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Mount Pleasant Classical Institution and Mount Pleasant Institute Collection, 1828-1903
0.25 Linear feet (0.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MA.00061

Abstract:
The Mount Pleasant Classical Institution opened in 1827 as a school for boys aged 4 through 16. It closed five years later in 1832. A second school on the same site was founded by Rev. John A. Nash in 1846 as The Mount Pleasant Boarding School for Boys; after several name changes, it closed in the early 20th century. Collection consists chiefly of printed catalogues and ephemera; catalogues include complete lists of students and description of curriculum.

Terms of Access and Use:

There is no restriction on access to the Mount Pleasant Classical Institution and Mount Pleasant Institute Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

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Historical Note

The Mount Pleasant Classical Institution opened in 1827 as a school for boys aged 4 through 16. It closed five years later in 1832. The original prospectus was issued by the school's founders, Chauncey Colton and Francis Fellowes, members of the Amherst College Class of 1826, both of whom served as principals. Henry Ward Beecher, Amherst College Class of 1834, is perhaps the most famous graduate. The school and its program are described in detail in the History of the Town of Amherst compiled by Carpenter and Morehouse (pp. 271-273).

A second school in the same location was founded 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 is arranged in two series: "Mount Pleasant Classical Institution" (1828-32) and "Mount Pleasant Institute" (1846-1903).

The collection consists chiefly of printed catalogues, 1828-1903 (with gaps), general information about the schools, and printed ephemera, including examination and an exhibition circulars. The catalogues generally contain complete lists of students and a description of the curriculum. One manuscript letter from Joel Newton to former student F. Burges (1831).


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Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Mount Pleasant Classical Institution and Mount Pleasant Institute Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

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[Identification of item], in Mount Pleasant Classical Institution and Mount Pleasant Institute Collection [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

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Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

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Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
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Language
English
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Mount Pleasant Classical Institution
(bulk 1828-1831)


General information and notes.
n.d.

Box 1: folder 1
Joel W. Newton to Frederick Bange.
13 November 1831
1 Sheets
Box 1: folder 2
Mount Pleasant Classical Institution, Amherst, Mass. Catalogue, &c.
January 1828
6 Volumes
Box 1: folder 3
Catalogue of the Mount Pleasant Classical Institution, Amherst, Mass.
One copy of catalogue in Spanish: "Catalogo de los Profesores y Alumnos del Instituto de Edcucacion Culta de Mount Pleasant. Enero, 1829."
January 1829
2 Volumes
Box 1: folder 4
Catalogue of the Officers and Students of the Mount Pleasant Classical Institution, Amherst, Mass.
October, 1829
2 Volumes
Box 1: folder 5
Catalogue of the Students of the Mount Pleasant Classical Institution, Amherst, Mass.
June 1, 1827- Jan. 1831
2 Volumes
Box 1: folder 6
Third Exhibition of the Mount Pleasant Classical Institution, Amherst, Mass.
23 August 1830
3 Volumes
Box 1: folder 7
Fourth Annual Exhibition of the Mount Pleasant Classical Institution, Amherst, Mass.
22 August 1831
3 Volumes
Box 1: folder 8
Reunion programs, 1865, 1870
1865, 1870

Box 1: folder 9
The Juvenile Monthly. Vol. 1. Amherst: Mount Pleasant Classical Institution
November 1829
1 Volumes
Box 1: folder 10
Printed illustrations of Mount Pleasant Classical Institution
Printed illustrations of the main school building clipped from assorted publications. Includes two conjoined leaves from an unidentified scrapbook with illustration of the school on one page and additional newspaper clippings and an original botanical drawing on the others.
n.d.

Box 1: folder 11
Covers from original memorabilia volume


Box 1: folder 12
Mount Pleasant Institute
1846-1903


General information and notes.


Box 1: folder 13
Mount Pleasant Institute. Amherst, Mass. (Established 1846)
after 1854.
1 item
Box 1: folder 14
Annual Catalogue of the Mt. Pleasant Boarding School for Boys. Amherst, Mass.
Catalogues for 1846-7; 1848-9; and 1849-50 academic years. No catalogue issued for 1847-48 school year.
1846-7; 1848-9; 1849-50;
3 Volumes
Box 1: folder 15
Annual Catalogue of the Mt. Pleasant Boarding School, Amherst, Mass.
(bulk 1851-2; 1852-3)
2 Volumes
Box 1: folder 16
Annual Catalogue of the Mount Pleasant Institute. Amherst, Mass
(bulk 1853-4; 1854-5; 1855-6; 1856-7; 1857-8)
5 Volumes
Box 1: folder 17
Mount Pleasant Institute...Private Classes for Boys.
1863-1886
9 items
Box 1: folder 18
Catalogues: Mount Pleasant Institute, Amherst, Mass.
(bulk 1888-1902)
16 Volumes
Box 1: folder 19
Catalogue: The Mount Pleasant Institute. Hadley, Mass.
School relocates from Amherst to Hadley in 1902.
1902-03

Box 1: folder 20
Examination, Mount Pleasant Boarding School, Amherst
September 30, 1847
2 Volumes
Box 1: folder 21
Fall Exhibition of Mount Pleasant Boarding School, Amherst
Thursday, September 28, 1848

Box 1: folder 22
Broadside: Regulations
n.d.
1 Sheets
Box 1: folder 23

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