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Dolbeare Papers, 1934-1998 (Bulk: 1934-1965)
2 archives boxes (1 linear ft.)

Abstract:
1940 graduate of Amherst College; urban planner. Collection contains correspondence with friends and family, photographs and newspaper clippings relating to Amherst College alumni reunions and theater productions.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Louis P. Dolbeare (AC 1940) Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the 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

For a biographical summary, see the Chronology section.

Louis Dolbeare forged a life-long friendship with the late Charles Rogers, Professor of Fine Arts and Dramatics, who taught at Amherst College from 1942 to 1970. Although Dolbeare did not pursue a professional career in theater, he was deeply influenced by Professor Rogers. At the Class of 1940's 50th reunion in 1990, he and other members of The Masquers arranged a session at which Dolbeare read a narrative poem he had written about Professor Rogers; a general discussion ensued.

Biographical Note
1916 Sep 27 Born in Brooklyn, New York
1931-1933 Brookline, Mass. High School
1933-1936 Phillips Academy, Andover (graduates 1936)
1940 Graduates from Amherst College
1942-1945 Serves in U.S. Office of War Information, Washington, DC and London, England
1946-1948 Planning student, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University (degree: Master of City Planning)
1949-1952 Metropolitan Consultant, Philadelphia Housing Association
1953 Associate Planner, Bucks County (Pa.) Planning Commission
1954 Associate Planner, South Jersey Mass Transportation Study
1955 Planner, Urban Traffic and Transportation Study Board, City of Philadelphia
1956 Staff, Urban Renewal Study Board, Baltimore, Md.
1956 July 1 Marries (Mary) Cushing Niles (Swarthmore 1949), daughter of Henry E. and Mary Cushing Niles, Baltimore
1958 July 8 Daughter Mary Cushing born
1958-1960 Planning consultant (self-employed)
1960-1963 Associate Planner, Pennsylvania-Jersey Transportation Study
1960 Son Louis Niles born
1963-1966 Planning Director, Roy F. Weston, Inc.
1966 Member, ADA, Philadelphia Art Alliance
1966-1976 Various positions, Board of Education, School District of Philadelphia
1967-1970 Board member, American Institute of Planners
1977-present Househusband
Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Louis P. Dolbeare (AC 1940) Papers document the personal life and activities of Louis P. Dolbeare primarily during his undergraduate years at Amherst College and his post-collegiate years. The Papers consist primarily of correspondence between Dolbeare and his college friends and family members. Other items include photographs and programs from Amherst College theater productions (The Masquers), as well as from alumni reunion gatherings. The correspondence within the collection dates from 1934 to 1990, with the bulk falling between the years of 1934-1965. Also included are Dolbeare's grade reports, Amherst College theater production flyers, and newspaper clippings.

A great deal of the correspondence in Series 3, Masquers, relates to Dolbeare's attempts to create a memorial fund in honor of Charles Rogers, Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts and Dramatics at Amherst College.


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

There is no restriction on access to the Louis P. Dolbeare (AC 1940) Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the 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 Louis P. Dolbeare (AC 1940) Papers [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection


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.