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Beeckman Jousseaum Delatour (AC 1911) Collection: Letters to Albert J. and Susie S. (Holcomb) Delatour, ca. 1907-1920
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Collection number: MA.00318

Abstract:
The Beeckman Jousseaum Delatour (AC 1911) Collection contains letters from Beeckman Delatour to his parents, Albert J. and Susie S. Holcomb Delatour, during his undergraduate years at Amherst College (1907-1911), his medical school years at Johns Hopkins University (1911-1915), and his service in France during World War I (1917-1919). There is a small amount of associated ephemera, but the bulk of the collection documents the maturation of a youth of the early twentieth century.

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There is no restriction on access to the Beeckman Jousseaum Delatour (AC 1911) Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

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Requests for permission to publish material from the Beeckman Jousseaum Delatour (AC 1911) 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.

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Biographical Note

Beeckman Jousseaum Delatour was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on May 13, 1889 to Albert J. and Susie S. (Holcomb) Delatour. Delatour went to Stevens Prepatory School (founded by the trustees of the Stevens Institute of Technology) in Hoboken, N.J. and Polytechnic Preparatory Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., before attending Amherst College. He received his B.S. from Amherst in 1911 and then attended Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, M.D., from which he received his M.D. in 1915. Delatour served a residency in medicine and pathology at St. Luke's Hospital in New York City in 1916 and 1917.

In October, 1917, Delatour began a training program in the Army Medical Corps at Kelly Field, Texas. He then served in France with the 82nd Division 325th Ambulance Company and 325th Infantry, during which time he promoted the idea of "ambulance flying ships" (form letter to Claude M. Fuess, Nov., 1925). Delatour was decorated with the Chevalier Legion d'Honneur for his service.

After the war Delatour was appointed to the medical clinic at St. Luke's. He was director of the clinic from 1925 to 1929. Delatour had appointments to the medical staffs of St. John's Hospital in Brooklyn, Bellevue Hospital in N.Y.C., and Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta, N.Y., and to the medical faculties in N.Y.C. at Columbia University (1921-22) and New York University (1944-49).

On April 19, 1927, Delatour married Elisabeth Worthington Bull of New York City. The couple had two daughters, Sussanne Holcomb Delatour (b. 1929) and Elisabeth Worthington Delatour (b. 1932).

In 1950 Delatour returned to France to become the director of medical services at the American Hospital in Paris. After two years, he became a consultant to the hospital and continued in that capacity into his retirement in 1955.

Delatour was a founder of the American Diabetes Association and an official of the Grenfill Association, which supports medical and social services in Labrador and Newfoundland. He became interested in the latter association during his work in Newfoundland during his graduate school years. Some of the most interesting letters in the collection are from this period.

Delatour was a member of the Shakespeare Association of America and wrote a book "Hamlet within the Limits of Normal Behavior" in 1962. He was also a book collector, and many of the rare books in his collection were given to the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections.

Delatour died at his Worcester, N.Y. home on March 21, 1975, at the age of 85.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The bulk of the collection consists of approximately two-hundred letters written by Beeckman Jousseaum Delatour to his parents Albert and Susie Delatour during his undergraduate, graduate, and war service years, from 1907-1919. There are postcards, telegrams, and a few letters from others to either Delatour or his parents. The latter are relevant to something discussed in the text of Delatour's letters (such as a letter of reference for a boy Delatour helped educate). The letters document the growth of an individual from his relatively carefree undergraduate years to focused graduate work, and then to work overseas during wartime.

The Beeckman Jousseaum Delatour (AC 1911) Collection is organized in one series.


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

There is no restriction on access to the Beeckman Jousseaum Delatour (AC 1911) Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Beeckman Jousseaum Delatour (AC 1911) 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 the Beeckman Jousseaum Delatour (AC 1911) Collection, Box [#], Folder [#], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library.

History of the Collection

The Beeckman Jousseaum Delatour (AC 1911) Collection was given to Amherst College by Delatour himself in 1955, at which time he placed a restriction on its use for a term lasting until twenty-five years after his death. He died in 1975, but the collection was not opened until 2016.

