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Theodore P. Greene (AC 1943) Papers, 1940-2006
1 records storage box (1 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Professor of history and American Studies at Amherst College, 1952-1989. Primarily correspondence, writings and talks, and research materials on the history of Amherst College and higher education.

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Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Amherst, MA

Biographical Note

Theodore P. Greene (AC 1943), professor of history and American studies at Amherst College from 1952 to 1989, personified many of the traditional-but-progressive values of the college. Greene was especially proud of his role in the 1974 decision to make Amherst coeducational. He is also remembered as an outstanding teacher, lecturer and historian.

Born in New York City in 1921, Greene spent his early years in New Britain, Conn., and attended Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, graduating first in his class. Although this distinction won him admission to Harvard, he chose instead to enter Amherst, following long family tradition. After graduating from Amherst, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II in Denver, Colo., where he met his future wife, Mary Jane "Jary" England. Greene pursued graduate studies at Columbia University before returning to Amherst in 1952.

Over the next 37 years, he taught courses in American colonial, social, intellectual, frontier and diplomatic history. He retired in 1989 as the Winthrop H. Smith Professor of History and American Studies, Emeritus.

A reserved New Englander, Greene set high standards for his own scholarship and the work of students. Between 1955 and 1969 Greene edited three "Problems in American Civilization" paperbacks produced by the college's pioneering American studies program. These were American Imperialism in 1898, Wilson at Versailles and Roger Williams and the Massachusetts Magistrates. Greene wrote another book, America's Heroes: the Changing Models of Success in American Magazines, and edited two local history books, Essays on Amherst's History and 250 Years at First Church in Amherst, 1793-1989.

In 1974, Greene chaired one of the committees studying coeducation at Amherst, and wrote a 76-page final report of its findings. The conclusion bore the unmistakable stamp of Greene's Yankee practicality: "The question is not whether a significant college like Amherst can with justice continue to exclude women," he wrote. "The question is whether Amherst can remain as significant and vital a college in the future if it does not admit women."

Hugh Hawkins, the Anson D. Morse Professor of History and American Studies, Emeritus, remarked at Greene's funeral service on Feb. 3, 2007 that "No one was more ready to see when the old ways didn't fit the new students." Hawkins also recalled that John William Ward once told the Amherst Student that Greene was the person who had most influenced him in his years as president of the college -- "that Ted knew more about where the college came from and where it ought to be heading than anyone else."

Greene and his brother, Thayer Greene (AC 1950) were third-generation alumni whose father was the Rev. Theodore Ainsworth Greene (AC 1913) and whose grandfathers were both in the Class of 1882. Ten other family members also went to Amherst.

Theodore P. Greene died of cancer in Amherst on January 15, 2007.
[Source: "In Memoriam: Theodore P. Greene '43," by Douglas C. Wilson. Amherst, Winter 2007, pp. 5-6.]

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, writings, research and lecture notes, speeches and other papers primarily related to the history of Amherst College and higher education, generated by Greene as professor of history and American Studies, 1952-1989. The collection includes Greene's undergraduate writings, manuscript drafts for his book America's Heroes: the Changing Models of Success in American Magazines (1970), and occasional chapel talks delivered to Amherst College students. The collection includes a variety of research notes created for teaching, advisement to the Amherst administration, or scholarly publication on Amherst College topics such as the life of Charles W. Cole (AC 1927), military recruiting, parietal rules, Jeffery Amherst and charges of germ warfare, cultural diversity, coeducation and other topics. There are also papers related to his personal or family associations with First Congregational Church (Amherst, Mass.) and the town of Jaffrey, N.H.


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

There is no restriction on access to the collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection 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 Theodore P. Greene (AC 1943) Papers [Box #, folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

Gift of Mrs. Theodore P. Greene, 2010.

Processing Information

Processed in March 2010 by Peter Nelson.


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: WRITINGS,
1940-1971


Undergraduate papers
ca. 1940-1943

Box 1: folder 1
Undergraduate history research paper
[1942?]

Box 1: folder 2
Master's thesis
194-

Box 1: folder 3
America's Heroes - typescript draft (1 of 2)
1970

Box 1: folder 4
America's Heroes - typescript draft (2 of 2)
1970

Box 1: folder 5
America's Heroes - reviews, etc.
1971

Box 1: folder 6
Series 2: RESEARCH ON AMHERST COLLEGE HISTORY,
1973-1995


Class of 1943 notes


Box 1: folder 7
Student experiences in the 1960's
1973 (?)

Box 1: folder 8
"Piety and Play in Amherst's History"
1979-1992

Box 1: folder 9
Biographical research on Charles Cole (AC 1927) for article in American National Biography
1994-1995

Box 1: folder 10
Writings on Charles Cole (AC 1927)
1999

Box 1: folder 11
Preface to Black Women of Amherst
[1999?]

Box 1: folder 12
Fine Arts 92.1 on the architecture of the campus
1996

Box 1: folder 13
Lord Jeffery Amherst and germ warfare (letter to President Plimpton)
1969

Box 1: folder 14
Series 3: SPEECHES AND TALKS,
1943-1998


American Studies - lecture notes, etc.
1980's

Box 1: folder 15
Talks
1943-1986

Box 1: folder 16
Talks
1955-1990

Box 1: folder 17
"The Crisis in the College and the Role of the Churches"; "The Changing Mission of the College and the Community"
1969, 1972

Box 1: folder 18
Chapel talks
ca. 1957-1970

Box 1: folder 19
Memorial tributes to others
1974-1998

Box 1: folder 20
Series 4: COMMITTEES,
1967-1980


College Council - Military recruiting on campus
1967-1968

Box 1: folder 21
Advising president re: Cultural diversity, black student orientation, financial aid
1980

Box 1: folder 22
College Council report: "Women Visitors at Amherst"
1969(?)

Box 1: folder 23
Coeducation at Amherst - notes, drafts, etc. (see also: Series 5, Correspondence)


Box 1: folder 24
Final Report of the Amherst Visiting Committee on Coeducation- Copy 1
1974

Box 1: folder 25
Final Report of the Amherst Visiting Committee on Coeducation - Copies 2 and 3
1974

Box 1: folder 26
Series 5: CORRESPONDENCE,
1952-2004


Coeducation - correspondence
1974

Box 1: folder 27
Correspondence
1952-2004

Box 1: folder 28
Series 6: PERSONAL AFFAIRS,
1948-2006


"Jaffrey [New Hampshire] - 200 Years: The Creation of a Pluralistic Community" by Theodore P. Greene (manuscript of a talk given at the Amos Fortune Forum in the Old Meetinghouse of Jaffrey Center on the 200th anniversary of the incorporation of the town)
[1973]

Box 1: folder 29
First Congregational Church, Amherst, Mass.
1960-1961

Box 1: folder 30
Retirement proposal, other miscellaneous ephemera
ca. 1948-1984

Box 1: folder 31
Obituaries
2006

Box 1: folder 32

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Subjects
  • Amherst College -- History.
  • Coeducation -- Massachusetts -- Amherst.
  • Greene, Theodore P., 1921-
  • Jaffrey (N.H. : Town) -- History
  • Women -- Education -- Massachusetts -- Amherst.


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