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John William Ward Papers, 1952-1985
2 records storage boxes (2 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Educator and 14th President of Amherst College. Collection consists of speeches, lecture notes and course syllabi, articles and other papers documenting Ward's career as teacher, scholar and administrator at Princeton University and Amherst College.

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Restrictions on access:

Generally, there is no restriction on access to the Ward Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Ward Papers 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

Born in Boston in 1922, John William Ward was educated at Harvard University (A.B., 1945) and the University of Minnesota (M.A., 1950; Ph.D. 1953). He taught at Princeton University (1952-1964), where he started as a professor of English but later changed his primary intellectual interest to history. At Amherst College, Ward was professor of History and American Studies (1964-1971) and served as the 14th President of the College (1971-1979).

Perhaps more than anything, Ward's presidency at Amherst was marked by the introduction of coeducation. The Trustees of the College voted in favor of it in November 1974, the first female students were admitted in the fall of 1975, and the first women graduated in June 1976. Ward will also be remembered during his presidency for participating in a 1972 antiwar protest at Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts, where he and 471 other protesters blocked traffic for more than thirty minutes. The protesters, including Ward, his wife Barbara, several Amherst faculty members and several hundred Amherst students, were arrested for disturbing the peace. Ward's participation stirred both approval and outrage, as well as a large volume of media coverage and commentary, related to the appropriateness of a college president's involvement in individual acts of civil disobedience.

Ward's publications include the books Andrew Jackson, Symbol for an Age (1955); Red, White, and Blue: Men, Books, and Ideas in American Culture (1969); "Tocqueville and the Meaning of Democracy," in: Tocqueville's America (1982).

From 1978 to 1980 Ward headed a special Massachusetts commission to investigate corruption and mismanagement in the construction of state and county buildings. The "Ward Commission" issued a report in 1980 that resulted in new state legislation to oversee public sector contracting. Ward also served as president of the American Council of Learned Societies from 1982 to 1985.

John William Ward died on August 3, 1985.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Speeches, lecture notes and course syllabi, articles and other personal papers documenting Ward's career as a teacher, scholar and administrator at Princeton University and Amherst College. Many of the speeches are from Ward's tenure as Amherst College President (1971-1979), including statements regarding his involvement in an antiwar protest at Westover Air Force Base in 1972 at which he was arrested. The collection also includes lecture notes for courses in English and American literature that Ward taught at Princeton University, research notes and other miscellaneous papers.


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

Generally, there is no restriction on access to the Ward Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Ward Papers 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 John William Ward Papers [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

Accession Numbers: 79-033, 86-014, 86-104, 89-017, 95-040

Processing Information
Processed:2003 Dec
By:David Schaich 2006, Student Encoding Assistant
Yang Cao 2006, Student Assistant
Peter A. Nelson, Assistant Archivist


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: SPEECHES AND TALKS,
1964-1985


Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically with undated material at the end of the series.

Scope and content:

Series 1, SPEECHES AND TALKS, 1964-1985, consists of typescripts of speeches given by Ward before a variety of scholarly, academic, governmental and civic bodies. Many are speeches given as President of Amherst College (1971-1979), such as at Commencement, Convocation or alumni meetings; others were given by Ward as President of the American Council of Learned Societies (1982-1985).

Dos Passos, Carleton College
1964

Box 1: folder 1
Dos Passos, Hampton Institute
1965

Box 1: folder 2
Alumni Talks
1970

Box 1: folder 3
American International College Commencement Address
1971

Box 1: folder 4
Merrill Center Dedication
1971 Aug 31

Box 1: folder 5
Welcome to the Freshman Class
1971 Sep 7

Box 1: folder 6
Opening Convocation
1971 Sep 9

Box 1: folder 7
Freshman Parents' Day
1971 Oct 2

Box 1: folder 8
Inaugural Address
1971 Oct 23

Box 1: folder 9
"The Conflict Between Education and Society," talk to Amherst College Alumni Associations
1971-1972

Box 1: folder 10
Faculty Dinner
1972 May 3

Box 1: folder 11
Amherst College Assembly
1972 May 4

Box 1: folder 12
Statement to students in Johnson Chapel
1972 May 10

Box 1: folder 13
Presentation at Princeton University
1972 May 14

Box 1: folder 14
"Charge to the Senior Class," Amherst College Commencement
1972 Jun 2

