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Plimpton Speeches, 1960-1971
1 archives box (0.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Physician and former Amherst president. Collection contains proofs of The Spoken Word, a collection of his speeches; and also includes other speeches and articles by Plimpton.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

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

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Plimpton Speeches 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

Calvin Hastings Plimpton, physician and educator, was born in Boston on October 7, 1918. He attended Philips Exeter Academy; Amherst (Class of 1939); Harvard (MD 1943, MA 1947); and Columbia (MSD, 1951). Between 1943 and 1945 he served at the 83rd Field Hospital of the 3rd Army. Later, he worked at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons from 1950 to 1957, and taught medicine at the American University in Beirut from 1957 to 1959. Plimpton was appointed President of Amherst College in 1960. As president, he introduced the first female professors to the college, helped to found Hampshire College, and guided Amherst through the troubles of the 1960s. He resigned in 1971 to return to medicine. From 1971, he worked at the Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, as President (until 1979) and as Professor of Medicine (until 1983). In 1983, after the assassination of President Malcolm Kerr of the American University in Beirut, Plimpton took charge of the university, which he led until 1990. He has been awarded honorary degrees by several institutions, including Williams, Wesleyan, Amherst, Trinity and the American International College. Plimpton married Ruth Talbot in 1941, and had four children with her.

Plimpton's speeches delivered as president of Amherst College were collected and published as The Spoken Word (1981).

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Galley proofs and typescripts of the book The Spoken Word: Calvin Hastings Plimpton, President, Amherst College 1960-1971, a collection of speeches given during his Presidency; also, a collection of Plimpton's other speeches and articles written in the period 1960-1970.


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

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

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Plimpton Speeches 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 Plimpton Speeches [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: The Spoken Word,
ca. 1970-1971


Galley proofs of The Spoken Word
1970 Dec

Box 1
Corrected typescript of The Spoken Word
n.d.

Box 1: folder 1
Series 2: Other Speeches and Writings,
1960-1970


1960-1961



Davis Dinner
1960 Mar 18

Box 1: folder 2
Harvard Medical School Alumni Association: "Triskaidekaphobia, or Why Be Thirteen"
1960 May 27

Box 1: folder 2
Princeton University: "Humanity and Medicine"
1960 Jun 17-18

Box 1: folder 2
Johnson Chapel Talk
1960 Oct 6

Box 1: folder 2
Commencement Address, Wesleyan University: "The Lamentable Decline in Self-Reliance"
1961 Jun 4

Box 1: folder 2
Remarks to the Graduating Class
1961 Jun 11

Box 1: folder 2
Convocation: "Where, Why and How"
1961 Sep 24

Box 1: folder 2
(occasion not identified) "Why the Small Independent Liberal Arts College - And Why Amherst?"
1961 Oct 19

Box 1: folder 2
Connecticut Valley Branch of AAUW at Mount Holyoke College: "Read and Write, Black and White"
1961 Nov 6

Box 1: folder 2
Editorial in Journal of the American Medical Association vol. 178 no. 6 pp. 655-656. "Education for Medicine and, Yea, for Life"
1961 Nov 11

Box 1: folder 2
Dedication of the Health Center, Harvard University: "The Advantages of Illness, the Benefits from Disease"
1961 Dec 2

Box 1: folder 2
Johnson Chapel Assembly: "And So On"
1961 Dec 14

Box 1: folder 2
1962-1963



Speech at Rockford College: "Gaposis"
1962 Feb 23

Box 1: folder 3
Davis Dinner: "You Come Too"
1962 Mar 16

Box 1: folder 3
Johnson Chapel Talk
1962 Apr 9

Box 1: folder 3
Boston Alumni: "Biochemistry of, not at, Amherst College"
1962 Apr 11

Box 1: folder 3
Johnson Chapel Talk
1962 May 15

Box 1: folder 3
Convocation: "Caring at Amherst, and the Enemy Within"
1962 Sep 24

