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E. Porter Dickinson Papers, 1900-1991
4 records storage boxes, 7 archives boxes (7.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Mainly correspondence, materials relating to Porter Dickinson's family and the town of Amherst, photographs, and objects that reflect the many of his interests (particularly mountaineering and the White Mountains). Correspondents include Robert Francis, Professor E. Kimball Morsman, and Walter Hendricks.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

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

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the E. Porter Dickinson 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.

Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Amherst, MA

Biographical Note

E. Porter Dickinson, son of Robert W. Dickinson and Mary Billings, was born and raised in Amherst, Massachusetts. He began working at the Amherst College Library shortly after graduating from Amherst High School. During World War II, he worked as a post librarian for the U.S. Army, returning to his position at Amherst after completing his service. In the 1950s, Dickinson was promoted to head reference librarian and was awarded an honorary degree in 1964. A mountaineer, musician, and self-proclaimed "bibliomaniac," Dickinson held a variety of interests throughout his lifetime. In 1968, he retired from Amherst College, but remained active in several clubs and organizations until his death in 1991.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Mainly correspondence, materials relating to Porter Dickinson's family and the town of Amherst, photographs, and objects that reflect the many of his interests (particularly mountaineering and the White Mountains). Correspondents include Robert Francis, Professor E. Kimball Morsman, and Walter Hendricks.


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

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

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the E. Porter Dickinson 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 E. Porter Dickinson Papers [Box #, folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library.

History of the Collection

Gift, 1994

Processing Information

Processed April-June 2010 by Colleen O'Connor (AC 2011).
Project manager: Margaret R. Dakin, Archives Specialist


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
Language
English

Contents List
Series 1: Correspondence



Series 1, Correspondence (1904-1989), consists of letters and greetings, mostly to Dickinson, from friends and family. Since his friends consisted of several Amherst alumni, this may be the most important series in the Dickinson papers. Such friends included poet Robert Francis, Amherst professor E. Kimball Morsman, and Walter Hendricks, founder of Mark Hopkins College, Marlboro College, and Windham College and a good friend of Robert Frost.

Not belonging to E. Porter Dickinson
1911-61

Box 1: folder 1
Outgoing
1910-83

Box 1: folder 2
Childhood and family
1904-90

Box 1: folder 3
Incoming-general
1920-89

Box 1: folder 4
Incoming-greetings
1915-89

Box 1: folder 5
Incoming-Robert Francis
1957-61

Box 1: folder 6
Incoming-Paul Kirby (AC 1935)
1957-84

Box 1: folder 7
Incoming-Walter Hendricks (AC 1917)
1923-25

Box 1: folder 8
Incoming-Floyd Reynolds (AC 1924)
1921-25

Box 1: folder 9
Incoming-E. Kimball Morsman (AC 1924)
1928-56

Box 1: folder 10
Incoming-Winthrop Root (AC 1923)
1921-75

Box 1: folder 11
Incoming-Malcolm Oakman Young (AC 1916)
1920-75

Box 1: folder 12
Incoming-George Yeh (AC 1925)
ca. 1925

Box 1: folder 13
Incoming-Robert M. Neal
1909-1924

Box 1: folder 14
Incoming-Thomas Jacob
1924-26

Box 1: folder 15
Incoming-Louis Bliss Gillet
1924-39

Box 1: folder 16
Incoming-James Michener-Season's Greetings
1940

Box 1: folder 17
Incoming-Honorary Degree
1964

Box 1: folder 18
Honorary Degree-press
1964

Box 1: folder 19
Library/ publishing related
1916-86

Box 1: folder 20
Retirement party related
1968

Box 1: folder 21
Series 2: Projects and events



Series 2, Projects and Events (1936-1988), includes press and correspondence about events and projects that Dickinson took part in. Among these are art shows and sales of paintings by Grandma Moses and E.L. Elmer, and the town of Amherst Bicentennial.

Grandma Moses - Winter and Fire in the Woods materials
1940-82

Box 1: folder 22
E. L. Elmer-Lady in a Baptist Corner materials
1960-82

Box 1: folder 23
Faith Cabin Library/ Willie L. Buffington materials
1936-37

Box 1: folder 24
Friends of the Amherst College Library
1979-88

Box 1: folder 25
Frost Library materials
n.d.

Box 1: folder 26
Lists of books from publishers
n.d.

Box 1: folder 27
Book records
n.d.