Box 1: folder 15
"The Meaning of Passive Civil Disobedience"
1972 Sep

Box 1: folder 16
Amherst College Opening Convocation
1972 Sep 7

Box 1: folder 17
Presentation of Letter to Doshisha University
1972 Sep 7

Box 1: folder 18
"Academic Freedom and Civil Disobedience"
1972 Sep 11

Box 1: folder 19
"The Curriculum and Politics," Amherst College Parents' Day
1972 Oct 21

Box 1: folder 20
"The Committee for Public Justice"
1972 Nov 7-8

Box 1: folder 21
Inaugural Dinner of the Committee of Historians for Peace
1973 Jan 20

Box 1: folder 22
American Association of Higher Education, panel on the question "Should College Presidents Take Stands on Sensitive Public Issues?"
1973 Mar 12

Box 1: folder 23
Amherst College Assembly
1973 Sep 4

Box 1: folder 24
Brotherhood Banquet, National Conference of Christians and Jews
1973 May 14

Box 1: folder 25
"Charge to the Seniors," Amherst College Commencement
1973 June 1

Box 1: folder 26
"The State of the College," Alumni Association Meeting
1973 June 2

Box 1: folder 27
President's Report to the Board of Trustees
1973 Sep

Box 1: folder 28
Welcome to the Freshmen
1973 Sep 4

Box 1: folder 29
Freshman Parents' Day
1973 Sep 4

Box 1: folder 30
Amherst College Opening Convocation
1973 Sep 6

Box 1: folder 31
General College Meeting, Amherst College
1973 Oct 22

Box 1: folder 32
Amherst College Assembly
1973 Nov 12

Box 1: folder 33
"Reflection on a Trip to Japan"
1973 Dec 5

Box 1: folder 34
"Charge to the Senior Class," Amherst College Commencement
1974 June 7

Box 1: folder 35
Amherst College Opening Convocation
1974 Sep 5

Box 1: folder 36
Library Cooperation, HILC, Hampshire College
1974 Oct 5

Box 1: folder 37
Amherst College Meeting
1974 Nov 4

Box 1: folder 38
Remarks by President Ward at the Annual Meeting of the Amherst College Alumni Council
1974 Nov 16

Box 1: folder 39
"Charge to the Seniors," Amherst College Commencement
1975 May-June

Box 1: folder 40
Amherst College Opening Convocation
1975 Sep 4

Box 1: folder 41
"Education for What? The Liberal Arts and the Modern World," Whitman College
1975 Sep 14

Box 1: folder 42
Thursday Evening Lecture, [Amherst College]
1975 Oct 2

Box 1: folder 43
"Liberal Education and Modern Society," Thursday Evening Lecture, Johnson Chapel
1975 Nov 13

Box 1: folder 44
"Landscape of the Mind," Berkshire Community College
1976 Mar 16

Box 1: folder 45
Wesleyan University Commencement Address
1976 May 30

Box 1: folder 46
"Charge to the Seniors," Amherst College Commencement
1976 Jun 6

Box 1: folder 47
"The Revolution and the Meaning of the Humanities," Dartmouth College
1976 Jul 5

Box 1: folder 48
"Individualism: Ideal or Ideology?" Colgate University
1976 Aug 4

Box 1: folder 49
"The Individual and the Community," Colgate University Convocation
1976 Sep 5

Box 1: folder 50
Amherst College Opening Convocation
1976 Sep 9

Box 1: folder 51
Address to Montclair Kimberley Academy
1977 Apr 6

Box 1: folder 52
Lindbergh: The 50th Anniversary, Little Falls, Minnesota
1977 May 22

Box 1: folder 53
"Charge to the Seniors," Amherst College Commencement
1977 May 29

Box 1: folder 54
Amherst College Opening Convocation
1977 Sep 8

Box 1: folder 55
On Mass-PIRG (Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group)
1977 Sep 20

Box 1: folder 56
Memorial Service for Charles W. Cole (AC 1926 and 12th President of Amherst College)
1978 Feb 12

