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Meiklejohn Papers, 1894-1924 (Bulk: 1912-1923)
11 archives boxes (5.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Philosopher and former president of Amherst College. Papers contain correspondence with other educators and records created during his presidency.

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Restrictions on access:

In general, there is no restriction on access to the Meiklejohn Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes. Materials from other institutions which are found in the Meiklejohn Papers cannot be duplicated, as indicated.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish materials 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

Alexander Meiklejohn was born in England in 1872, and brought to the United States in 1880 at the age of eight. He was educated in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and graduated from Brown University in 1893. He took his M.A. at Brown and in 1897, received his doctorate in philosophy from Cornell University. He taught philosophy and metaphysics at Brown and was dean from 1901 to 1912. He became president of Amherst College in 1912 and served until 1924. After Amherst he went to the University of Wisconsin to teach philosophy and while there, established an experimental college. He retired in 1938. Meiklejohn died in 1964 at the age of 92.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Meiklejohn Papers consist mainly of correspondence between Meiklejohn and other educators during his term as President of Amherst College, as well as records created during his presidency. The material is organized into the following nine sections, including General Correspondence, Faculty Affairs, Speeches and Writings, Student Activities, Administration Materials, Curriculum, Letters of Congratulation on Acceptance of Amherst Presidency, Miscellaneous, and Letters Concerning Meiklejohn's Resignation.


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Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

In general, there is no restriction on access to the Meiklejohn Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes. Materials from other institutions which are found in the Meiklejohn Papers cannot be duplicated, as indicated.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish materials 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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Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in Alexander Meiklejohn Papers [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection


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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.
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Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Section 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE



Abbott, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth
1913 Apr 3

Box 1: folder 1
Adams, J.D.
1917 Apr 16

Box 1: folder 1
Alexander, W.H.
1917 Sep 14

Box 1: folder 1
Allinson, Anne C.E. (2 letters)
[?] Apr 15, [?] Apr 17

Box 1: folder 1
Allis, F.S. (AC 1893) (5 letters)
1922-23, n.d.

Box 1: folder 1
Anderson, Thomas D.
1923 May 18

Box 1: folder 1
Andrews, I. Benjamin
1914 Jan 22

Box 1: folder 1
Angell, James R. (President, Carnegie Corporation)
1921 Apr 26

Box 1: folder 1
Appleton, John Howard
1913 Dec 23

Box 1: folder 1
Arter, Charles K. (AC 1898) to George D. Olds regarding Meiklejohn speech
1913 Oct 25

Box 1: folder 1
Atkinson, Geoffrey (AC 1913)
1920 May 28

Box 1: folder 1
Abbott, Alexander H.
1913-22

Box 1: folder 2
Agard, Walter C. (AC 1915)
1916-22

Box 1: folder 3
Ames, Charles B. (AC 1916)
1916-18

Box 1: folder 4
Andrews, Charles A.
1922

Box 1: folder 5
Andrews, E. Benjamin and Mrs. Andrews
1914-19

Box 1: folder 6
Avirett, William G.
1916-23

Box 1: folder 7
Ayres, Clarence E.
1919-20

Box 1: folder 8
B - Miscellaneous


Box 1: folder 9
Babbott, Frank L. (AC 1913)
1912-23

Box 1: folder 10
Becker, Carl
1919-20

Box 1: folder 11
Bennett, Albert A.
1913-19

Box 1: folder 12
Bell, Bernard I.
1921-22

Box 1: folder 13
Bigelow, William P. (AC 1889)
1919-20

Box 1: folder 14
Bixler, Julius Seelye (AC 1916)
1914-23

Box 1: folder 15
Blodgett, Frank D. (AC 1893)
1915-19

Box 1: folder 16
Buchanan, Scott M. (AC 1916)
1916-22

Box 1: folder 17
Bumpus, H.C.
1912-19

Box 1: folder 18
Burton, M.L.
1913-18

Box 1: folder 19
Butterfield, K.L.
1915-23

Box 1: folder 20
C - Miscellaneous
1912-23

Box 1: folder 21
Churchill, George B. (AC 1889)
1913-19

Box 1: folder 22
Clark, Henry Hunt
1919

Box 1: folder 23
Clark, J. Maurice (AC 1905)
1915-23

Box 1: folder 24
Copeland, Morris A. (AC 1917)
1917-22

Box 1: folder 25
Cory, Herbert E.
1915-16

Box 1: folder 26
Creighton, J.E.
1912-22

Box 1: folder 27
Cronkhite, Leonard W.
1912-19

Box 1: folder 28
D - Miscellaneous
1916-23

Box 2: folder 1
Delabarre, E.B.
1914-1920

Box 2: folder 2
Damon, L.T.
1914-19

Box 2: folder 3
Douglas, Lewis Williams (AC 1916)
1918-23

Box 2: folder 4
E - Miscellaneous
1913-23

Box 2: folder 5
Eames, Edward W. (AC 1922)
1921-23, n.d.