Processing Information

The Beeckman Jousseaum Delatour (AC 1911) Collection was processed by Archives Specialist Margaret R. Dakin in March-April, 2016.


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
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Language
English
Contents List
Letters from Amherst College
1907 Sep 20 - Oct 3


General

Includes postcard of Mt. Tom; list of cost of required items; descriptions of life at AC; suicide of [Edwin H. Wright, AC 1910] (see article in Amherst Student).

Letters from Amherst College
1907 Oct 6-27


General

Suggestions of fraternity hazing rituals (Delatour was a member of Beta Theta Pi). Envelope but no letter for Oct 13.

Letters from Amherst College
1907 Nov 8 - Dec 12


Letters from Amherst College
1908 Jan 2-22


General

Death of Edmund Drinan Barry Dribble (AC 1910) of appendicitis on Jan 22, 1908 (see Amherst Student for article).

Letters from Amherst College
1908 Jan 25 - Feb 29


General

Re his deceased sister (Jan 27); mumps in town (Feb 29).

Letters from Amherst College
1908 Mar 3-18


Letters from Amherst College
1908 Mar 19 - May 10


General

Mumps in town and on campus.

Letters from Amherst College
1908 May 15 - Jul 23


General

Includes note from Mrs. D. Garvey of 27 South Prospect St, Amherst, to Mrs. Delatour re Beeckman's laundry, providing her requirements for doing laundry (well marked, picked up on time, trustworthy). During the summer BJD worked in the "aluminum business" in New Brunswick, NJ [16 Jul 1908].

Letters from summer job
1908 Jul 30 - Aug 30


General

Continues his record as a travelling salesman for aluminum [utensils?], including an account of a girl selling similar items under apparently false pretenses [Aug 20, 1908].

Letters from Amherst College
1908 Sep 20 - Oct 31


General

Returns to school for sophomore year. Flag rush and pajama parade; "all public 'horsing' of the freshmen were abolished" after Sep 26, 1908 events [Sep 27, 1908]; Account of Mountain Day [Oct 10, 1908].

Letters from Amherst College
1908 Nov 3 - Dec 13


General

Election of Taft; postcard from "Women's Chapel, Auburn State Prison" ("I am not here to stay."); Glee Club concerts; fraternity perks; Mrs. Garvey's laundry tab; postcard of Hitchcock Hall; Western Union telegraph with advertisement on verso; Delta Kappa Epsilon "smoker" with Pres. Harris and visiting Prof. Stevens [sic; Prof. H. Morse Stephens] of California, "one of the greatest historians living" who is giving the Henry Ward Beecher lectures and who read Kipling to the Amherst group.

Letters from Amherst College
1909 Jan 7 - Jan 31


General

Needs letter asking to be excused from church attendance [Jan 9, 1909]; thoughts about his deceased sister [Jan 26, 1908].

Letters from Amherst College
1909 Feb 13 - Mar 13


General

Glee Club concerts; blank sheet of letterhead from the "Amherst College Musical Association" (photograph of group on letterhead); McDuffie School dance; Glee Club leader E. W. Stedman (AC 1910) leaves AC early to study music elsewhere; postcards of Talcott Library and Hotel Northfield in Northfield, MA; Smith College dance.

Letters from Amherst College
1909 Apr 9 - May 19


General

Baron Kogoro Takahira receives an honorary degree (May 11, 1909) et al.

Letters from Amherst College
1909 May 24 - Jul 21


Letters from Amherst College
1909 Sep 21 - Dec 6


General

Delatour's junior year: his courses, including Profs. Churchill (Shakespeare class) and David Todd (Astronomy); writes about rush week: "we have started in working the freshmen and one of their hard nights come tomorrow" [Oct 9, 1909].

Letters from Amherst College
1910 Jan 16-Mar 11


General

Includes three postcards written on tour with the Amherst Dramatic Association: Wellesley Inn, Wellesley, MA; Dining room of Wellesley Inn; Swinney Park, Fort Wayne, IN.

