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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.

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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:

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

Contents List
Series 1: MAGAZINE ARTICLES ON ANTIQUES



Household Magazine,


Box 1: folder 1
"Old Chairs"
n.d.

Box 1: folder 1
"Styles in Old-Time Bedrooms"
1931 Apr

Box 1: folder 1
"Old Chinaware"
1934 Mar

Box 1: folder 1
The Art World,
1917-1918

Box 1: folder 2
Articles about antique furniture


Box 1: folder 2
Country Life,
1919-1923

Box 1: folder 3
"Answers to Queries about Antiques" series


Box 1: folder 3
The Country Gentleman,
1925-1929

Box 1: folder 4
Articles about antiques


Box 1: folder 4
Articles about antique chairs
1915-1936

Box 1: folder 5
Country Life,
1917

Box 1: folder 6
Article about Hitchcock chairs; correspondence about Hitchcock chairs


Box 1: folder 6
Country Life,
1915-1924

Box 1: folder 7
Articles about antiques


Box 1: folder 7
Country Life,
1917-1919

Box 1: folder 8
Articles about antiques


Box 1: folder 8
The Antiquarian, "An Outline of American Furniture"
1931

Box 1: folder 9
The Fine Arts, Yankee, The Antiquarian, Antiques,Articles
1928-1937

Box 1: folder 10
Articles about antique mirrors
1917-1926

Box 1: folder 11
Articles about gate-leg tables
1916

Box 1: folder 12
Article about Duncan Phyfe furniture
1921-1933

Box 1: folder 13
Newspaper article on American iron, brass, and copper
1930 Mar 29

Box 1: folder 14
Articles about historic styles in furniture
1929-1931

Box 1: folder 15
"Speaking of Antiques," manuscript
[1933]

Box 1: folder 16
Miscellaneous articles about furniture
1919-1924

Box 2: folder 1
Newspaper articles about antiques
1910-1933

Box 2: folder 2
Articles about antiques
1916-1917

Box 2: folder 3
Articles about antiques
1916-1932

Box 2: folder 4
Photographs of American antique furniture
n.d.

Box 2: folder 5
Series 2: STORIES AND ARTICLES ABOUT DOGS AND OTHER ANIMALS



Country Life, Articles about dogs
1915-1922

Box 2: folder 6
Top Notch Magazine, Two dog stories
n.d.

Box 2: folder 7
Dog stories
1917-1923

Box 2: folder 8
Dog stories
1916-1928

Box 2: folder 9
"Prayer for Pup" and related correspondence
1911

Box 2: folder 10
Our Dumb Animals, stories
1929-1936

Box 3: folder 1
"Country Cousins", series printed in Country Life
1926

Box 3: folder 2
Country Life, Two animal stories
1915, 1917

Box 3: folder 3
Series 3: STORIES - GENERAL SUBJECTS



"Annabel's Goose"
1917

Box 3: folder 4
"Annabel's Baby"
1920

Box 3: folder 4
Stories from various publications
1920-1929

Box 3: folder 5
Stories from various publications
1917-1929

Box 3: folder 6
"A narrative of the capitalization and restauration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson"
[1931]

Box 3: folder 7
Series 4: MISCELLANEOUS ARTICLES



"Their Adventures in Homemaking" - series of articles from OwnYour Own Home
n.d.

Box 3: folder 8
"From a Country Window" - series of short articles by Dyer and Alfred F. Loomis
n.d.

Box 3: folder 9
Editorials from American Home
n.d.

Box 4: folder 1
Miscellaneous articles from The Bookman
n.d.

Box 4: folder 2
Articles from The Adult Bible Class, and Home
n.d.

Box 4: folder 3
"Chronicles of a Countryman" - articles from Country Life
n.d.

Box 4: folder 4
Essays on country life - illustrated by W. K. Stone
n.d.

Box 4: folder 5
Articles from Collier's
n.d.

Box 4: folder 6
Articles from Christian Science Monitor
n.d.

Box 4: folder 7
Newspaper pieces on miscellaneous subjects
n.d.

Box 4: folder 8
"Millenium Seekers" - typed article on Communism
n.d.

Box 4: folder 9
Articles on mountains
n.d.

Box 4: folder 10
Essays
n.d.

Box 4: folder 11
Miscellaneous short articles
n.d.

Box 4: folder 12
Miscellaneous articles
n.d.

Box 5: folder 1
Miscellaneous articles
n.d.

Box 5: folder 2
Series 5: BOOK REVIEWS BY DYER



Reviews from House Beautiful
n.d.

Box 5: folder 3
Series 6: CLIPPINGS AND REVIEWS OF DYER'S BOOKS



Early American Craftsmen
n.d.

Box 5: folder 4
The Rocking Chair
n.d.

Box 5: folder 5
Chronicles of a Countryman
n.d.