Box 2: folder 6
Eastman, Lucius R. (AC 1895)
1922

Box 2: folder 7
Elliott, Huger
1916-17

Box 2: folder 8
Erskine, John
1915-23

Box 2: folder 9
Ewer, Bernard C.
1913-14

Box 2: folder 10
Faunce, W.H.P.
1914-23

Box 2: folder 11
Ferry, Frederick C.
1913-23

Box 2: folder 12
Field, Henry P.
1920-22

Box 2: folder 13
Fitch, Albert Parker
1914-23, n.d.

Box 2: folder 14
Fosdick, Harry Emerson
1913-22, n.d.

Box 2: folder 15
French, John S.
1921-22

Box 2: folder 16
G - Miscellaneous
1913-23

Box 2: folder 17
Gaus, John (AC 1915)
1918-23

Box 2: folder 18
Garfield, H.A.
1913-22

Box 2: folder 19
Gettell, Raymond G.
1916-21

Box 2: folder 20
Gilbert, Katherine Everett
1913-19, n.d.

Box 2: folder 21
Gillett, Arthur L.
1913-22

Box 2: folder 22
Goodrich, Carter (AC 1918)
1918-23, n.d.

Box 2: folder 23
Gordon, George A.
1914-23

Box 2: folder 24
Greene, Theodore A. (AC 1913)
1915-23

Box 2: folder 25
Greene, Theodore M. (AC 1918)
1921

Box 2: folder 26
Grose, Laurence R.
1916-20

Box 2: folder 27
Grosvenor, Gilbert H. (AC 1897)
1913-14

Box 2: folder 28
H - Miscellaneous
1914-22

Box 3: folder 1
Hamilton, Walton H.
1914-22

Box 3: folder 2
Harris, George (AC 1866)
1912

Box 3: folder 3
Hinners, Howard E.
1919-1920

Box 3: folder 4
Hoernle, R.F.A.
1919-20

Box 3: folder 5
Hollister, Carroll M. (AC 1922)
1919-1923

Box 3: folder 6
Hunneman, William C. (AC 1915)
1913-1919

Box 3: folder 7
J - Miscellaneous
1915-23, n.d.

Box 3: folder 8
Jackson, Gardner (AC 1918)
1922

Box 3: folder 9
James, Arthur Curtiss (AC 1889)
1914-1919

Box 3: folder 10
Joad, Cyril E.M.
n.d.

Box 3: folder 11
Johnson, Allen
1915-22

Box 3: folder 12
Johnson, Alvin S.
1914-17

Box 3: folder 13
Johnson, Clarence R.
1914-21

Box 3: folder 14
Jusserand, Jules
1921

Box 3: folder 15
K - Miscellaneous
1913-22, n.d.

Box 3: folder 16
Kane, John Francis (AC 1904)
1913-17, n.d.

Box 3: folder 17
Keezer, Dexter M. (AC 1918)
1917

Box 3: folder 18
Kelsey, Charles Edward (AC 1884)
1913-20

Box 3: folder 19
Kendall, Henry P. (AC 1924)
1912-20

Box 3: folder 20
King, Stanley (AC 1903)
1918-23, n.d.

Box 3: folder 21
Kirkpatrick, J.E.
1920-22, n.d.

Box 3: folder 22
L - Miscellaneous
1915-21

Box 3: folder 23
Ladd, Henry L.A. (AC 1918)
1920-23

Box 3: folder 24
Laski, Harold J.
1918-19, n.d.

Box 3: folder 25
Long, John Cuthbert (AC 1914)
1913-22

Box 3: folder 26
Loomis, Frederic B. (AC 1896)
1912-19

Box 3: folder 27
Lowell, A. Lawrence
1917-23

Box 3: folder 28
Lowry, Edward G.
1922, n.d.

Box 3: folder 29
M - Miscellaneous
1913-21, n.d.

Box 4: folder 1
Marshall, Charles E.
1921-23

Box 4: folder 2
Miller, Spencer
1921-23, n.d.

Box 4: folder 3
Morehouse, Andrew R.
1921

Box 4: folder 4
Morrow, Dwight W. (AC 1895)
1916-23

Box 4: folder 5
Morse, Anson D. (AC 1871)
1913-16, n.d.