Box 1: folder 57
"The CIA and the Academic Community"
1978 Mar 7

Box 1: folder 58
"To the Class of 1978," Amherst College Commencement
1978 May-June

Box 1: folder 59
Amherst College Opening Convocation
1978 Sep 7

Box 1: folder 60
Princeton Conference: "Fiscal Issues in Higher Education"
1978 Oct 27

Box 1: folder 61
"South Africa and Investment Policy," excerpt from President's Report to the Campus
1978 Nov 8

Box 1: folder 62
"Jacksonian America: A Generation of Interpreters," Southern Historical Association
1978 Nov 10

Box 1: folder 63
"Our Day to Day Life Together," excerpt from President's Report to the College
1979 Feb 13

Box 1: folder 64
"Charge to the Seniors," Amherst College Commencement
1979 May 27

Box 1: folder 65
Comment on "Landscape Studies" by John Brinckerhoff Jackson - annual meeting of the American Studies Association, Minneapolis, Minn.
1979 Sep 28

Box 1: folder 66
"Management in the Non-Profit Sector: A Reflective Analysis," Hightower Lecture, Emory University School of Business Administration
1979 Nov 12

Box 1: folder 67
"The Scientist As Citizen," National Engineers Week, Engineering Societies of New England, Inc.
1980 Feb 21

Box 1: folder 68
"The Common Weal and the Public Trust: Politics and Public Morality"
1980 Oct 21

Box 1: folder 69
"Higher Education and Corporate America: Learning from Each Other," address before the Commission for Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania
1981 Apr 8

Box 1: folder 70
Suffolk University Commencement Address
1981 Jun 14

Box 1: folder 71
Address before the Massachusetts Municipal Association
1981 Nov 13

Box 1: folder 72
"The Public Salary Crisis"
1981 Nov 17

Box 1: folder 73
"Television and the Presidential Elections," Harvard University
1982 Jan 29

Box 1: folder 74
"The 'Market' and the Future of Humanistic Scholarship"
1982 Feb

Box 1: folder 75
"Toqueville and the Meaning of Democracy" - LTV Corporation "Washington Seminar"
1982 Feb 1

Box 1: folder 76
"Strategies for Sustaining the Humanities Faculty," AAHE National Conference
1982 Mar 4

Box 1: folder 77
Testimony by Ward as President of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) before the House Appropriations Sub-Committee on Interior and Related Agencies on the Budget of the National Endowment for the Humanities
1982 May 7

Box 1: folder 78
"Realistic Visitors," National Association for Foreign Student Affairs
1982 May 24

Box 1: folder 79
"How Do We Understand Political Corruption?" - Massachusetts Historical Society
1982 Sep 22

Box 1: folder 80
"Jobs or Citizenship: The Community College and the Humanities" - Community College Humanities Association, Hartford, Conn.;
1983

Box 1: folder 81
"Can American Studies Develop a Method?" n.p., n.d.
n.d.

Box 1
"The Relationship of Scholarship to Humanities"
[1983]

Box 1: folder 82
"On Understanding Ourselves" (National Foreign Language Week)
[1983]

Box 1: folder 83
"The Life of Learning" - Century Club (The Century Association)
1983

Box 1: folder 84
Testimony by Ward as President of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) before the Sub-Committee on Post-Secondary Education of the House Education and Labor Committee (on the budget of the National Endowment for the Humanities);
1983 Mar-May

Box 1: folder 85
Testimony by Ward as President of the ACLS before the Sub-Committee on Graduate Education of the National Commission on Student Financial Assistance;


Box 1
Testimony by Ward as President of the ACLS before the Sub-Committee on Interior and Related Agencies of the House Appropriations Committee


Box 1
"As Others See Us: How Scholars View University Presses" - speech before the American Association of University Professors
1984 Jul

Box 1: folder 86
ACLS - Soviet Academy of Sciences Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences - Opening remarks at plenary session
1984 May

Box 1: folder 87
"The Relationship of Scholarship in the Humanities to Society"
1984 Sep

Box 1: folder 88
Testimony by Ward as President of the American Council of Learned Societies to the Committee on Labor and Human Resources, U. S. Senate, Sub-Committee on Education, Arts and Humanities, on the re-authorization of the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act of 1965
1985 Jun 20

