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Selby Sheridan Eddy Papers, 1969-1993
6 boxes (7 cubic ft.)
Collection number: MG4

Selby S. Eddy, Hampshire College student and filmaker. His papers include material from Principia Upper School in St. Louis, Missouri, where he graduated in 1987, and Hampshire College, where he graduated in 1993. While at Hampshire he produced films and videos based on his experiences as a camper and counselor at Camp Owatonna in Harrison, Maine. Selby Eddy was killed in a construction accident in 1993.
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Biographical Note

Selby Sheridan Eddy was born in Boston, Mass. on June 8, 1969, the son of Helen Eddy Estes and John Estes. His parents separated soon after his birth, and Selby was raised by his mother and her family. When Selby was in elementary school, both he and his mother changed their last name back to Eddy.

Selby attended public elementary school in Belmont, Mass. He then enrolled in Principia Upper School in St. Louis, Missouri, where he graduated in 1987.

Selby spent about fifteen summers at Camp Owatonna in Harrison, Maine, first as a camper and later as a counselor. His experiences at Camp Owatonna had a major impact on his life.

Selby's grandfather, Allyn Eddy, became a Christian Scientist when Helen was a young girl, and Christian Science was a major and continuing influence on Selby's life. Both Principia and Camp Owatonna are institutions affiliated with that denomination.

In the fall of 1987 Selby was admitted to Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. While there, he became interested in video and film making and produced a film, We're Spies, for his Division III (Senior project). The film consists of material gathered from his experiences at Camp Owatonna. Selby graduated from Hampshire in May 1993.

Selby Eddy was killed in a construction accident at Camp Owatonna on June 5, 1993.

This collection is organized into five series:

  • 1. Video and Audio Tapes and Film
  • 2. Photographs, Slides and Artwork
  • 3. Educational Materials
  • 4. Correspondence
  • 5. Journals

Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Eddy, Selby S., Papers, 1969-1993. Archives, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA 01002.

Additional Formats

The 16 mm print of We're Spies was submitted as Selby's Division III exam at Hampshire College. Hampshire College also has a videotape copy (Video 566) of the film in its circulating collection.

History of the Collection

Gift Helen Eddy 1997.

Processing Information

All material is processed in acid-free folders and housed in six archival storage boxes measuring 13"x10.5"x15".

Additional Information
Contact Information
Jimi Jones
Hampshire College Image, Sound and Text Archives
Johnson Library Center
Hampshire College
Amherst, MA 01002

Phone: (413) 559-5761
Fax: (413) 559-5419