Box 4: folder 6
Morse,(Anson D., AC 1871) Family
1913-19, n.d.

Box 4: folder 7
N - Miscellaneous
1913-19

Box 4: folder 8
Newlin, William J. (AC 1899)
1912-22

Box 4: folder 9
Neilson, William A.
1917

Box 4: folder 10
Norton, Charles D. (AC 1893)
1918, n.d.

Box 4: folder 11
O - Miscellaneous
1916-23

Box 4: folder 12
Ogilby, R.B.
1922-23

Box 4: folder 13
Olds, George D. (AC 1913)
1911-22, n.d.

Box 4: folder 14
Olds, Leland (AC 1912)
1916-18, n.d.

Box 4: folder 15
P - Miscellaneous
1912-19, n.d.

Box 4: folder 16
Parker, Lawrence
1915-21, n.d.

Box 4: folder 17
Patton, Cornelius H. (AC 1919)
1913-18

Box 4: folder 18
Payne, Philip W. (AC 1914)
1914-18, n.d.

Box 4: folder 19
Pierce, Jason Noble (AC 1902)
1913-22

Box 4: folder 20
Plimpton, George A. (AC 1876)
1912-23

Box 4: folder 21
Plough, Harold H. (AC 1913)
1917-22

Box 4: folder 22
Pope, Arthur Upham
1919, n.d.

Box 4: folder 23
Pound, Roscoe
1922-23

Box 4: folder 24
Powell, Chilton L. (AC 1907)
1914-22

Box 4: folder 25
Powell, Lyman
1917

Box 4: folder 26
Prall, David W.
1918-19

Box 4: folder 27
Pratt, Charles M. (AC 1879)
1913-20

Box 4: folder 28
Pratt, Herbert L. (AC 1895)
1922

Box 4: folder 29
Price, Lucien
1914-22, n.d.

Box 4: folder 30
R - Miscellaneous
1912-22

Box 4: folder 31
Rhees, Rush (AC 1883)
1914-22

Box 4: folder 32
Robbins, Wilford L.
1913-16, n.d.

Box 4: folder 33
Root, E. Merrill (AC 1917)
1917-20

Box 4: folder 34
Rounds, Arthur C. (AC 1887)
1920-23

Box 4: folder 35
Rowland, William Tingle
1922

Box 4: folder 36
Rugg, Arthur Prentice (AC 1883)
1917-22

Box 4: folder 37
S - Miscellaneous
1912-23

Box 5: folder 1
Saunders, Laurence J.
1916-23

Box 5: folder 2
Scales, Laura W.L.
1922-23

Box 5: folder 3
Sedgwick, Ellery
1915-23

Box 5: folder 4
Selden, Charles A.
1915-19, n.d.

Box 5: folder 5
Seth, James
1914-19, n.d.

Box 5: folder 6
Sharp, Frank Chapman (AC 1887)
1917-20, n.d.

Box 5: folder 7
Sharp, Malcolm P. (AC 1918)


Box 5: folder 7
Simpson, John W. (AC 1913)
1912-20, n.d.

Box 5: folder 8
Slocum, William F.
1914-19

Box 5: folder 9
Smart, E. Hodgson
1917-21, n.d.

Box 5: folder 10
Smith, Luther Ely (AC 1894)
1913

Box 5: folder 11
Smith, Payson
1919-22

Box 5: folder 12
Stearns, Foster W. (AC 1903)
1912-19

Box 5: folder 13
Stewart, Walter W.
1922-23

Box 5: folder 14
Stone, Harlan Fiske (AC 1894)
1920-23

Box 5: folder 15
Stone, John Timothy (AC 1891)
1916-22

Box 5: folder 16
Sullivan, Cornelius J. (AC 1887)
1917-23

Box 5: folder 17
T - Miscellaneous
1913-23

Box 5: folder 18
Tead, Ordway (AC 1912)
1918-19

Box 5: folder 19
Thompson, Daniel V. (AC 1889)
1915

Box 5: folder 20
Thompson, Frederic L. (AC 1892)
1912-19, n.d.

Box 5: folder 20A
Toll, Charles H.
1915-21

Box 5: folder 21
Tolman, Richard C.
1917

Box 5: folder 22
Truesdale, Leon Edgar
1912-15, n.d.