Box 5: folder 6
The Richer Life
n.d.

Box 5: folder 7
Pierrot, Dog of Belgium
n.d.

Box 5: folder 8
Sons of Liberty
n.d.

Box 6: folder 1
The Lure of the Antique
n.d.

Box 6: folder 2
Handbook of Furniture Styles
n.d.

Box 6: folder 3
Sprigs of Hemlock
n.d.

Box 6: folder 4
Many Dogs There Be
n.d.

Box 6: folder 5
The Breakwater: A Story of Cape Cod
n.d.

Box 6: folder 6
Country Cousins
n.d.

Box 6: folder 7
All Around Robin Hood's Barn
n.d.

Box 6: folder 8
The Humble Annals of a Backyard
n.d.

Box 6: folder 9
Dogs of Boytown
n.d.

Box 6: folder 10
Creators of Decorative Styles
n.d.

Box 7: folder 1
The Five Babbitts at Bonnyacres
n.d.

Box 7: folder 2
With the Help of God and a Few Marines by Brig. Gen. A.W. Catlin in collaboration with Dyer
n.d.

Box 7: folder 3
Ben, the Battle Horse
n.d.

Box 7: folder 4
Gulliver the Great
n.d.

Box 7: folder 5
Miscellaneous reviews
n.d.

Box 7: folder 6
Reviews of articles in World Book magazine
n.d.

Box 7: folder 7
Clippings from Hempstead Sentinel about Dyer
n.d.

Box 7: folder 8
Series 7: CORRESPONDENCE - GENERAL



Correspondence on Prevention of Cruelty to Animals


Box 7: folder 9
Series 8: PHOTOGRAPHS



Civil War photographs in connection with the work of E. Porter Dyer Jr. (Dyer's father) at Beaufort. Scenes of South Carolina and Georgia, some photographed by H.P. Moore, Concord, NH. Also two poems by E. P. Dyer written for his children
ca. 1861-1865

Box 7: folder 10
Series 9: PAMPHLETS AND ARTICLES BY DYER



Material on the Shakers and an article on Shaker furniture
n.d.

Box 7: folder 11
"Ten Years of Chapter History" (Phi Kappa Psi)
n.d.

Box 8: folder 1
Chapel talks at Amherst College (typescripts)
n.d.

Box 8: folder 2
"Garman of Amherst" - pamphlet and typescript; reprint from Sewanee Review, April 1935
1935

Box 8: folder 3
Material on Prof. Genung and typescripts of "Literary and Miscellaneous Essays" by John Franklin Genung, edited and compiled by Dyer
n.d.

Box 8: folder 4
"A Humanized Public Library" - article about the Jones Library, Amherst, Mass., from House Beautiful
n.d.

Box 8: folder 5
"Embattled Farmers" - pamphlet and background material on Shay's Rebellion
n.d.

Box 8: folder 6
"The Escape of Jonathan Wells": [a true story] about King Philips War, Deerfield and Hadley
n.d.

Box 8: folder 7
"Wilkins of Oberlin" - article in Delta Kappa Epsilon Quarterly
1938 Dec

Box 8: folder 8
"Ode to Virgil" - for Bimillenium of Virgil at Massachusetts Agricultural College
1930 Dec

Box 8: folder 9
"The Vision of Anton" - Chicago, Brothers of the Book
1914

Box 8: folder 10
"Enjoy Your Museum - Via: American Furniture of the 18th Century" - Esto Publishing Co., Pasadena, Calif.
1934

Box 8: folder 11
"David Grayson: Adventurer" - reprint from The Mentor
1925 Oct

Box 8: folder 12
Series 10: CORRESPONDENCE - PERSONAL



Letter from Princess of Belgium concerning Pierrot, Dog of Belgium, and medal given to Dyer from Belgium
1916

Box 9: folder 1
Correspondence
n.d.

Box 9: folder 2
Christmas cards sent by Dyer
1923-1944

Box 9: folder 3
Letters of condolence to Mrs. Dyer on Dyer's death
1943

Box 9: folder 4
Series 11. Civil War Photographs by H. P. Moore
(1862-1863)


Henry P. Moore, 21 mounted photographic prints of Civil War scenes. Moore (1835-1911) was a native of New Hampshire who accompanied the 3rd New Hampshire Regiment on their deployment to Hilton Head, S.C. in 1862-1863. (Moore was also active as a professional photographer in Concord, N.H. and Worcester, Mass.) Scenes include slave families, Union officers, Fort Pulaski, Ga., and various ships. The relation between these photographs and Walter Dyer’s life and writings is unknown.
1862-1863

Box 10

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Subjects
  • Amherst College--Students.
  • Authors, American--20th century--Biography--Sources.
  • Dyer, Walter A. (Walter Alden), 1878-1943.

Contributors
  • Amherst College. Class of 1900. Dyer.


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