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Mount Pleasant Institute (Amherst, Mass.) Collection, 1846-1903
6 folders (0.25 linear ft.)

Abstract:
School founded by Rev. John A. Nash. Collection consists chiefly of printed catalogues and ephemera relating to an examination and an exhibition. Catalogues include complete lists of students and description of curriculum.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Mount Pleasant Institute Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items are 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.

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Historical Note

This school was founded in Amherst in 1846 by Rev. John A. Nash, Amherst College Class of 1824, as the "Mount Pleasant Boarding School for Boys," for boys between the ages of 8 and 16. The name was changed in 1851-52 to "Mount Pleasant Boarding School," and again in 1853/54 to "Mount Pleasant Institute," a title that it retained at least through 1902-03, when it relocated to Hadley, Massachusetts. John A. Nash served as principal until 1854, when he was appointed professor of scientific agriculture at Amherst College. He was succeeded at Mount Pleasant Institute by his son, Henry C. Nash (AC 1851) and grandson, William K. Nash (AC 1883).

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection consists chiefly of printed catalogues, 1846-1903 (with gaps), general information about the school, and ephemera related to an examination and an exhibition. The catalogues contain complete lists of students and a description of the curriculum and are of interest for their articulation of the system of "family organization" that was observed through a uniquely close association between the students and the family of the principal of the school, with whom they lived.


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

There is no restriction on access to the Mount Pleasant Institute Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items are 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 Mount Pleasant Institute 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.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
General File
n.d.

Box 1: folder 1
Catalogues: 1846/47, 1848/49, 1849/50 (as "Mount Pleasant Boarding School for Boys"); 1851/52, 1852/53 (as "Mount Pleasant Boarding School"); 1853/54-1857/58 (as "Mount Pleasant Institute")
1846-1857

Box 1: folder 2
Catalogues ("of Private Classes"): 1863, 1865, 1866, 1883/84-1885/86, n.d.
1863-1886

Box 1: folder 3
Catalogues: 1888/89-1899/1900, 1902/03
1888-1903

Box 1: folder 4
Examination, Mount Pleasant Boarding School, 1847
1847

Box 1: folder 5
Exhibition, Mount Pleasant Boarding School, 1848
1848

Box 1: folder 6

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Subjects
  • Mount Pleasant Boarding School (Amherst, Mass.)
  • Mount Pleasant Boarding School for Boys (Amherst, Mass.)
  • Mount Pleasant Institute (Amherst, Mass.)
  • Nash, Henry Clark, 1829-1900.
  • Nash, J. A. (John Adams), 1798-1877.
  • Nash, William Kellogg, 1862-1941.
  • Private schools--Massachusetts--Amherst.

Contributors
  • Amherst College. Class of 1824. Nash.
  • Amherst College. Class of 1851. Nash.
  • Amherst College. Class of 1883. Nash.
  • Mount Pleasant Boarding School (Amherst, Mass.)
  • Mount Pleasant Boarding School for Boys (Amherst, Mass.)


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