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Allison "Eli" Marsh (AC 1913) Papers, 1915-1979
3 records storage boxes, 1 archives box, and 1 flat storage box (4 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Publications, photographs, clippings, letters, memorabilia, academic regalia and other materials documenting "Eli" Marsh's career as a soccer coach and professor of Physical Education, chiefly at Amherst College, 1917-1958, but also at Ohio State University, 1915-1917.

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 Eli Marsh 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.

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Biographical Note

Allison W. "Eli" Marsh, professor of Physical Education at Amherst College from 1917 to 1958, was born in Quincy, Massachusetts on July 28, 1892. At Amherst he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and Phi Beta Kappa. He earned a Master's degree at Harvard University. After teaching at Ohio Wesleyan University and Ohio State University, he joined the Amherst faculty in 1917. During that time he was chairman of Department of Physical Education and Intercollegiate Athletics from 1950 to 1958 and was one of two men to serve twice as president of the College Physical Education Association. In 1924 he married Margaret Alexander.

Known to his students as "Eli," Professor Marsh was one of the chief architects of the physical education program at Amherst. He was consistently opposed to professionalism in college athletics and became a respected spokesman on the subject nationally.

Professor Marsh introduced soccer to Amherst College in 1920 and was its head coach until his retirement, compiling a 38-year record of 147 won, 62 lost, and 15 Little Three championships.

In retirement, Professor Marsh devoted much of his time to painting and held many one-man exhibitions in Amherst and Wellfleet, his summer home on Cape Cod. On his retirement, Amherst conferred on him the honorary L.H.D. degree in 1963, as did Washington and Jefferson College in 1971.

Allison "Eli" Marsh died April 3, 1976 in Northampton.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Publications, photographs, clippings, letters, memorabilia, academic regalia and other materials documenting "Eli" Marsh's career as a coach and professor of Physical Education, chiefly at Amherst College, 1917-1958, but also at Ohio State University from 1915-1917. The collection includes many letters received from his former soccer players at Amherst as well as materials collected by Marsh relating to Robert Frost, President Alexander Meiklejohn, and the transition of the Amherst presidency of the administration of John William Ward to Julian Gibbs, 1979. Many of Marsh's notes on physical education, games, and fitness are included in the collection, along with yearbooks from Marsh's brief professional appointments at Ohio Wesleyan University (1915) and Ohio State University (1917). Academic gowns and other memorabilia documenting his honorary degrees from Washington and Jefferson College and Amherst College are also a part of the collection.


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 Eli Marsh 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 Allison W. "Eli" Marsh Papers [Box #, folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library.

History of the Collection

Gift of Ellen Marsh Schleicher, 1996.
Transfer from the Smith College Archives from the papers of Margaret Marsh, 2003.

Custodial history:

The Papers were acquired in two parts: first in 1996 and in 2003. As related materials were found in separate acquisitions, such items were grouped together, thus losing any original order that might have existed. However, much of the collection was in no discernible order upon acquisition. The 1996 acquisition was a gift of Eli Marsh's daughter, Ellen Marsh Schleicher. The 2003 acquisition came to the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections by way of the Smith College Archives, where a box of Eli Marsh's papers were found among those of Margaret Marsh, his wife and an alumna of Smith College.


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
Series 1: PERSONAL AFFAIRS,
1915-1971


Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and content:

Series 1, PERSONAL AFFAIRS, 1915-1971, contains personal correspondence and materials documenting professional appointments, honorary degrees, insurance and taxes.

Fort Devens
1918

Box 1: folder 1
Funeral reading
1976, Apr 8

Box 1: folder 2
Insurance policies and tax information
1933-42

Box 1: folder 3
Ohio State University (1 of 2)
1916-49

Box 1: folder 4
Ohio State University (2 of 2)
1916-49

Box 1: folder 5
Ohio Wesleyan University Yearbook - Le Bijou
1915

Box 4: folder 1
Ohio State University Yearbook - Makio
1917

Box 4: folder 2
Ohio Wesleyan University Yearbook - Makio
1917

Box 1: folder 5a
Personal Correspondence [includes the will of Alexander Marsh and the C.V. of Eli Marsh]
1927

Box 1: folder 6
Washington and Jefferson College (1 of 2)
1970-74

Box 1: folder 7
Washington and Jefferson College (2 of 2)
1970-74

Box 1: folder 8
Washington and Jefferson College - honorary degree
1971

Box 1: folder 9
Washington and Jefferson College - honorary degree - academic regalia
ca. 1958-71

Box 3
Washington and Jefferson College - honorary degree - photograph cube
ca. 1958-71

Box 3
Series 2: PHYSICAL EDUCATION/FITNESS,
1904-1958


Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and content:

Series 2, PHYSICAL EDUCATION/FITNESS, 1904-1958, includes many of Eli Marsh's notes on games, physical education, exercise, lesson plans, and articles he wrote on athletics, such as an article on tumbling and another on posture.

Athletic Control
1904-1932

Box 1: folder 10
"The Educational Value of College Physical Education..." by A. W. Marsh
1952

Box 1: folder 11
Fitness
1942-43, n.d.

