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Amherst College Library History Collection, 1850-1987 (Bulk: 1850-1965)
1 archives box, 1 half archives box (0.75 linear ft.)

Abstract:
The Library History Collection, 1850-1965, contains 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McKeon's notes, copies of library reports and records, ephemera dating from the 19th century, and published and unpublished articles and reports about the Amherst College Library.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.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

In general, there is no restriction on access to the Amherst College Library History Collection.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the records should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections.

Amherst College Archives and Special Collections

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Library History Collection, 1850-1965, contains 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McKeon's notes, copies of library reports and records, ephemera dating from the 19th century, and published and unpublished articles and reports about the Amherst College Library.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.


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

In general, there is no restriction on access to the Amherst College Library History Collection.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the records should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in Amherst College Library History Collection [Box #, folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

Processing Information

When the library history material was organized, original library administrative files were removed from the Library History Collection and returned to the Library Records. The bulk of this material was Librarian Robert S. Fletcher's correspondence but also included other material such as the "Blunder Book" and library staff member Sabra Snell's classification procedures. When duplicate items existed, a copy was retained in the Library History Collection.

Processed:September 1992-July 1993
By:Anne Ostendarp, Project Archivist
Emily Silverman, Intern, University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Library and Information Studies
Tanya Chebotarev, Intern, Simmons College School of Library Science


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.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Research Notes



N.F. McKeon notes
n.d.

Box 1: folder 1
N.F. McKeon notes
n.d.

Box 1: folder 2
N.F. McKeon compiled material re: library handbook
n.d.

Box 1: folder 3
N.F. McKeon notes: inventory of librarian's annual reports
1949

Box 1: folder 4
[Research notes?]
n.d.

Box 1: folder 5
Budget
c. 1928-1939

Box 1: folder 6
Citations
n.d.

Box 1: folder 7
Holdings statistics, 1834-1925
n.d.

Box 1: folder 8
Librarians and staff
n.d.

Box 1: folder 9
Library Ephemera



Bookmark
n.d.

Box 1: folder 10
Forms and stationery samples
n.d.

Box 1: folder 11
Condensed rules of Amherst College Library (pamphlet)
n.d.

Box 1: folder 12
General rules of the Library of Amherst College (pamphlet)
n.d.

Box 1: folder 13
Library for Amherst College (circular)
1850 Sep

Box 1: folder 14
Library for Amherst College (circular)
1851 Mar

Box 1: folder 15
Alumni Library fund (circular)
1856 Sep

Box 1: folder 16
Regulations of Amherst College Library
[1872?]

Box 1: folder 17
Amherst College Library (pamphlet)
[1876]

Box 1: folder 18
Vocal and promenade concert...for the benefit of the Amherst Library (program)
1877 Jun 1

Box 1: folder 19
Printing samples and forms
c.1880-1882

Box 1: folder 20
General rules of the College Library
[1885?]

Box 1: folder 21
Regulations of Amherst College Library
1897 Feb

Box 1: folder 22
Portraits and busts in Amherst College Library
1908

Box 1: folder 23
Amherst College Library receipt book
1917-1925

Box 1: folder 23A
Dedication of the Converse Memorial Library
1917 Nov 8

Box 1: folder 24
The Robert Frost Library dedication (Friends of Amherst College Library Frost keepsake)
1965 Oct 24

Box 1: folder 25
Unpublished and Published Reports



Statement about the library ... Lucius M. Boltwood (t.s.)
post 1863

Box 1: folder 26
Original idea of May 8, 1873 submitted to the Library Committee of Amherst College. Library classification system. Melvil Dewey. (t.s.)
1873

Box 1: folder 27
Report of Assistant Librarian [Dewey] for the trustees, 1873-74. (t.s.)
1874

Box 1: folder 28
The first application of the decimal system of classification, Walter Stanley Biscoe, 1876-80. Reminiscences by Ernest Cushing Richardson '80.
1929

Box 1: folder 29
Report on the urgent needs of the library by Henry deForest Smith.
1937 Mar

Box 1: folder 30
A report on the library of Amherst College. James W. Hyde '39.
1940 May

Box 1: folder 31
Survey of spatial needs. Keyes D. Metcalf.
1959

Box 1: folder 32
The problem of the Amherst College Library. Newton F. McKeon.
1961 Apr

Box 1: folder 33
The American College Society Library and the College Library. Catharine Penniman Storie. College and Research Libraries (reprint).
1945 Jun

Box 1: folder 34
Amherst College Library background and outlook. Ruben Weltsch.
1945 Aug

Box 1: folder 35
Portrait of W.I. Fletcher. Amherst Graduate Quarterly.
1917 Nov

Box 2: folder 1
William Isaac Fletcher, biography. Frederick W. Faxon. Bulletin of biography and dramatic index.
1917 Oct

Box 2: folder 2
The Emergence of the Amherst College Library, 1821-1911. Donald B. Engley. Doctoral dissertation.
1947

Box 2: folder 3
Library tract, vol. 1-8. "The library and culture." W.I. Fletcher. "The library's educational mission." Melvil Dewey.
1902-1905

Box 2: folder 4
Newsclippings
c.1853-1969

Box 2: folder 5
This is Amherst (pages with images of Converse Library rooms)
c.1963

Box 2: folder 6
"Amherst College Report on the Urgent Needs of the Library," Committee Report
1987

Box 2: folder 7
"A Survey of the Amherst College Library," Hugh Pritchard
1950

Box 2: folder 8

Search Terms
The following terms represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. Use these headings to search for additional materials on this web site, in the Five College Library Catalog, or in other library catalogs and databases.

Subjects
  • Academic libraries--Massachusetts--Amherst--History--Sources.
  • Amherst College. Library--History--Sources.

Contributors
  • Amherst College. Class of 1897. Fletcher.
  • Amherst College. Class of 1926. McKeon.
  • Fletcher, Robert Stillman, 1874-1953.
  • McKeon, Newton Felch, 1904-1990.


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