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Sabrina Collection , ca. 1860-2006
1 records storage box, 2 archives boxes, 1 flat box (2.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Histories, correspondence, articles and photographs relating to the statue Sabrina, donated to Amherst College in 1857 and the object of pranks and interclass rivalry for much of the time since.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Sabrina Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Sabrina Collection for research use 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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Historical Note

The statue of the water nymph Sabrina was donated to Amherst College by Joel Hayden in 1857. It the frequent object of student pranks in the 1860s and 1870s. In the early 1880s it was removed from campus to the custodian's residence. Students found and stole the statue in 1887, from that time until 1934 the statue was part of a fierce interclass rivalry. It was shown at class banquets and surprise campus appearances, with the guardian even or odd classes attempting to hide and the opposing classes attempting to find and steal it. In 1934, the statue was returned to the College; the students cited danger to life and limb and declining interest in the Sabrina tradition as the reasons for return. From 1934 to 1951 the statue was housed in the Hitchcock Memorial Room in Morgan Hall. The statue was stolen from its base in 1951 by members of the graduating class. It was shown by airplane and car in the following years, but returned to the college in 1955, again due to lack of interest in the tradition. The statue was briefly stolen in 1977 and apprehended at the Turners Fall airport by Campus Police. It was stolen again in 1984, shown by helicopter twice in the following years and returned to the College in 1994. The current location of Sabrina is unknown.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Sabrina Collection contains histories, correspondence, articles and photographs relating to the statue "Sabrina," donated to the College in 1857 and the object of pranks and interclass rivalry for much of the time since.


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

There is no restriction on access to the Sabrina Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Sabrina Collection for research use 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 Sabrina Collection [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
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives

Language
English

Contents List
Series 1: GENERAL
1871-1998


Includes written histories, correspondence and miscellaneous objects, programs, documents and printed material relating to Sabrina and the Sabrina rivalry.

Sub-Series A: General



General


Box 1: folder 1
Sub-Series B: Written Histories



Written Histories
1910-1950

Box 1: folder 2
Written Histories
1950-1961; n.d.

Box 1: folder 3
"Sabrina recaptured by even classes" W. F. Stearns, Jr., AC 1922
1921

Box 1: folder 4
"Sabrina, a celebration of changing student attitudes at Amherst College, 1857-1998," Greg Schneider [do not photocopy without author's written permission]
1998

Box 1: folder 5
Materials relating to 1990-1991 capture attempts
1990-1991

Box 1: folder 6
Sub-Series C: Correspondence



Correspondence
1918-1975

Box 1: folder 7
Correspondence, news clippings and miscellaneous of Samuel B. Furbish, AC1898
1895-1935

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence of J. W. Russell, AC1899
1925-1930

Box 1: folder 9
Correspondence of John "Moose" McGrath, AC1951, and Thomas Wyman, AC1951
1951-1973

Box 1: folder 10
Correspondence of John "Moose" McGrath, AC1951
1977-1979

Box 1: folder 11
Sub-Series D: Miscellaneous



J. L. Mott Iron Works Catalogue
1871

Box 1: folder 12
Sabrina Banquet programs
1892-1919

Box 1: folder 13
Sabrina Song, "All hail, Sabrina dear," original manuscript
1893

Box 1: folder 14
Printing block of cartoon
1894

Box 1: folder 15
Addendum to Max Shoop's 1910 Sabrina
[1910 or 11]

Box 1: folder 16
Sabrina Agreement
1918

Box 1: folder 17
"Sabrina Constitution"
c. 1925

Box 1: folder 18
Memento from 1951 capture (Brattleboro Daily Reformer, June 11, 1951)
1951

Box 1: folder 19
Series 2: ARTICLES AND CLIPPINGS
1868-2006


Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and content:

Includes newspaper and periodical articles and clippings relating to Sabrina.

Articles and clippings
1868-1899

Box 1: folder 20
Articles and clippings
1900-1909

Box 1: folder 21
Articles and clippings
1910-1919

Box 1: folder 22
Articles and clippings
1920-1929

Box 1: folder 23
Articles and clippings
1930-1939

Box 1: folder 24
Articles and clippings
1940-1949

Box 1: folder 25
Articles and clippings
1950-1959

Box 1: folder 26
Articles and clippings
1960-1969

Box 1: folder 27
Articles and clippings
1970-1979

Box 1: folder 28
Articles and clippings
1980-

Box 1: folder 29
Articles and clippings
n.d.

Box 1: folder 30
Newspaper clippings, originals of articles photocopied for preservation (photocopies integrated into folders 19-29)


Box 1: folder 31
Series 3: PHOTOGRAPHS
1868-2006


Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and content:

Includes photographs of Sabrina and Sabrina related activity.

Oversized photographs
c.1869

Box OS1: folder 1
Photographs
1875-1885

Box 2: folder 2
Photographs
1886-1900

Box 2: folder 3
Photographs
1901-1929

Box 2: folder 4
Oversized photographs
1912

Box OS1: folder 2
Oversized photographs
1922

Box OS1: folder 3
Photographs
1930-1951

Box 2: folder 5
Photographs
1952

Box 2: folder 6
Oversized photographs
1952

Box OS1: folder 4
Oversized photograph
1952

Box OS1: folder 2
Photographs of Class of 1953 "borrowing" Sabrina from Class of 1951 [acc. #2013.050]
1953 May

Box 2: folder 6a
Photographs
1953-1969

Box 2: folder 7
Photographs
1977-1979

Box 2: folder 8
Photographs
1980-

Box 2: folder 9
Photographs
n.d.

Box 2: folder 10
Oversized photographs
n.d.

Box OS1: folder 5-6
Photographs, other Sabrinas


Box 2: folder 11
SERIES 4: SABRINA MATERIALS OF NEWTON F. MCKEON (AC 1926),
ca. 1924-1982


Includes correspondence, photographs, a scrapbook and printed matter related to the history of Sabrina. [Accession #2012.014]

Photographs
1860-1870

Box 2: folder 1
Oversized photographs
c.1869

Box OS1: folder 1
Photographs
1875-1885

Box 2: folder 2
Photographs
1886-1900

Box 2: folder 3
Photographs
1901-1929

Box 2: folder 4
Oversized photographs
1912

Box OS1: folder 2
Oversized photographs
1922

Box OS1: folder 3
Photographs
1930-1951

Box 2: folder 5
Photographs
1952

Box 2: folder 6
Oversized photographs
1952

Box OS1: folder 4
Photographs
1953-1969

Box 2: folder 7
Photographs
1977-1979

Box 2: folder 8
Photographs
1980-

Box 2: folder 9
Photographs
n.d.

Box 2: folder 10
Oversized photographs
n.d.

Box OS1: folder 5-6
Photographs, other Sabrinas


Box 2: folder 11
"Sabrina Remembered" - typescript, correspondence, notes
n.d., 1961-1970

Box 3: folder 1
Correspondence, photographs, negatives, notes, clipping
n.d., 1924-1926, 1982

Box 3: folder 2
Photograph, clippings, printed material
n.d., 1920-1986

Box 3: folder 3
Printed material, clippings
1919-1935

Box 3: folder 4
Printed material, clippings
1922-1980

Box 3: folder 5
Photographs
n.d., 1924-1925

Box 3: folder 6
Scrapbook
c. 1920s

Box 3: folder 7

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Subjects
  • Sabrina (Statue)


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