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Walter Alden Dyer (AC 1900) Papers, 1862-1944 (Bulk: 1910-1944)
9 archive boxes, 1 flat box (4.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:
The bulk of the papers consist of Dyer's many articles and stories. These published works are from the following magazines: Household, The Art World, Country Life in America, the Country Gentleman, The Antiquarian, The Fine Arts, Yankee, Antiques, Our Dumb Animals, Colliers, Holland's Magazine, Top Notch, The Woman's Magazine, The American Magazine, Own Your Own Home, The Bookman, The Adult Bible Class Magazine, Home Magazine, House Beautiful. The papers also include many book reviews of Dyer's works.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There are no restrictions on access to the Walter Alden Dyer Papers for research use.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Walter Alden Dyer Papers should be directed to the Archivist of the College. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

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Biographical Note

Walter Dyer, a prolific author, was a member of the Amherst College Class of 1900. From 1900 to 1901 he was on the staff of The Springfield Union and The Criterion (New York), and from 1901 to 1905, he was on the editorial staff of Clifford and Lawton, publishers of trade journals in New York. From 1905 to 1914 he worked on the staff of the magazine Country Life in America, serving as editor from 1907 to 1914. From 1914 until his death in 1943, he was an independent author, publishing many books and magazine articles on antiques, animals (particularly dogs), country life, and short fiction. He was editor of The Amherst Graduates' Quarterly for more than ten years (from 1932 to 1943) and became the director of Amherst College Press in 1933. In 1903 Dyer married Ethelind Thorp Childs, who died in 1904. In 1907 he married her sister Muriel Worthington Childs. Dyer died in Pelham, Mass. on June 20, 1943.

Dyer was the author of the following books:

1910 The Lure of the Antique
1911 The River Life
1915 Pierrot, Dog of Belgium
1915 Early American Craftsmen
1916 Gulliver the Great and Other Dog Stories
1916 The Humble Annals of a Back Yard
1917 Creators of Decorative Styles
1917 The Five Babbits of Bonny-Acres
1918 The Dogs of Boytown
1918 Handbook of Furniture Styles
1919 Ben, the Battle Horse
1919 With the Help of God and a Few Marines (co-author)
1920 Sons of Liberty
1924 Many Dogs There Be
1926 All Around Robin Hood's Barn
1927 The Breakwater
1927 Country Cousins
1928 Chronicles of a Country Man
1928 The Rocking Chair (co-author)
1931 Sprigs of Hemlock
Biographical Note
1910 The Lure of the Antique
1911 The River Life
1915 Early American Craftsmen
1916 The Humble Annals of a Back Yard
1917 The Five Babbits of Bonny-Acres
1918 Handbook of Furniture Styles
1919 With the Help of God and a Few Marines (co-author)
1920 Sons of Liberty
1924 Many Dogs There Be
1926 All Around Robin Hood's Barn
1927 Country Cousins
1928 The Rocking Chair (co-author)
1931 Sprigs of Hemlock
Scope and Contents of the Collection

The bulk of the papers consist of Dyer's many articles and stories. These published works are from the following magazines: Household, The Art World, Country Life in America, the Country Gentleman, The Antiquarian, The Fine Arts, Yankee, Antiques, Our Dumb Animals, Colliers, Holland's Magazine, Top Notch, The Woman's Magazine, The American Magazine, Own Your Own Home, The Bookman, The Adult Bible Class Magazine, Home Magazine, House Beautiful. The papers also include many book reviews of Dyer's works. In addition, the collection also includes 21 photographic prints of Civil War scenes from Georgia and South Carolina taken by H. P. Moore in 1862-63.


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

There are no restrictions on access to the Walter Alden Dyer Papers for research use.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Walter Alden Dyer Papers should be directed to the Archivist of the College. 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 Walter Alden Dyer (AC 1900) Papers [Box #, folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

Processing Information
Finding Aid: 1999 July
Prepared by: Carol Trabulsi, Senior Archives Associate
Briana Cahill, Archives Associate
Listed by: Carol Trabulsi, Senior Archives Associate


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
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Language
English.