Five College Archives and Manuscript Collections
Home >> Amherst College Archives & Special Collections >> Amherst Summer School Records, 1878-1906
Amherst College seal
Amherst Summer School Collection, 1878-1906
1 half archives box (0.25 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Started by Dr. Sauveur as the Normal School of Languages at Amherst College in 1875. Contains existing documentation of the Library School and incomplete documentation of other school programs. Includes bulletins, brochures, lecture notes, examinations and certificates; as well as Newton McKeon's notes on the Library School.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Amherst Summer School Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the 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.

Amherst College Archives and Special Collections

Historical Note

Dr. Sauveur started the Normal School of Languages at Amherst College in 1875. In 1878, the School was first held at Amherst College. Its objective was "to familiarize instructors with the 'Natural Method' of teaching ancient and modern languages." By 1894, the Sauveur College of Languages (also known as Sauveur Summer School or Normal School of Languages) joined with the Amherst Summer School. The Summer School offered, in addition to language courses, courses in "library economy," geology, physical education, and other subjects. A 1901 brochure describes the Summer School of Library Economy (also known as Fletcher Library School) as a distinct program developed by William I. Fletcher. By 1906, the program was defunct.

Most of the documents in this small collection are from Fletcher's summer library program. The program was for "beginners in library work, or the librarians of small libraries who have not been brought in contact with modern improved methods, [providing] enough instruction in such methods to answer their immediate demands." W.I. Fletcher taught the five-week program in the Amherst College Library. Typically there were two-hour lectures each morning followed by two-hour "laboratory work" sessions in the afternoon.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Amherst Summer School Collection contains the existing documentation of the Library School; it provides incomplete documentation of the other Summer School programs and activities. The Collection includes four bulletins, 1878-1900; brochures, 1893-1905; a certificate; and lecture notes and examinations. Also in the Collection are Newton F. McKeon's (Librarian of the College, 1939-70) notes on the Library School. McKeon made notes from original documents and from other sources such as Library Journal.


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

There is no restriction on access to the Amherst Summer School Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the 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 Amherst Summer School Collection [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.