Box 1: folder 28
Town of Amherst Bicentennial Committee
1958-59

Box 1: folder 29
Series 3: Family



Series 3, Family (1876-1988), consists of objects belonging to Dickinson's parents and sisters, and also information about the entire Nathaniel Dickinson descendent line.

Newsclippings about E. Porter Dickinson
1919-88

Box 2: folder 1
R.W. Dickinson and Mary Ester Billings-all papers
1882-1931

Box 2: folder 2
Materials related to the death of R.W. Dickinson
1931

Box 2: folder 3
Margarett Dickinson diaries
1904, 1909

Box 2: folder 4
Journal kept by Fanny May Morgan (Dickinson) about a friend named Harry
1961-65

Box 2: folder 5
Fanny May Morgan address book
n.d.

Box 2: folder 6
Dickinson family materials (includes extended Dickinson family)
n.d.

Box 2: folder 7
M.F. Dickinson's address at the Amherst Centennial celebration
1876

Box 2: folder 8
Series 4: Writings



Series 4, Writings (1911-1962), consists of Dickinson's poetry, journals, and White Mountain Anthology, a compendium of stories and articles about the White Mountains in New Hampshire.

Poetry
n.d.

Box 2: folder 9
Misc. writings (unknown which were authored by P. Dickinson)
1911-62

Box 2: folder 10
Journals
1911-62

Box 2: folder 11
Address books
n.d.

Box 2: folder 12
Newsclipping book
n.d.

Box 2: folder 13
Scrapbooks
n.d.

Box 2: folder 14
Guide maps for the Topographic Society
n.d.

Box 2: folder 15
White Mountain Anthology notes
n.d.

Box 2: folder 16
White Mountain Anthology correspondence
1932-37

Box 2: folder 17
White Mountain Anthology (part 1 of 3)
n.d.

Box 2: folder 18
White Mountain Anthology (part 2 of 3)
n.d.

Box 2: folder 19
White Mountain Anthology (part 3 of 3)
n.d.

Box 2: folder 20
Series 5: Activities



Series 5, Activities (1920-1989), consists of correspondence and press about the various clubs and associations that Dickinson was a part of.

Mountaineering-Adirondacks
1943-70

Box 2: folder 21
Mountaineering-Berkshires
1958-89

Box 2: folder 22
Mountaineering-Green Mountains
1962-82

Box 2: folder 23
Mountaineering-Appalachians
1936-74

Box 2: folder 24
Mountaineering-AMC-Leroy Dudley (incl. photo)
1949

Box 2: folder 25
Mountaineering-Preservation societies
1923-81

Box 2: folder 26
Mountaineering-New England Trail Conferences
1920-36

Box 2: folder 27
Mountaineering-Miscellaneous
1932-59

Box 2: folder 28
Miscellaneous societies and organizations
1937-68

Box 2: folder 29
Series 6: Amherst History



Series 6, Amherst History (1886-1989), consists of various materials by and about important figures in Amherst history, including the Tuckerman family, the Hitchcock family, and poets Robert Francis, Robert Frost, and Emily Dickinson. The series includes photographs of Frost and Francis, and a petition by the women of Amherst against opening a saloon.

Robert Francis ephemera
ca. 1950-60s

Box 3: folder 1
Robert Frost ephemera
1931-63

Box 3: folder 2
Frederick Tuckerman notebook
ca. 1905

Box 3: folder 3
Copy of Frederick Tuckerman notebook
n.d.

Box 3: folder 4
Edward Hitchcock Discourse
1858

Box 3: folder 5
Hitchcock family notes, copies, correspondence
1940-89

Box 3: folder 6
Petition-Women of Amherst Against Opening a Saloon
n.d.

Box 3: folder 7
Emily Dickinson materials
1972-80

Box 3: folder 8
Notebook (owner unknown)
1886

Box 3: folder 9
Series 7: Education



Series 7, Education (1907-1919), includes several of Dickinson's workbooks, his art class projects, and his high school yearbook.

Grammar School-Art class paintings
n.d.

Box 3: folder 10
Grammar School-Art class drawings
n.d.

Box 3: folder 11
Miscellaneous school books
1914

Box 3: folder 12
Amherst High School-history book
1919

Box 3: folder 13
Amherst High School-history book
1919

Box 3: folder 14
Grammar/ High School-report cards
1907-19

Box 3: folder 15
Amherst High School-Class of 1919 ephemera
1919

Box 3: folder 16
Amherst High School Yearbook
1919

Box 3: folder 17
Series 8: Miscellaneous



Series 8, Miscellaneous (1875-1988), includes a wide variety of materials ranging from Dickinson's tax records to a nineteenth-century stamp book.

