meason Whicher
1924 July 18

Box 2: folder 95
Ledoux, Louis Vernon to George Meason Whicher
1930 August 19

Box 2: folder 96
Lincoln, Joseph Crosby to George Meason Whicher
1936 February 14

Box 2: folder 97
Lodge, Gonzalez to George Meason Whicher
1933 October 15

Box 2: folder 98
Lodge, Henry Cabot to Jonathan F. Genung
1912 July 25

Box 3: folder 1
Low, Seth: autograph signature
[circa 1900?]

Box 3: folder 2
Low, Will Hicok to George Meason Whicher, 22 letters
1902-1932

Box 3: folder 3-24
Low, Will Hicok to George Meason and Lillian Hope Frisbie Whicher, 2 letters
1926, 1928

Box 3: folder 25-26
Lowell, A. Lawrence to George Frisbie Whicher
1924 December 5

Box 3: folder 27
Lowell, Amy to Mr. Babbott
1921 March 21

Box 3: folder 28
Lowell, Amy to George Meason Whicher, 14 letters
1920-1923

Box 3: folder 29-42
MacKaye, Percy Wallace to George Meason Whicher
1917 December 7

Box 3: folder 43
Markham, A.C. to George Meason Whicher, 6 letters
1918[?]-1928

Box 3: folder 44-49
Markham, Edwin to George Meason Whicher, 3 letters
1918-1925

Box 3: folder 50-52
Markham, Virgil to George Meason Whicher
1926 August 3

Box 3: folder 53
Martin, John: miscellaneous drawings done for "Jack"
[circa 1900?]

Box 3: folder 54
Matthews, James Brander to unknown
1911 December 20

Box 3: folder 55
McGiffur, Gertrude Huntington to George Meason Whicher
1930 June 24

Box 3: folder 56
Merington, Marguerite to George Meason Whicher
1917 December 14

Box 3: folder 57
Messer, William Stuart to George Meason Whicher
1932 April[?]

Box 3: folder 58
Miller, Harriet Mann (Olive Thorne) to Brooklyn Woman's Club
1907 February 7

Box 3: folder 59
Monroe, Harriet to George Meason Whicher
1927 March 4

Box 3: folder 60
Montgomery, Roselle Mercier to George Meason Whicher, 2 letters
1925

Box 3: folder 61-62
Moody, William Vaughan: autograph signature
[circa 1900]

Box 3: folder 63
More, Paul Elmer to George Meason Whicher
1917 January 29

Box 3: folder 64
Morgan, Angela to George Meason Whicher
1917 November 25

Box 3: folder 65
Morley, Christopher to George Meason Whicher, 5 letters
1900[?]-1925

Box 3: folder 66-70
Morton, David to George Meason Whicher, 13 letters
1924-1937

Box 3: folder 71-84
Nast, Thomas: autograph signature
[circa 1900?]

Box 3: folder 85
Newman, Cardinal John H.: 2 autograph signatures
[circa 1880?]

Box 3: folder 86
Nollen, John S. to George Meason Whicher
1937 March 18

Box 3: folder 87
Norton, Charles Eliot to Mr. Lawton
1889 August 26

Box 3: folder 88
Paderewski, Ignacius Jan: autograph signature
[circa 1920?]

Box 3: folder 89
Page, Curtis Hidden to George Meason Whicher
1928 December 31

Box 3: folder 90
Palmer, Alice Elvire (Freeman) to Helen Hiscock Backus
1897 November 11

Box 3: folder 91
Peck, Harry Thurston to George Meason Whicher
1896 May 9

Box 3: folder 92
Perry, Bliss to George Meason Whicher
1916 July 14

Box 3: folder 93
Phelps, William Lyon to George Meason Whicher, 6 letters
1924-1933

Box 3: folder 94-99
Pottle, Emery to unknown
[circa 1900?] December 5

Box 3: folder 100
Putnam, Mrs. Emily James to George Meason Whicher
1927 [January 1]

Box 3: folder 101
Rand, Frank Prentice to George Meason Whicher
1935 June 15

Box 4: folder 1
Reese, Lizette Woodworth to George Meason Whicher, 22 letters
1921-1933

Box 4: folder 2-23
Reid, Whitelaw: autograph signature
[circa 1900?]

Box 4: folder 24
Rice, Cale Young to George Meason Whicher
1925 July 15

Box 4: folder 25
Richmond, Irving B. to George Meason Whicher
1931 November 19

Box 4: folder 26
Riis, Jacob Augustus to Mr. Casey
1898 March 22

Box 4: folder 27
Rives, Amélie: autograph signature
[circa 1900?]

Box 4: folder 28
Robinson, Corinne Roosevelt to George Meason Whicher, 2 letters
1916, 1931

Box 4: folder 29-30
Russell, Charles Edward to George Meason Whicher, 5 letters
1933-1936

Box 4: folder 31-35
St. Gaudens, Augustus to Mr. Casey[?], 2 letters
1895, 1897

Box 4: folder 36-37
Sandburg, Carl: signed check
1923 April 5

Box 4: folder 38
Sangster, Margaret E. to Helen Hiscock Backus
[circa 1910?]