Box 1: folder 89
"What is Education?" Whitman College Commencement Address
1985 May 19

Box 1: folder 90
"The Life of Learning," University of Minnesota Commencement Address
1985 May 23

Box 1: folder 91
Address before the American Council of Learned Societies (conference on the disposal of hazardous wastes)
n.d

Box 1: folder 92
"The Humanities and Society"
n.d

Box 1: folder 93
"The Humanities in a Democratic Culture"
n.d

Box 1: folder 94
"The Nature of This Community"
n.d

Box 1: folder 95
"The Sense of History and the Assumptions of American Foreign Policy"
n.d.

Box 1: folder 96
Talk at Amherst College
n.d

Box 1: folder 97
"Talk to the Freshman Class"
n.d.

Box 1: folder 98
Talk to the Parents of Amherst College
n.d.

Box 1: folder 99
Talk to the Senior Assembly
n.d.

Box 1: folder 100
Series 2: WRITINGS,
1956-1985


Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by title or subject.

Scope and content:

Series 2, WRITINGS, 1956-1985, includes manuscripts, reprints and photocopies of essays and articles published by Ward, as well as a small amount of apparently unpublished material.

"Anarchy and Authority in American Literature"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 1
"Andrew Jackson: Symbol for an Age," in: The Historian's Workshop: Original Essays by Sixteen Historians (ed. L. P. Curtis, Jr.)
[1970]

Box 2: folder 1a
"Civil Disobedience"
1972

Box 2: folder 2
"The Conflict Between Education and Society" for The Educational Register
n.d.

Box 2: folder 3
Cooper, James Fenimore
n.d.

Box 2: folder 4
Cozzens, James Gould
n.d.

Box 2: folder 5
"The Demands of the Office of President"
1972

Box 2: folder 6
"Dealing with the Soviets"
[1980s?]

Box 2: folder 7
"The Function of an Ideal"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 8
"The Global 2000 Report to the President"
1981 Jan 19

Box 2: folder 9
The Idea of a Party System by Richard Hofstadter (book review)
n.d.

Box 2: folder 10
"Individualism: ideology or utopia?" In: Hastings Center Studies 2:3, pp. 11-22
1974 Sep

Box 2: folder 11
"Individualism Today"
1960

Box 2: folder 12
"An Injudicious Act" (for The Amherst Student)
1974 Sep 9

Box 2: folder 13
Learning, the Humanities and a Democratic Society
n.d.

Box 2: folder 14
Lindbergh Alone by Brendan Gill (book review)
n.d.

Box 2: folder 15
Looking Backward" (for The Olio)
1975 Apr 30

Box 2: folder 16
[folder number not used]
--

Box 2: folder 17
MacLeish, Archibald
1983

Box 2: folder 18
"The Making of the Amherst Mind" (for Paedeia)
1974 Feb

Box 2: folder 19
"The Meaning of Lindbergh's Flight" - research materials, correspondence and manuscript
1958

Box 2: folder 20
"The Meaning of Lindbergh's Flight" - research notecards
1958

Box 2: folder 21
Mill, Marx and Modern Individualism
1959

Box 2: folder 22
Memorandum to Amherst College faculty and students on disciplinary procedures
1972 May 26

Box 2: folder 23
"The Organization Society," in: University (a Princeton University magazine)
1960

Box 2: folder 24
"'Reciprocity': An Exercise in Definition"
1982 Jul

Box 2: folder 25
Red, White and Blue: Men, Books and Ideas in American Culture (photocopies of six chapters)
1969

Box 2: folder 26
"Reflection on a Trip to Japan," in: Amherst magazine
[1973]

Box 2: folder 27
Report of the Delegation on American Studies (sent to National Academy of Sciences)
1985 Mar

Box 2: folder 28
"The Revolution and the Meaning of the Humanities," in: Massachusetts Review
[1976]

Box 2: folder 29
"On Shining Shoes"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 30
"Some Reflections on Freedom," in: American Scholar 28:4 (Autumn 1959)
1959

Box 2: folder 31
Some Reflections on Technology, American Express and Social Values
[1980s?]