Letters from Amherst College
1910 Mar 21 - May 19


General

Includes postcards from: Air Dome, Fort Wayne, IN; Lincoln Monument, Springfield, IL; Four-leaf clover.

Letters from Amherst College
1910 May 22 - Sep


General

Includes "Postal Telegraph-Cable Company" telegram; 2 postcards from East Northfield, MA, where Delatour attended the Northfield Student Conference: Auditorium and "Home of the late Dwight L. Moody, founder of Northfield Seminary"

Letters from Amherst College
1910 Sep 28 - Nov 13


General

Includes description of dental care involving arsenic and cocaine to deaden a nerve.

Letters from Amherst College
1910 Dec 4 - 1911 Feb 2


General

Includes two-part exam for Philosophy 6.

Letters from Amherst College
1911 Feb 9 - Apr 19


General

Death of Edward Baldwin (AC 1910) and Edward "Doc" Hitchcock (AC 1848): Both these events are listed in the 1973 Bio Record as having occurred on February 15, 1911, but Delatour mistakenly mentions them as having just occurred in his letter dated July 15, 1911. The accompanying envelope is postmarked Feb 16. Folder includes postcard of Superior Ave in Cleveland, OH.; clipping about performance of Amherst Dramatic Club in "Romeo and Juliet," in which Delatour played Mercutio and Frederick J. Pohl played Juliet; Montclair Club Bulletin re another performance of same.

Letters from Amherst College
1911 Apr 26 - Jul 21


General

Includes postcard of Hitchcock hall; comments about prom (he took his mother); Frank L. Babbott (AC 1913) injures his hand while hiking; commencement exercises invitation.

Letters after graduating from Amherst College
1911 Aug 28


General

Writes from Newfoundland, where he has been working for a medical facility and is enthusiastic about a medical career.

Letters from Johns Hopkins
1912 Mar 13 - May 15


General

In this letter and subsequent ones, descriptions of medical school at Johns Hopkins University in this period, including Delatour's descriptions of cases he worked on, diseases he observed, etc.

Letters from Newfoundland
1913 Jul 19 - Aug 25


General

A trip to [St. Anthony, Newfoundland] to provide medical care to fishermen (some correspondence is on letterhead of the "Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen, Newfoundland and Labrador Branch", now known as the "Fisherman's Mission."). Also re hosting a winter visit to Brooklyn by a boy from the area. during the winter.

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Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen

Letters from Johns Hopkins
1913 Oct 13


Letters from Johns Hopkins
1914 May 13


Letters from Johns Hopkins
1914 Oct 12 - 1915 Jan 31


Letters from Johns Hopkins
1915 Feb 8 - May 23


General

Finishing his studies at Johns Hopkins, exams in May; a possible position ("the Lambert appointment") at St Luke's in NYC.

Letters from Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
1917 Nov 6 - 1918 Mar 12


General

First letter from the U.S. Army Medical Officers Training Camp ("Camp Greenleaf"), subsequent letters from a trip west (still in training or in service) and from San Antonio, TX on stationery of "War Department Headquarters, Signal Corps, Aviation School, Kelly Field."

Letters during service in WWI, most from San Antonio, TX
1918 Mar 18 - Jun 2


General

Most from San Antonio, TX; one from William Bradford writing to "Cousin Sue" [Delatour's mother].

Letters written during WWI from France
1918 Aug 13 - Sep 14


General

On stationery of the "American YMCA, on Active Service with the American Expeditionary Force" and other YMCA stationery. His experiences in France.

Letters written during WWI from France
1918 Sep 29 - Dec 4


General

On YMCA and Knights of Columbus stationeries, incl. "I am still attached to the Ambulance Company [325th]...Now I am in command of a small degassing unit..." Delatour's work seems to have been well behind the front lines, and he mentions not having acquired any infantry experience.

Letters written during and after WWI from France
1918 Dec 14 - 1919 Mar 6


Letters written after WWI from France
1919 Mar 13 - Apr 18


Letters written after WWI in France
1919 Apr 26 - Jul 5


General

Last letters from France, including the last in the collection, written from Pouille in July, 1919.


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