Amherst Savings Bank-depositor's book
1901

Box 3: folder 18
Receipts, records, etc.
1920-80

Box 3: folder 19
Taxes
1930-76

Box 3: folder 20
WWII ration book
1945

Box 3: folder 21
Life insurance, Medicare, Social Security, etc.
1947-89

Box 3: folder 22
Jones Library card
1965

Box 3: folder 23
Passports
1979, 1984

Box 3: folder 24
Medical records
ca. 1988

Box 3: folder 25
Concert programs and tickets
1881-1991

Box 3: folder 26
Stamp album
1800's

Box 3: folder 27
Amherst College Chapel Songbook
1881

Box 3: folder 28
Amherst College Math III student test booklets
n.d.

Box 3: folder 29
Tony Sarg's Marionetts
ca. 1920-30s

Box 3: folder 30
Various translated poems, author/ translator unknown
n.d.

Box 3: folder 31
L.D. Sine's Gift Enterprise ticket (Lottery ticket)
1875

Box 3: folder 32
Philadelphia Centennial Souvenir Booklet
1876

Box 3: folder 33
"The Checkered Game of Life" game spinners from the 1860's version of the game, but the exact date is unknown
n.d.

Box 3: folder 34
Snow Above the Town, Donald Hough bookjacket
n.d.

Box 3: folder 35
The Grand Union Herald July 1912, October 1912
1912

Box 3: folder 36
"Silhouettes" scrapbook
n.d.

Box 3: folder 37
Victor Records bookcover
1916

Box 3: folder 38
The Boston Globe souvenir flood edition and flood of 1936 booklet
1936

Box 3: folder 39
Miscellaneous ephemera
1800s

Box 3: folder 40
The Shelburne Falls Quarterly
1988-1990

Box 3: folder 41
Series 9: Photographs and Postcards



Series 9, Photographs and Postcards (1915-1989), consists of Dickinson's vast postcard collection (those used as correspondence and those that were bought by or given to Dickinson solely for the collection) and photographs of friends, family, and mountains.

Photographs
n.d.

Box 4: folder 1
Postcards-correspondence
1915-89

Box 4: folder 2
Postcards-collection
n.d.

Box 4: folder 3
Large photographs-mountaineering
n.d.

Box 5: folder 1
Large photographs-houses
n.d.

Box 5: folder 2
Large photographs-people
n.d.

Box 5: folder 3
2 photograph albums-mountaineering
1920-30s

Box 6: folder 3
Large postcards-correspondence
1983, 1988

Box 7: folder 1
Large postcards-collection
n.d.

Box 7: folder 2
Series 10: OBJECTS AND OVERSIZE ITEMS



Series 10, Objects and Oversize Items (1861-1938), includes Dickinson's personal objects, music by Dickinson, and oversize photographs and postcards.

Inkwell
n.d.

Box 8: folder 2
Pencil box
n.d.

Box 8: folder 2
Viewfinder slides
n.d.

Box 8: folder 2
2 small, wooden paintings
n.d.

Box 8: folder 2
2 rolled posters
n.d.

Box 8: folder 2
Music by E. Porter Dickinson
n.d.

Box 9: folder 1
Oversize photographs-people
n.d.

Box 9: folder 2
Oversize photographs-mountaineering
n.d.

Box 9: folder 3
Oversize photographs-other
n.d.

Box 9: folder 4
Oversize postcards-collection
n.d.

Box 9: folder 5
Boston Evening Globe 8/25/1938
1938

Box 9: folder 6
Herbarium
n.d.

Box 10: folder 1
Scrapbook
n.d.

Box 10: folder 2
Herbarium of Eliza Cowles
1861

Box 10: folder 3
Japan Straw Braid advertisements
n.d.

Box 11: folder 1
Rolfe Humphries poem "For Porter Dickinson: A Tribute"
1968

Box 11: folder 2
Hokusai Woodblock
n.d.

Box 11: folder 3
Misc. prints
n.d.

Box 11: folder 4
Extra-oversize photos
n.d.

Box 11: folder 5

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Subjects
  • Amherst (Mass.) -- History -- Sources.
  • White Mountains -- Description and travel.

Contributors
  • Francis, Robert, 1901-1987.
  • Hendricks, Walter, 1892-
  • Morsman, E. Kimball


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