Box 2: folder 32
Steinbeck, John
1956

Box 2: folder 33
Stowe, Harriet Beecher - Uncle Tom's Cabin
n.d.

Box 2: folder 34
Stowe, Harriet Beecher - "Uncle Tom's Cabin as a Matter of Historical Fact," in: Columbia University FORUM IX (Winter 1966), 42-47
n.d.

Box 2: folder 35
The University and the Public Interest by A. Bartlett Giamatti (book review)
n.d.

Box 2: folder 36
Violence and American Liberal Values - manuscript for Yale Law Review
1971

Box 2: folder 37
"Who Was Benjamin Franklin?" In: The American Scholar 32:4 (Autumn 1963), 541-553
1963

Box 2: folder 38
Series 3: PRINCETON COURSE MATERIALS,
1952-1964


Arrangement:

Organized alphabetically by subject.

Scope and content:

Series 3, PRINCETON COURSE MATERIALS, ca. 1952-1964, consists of syllabi, lecture notes, articles and other materials related to history and English courses taught by Ward at Princeton University.

Auden (English 206)
n.d.

Box 2: folder 39
Dewey, John (History 308)
n.d.

Box 2: folder 40
Dreiser, Theodore (English 201 and 309)
n.d.

Box 2: folder 41
Eliot, T. S. (English 143 and 206)
n.d.

Box 2: folder 42
Faulkner (English 143)
n.d.

Box 2: folder 43
Frost, Robert (English 206)
n.d.

Box 2: folder 44
Hemingway, Ernest (English 143 and 206)
n.d.

Box 2: folder 45
James, William, and Pragmatism
n.d.

Box 2: folder 46
Joyce, James (English 143 and 206)
n.d.

Box 2: folder 47
Yeats, William Butler (English 143 and 206)
n.d.

Box 2: folder 48
Series 4: MISCELLANEOUS, ca.
1956-1985


Arrangement:

Organized chronologically, with undated material at the end.

Scope and content:

Series 4, MISCELLANEOUS, ca. 1956-1985, includes copies of various articles, some correspondence and various fragments and clippings. Of special note here are a 1982 article in the Chronicle of Higher Education about Ward's advocacy for the humanities, and a folder on Ward's opposition to the Century Club's refusal to admit women as members.

Time Magazine issue of June 11, 1956, with cover story featuring Jacques Barzun, "American and the Intellectual: the Reconciliation"
1956

Box 2: folder 49
The Amherst Student with articles about Ward's presidency
1979 Apr-May

Box 2: folder 50
2 audiotape cassettes: song performed for Ward upon his resignation from the presidency of Amherst College; Trustee party, 6/13/79
1979 Jun

Box 2: folder 51
Affidavits by Ward and others in the case of Bertell Ollman vs. John S. Toll, et al., U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, mainly concerning the role of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP)
1980 Jun-Aug

Box 2: folder 52
Biographical summary - John William Ward
ca. 1982

Box 2: folder 53
Article in Chronicle of Higher Education: "John William Ward: A Boston 'Street Fighter' Defends the Humanities"
1982 Jul 7

Box 2: folder 54
Letter from William Harris, Harvard University
1983 Jul 15

Box 2: folder 55
Letters to Century Club, New York City, concerning policy of refusing to admit women as members
1985 Jan-Feb

Box 2: folder 56
Photocopy of article by Andrea Rushing, "For Colored Girls, Suicide or Struggle," Massachusetts Review
n.d.

Box 2: folder 57
Clipping: quote from magazine interview with Dean Daniel Tostenson, Harvard Medical School
n.d.

Box 2: folder 58
Photocopy of article by Frederick Jackson Turner, "Contributions of the West to American Democracy"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 59
Supplementary reading list for History 271b, Mr. Weinstein (Princeton University?): "Between the Wars: American Civilization and its Discontents"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 60
Photocopy of article by Warren Susman, "The Thirties"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 61

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Subjects
  • American literature--Study and teaching (Higher)
  • Amherst College--Faculty.
  • Amherst College--Presidents.
  • Education, Higher--United States.
  • English literature--Study and teaching (Higher)
  • Princeton University--Faculty.
  • Ward, John William, 1922-


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