Box 5: folder 23
Tyler, John M. (AC 1873)
1913-1919

Box 5: folder 24
Tufts, James H. (AC 1884)
1918-19

Box 5: folder 25
Van Doren, Carl
1921-22

Box 5: folder 26
Vernon, A.W.
1917-19

Box 5: folder 27
Villard, Oswald Garrison
1913-17

Box 5: folder 28
W - Miscellaneous
1912-20, n.d.

Box 5: folder 29
Walker, Williston (AC 1883)
1914-20

Box 5: folder 30
Warbeke, John
1915-23

Box 5: folder 31
Wessel, Morris J.
1913-15

Box 5: folder 32
Whicher, George F. (AC 1910)
1913-22

Box 5: folder 33
Whitcomb, Ernest M. (AC 1904)
1913-22

Box 5: folder 34
Willcox, Walter F. (AC 1884)
1914-16

Box 5: folder 35
Wild, Henry D.
1917-19

Box 5: folder 36
Williams, Talcott (AC 1873)
1912-23

Box 5: folder 37
Woodbridge, Frederick J.E. (AC 1889)
1915-23

Box 5: folder 38
Yeats, William Butler
1914

Box 5: folder 39
Zook, George F.
1921-23

Box 5: folder 40
Section 2: AMHERST COLLEGE FACULTY AFFAIRS



Statement of college policy in regard to War Department; Walton Hamilton on group function; tribute to Professor Kimball; railroad strike; list of 1912 Inauguration guests; correspondence from Professors Hinners and Fitch
1912-24

Box 6: folder 1
Miscellaneous letters
1911-24

Box 6: folder 2
Miscellaneous letters
1923 Jun-Jul

Box 6: folder 3
Correspondence re: Meiklejohn's trip to the mid-west
1923

Box 6: folder 4
Correspondence re: missed speaking engagement for the Associated Academic Principals on December 27, 1912
1913

Box 6: folder 5
Requests for letters of recommendation
1916-17

Box 6: folder 6
Requests for letters of recommendation
1917-19

Box 6: folder 7
Centennial gift and miscellaneous records
1919

Box 6: folder 8
Academic freedom
1916-20

Box 6: folder 9
Faculty search
1914-15

Box 6: folder 10
Faculty search
1914

Box 6: folder 11
Incoming and outgoing correspondence with Stark Young and R.M. Weaver
1916-22, n.d.

Box 6: folder 12
Faculty problems, miscellaneous
1916-23, n.d.

Box 6: folder 13
Letters from Professors Doughty and Loomis concerning Meiklejohn's hiring policies
1919

Box 6: folder 14
Recommendations for positions
1913-26

Box 7: folder 1
Faculty Dramatics
1902-17, n.d.

Box 7: folder 2
Committee reports - requested by Trustees
1922-23

Box 7: folder 3
Notes on Library and Philosophy courses
[1921]

Box 7: folder 4
Latin - entrance requirements
1915, n.d.

Box 7: folder 5
Mount Holyoke College, Meiklejohn as Trustee
1914-23

Box 7: folder 6
Honorary degree citations
1913-22

Box 7: folder 7
Faculty appointments:
1917-21

Box 7: folder 8
Westhafer, Utter, and Parker, L.H.


Box 7: folder 8
English Department
1912-18

Box 7: folder 9
The National Student Forum Spring Symposium
1923, n.d.

Box 7: folder 10
The Modern School
1918

Box 7: folder 11
Miscellaneous causes
1918-23, n.d.

Box 7: folder 12
The "University of Democracy" Movement
1919, n.d.

Box 7: folder 13
Corespondence re: National Student Forum speaking engagement
1922-23

Box 7: folder 14
Woodrow Wilson Foundation
1921-22, n.d.

Box 7: folder 15
Minutes of Instruction Committee
1922-23, n.d.

Box 7: folder 16
Section 3: SPEECHES AND WRITINGS



Miscellaneous letters about speeches and College affairs
1914-23, n.d.

Box 7: folder 17
Invitations
1912-23, n.d.

Box 7: folder 18
Engagements fulfilled and refused
1922-23, n.d.

Box 7: folder 19
Requests for speaking engagements
1912-23, n.d.

Box 7: folder 20
Inaugural address - comments on and requests to reprint excerpts; printed copies of other addresses
1913-22, n.d.

Box 8: folder 1
Inaugural address - requests for reprints and other correspondence
1914-19

Box 8: folder 2
Comments on speeches and writings
1916-23, n.d.

Box 8: folder 3
Comments on and requests for speeches and articles
1914-23, n.d.

Box 8: folder 4
Section 4: STUDENT ACTIVITIES



Alumni letters regarding military training
1917

Box 8: folder 5
Letters from soldiers
1917-1919, n.d.

