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Whicher Family Papers, 1874-1949
2 archives boxes (1 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Correspondence, photographs, and family memorabilia of the Whicher family. The bulk of the correspondence is between George Meason Whicher and his wife Lillian Hope Frisbie Whicher. Other correspondents include Alvah Lillie Frisbie and George Frisbie Whicher.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

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

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the 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.

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Biographical Note

George Meason Whicher was born in Muscatine, Iowa in 1860 and graduated from Iowa College (later known as Grinnell College) in 1882. He studied at Johns Hopkins University, 1884-1885, and earned his A.M. from Iowa College in 1885. He held the following academic appointments: Professor of Greek and German, Hastings College (Nebraska), 1883-1888; principal, Iowa College Academy (Iowa College's prep school), 1888-1889; Classical Master, Lawrenceville Academy for Boys (New Jersey), 1889-1892; Professor of Greek and Latin, Packer Collegiate Institute (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 1892-ca. 1900; Professor of Classics and Archaelogy and head of the Greek and Latin Department, Hunter College (New York, N.Y.), ca. 1900-1924. He also spent one year as the director of the Classical School in Rome and published several books of poetry. In 1887 he married Lillian Hope Frisbie, the daughter of Alvah Lillie Frisbie (AC 1857). Mr. and Mrs. Whicher moved to Amherst after his retirement from Hunter College. George and Lillian's son, George Frisbie Whicher (AC 1910; 1889-1954) was professor of English at Amherst from 1915 to 1954.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, photographs, and family memorabilia of the Whicher family, the bulk consisting of correspondence between George Meason Whicher and his wife Lillian Hope Frisbie Whicher during the early and middle years of their marriage. Other correspondents include Alvah Lillie Frisbie and George Frisbie Whicher.


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

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

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the 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 Whicher Family Papers [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection


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.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series 1: CORRESPONDENCE,
1874-1949


Series 1, CORRESPONDENCE contains letters written by members of the Whicher family. Primarily written while the family was abroad, the letters in the first series are a continuous register of the Whicher family's political, literary and personal interests. The thirty-nine letters written by George Meason to Lillian give descriptive and historical accounts of his trips to Germany (1892) and Greece (1913). Letters from Lillian to her family and also those written to her son George Frisbie (AC 1910) and his wife Harriet, deal for the most part with the social activity and physical conditions around the Whichers while George Meason taught as a professor at the American Academy in Rome. The correspondence to the Whichers provides a record of family events and some genealogical information since they are written by family members and friends.

Included in this category are those letters written to and from persons other than George Meason or Lillian Hope (Frisbie) Whicher. The items in this series are grouped into four subseries according to the primary correspondent:

  • A: George Meason Whicher
  • B: Lillian Hope Frisbie Whicher
  • C: George Frisbie Whicher
  • D: Alvah Lillie Frisbie
Sub-series A: George Meason Whicher



To Mrs. W.L. Hervey
n.d.

Box 1: folder 1
To George Frisbie Whicher
n.d.

Box 1: folder 2
To George Frisbie Whicher
1921-1927

Box 1: folder 3
To Lillian Frisbie Whicher
n.d.

Box 1: folder 4
To Lillian Frisbie Whicher
1892

Box 1: folder 5
To Lillian Frisbie Whicher
1892

Box 1: folder 6
To Lillian Frisbie Whicher
1913

Box 1: folder 7
To Lillian Frisbie Whicher
1913

Box 1: folder 8
To Stephen Whicher
1921-1922

Box 1: folder 9
From A. U. Burn
1914

Box 1: folder 10
From George Frisbie Whicher
1902

Box 1: folder 11
From John Whicher
1937

Box 1: folder 12
Sub-series B: Letters from Lillian Hope (Frisbie) Whicher



From LHFW: Envelope and letter fragments
n.d.

Box 1: folder 13
To Antoinette
1912-1913

Box 1: folder 14
To Family Circle
n.d.

Box 1: folder 15
To Family Circle
1912

Box 1: folder 16
To Family Circle
1912

Box 1: folder 17
To Family Circle
1913

Box 1: folder 18
To Family Circle
1913

Box 1: folder 19
To Family Circle
1913

Box 1: folder 20
To Family Circle
1921

Box 1: folder 21
To Family Circle
1922

Box 1: folder 22
To Family Circle
1930

Box 1: folder 23
To Alvah Lillie Frisbie
1912

Box 1: folder 24
To Martha J. Frisbie (Crosby)
n.d.

Box 1: folder 25
To Martha J. Frisbie (Crosby)
1912-1913

Box 1: folder 26
To Martha J. Frisbie (Crosby)
1921-1922

Box 1: folder 27
To Martha J. Frisbie (Crosby)
1925-1927

Box 1: folder 28
To Katherine Jones
n.d.