Box 4: folder 39
Sassoon, Siegfried to George Meason Whicher
1920 February 20

Box 4: folder 40
Schauffler, Robert Haven to George Meason Whicher, 10 letters
1917-1924

Box 4: folder 41-50
Scollard, Clinton, to George Meason Whicher, 6 letters
1915-1925

Box 4: folder 51-56
Scollard, Jessie B. Rittenhouse to George Meason Whicher, 3 letters
[circa 1925?]

Box 4: folder 57-59
Scudder, Horace Elisha to George Meason Whicher
1900 November 2

Box 4: folder 60
Seelye, Julius Hawley to Alvah Lillie Frisbie
1886 September 11

Box 4: folder 61
Shaw, Albert: autograph signature
[circa 1880?]

Box 4: folder 62
Shaw, Albert, to George Meason Whicher, 3 letters
1918-1937

Box 4: folder 63-65
Shaw, Albert to Lillian Hope Frisbie Whicher, 2 letters
1887

Box 4: folder 66-67
Sherman, Frank Dempster to George Meason Whicher, 2 letters
1908, 1916

Box 4: folder 68-69
Sherman, Stuart Pratt to George Meason Whicher
1924 December 17

Box 4: folder 70
Showerman, Grant, to George Meason Whicher, 12 letters
1925-1933

Box 4: folder 71-82
Showerman, John Trenton to [Mr. And Mrs. Grant Showerman], with 4 newsclippings
[1933] March 25

Box 4: folder 83
Smith, Francis Hopkinson to Mr. Casey
[circa 1874?] October

Box 4: folder 84
Smith, Mrs. May Riley to George Meason Whicher, 5 letters
[circa 1926?]

Box 4: folder 85-89
Smith, Mrs. May Riley to George Meason and Lillian Hope Frisbie Whicher, 2 letters
[circa 1926?]

Box 4: folder 90-91
Stafford, Wendell Phillips to George Meason Whicher, 4 letters
[1930?]-1933

Box 4: folder 92-95
Stockton, Frank Richard to unknown
1885 December 28

Box 5: folder 1
Strunsky, Simeon to George Meason Whicher
1927 November 14

Box 5: folder 2
Tarbell, Ida Minerva Lillian Hope Frisbie Whicher
1903 October 26

Box 5: folder 3
Taylor, Henry Osborn to George Meason Whicher
1917 March 4

Box 5: folder 4
Teasdale, Sara to Poets Corner, New York
1916 January 12

Box 5: folder 5
Teasdale, Sara to George Meason and Lillian Hope Frisbie Whicher
1917 June 12

Box 5: folder 6
Teasdale, Sara to George Meason Whicher, 4 letters
1917-1918

Box 5: folder 7-10
Thaxter, Celia to Mr. Eagleston
1888 June 24

Box 5: folder 11
Theobald, John to George Meason Whicher
[1937?] August 13

Box 5: folder 12
Thomas, Edith Matilda to George Meason Whicher, 12 letters
[1900-1925?]

Box 5: folder 13-24
Thomas, Lowell to George Meason Whicher, with calling card
1933 January 10

Box 5: folder 25
Tree, Herbert Beerbohm to Mrs. W. K. Kenly
1916 December 5

Box 5: folder 26
Tuley, Phillip to George Meason Whicher, 3 letters
1935 April-1935 June

Box 5: folder 27-29
Tyler, William Seymour to Alvah Lillie Frisbie, with envelope
1879 December 31

Box 5: folder 31
Untermeyer, Louis to George Meason Whicher, 2 letters
1916, 1917

Box 5: folder 31-32
Van Doren, Carl to George Meason Whicher
1927 March 15

Box 5: folder 33
Van Doren, Irita to George Meason Whicher
1927 March 22

Box 5: folder 34
Van Dyke, Henry to Mrs. Charles H. Shepard
1897 October 14

Box 5: folder 35
Van Dyke, Henry to George Meason Whicher
1931 January 3

Box 5: folder 36
Warner, Charles Dudley to Lillian Hope Frisbie Whicher
1878 November 26

Box 5: folder 37
Washington, Booker Taliaferro: autograph signature
1902

Box 5: folder 38
Weed, Thurlow to unknown
1880 April 22

Box 5: folder 39
Wheelock, John Hall to George Meason Whicher
1936 June 18

Box 5: folder 40
Unknown to George Meason Whicher
1933 September 25

Box 5: folder 41
White, Edward Lucas to George Meason Whicher, 3 letters
1928

Box 5: folder 42-44
White, Horace: autograph signature
[circa 1900?]

Box 5: folder 45
Whittier, John Greenleaf to unknown
1861 [?]

Box 5: folder 46
Widdemer, Margaret to George Meason Whicher
[circa 1900?]

Box 5: folder 47
Willard, Josiah Flynt to Mr. Casey
[circa 1900]

Box 5: folder 48
Wright, Frederick Adam to George Meason Whicher
1925 January 23

Box 5: folder 49

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