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Charles Foster Weeden, Jr. (AC 1916) Papers, ca. 1916-1983
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Collection number: MA.00298

Abstract:
The Charles Foster Weeden, Jr. (AC 1916) Papers document the personal and early professional life of Charles Foster Weeden as a member of the Near East Relief in Urfa, Turkey between 1919 and 1920. Most of the collection consists of Weeden’s outgoing correspondence to his family and his writings about his work in the Near East Relief. There is a smaller amount of incoming correspondence from family and friends. Two photograph albums and a file of loose photographs also document his work in Urfa.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Charles Foster Weeden, Jr. (AC 1916) Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Charles Foster Weeden, Jr. (AC 1916) 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

Biographical / Historical

Charles Foster Weeden, Jr. (1894-1983), son of Charles Foster Weeden (AC 1884) and Mary Emma Bassett. An obituary in his biographical file states: "Colonel Weeden was born in Colchester, Connecticut, and was a graduate of Amherst College with the class of 1916. He was a member of Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity and played on the baseball and basketball teams. He served as Class Agent for over two years. During World War I he became a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Service. After the war he went with Dr. [James] Barton to serve with the Near East Relief Corps in Turkey. Later, after a few years in banking, he taught at the Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, Massachusetts, and then at the Fessenden School in Newton. He served as a Colonel in the Intelligence Branch of the U.S. Army Air Force in the European Theater in World War II. Upon his return he was a professor of languages at the Nobel and Greenough School in Dedham, Massachusetts, until his retirement." Weeden married Louise H. Fessenden and had three children (Mary, Emma, and Charles). Weeden died on May 19, 1983.

Scope and contents

The Charles Foster Weeden, Jr. (AC 1906) Papers consist of .5 linear feet of material, which document the professional and personal life of Charles F. Weeden. The collection includes five folders of incoming and outgoing correspondence to and from Charles F. Weeden. His correspondents include family members and colleagues in the Near East Relief.

The collection also includes various writings by Charles F. Weeden, including a journal he kept on his voyage to Urfa in early 1919.

Organization of the Collection

The papers are organized in one series with fifteen folders.


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

There is no restriction on access to the Charles Foster Weeden, Jr. (AC 1916) Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Charles Foster Weeden, Jr. (AC 1916) 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

[Identification of item], in the Charles Foster Weeden, Jr. (AC 1916) Papers [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library.

History of the Collection
Custodial history:

The collection was a gift in 2003. It was processed in 2015 March.


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
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Contents List
Correspondence: Incoming, professional and personal
ca. 1919-1930

Box 1: folder 1

Miscellaneous incoming correspondence to Charles F. Weeden, including a letter (Feb, 1930) and three holiday cards (one incl. photograph) from Lt. Col. Hollis M. Burrows, writing from India in association with the First P.W.O. Sikhs and assessing the situation in India.

Search Terms
India -- History -- British occupation, 1765-1947.

Correspondence: Incoming from Mary Caroline Holmes
1920

Box 1: folder 2

Incoming correspondence from missionary Mary Caroline Holmes, author of "Between the Lines in Asia Minor," including one letter to Louise Fessenden, CFW's fiancee, and one to CFW as dictated to MCH by Koonie, his dog; note to Miss Holmes from "Garabed, your dorman."

Search Terms
Holmes, Mary Caroline

Correspondence: miscellaneous incoming


Box 1: folder 3

Includes correspondence from Herbert B. Case and James L. Barton of the ABCFM to Weeden's parents reporting a meeting with CFW as well as a description of the destruction in Urfa; letter from Mary L. Richards [ABCFM] reporting a meeting with CFW; a letter in Arabic; miscellaneous business letters from Harry van Dyke; Henry Cabot Lodge; Allen T. Treadway; Calvin Coolidge; Maj. James A. Nichol (Beirut unit of the Near East Relief), et al.

Correspondence: outgoing to family
1919

Box 1: folder 4

Charles ("Carl") F. Weeden to family, Jan-Dec, 1919. Folder also includes some official correspondence that CFW may have included with his letters.

If content of letters home suggests that the official correspondence wasn't included, it could be moved to a different file, perhaps no. 4.

Correspondence: outgoing to family
1920

Box 1: folder 5

Charles ("Carl") F. Weeden to family, Jan-Jul, 1920. Folder also includes some official correspondence that CFW may have included with his letters.

Journal, 1919
1919

Box 1: folder 6

CFW's journal from Jan [25] (first page missing) to Jul 5, 1919, beginning with his journey aboard the vessel "U.S.S. Pensacola."

Compositions
ca. 1920-1930

Box 1: folder 7

Stories, poetry, reminiscences from Weeden's time in the American Committee for Relief in the Near East, including "Tatooed Crosses: a Love Story of the Near East" and "Mugaditch: a Romance of the Near East."

Description of the seige of Urfa, by CFW


Box 1: folder 8

Typescript description of the seige of Urfa (1920) by Charles F. Weeden, comprised especially of an extract of his letters home; possibly a draft for the article in the "Amherst Graduates Quarterly."

Photographs


Box 1: folder 9

Loose photographs of people associated with the American Committee of Relief for the Near East; one postcard of "Gibraltar from the Spanish shore."

Photograph album: "Near East Relief"


Box 1: folder 10

Photograph album of CFW's personal snapshots of Urfa as well as some from George R. Swain/University of Michigan Expedition; photograph of U.S.S. Pensacola, CFW's ship to Beirut in Jan-Feb, 1919.

Photograph album: Near East Relief
ca. 1919-1921

Box 1: folder 11

Untitled photograph album of Near East Relief efforts includes many of CFW's snapshots as well as several commercial ones from the International Film Service, Co. Inc.

Miscellaneous documents
ca. 1920-25

Box 1: folder 12

Includes two copies of the Sep 1920 "New Near East," a publication of the Near East Relief, containing CFW's article "Ten Weeks of Terror" (cover illustration of "Armenia's Babes in the Woods"); one copy of Mar 1920 issue of "New Near East; CFW's passport; Park Street Church program for Mother's Day, 1922; two tickets to CFW's talk about the seige of Urfa at the "Men's Union Meeting" in the First Church, Old South [Boston], Mar 16, 1922; clipping of a poem ("The Open Hand") by CFW's friend Beatrice Cameron Mansfield.

Newsclippings about the seige of Urfa
1919-1920

Box 1: folder 13
Printed articles about the seige of Urfa (1920)
1920-1921

Box 1: folder 14

Articles about the Seige of Urfa, including "Boys of Armenia: Hero Stories for American Boys," "Ten Weeks of Terror," and "The Sixty-two Day Siege of Urfa," the last by Charles F. Weeden.

Newspaper clippings
ca. 1919-1925

Box 1: folder 15

Newspaper clippings related to Weeden's service.


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