Box 1: folder 29
To Katherine Jones
1912-1913

Box 1: folder 30
To Katherine Jones
1921

Box 1: folder 31
To Katherine Jones
1922

Box 1: folder 32
To Katishaw
1929

Box 2: folder 1
To Nettie
1874-1889

Box 2: folder 2
To Grace Frisbie Ryan
1912-1922

Box 2: folder 3
To Ruth Ryan
1912

Box 2: folder 4
To William H. Ryan
1912-1913

Box 2: folder 5
To Mrs. West
n.d.

Box 2: folder 6
To George Frisbie and Harriet Whicher
n.d.

Box 2: folder 7
To: [various]
1912

Box 2: folder 8
To: [various]
1921

Box 2: folder 9
To: [various]
1921

Box 2: folder 10
To: [various]
1922

Box 2: folder 11
To: [various]
1926-1927

Box 2: folder 12
To Stephen Whicher
1927

Box 2: folder 13
From May F. Clark
1937

Box 2: folder 14
From Eliah
n.d.

Box 2: folder 15
From Alvah Lillie Frisbie
n.d.

Box 2: folder 16
From Alvah Lillie Frisbie
1910-1912

Box 2: folder 17
From G_______
1907

Box 2: folder 18
SUBSERIES C: Letters to George Frisbie Whicher



William M. Clark
1949

Box 2: folder 19
Ruth Ryan
n.d.

Box 2: folder 20
SUBSERIES D: Letters from Alvah Lillie Frisbie (AC
1857)


Maria
n.d.

Box 2: folder 21
Series 2: MISCELLANEOUS MATERIAL,
1898-1935


Series 2, MISCELLANEOUS MATERIAL contains the collected personal memorabilia of the Whicher family. Among the various items are programs of the American Academy in Rome and The British and American Archaeological Society of Rome, societies of which George Meason Whicher was a member.

News clippings regarding death of Alvah Lillie Frisbie
n.d.

Box 2: folder 22
News clipping on the first presepio built by St. Francis


Box 2: folder 23
Telegram to Mrs. Whicher from Ticci


Box 2: folder 24
Blank postcards


Box 2: folder 25
Poem to Lillian during her engagement


Box 2: folder 26
Iowa State Teacher's certificates of Lillian Frisbie Whicher


Box 2: folder 27
"Plymouth Tidings," a program from Plymouth Church in Des Moines, Iowa contain poem written by Alvah Lillie Frisbie, minister Emeritus
1917

Box 2: folder 28
Program of the American Academy in Rome


Box 2: folder 29
Program of British and American Archaeological Society of Rome


Box 2: folder 30
Poems of contributors to the Poetry Society of Florida
1935

Box 2: folder 31
Examples of British Flag Days by Lillian Frisbie Whicher


Box 2: folder 32
Arrival Announcement of Mr. and Mrs. Whicher


Box 2: folder 33
Poem written by Alvah Lillie Frisbie
1898

Box 2: folder 34
Family Reunion Souvenir of the Frisbie Family
1903

Box 2: folder 35
Letter from Gracie Frisbie to Flora
n.d.

Box 2: folder 36
Cabin passenger list of steamship "Saale"
1892

Box 2: folder 37
American Bulletin vol. 1. no. 1


Box 2: folder 38
Series 3: PHOTOGRAPHS,
ca. 1880-1940


Series 3, PHOTOGRAPHS contains a collection of labeled and dated family photographs.

Church in Whiteparish, England where parents of Thomas Whittier were married


Box 2: folder 39
Alvah Lillie Frisbie age 60


Box 2: folder 40
Jerusha Slocomb Frisbie holding William Frisbie


Box 2: folder 41
Martha Crosby Frisbie


Box 2: folder 42
Frisbie Family


Box 2: folder 43
Malhovsky


Box 2: folder 44
Albert H. Slocomb


Box 2: folder 45
John Francis Whicher


Box 2: folder 46
Lillian Hope Frisbie Whicher


Box 2: folder 47
Mollie Whicher


Box 2: folder 48
Stephen Whicher


Box 2: folder 49
Stephen, George, and John Whicher


Box 2: folder 50
Wedding Party


Box 2: folder 51

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Subjects
  • Frisbie, Alvah Lillie, 1830-1917.
  • Whicher family.
  • Whicher, George Frisbie, 1889-1954.
  • Whicher, George Meason, 1860-1937.
  • Whicher, Lillian Frisbie.

Contributors
  • Amherst College. Class of 1857. Frisbie.
  • Amherst College. Class of 1910. Whicher.
  • Frisbie, Alvah Lillie, 1830-1917.
  • Whicher, George Frisbie, 1889-1954.
  • Whicher, George Meason, 1860-1937.
  • Whicher, Lillian Frisbie.


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