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Gold Family Papers, circa 1890-1930 (bulk dates 1916-1919)
2.25 Linear feet (1 half archives box and 1 oversized box)
Collection number: MA.00381

Abstract:
The Gold Family Papers document some of the activities and relationships of three generations, dating from approximately 1890 to 1930. Family and business-related correspondence makes up the largest portion of the material, with business correspondence in two categories: a general category and one containing correspondence from individuals. There are a few folders of miscellaneous materials, two photographs of unidentified people, and several diplomas and certificates.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

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

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Gold Family Papers 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

The Gold Family Papers include correspondence to and from multiple members of the family. The senior members of the Gold family represented in the papers are Martin David Gold and Jennie McClenathen Gold of Amherst. The couple had two sons who attended Amherst College: Herbert H. Gold was a member of the Class of 1902, but drowned in Belchertown Pond in 1900, and Walter Conkey Gold, who graduated in the Class of 1908. The Golds also had two daughters (and perhaps a third), Ella and Winifred, and another son, Alfred. Martin Gold sold company stocks, apparently as an independent agent, and owned rental properties in Amherst and several surrounding towns.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Gold Family Papers consist of 2.25 linear feet of material divided into roughly two parts, personal and business, with both of these parts represented mostly in correspondence. There is correspondence from multiple members of the Gold family living in different states and writing in particular to the senior Golds. The business correspondence is mostly that of Martin Gold, related to his work in stocks and real estate, although there is also some more general or random correspondence. Since some of the correspondence was generated during WWI, there are some references to the war and to the way it filtered down to people at home. The bulk of the correspondence dates from 1916-1919.

The Gold Family Papers are organized in one series.


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

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

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Gold Family Papers 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 the Gold Family Papers [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library.

History of the Collection

Processing Information

The material may have been organized by the donor in 1994. In 2019 it was lightly edited and entered into ArchivesSpace with added notes by Margaret R. Dakin, Archives and Special Collections Specialist.


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

Contents List
Business letters: A
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 1
Business Letters: B
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 2
Business Letters: D
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 3
Business Letters:E
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 4
Business Letters: F
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 5
Business Letters: G
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 6
Business Letters: K
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 7
Business Letters: L
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 8
Business Letters: M
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 9
Business Letters: N
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 10
Business Letters: R
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 11
Business Letters: S
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 12
Business Letters: T
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 13
Business Letters: W
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 14
Personal letters: A
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 15

Includes letter from grandson Robert Armstrong, who mentions the war and the influenza epidemic: "That old influenza is getting around here pretty speedy, one boy in the park has died of it already, and there are lots and lots of boy's [sic] diying [sic] at the soldier and sailor camps" and "I see that we are slowly but surely winning the war, old Germany won't have anybody to fight with now, but we should worry just so we don't lose the war that's all I care about." Includes description of building trenches to play in, "Just about everybody around here is crazy over trenches and caves..."

Search Terms
Influenza Epidemic, 1918-1919

World War, 1914-1918

Personal letters: B
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 16
Personal letters: D
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 17
Personal letters: E
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 18
Personal letters: F
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 19
Personal letters: G (1 of 2)
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 20
Personal letters: G (2 of 2)
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 21
Personal letters: H
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 22
Personal letters: M
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 23
Personal letters: Mc
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 24
Personal letters: R
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 25
Personal letters: T
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 26
"Business official letters": A
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 27
"Business official letters": B
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 28
"Business official letters": C
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 29
"Business official letters": D
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 30
"Business official letters": E
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 31
"Business official letters": F
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 32
"Business official letters": G
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 33
"Business official letters": H
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 34
"Business official letters": K
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 35
"Business official letters": L
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 36
"Business official letters": M
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 37
"Business official letters": N
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 38
"Business official letters": P
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 39
"Business official letters": R
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 40
"Business official letters": S
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 41
"Business official letters": T
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 42
"Business official letters": U
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 43
"Business official letters": W
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 44
Unidentified photographs
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 45

One tintype of two women and three children, one 8x10 of man in fishing gear holding large fish.

Miscellaneous papers
circa 1890-1930

Box 1: folder 47

1908 Commencement program (Walter's); price list of preserves and jellies from South Amherst Fruit Farm; [school] compositions; 1919 "American Board Quarterly news Bulletin" (marking 100 years in the Near East); blank letterhead from "Ye Rose Tree Inn" ("A Humane Reprisal for All Her Atrocities!") and Granby, Mass. Selectmen and Overseers of the Poor; etc.

Diplomas and photograph
circa 1890-1930

Box 2

Diplomas - framed:

1891 - Amherst High School - Alfred M. Gold

1891 - Amherst High School Diploma - Herbert Holmes Gold

1900 - Amherst High School Diploma - Winifred Florence Gold

1904 - Amherst High School - Walter Conkey Gold

1905 - Chaupauqua Literary and Scientific Circle, Society of "The Hall in the Grove" - Ella G. Gold

190? - Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity Certificate - Walter Conkey Gold

1908 - Amherst College Diploma - Walter Conkey Gold

One 8x10" color photograph of fish in a woven basket


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