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Hopkins Papers, 1846-1939
7 archives boxes (3.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Correspondence, draft writings, articles, notes and other materials documenting the career of Hopkins as a scientist and professor of chemistry at Amherst College. His scientific notes and writings chiefly document research in the field of alchemy, but there is also some material on the calculation of latitude and longitude. In addition, the papers include some correspondence of his wife, Margaret Briscoe Hopkins, as well as genealogical information.

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Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Arthur John Hopkins Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the 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

Arthur John Hopkins was born on September 20, 1864, in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. He graduated from Amherst College in 1885. He was principal of the Cotuit (Mass.) High School, 1886-1888; taught science in the Peekskill (N.Y.) Military Academy, 1888-1890; studied at Johns Hopkins University, 1890-1893, where he was a fellow in 1892 and earned his PhD; and was a professor of chemistry at Westminster College in Pennsylvania, 1893-1894. He then returned to teach at Amherst College, first as an assistant and associate professor of chemistry 1894-1907, and a full professor from 1907 until his retirement in 1934. He died on November 10, 1939, in Amherst, Massachusetts.

He wrote many scientific articles and a book, Alchemy, Child of Greek Philosophy. He was an authority on the history of alchemy.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, draft writings, articles, notes and other materials documenting the career of Hopkins as a scientist and professor of chemistry at Amherst College. His scientific notes and writings chiefly document research in the field of alchemy, but there is also some material on the calculation of latitude and longitude. In addition, the papers include some correspondence of his wife, Margaret Briscoe Hopkins, as well as genealogical information.


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

There is no restriction on access to the Arthur John Hopkins Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the 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 Arthur John Hopkins (AC 1885) Papers [Box #, folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

Processing Information
Finding Aid:2002 (revised)


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: Correspondence



Letters to others from others, A-Z


Box 1: folder 1
Letters to Hopkins, A-Z


Box 1: folder 2
Letters to Hopkins concerning his research on alchemy, A-F


Box 1: folder 3
Letters to Hopkins concerning alchemy, G-Q


Box 1: folder 4
Letters to Hopkins concerning alchemy, R-Z


Box 1: folder 5
Letters from Hopkins, A-Z


Box 1: folder 6
Letters to Mrs. Hopkins (Margaret Briscoe Hopkins) A-Z


Box 1: folder 7
Series 2: Manuscripts of Articles and Lectures



Lecture on "H.I.C."


Box 2: folder 2
Lecture to Science Club, Feb. 20, 1917


Box 2: folder 2
Lecture to Chemistry Club, March 8, 1916


Box 2: folder 3
Lecture to Rotarians, Sept. 26, 1929, "Story of Alchemy"


Box 2: folder 4
"The Romantic History of Hydrogen Sulphide," 1916


Box 2: folder 5
"History of Alchemy"


Box 2: folder 6
Analysis of a book by B.K. Emerson


Box 2: folder 7
Ms. - "Working Directions for Three Sundial Charts"


Box 2: folder 8
Ms. on Navigation


Box 2: folder 9
Ms. - "The Light of Stars"


Box 2: folder 10
Two notebooks containing data on a new method of longitude calculation


Box 2: folder 12
Longitude Charts


Box 2: folder 12
Problems for course on navigation, 1917-18


Box 2: folder 13
History of the Chemistry Department; The First Year Course in Chemistry


Box 1: folder 14
Series 3: Manuscripts and Notes on Research in Alchemy



"Researches in Alchemy," Washington, D.C., April 23, 1924


Box 3: folder 1
"A Study of the Kerotakis Process as Given by Zosimus and Later Alchemical Writers" (2 copies)


Box 3: folder 2
"A Study of the Kerotakis Process as Given by Zosimus and Later Alchemical Writers" (2 copies with notes)


Box 3: folder 3
Ms. - "The History of Alchemy," 1920 (185 pages), copy 1


Box 3: folder 4
Ms. - "The History of Alchemy," 1920 (185 pages), copy 2


Box 3: folder 5
Notes on and partial translation of Leyden Papyrus X


Box 4: folder 1
Two translations of Leyden Papyrus X with original text


Box 4: folder 2
Four notebooks on alchemy


Box 4: folder 3
Two lectures on alchemy


Box 4: folder 4
Notes on alchemy


Box 4: folder 5
Reviews of Hopkins's book, Alchemy, the Child of Greek Philosophy


Box 4: folder 6
Series 4: Published Articles



PhD dissertation, The Reaction Between Manganese Dioxide and Potassium Permanganate, Johns Hopkins University, 1893. (4 copies)


Box 5: folder 1
"A Modern Theory of Alchemy," Etrait d'Isis, Vol. VII, I, No. 21, 1925, Bruxelles


Box 5: folder 2
"Transmutation by Color," a study of earliest alchemy, Sonderabdruck aus Studien zur Geschichte der Chemie, Festgabe für Edmund O. V. Lippman (Verlag Julius Springer, 1927) (2 copies)


Box 5: folder 3
Series 5: Notes



Miscellaneous notes


Box 5: folder 4
Notebooks on experiments


Box 5: folder 5
Notebooks on experiments


Box 5: folder 6
Fragment of a manuscript


Box 5: folder 7
Miscellaneous notes


Box 5: folder 8
Miscellaneous notes include notebooks on water analysis


Box 6: folder 1
Miscellaneous notes on formulas for physical constants


Box 6: folder 2
Miscellaneous notebooks on:
1.) Graduation of the sextant arc into centigrade degrees
2.) Latitude by mirror
3.) Longitude problems
4.) Decimal navigation - longitude
5.) Decimal navigation - longitude
6.) Finding longitude from equal alt.
7.) Longitude problem


Box 6: folder 3
Miscellaneous notes


Box 6: folder 4
Series 6: Miscellaneous



Anecdotes about Mrs. Hopkins by Charles H. Morgan, 1958


Box 6: folder 5
Newspaper clippings about Arthur and Margaret Hopkins


Box 6: folder 6
Papers concerning Hopkins and the resignation of President Meiklejohn


Box 6: folder 7
Photographs of Hopkins


Box 6: folder 8
Amherst College Diploma and other certificates of honour


Box 6: folder 9
Mrs. Hopkins's wedding gown book


Box 7: folder 1
Hopkins genealogical material


Box 7: folder 2

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Subjects
  • Alchemy--History--Sources.
  • Amherst College--Faculty.
  • Briscoe, Margaret Sutton, b. 1864.
  • Chemistry--Study and teaching--Massachusetts--Amherst.
  • Hopkins, Arthur John, b. 1864.

Contributors
  • Amherst College. Class of 1885. Hopkins.
  • Briscoe, Margaret Sutton, b. 1864.

Genre terms
  • Lecture notes--Amherst College.


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