Box 8: folder 6
Drinking situation
1921-22, n.d.

Box 8: folder 7
Junior-Senior College discussion
[1919]

Box 8: folder 8
Theta Delta Chi
1914-22, n.d.

Box 8: folder 9
Summer baseball
1922

Box 8: folder 10
Section 5: ADMINISTRATIVE MATERIALS



Budgets and salaries
1916-22, n.d.

Box 8: folder 11
Entrance statistics, Registrar's reports, science requirements in other colleges
1913, n.d.

Box 8: folder 12
Executive Committee and faculty conference
n.d.

Box 8: folder 13
Faculty Instruction Committee
1922-23, n.d.

Box 8: folder 14
Faculty notes and recommendations
1917-23, n.d.

Box 8: folder 15
Faculty organizations
1917-20

Box 8: folder 16
Faculty teaching burden
1920-22

Box 8: folder 17
Instruction Committee records
n.d.

Box 8: folder 18
Notes on student records
1918, n.d.

Box 9: folder 1
Statistical material - departmental allowance
1911-17, n.d.

Box 9: folder 2
Scattered notes and college records
1913-15, n.d.

Box 9: folder 3
Statistics re: curriculum
1914-n.d.

Box 9: folder 4
Section 6: CURRICULUM



Amherst College and other institutions
1916-19, n.d.

Box 9: folder 5
New majors
1920-21

Box 9: folder 6
Alumni Council letters
1912-13

Box 9: folder 7
Alumni Council - H.T. Noyes
1912-13

Box 9: folder 8
Organization of Alumni Council
1912, n.d.

Box 9: folder 9
Note:

see also: General Files: Alumni Council

Teachers' Reports - Humanities
1922, n.d.

Box 9: folder 10
Teachers' Reports - Language
1922, n.d.

Box 9: folder 11
Teachers' Reports - Science
1922, n.d.

Box 9: folder 12
Trustee minutes - excerpts re: curriculum (typewritten transcription)
1873-1922

Box 9: folder 13
Trustee minutes - excerpts re: miscellaneous rules of the College (typewritten transcription)
1824-98

Box 9: folder 14
Section 7: LETTERS OF CONGRATULATIONS



Replies from Meiklejohn
1912

Box 10: folder 1
Letters from unidentified writers
1912

Box 10: folder 2
Letters to individuals other than Meiklejohn concerning Presidency
1912

Box 10: folder 3
A-C
1912

Box 10: folder 4
D-K
1912

Box 10: folder 5
L-Q
1912

Box 10: folder 6
R-S
1912

Box 10: folder 7
T-Z
1912

Box 10: folder 8
Correspondence with Frank W. Stearns concerning Presidency
1912-13

Box 10: folder 9
Section 8: MISCELLANEOUS



Letters of sympathy on loss of Meiklejohn's father
1915

Box 10: folder 10
Miscellaneous materials including student papers in philosophy and math and a reprint of Harlan Fiske Stone (AC 1894) 1918 "Chapel Talk"
n.d.

Box 10: folder 11
Clippings on war declaration, humorous poems
1917

Box 10: folder 12
Comments on Meiklejohn article entitled, "What are College Games for?" which appeared in Atlantic Monthly
1922

Box 10: folder 13
Newspaper men
1914-15

Box 10: folder 14
Section 9: LETTERS CONCERNING MEIKLEJOHN'S RESIGNATION



Letters from unidentified writers
1923

Box 11: folder 1
Letters to and from individuals other than Meiklejohn
1923

Box 11: folder 2
Letters from Meiklejohn
1923

Box 11: folder 3
A-C
1923

Box 11: folder 4
D-F
1923

Box 11: folder 5
G-I
1923

Box 11: folder 6
J-N
1923

Box 11: folder 7
O-S
1923

Box 11: folder 8
T-Z
1923

Box 11: folder 9

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Subjects
  • Agard, Walter Raymond, 1894-
  • Amherst College -- Presidents
  • Andrews, Elisha Benjamin, 1844-1917
  • College presidents -- Massachusetts -- Correspondence
  • Education, Higher -- United States
  • Educational Innovations -- United States
  • Educators -- United States -- Correspondence
  • Faunce, William Herbert Perry, 1859-1930
  • Freedom of Speech
  • King, Stanley, 1883-1951
  • Meiklejohn, Alexander, 1872-1964
  • Morrow, Dwight W. (Dwight Whitney), 1873-1931
  • Plimpton, George A. (George Arthur), 1855-1936
  • Social Ethics


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