Box 1: folder 3
Johnson Chapel Talk
1962 Sep 27

Box 1: folder 3
DKE Initiation Banquet: "Freedom not to Join"
1962 Nov 16

Box 1: folder 3
Amherst Faculty Club meeting: "Lost or Found"
1962 Dec 8

Box 1: folder 3
Robert Frost Memorial Service: "Reflections"
1963 Feb 17

Box 1: folder 3
Alumni Fund Agents "Transformation by Caring"
1963 Mar 1

Box 1: folder 3
Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, second series, vol. 39 no. 4 pp. 205-213: "Medicine: a Training or an Education?"
1963 Apr

Box 1: folder 3
Amherst Capital Program Leadership Weekend: "Learning to Care"
1963 May 3-4

Box 1: folder 3
Guest Column, Cape Cod Standard Times: "Slightly Salty"
1963 Oct 15

Box 1: folder 3
Johnson Chapel Talk: "Birth of Memory"
1963 Oct 22

Box 1: folder 3
"This Special Convocation"
n.d.

Box 1: folder 3
"The Passing of J.F. Kennedy"
1963 Nov 22

Box 1: folder 3
"My Fair Lady"
1963 Nov 26

Box 1: folder 3
1964-1966



University of Kentucky Medical School Graduation (untitled)
1964 May 18

Box 1: folder 4
"Amherst Comes to Town" (occasion not specified)
1964 Sep-Oct

Box 1: folder 4
Johnson Chapel Talk
1964 Nov 2

Box 1: folder 4
Assembly Talk
1964 Dec 8

Box 1: folder 4
Memorial Service for Alexander Meiklejohn, Washington D.C.
1965 Jan 15

Box 1: folder 4
Assembly talk: "Easy in Harness"
1965 Mar 29

Box 1: folder 4
Commencement Address, American International College: "The Uses of Stress in Student Life and Student-Faculty Relations"
1965 Jun 6

Box 1: folder 4
Assembly: "The Relationships with the Gentler Sex"
1965 Sep 27

Box 1: folder 4
Robert Frost Library Dedication
1965 Oct 24

Box 1: folder 4
Assembly Talk: "Hours for Ladies and Communication"
1965 Dec 14

Box 1: folder 4
Assembly Talk: "To Change or to be Changed"
1966 Apr 4

Box 1: folder 4
Opening Convocation - Johnson Chapel
1966 Sep 13

Box 1: folder 4
New York Personnel Management
1966 Oct 17

Box 1: folder 4
1967-1970



Commencement Charge to Seniors
1967 Jun 2

Box 1: folder 5
Opening Convocation, Johnson Chapel
1967 Sep 12

Box 1: folder 5
Layman's Sunday Sermon, 2nd Congregational Church, Holyoke: "Is Man Still Relevant?"
1967 Oct 8

Box 1: folder 5
Commencement Charge to Seniors
1968 Jun 7

Box 1: folder 5
Science Center Dedication
1968 Nov 22

Box 1: folder 5
Faculty Club Speech
1969 Mar 11

Box 1: folder 5
"Who put the LSD in the DNA?" Leon E. Sample Lecture, presented at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, reprinted in the American Journal of Surgery vol. 119, May 1970
1969 May 9

Box 1: folder 5
Commencement Charge to Seniors
1969 Jun 6

Box 1: folder 5
Memorial Service for "Red" Richardson
1969 Oct 26

Box 1: folder 5
Albany Medical College: "The Campus Disorders as Seen by an Administration"
1969 Oct 30

Box 1: folder 5
Remarks at Opening of Medical Center, American University of Beirut
1970 Jun 26

Box 1: folder 5
Opening Convocation
1970 Sep 16

Box 1: folder 5

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Subjects
  • Amherst College--Presidents.
  • Amherst College.
  • Education, Higher--Aims and objectives--United States.
  • Plimpton, Calvin Hastings, 1918-
  • Universities and colleges--United States.

Contributors
  • Amherst College. Class of 1939. Plimpton.
  • Plimpton, Calvin Hastings, 1918- Spoken word.


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