Box 1: folder 12
"Law and Decrees Relative to Physical Education"
1927

Box 1: folder 13
National Physical Education Service of the National Recreation Association - News Letter No. 72
1934 Sep

Box 1: folder 14
Pageants and Exhibitions
1916-1917

Box 1: folder 15
Physical Education
1927-1935

Box 1: folder 16
Physical Education - administration
n.d.

Box 1: folder 17
Physical Efficiency
n.d., 1920

Box 1: folder 18
Play and Recreation - notes (1 of 2)
1915-18, n.d.

Box 1: folder 19
Play and Recreation - notes (2 of 2)
1915-18, n.d.

Box 1: folder 20
Play and Recreation - pamphlets
1923-24

Box 1: folder 21
Posture article
1963

Box 1: folder 22
Recreation course
1939

Box 1: folder 23
Soccer
n.d., 1936

Box 1: folder 24
Soccer poem
n.d.

Box 1: folder 25
Springfield College soccer test
1941

Box 1: folder 26
Soccer letters
1919-58

Box 1
Tumbling (and articles published on the subject)
1915-23

Box 2: folder 1
Series 3: AMHERST COLLEGE,
1923-1979


Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and content:

Series 3, AMHERST COLLEGE, 1923-1979, contains material related to Eli Marsh's honorary degree from Amherst in 1963, clippings and articles about events at the college, notes related to Physical Education at Amherst and his department. Also included are Amherst publications, students' poetry, and information about President Alexander Meiklejohn (including an article by Marsh about Meiklejohn) and the inauguration of President Gibbs in 1979.

Amherst Alumni News, 1923, 1931, 1949, 1957
1923-1957

Box 2: folder 2
Amherst Alumni News, 1958, 1966-1968, 1970
1958-1970

Box 2: folder 3
Amherst Bicentennial souvenir edition
1959

Box 2: folder 4
Amherst College - Honorary Degree - corrrespondence
1963

Box 2: folder 5
Amherst College - Honorary Degree - academic regalia
1963

Box 3
Amherst College - Correspondence and Notes
1932, n.d.

Box 2: folder 6
Classroom notes (Garman Philosophy class)
ca. 1909-13

Box 2: folder 7
Kennedy Convocation Clippings and Memorabilia
1963

Box 2: folder 8
Meiklejohn article [by A. W. Marsh] and information
1961-73

Box 2: folder 9
Meiklejohn's speeches and assignments
n.d.

Box 2: folder 10
Amherst College - Miscellaneous
1923-1966

Box 2: folder 11
Amherst College - Miscellaneous publications
n.d.

Box 2: folder 12
Physical Education at Amherst College
1935, n.d.

Box 2: folder 13
Amherst College Physical Education Department (includes many undated lesson plans)
n.d.

Box 2: folder 14
Amherst College: "Report of the Faculty Committee on Long Range Policy" and Related Correspondence
1945, 1951

Box 2: folder 15
Ward Out/Gibbs In Memorabilia (Collected by Margaret Marsh)
1979

Box 2: folder 16
Series 4: PRINTED MATTER,
1857-1944


Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and content:

Series 4, PRINTED MATTER, 1857-1944, includes miscellaneous printed material. One item of interest is an 1857 edition of Edward Hitchcock's (AC 1849) "History of a Zoological Temperance Convention."

"An Educational Program for St. Stephen's College"
1934 Mar 1

Box 2: folder 17
Army Specialized Training Bulletin
1944 Dec 29

Box 2: folder 18
"Current Developments in American College Sport" The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Bulletin #26
1931

Box 2: folder 19
"History of a Zoological Temperance Convention" by Edward Hitchcock
1857

Box 2: folder 20
Liberal Education and the Fine Arts
n.d.

Box 2: folder 21
U.S. Civil Service Commission Correspondence re: Correlations Study (and Related Materials)
1924

Box 2: folder 22
Series 5: MISCELLANEOUS,
1926-1951


Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and content:

Series 5, MISCELLANEOUS, 1926-1951, includes photographs, clippings about Robert Frost, plans for educational modeling at Reed and Bard Colleges, some of Marsh's speeches, and Eli Marsh's summary of a study he prepared on the correlation between mental tests and academic achievement among members of the Amherst College Class of 1926.

Class of 1926 Study Summary
1926

Box 2: folder 23
Clipping and Miscellaneous
n.d.

Box 2: folder 24
Photographic Frames
n.d.

Box 5
Photographs
n.d.

Box 2: folder 25
Plans for Bard College
1934-5

Box 2: folder 26
Reed College
1935

Box 2: folder 27
Frost Papers
n.d.

Box 2: folder 28
Schalk, Marshall - Two articles re: geology
1938, 1946

Box 2: folder 29
Song Lyrics
1936, n.d.

Box 2: folder 30
Speeches
n.d.

Box 2: folder 31

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Subjects
  • Amherst College--Faculty.
  • Amherst College--Sports.
  • Amherst College--Students.
  • Frost, Robert, 1874-1963.
  • Marsh, Allison Wilson.
  • Meiklejohn, Alexander, 1872-1964.
  • Soccer--Massachusetts--Amherst.

Contributors
  • Amherst College. Class of 1913. Marsh.


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