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Esty Papers, 1878-1905
5 archives boxes (2.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:
The papers contain account books, diaries, essays, exams, and notebooks documenting Esty's academic career at Amherst and M.I.T. Most of the material dates from 1887-1893 and relates to courses offered at these institutions and are useful in the study of curriculum development. There are also several notebooks and scrapbooks in the letters from Esty's childhood and adolescence.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the William Esty Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are 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

William Esty was born in Amherst, Massachusetts on July 9, 1868, son of William Esty (Class of 1860 and Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy) and Martha A. Cushing Esty. Cole received his B.A. from Amherst in 1889 and his M.A. from Amherst in 1893. He also received a B.S. from M.I.T. in 1893. Esty was a Professor of Engineering at the University of Illinois from 1893 to 1901 and Professor of Engineering at Lehigh University from 1901 to 1928. Esty married Julia L. Coy of Little Rock, Arkansas in 1894. He died on July 6, 1928.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The papers contain account books, diaries, essays, exams, and notebooks documenting Esty's academic career at Amherst and M.I.T. Most of the material dates from 1887-1893 and relates to courses offered at these institutions and are useful in the study of curriculum development. There are also several notebooks and scrapbooks in the letters from Esty's childhood and adolescence.


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

There is no restriction on access to the William Esty Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are 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 William Esty (1889) Papers [Box #, folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

Processing Information
Processed:1984
By:Daria D'Arienzo
Karen Bollwerk


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
Series 1: Account books, correspondence, and diaries



Account Books
1889, 1894, 1905

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence
1881

Box 1: folder 2
Diaries
1889, 91, 92, 94

Box 1: folder 3
Series 2: Essays and Compositions



English Essays and Compositions
[c. 1885-89]

Box 1: folder 4
Geology Essays and Compositions
[c. 1885-89]

Box 1: folder 5
History Essays and Compositions
[c. 1885-89]

Box 1: folder 6
Series 3: Examinations from M.I.T.



Math and science exams used by Esty to study
[c. 1889-1893]

Box 1: folder 7
Mechanics
1892

Box 1: folder 8
Physics
1892

Box 1: folder 9
Series 4: Notebooks, scrapbooks, and thesis



Applied mechanics
1888

Box 2: folder 10
Botany
1887

Box 2: folder 11
Composition
1880

Box 2: folder 12
Drawings for youth
[c. 1870's-80's]

Box 2: folder 13
Electrical engineering and precision of measurement
1892

Box 2: folder 14
Electricity lab of University of Illinois
1893

Box 2: folder 15
English literature
[c.1880's]

Box 2: folder 16
English literature
1888

Box 2: folder 17
Greek
1889

Box 2: folder 18
Heat
1890

Box 2: folder 19
Histological Record
[c.1880's]

Box 3: folder 20
History (vol. II)
1887

Box 3: folder 21
History (vol. II, III parts 1 and 2, and IV)
1887-1889

Box 3: folder 22-3
History (vol. I)
1889

Box 3: folder 24
Latin exercises (Vol. II)
[c.1880's]

Box 3: folder 25
Logic
1889

Box 3: folder 26
Machine design
[c.1880's]

Box 3: folder 27
Mechanics (used while an instructor at the University of Illinois)
[c.1893-95]

Box 3: folder 28
Mechanism problems
[c.1920]

Box 4: folder 29
Oratory (Vol. II)
1888

Box 4: folder 30
Philology
1886

Box 4: folder 31
Physics (used while an instructor at the University of Illinois)
[c.1893-5]

Box 4: folder 32
Physics problems
1891

Box 4: folder 33
Printing (sample book)
1880-81

Box 4: folder 34
Religion
1889

Box 4: folder 35
Sound
1886

Box 4: folder 36
Trigonometry
1889

Box 4: folder 37
Scrapbook
[c.1875-88]

Box 4: folder 38
Loose material from scrapbook
[c.1875-81]

Box 4: folder 39
Scrapbook
[c. 1892-93]

Box 4: folder 40
Thesis submitted for M.A. from Amherst
1893

Box 4: folder 41

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Subjects
  • Amherst College--Students.
  • Engineering--Study and teaching--Massachusetts.
  • Engineering--United States.
  • Esty, William, 1868-1928.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology--Students.

Contributors
  • Amherst College. Class of 1889. Esty.

Genre terms
  • Account books.
  • Diaries--Amherst College.
  • Letters--Amherst College.


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