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Amherst College Weather Station Records, 1835-1924, 1948-
1 archives box, 1 half archives box, 7 volumes (3 linear ft.)
Collection number: MA.00003

Abstract:
Climatological data recorded by Professor Ebenezer Strong Snell (Class of 1822) and his daughter Sabra Snell from 1835 to 1902; observations recorded by the Hatch Experimental Station at the Massachusetts Agricultural College from 1891 to 1924; and by Dr. Philip Ives (Class of 1932) from 1984 to date.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Amherst College Weather Station Records for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Amherst College Weather Station Records 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.

Amherst College Archives and Special Collections

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Amherst College Weather Records contain the climatological data recorded by Professor Ebenezer Strong Snell (Class of 1822) and his daughter Sabra Snell from 1835 to 1902; observations recorded by the Hatch Experimental Station at the Massachusetts Agricultural College from 1891 to 1924; and by Dr. Philip Ives (Class of 1932) from 1984 to date.

Professor Snell's original ledgers contain his weather observations noted at least twice daily in the morning and the afternoon. These are among the earliest on record for Massachusetts. After Snell's death in 1876, the work was carried on by his daughter until 1902. The observations from the Massachusetts Agricultural College cover from 1891 to 1924. In October 1948, Dr. Philip Ives began to collect climatological data at the college weather station. This continues to date.


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

There is no restriction on access to the Amherst College Weather Station Records for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Amherst College Weather Station Records 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 Amherst College Weather Station Records [Box #, folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

The meteorological journals kept by Professor Snell seem to have been given to the College by Members of the Snell family. In the fall of 1989, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst transferred their weather observations from 1891 to 1924 to the Amherst College Archives. Dr. Ives deposits his climatological data annually.

Processing Information
Processed:1985
By:Daria D'Arienzo


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
Related Material

"Preface to the Amherst, Massachusetts, Weather Records," by Philip T. Ives, in Series 3

Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series 1: METEOROLOGICAL JOURNALS,
1835-1902


Series 1: METEOROLOGICAL JOURNALS, 1835-1902, contains 5 volumes, arranged chronologically. The data in the volumes include: data, hour, barometer, thermometer, wind direction and strength, clouds, sky, precipitation, and remarks.

Bound Volume 1
1835-1843


Bound Volume 2
1844-1860


Bound Volume 3
1861-1882


Bound Volume 4
1883-1897


Bound Volume 5
1898-1902


Series 2: HATCH EXPERIMENT STATION METEOROLOGICAL OBSERVATIONS



Series 2: HATCH EXPERIMENT STATION METEOROLOGICAL OBSERVATIONS, 1891-1924, contains two volumes, arranged chronologically. The data in the volume include: monthly summaries and daily summaries which list barometric pressure, temperature, humidity, wind, precipitation, weather conditions, bright sunshine, and halos. There is also a remarks page at the end of each month.

Bound Volume 1
1891-1909


Bound VOlume 2
1909-1924


Series 3: PUBLICATIONS, COMPILATIONS & SUMMARIES



Series 3: PUBLICATION, COMPILATIONS, AND SUMMARIES, contains materials compiled by Dr. Philip Ives: compilations and summaries of weather data; articles and talks and a monograph prepared by Dr. Ives and news clippings of published Amherst weather data. Also contains THE CLIMATE OF AMHERST, MASSACHUSETTS, 1836-1985, by Raymond S. Bradley, Jon K. Eischeid and Philip T. Ives, a 108-page volume containing tables, figures and plates, published in August 1986 as Contribution No. 50 of the Department of Geology & Geography, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. It acknowledges Dr. Ives as the "driving force behind this publication" and explains how his work with the records kept at Amherst College and those kept by the Massachusetts Agricultural Experiment Station in the late 19th Century have made the Amherst records one of the most important meteorological series in the country. Material is arranged by subject and type.

"Foreword to the daily weather records," by Philip Ives
1973

Box 1: folder 1
Preface to the Amherst, Mass. Weather records
1981

Box 1: folder 2
"The changing climate in the Connecticut River Valley," by Philip Ives
1979

Box 1: folder 3
Monthly precipitation and mean temperature data
1836-1980

Box 1: folder 4
Annual mean temperature
1837-1998;

Box 1: folder 4a
Summary of weather for June, July and August
1870

Box 1: folder 5
News clippings: "Weather in Amherst, "quarterly, seasonal and annual reports as they appeared in the weekly Amherst Journal and other publications
1949-1982

Box 1: folder 6
The Climate of Amherst, Massachusetts
1836-1985

Box 1: folder 7
Series 4: DAILY WEATHER DATA



Series 4: DAILY WEATHER DATA, 1948 to date, contains records of the minimum, maximum, and mean temperatures; degree-days; precipitation; and a general description of the weather.

Daily Weather Data
1948-1987

Box 1: folder 8-16
Daily Weather Data
1988

Box 2: folder 1
Daily Weather Data
1989

Box 2: folder 2
Daily Weather Data
1990

Box 2: folder 3
Daily Weather Data
1991

Box 2: folder 4
Daily Weather Data
1992

Box 2: folder 5
Daily Weather Data
1993

Box 2: folder 6
Daily Weather Data
1994

Box 2: folder 7
Daily Weather Data
1995

Box 2: folder 8
Daily Weather Data
1996

Box 2: folder 9
Daily Weather Data
1996

Box 2: folder 10
Daily Weather Data
1997

Box 2: folder 11
Daily Weather Data
1998

Box 2: folder 12

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