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

Abstract:
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

Email: jljones@hampshire.edu
URL: http://www.hampshire.edu/library/index_archives.htm
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Series Descriptions



Scope and content:

This series contains raw video and audiotape footage used by Selby to create the three films present in the collection. 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.

Arrangement:

It is arranged by type of material, and by date (if present).




Scope and content:

The photographs in this series span all of Selby's life, from baby and childhood pictures to prints taken and developed by him as part of his study of photography. There are also many slides, some labeled and dated. Finally, there is a collection of artwork, mainly by Selby, but with one folder of childhood artwork addressed to Selby.

Arrangement:

The series is arranged by type of material, and roughly in chronological order where that could be determined.




Scope and content:

This series contains schoolwork, papers and publications from the institutions attended by Selby.

Arrangement:

It is arranged by institution and then by course or subject within that institution.




Scope and content:

This series contains correspondence between Selby and his friends and relatives. There are four folders of correspondence between Selby and his mother, Helen Eddy. Finally, there are two folders of photocopies of selected correspondence made by Helen Eddy, Selby's mother, after his death to share with friends, as well as a notebook of material from the memorial service.

Arrangement:

It is arranged by correspondent, except for folders of single letters grouped by the context in which Selby knew the authors.




Scope and content:

This series contains journals and journal writings of various types.

Note:

Helen Eddy, Selby's mother, has retained several journals for a period of time, but is willing to allow researchers to use them. Contact the Hampshire archivist for more information.

Arrangement:

The records in this series are filed in chronological order, first the soft-covered or unbound journals, then the hardbound journals.

Contents List
Series 1: Video and Audio Tapes and Films



List of off-air and dubbed commercially released videotapes, originally part of the collection but returned to the donor at the time of processing.


Box 1
Video 8 cassettes:


Box 1
Camp footage, boxes 1-6, each of 10 cassettes, most numbered and dated 6/10-8/11; Fall '89; '92.


Box 1
Other video footage, boxes 7-9, each of 10 cassettes, labeled but mostly undated. Box #9 includes 2 cassettes of the wedding of Selby's mother, Helen Eddy.


Box 1
Audiotape cassettes:


Box 1
15 audio cassettes, live-taped and audio tracks for videos, labeled, some dated.


Box 1
Super 8 film reels:


Box 1
I was a counselor at a camp in Maine, by Selby Eddy. 1 reel, super 8 film, 24 fps, sound. Approximately 12 min., 45 sec.


Box 1
What is prayer? by Selby Eddy. 2 reels, super 8 film, 24 fps, sound.


Box 1
16 mm film reel:


Box 1
We're spies, by Selby Eddy. 1 reel, 16 mm., sound, b&w. 16 min.


Box 1
Series 2: Photographs, Slides and Artwork



Selby Eddy--framed collage of baby pictures


Box 2
Selby Eddy--boyhood pictures


Box 2
Childhood pictures--Camp Owatonna


Box 2
Prom photos


Box 2
Selby Eddy


Box 2
Selby and Courtney


Box 2
Notebook of prints--Camp Owatonna


Box 2
Notebook of color snapshots


Box 2
Notebook of color snapshots, including demonstration at UMass


Box 2
Notebook of prints, b&w and color


Box 2
Notebook of color snapshots


Box 2
Notebook of prints, mainly b&w


Box 2
Notebook of negatives--Camp '89 and Fall'89


Box 2
Notebook of negatives, some dated May 1990


Box 2
Notebook of negatives, some dated 1990-1991


Box 2
Notebook of negatives and prints, some dated 1990-1991


Box 2
Box of prints, many cut up


Box 2
B&w prints (8"x10") - 2 folders


Box 2
Color prints (8"x10")


Box 2
Snapshots and small prints


Box 2
Slide box #1-#3, unlabeled


Box 2
Slide box #4, unlabeled; Camp; 1970-1977


Box 2
Slide box #5, 1970-1977 through Camp 1992; We're Spies


Box 3
Slide box #6, Apr. 1977 through Dec. 1981


Box 3
Slide box #7, Dec. 1981 through Apr. 1982


Box 3
Slide box #8, Apr. 1982 through Sept. 1982


Box 3
Childhood artwork (2 folders)


Box 2
Artwork


Box 2
Portrait of Mr. Spock (from the television series Star Trek, portrayed by actor Leonard Nimoy), 11/24/84


Box 2
Tree, Fall 1976


Box 2
Folder of childhood artwork addressed to Selby


Box 2
Scrapbook of childhood artwork and newspaper clippings


Box 2
5 sketchbooks


Box 2
Painting, acrylic on canvas, 12"x7 1/2". Landscape of athletic field, inscribed on back "Selby Eddy, while at Prin Upper School"


Box 2
Book, American Pictures, by Jacob Holdt (Copenhagen: American Pictures Foundation, 1985), with a note from Helen Eddy, "This book had an influence on Selby and his work."


Box 2
Series 3: Educational Materials



Camp Owatonna


Box 4
Camp Owatonna--Activities


Box 4
Camp Owatonna--Catalogs


Box 4
Camp Owatonna--Council Fire


Box 4
Camp Owatonna--Photographs


Box 4
Elementary School


Box 4
Principia Upper School


Box 4
Principia--American History


Box 4
Principia--Art


Box 4
Principia--Art Notebook


Box 4
Principia--Athletic Awards


Box 4
Principia--Athletics


Box 4
Principia--Biology


Box 4
Principia--Biology Notebooks


Box 4
Principia--Chemistry


Box 4
Principia--Diploma


Box 4
Principia--English (3 folders)


Box 4
Principia--English Notebooks


Box 4
Principia--Geometry


Box 4
Principia--Geometry Notebooks


Box 4
Principia--German


Box 4
Principia--German Notebooks


Box 4
Principia--Mathematics


Box 4
Principia--Mathematics Notebooks


Box 4
Principia--Papers


Box 4
Principia--Philosophy (1)


Box 4
Principia--Philosophy (2)


Box 5
Principia--Photographs


Box 5
Principia--Publications


Box 5
Principia--The Blade (Principia Yearbook), 1985, 1986, 1987


Box 5
Principia--Study Cards


Box 5
Christian Science


Box 5
Teton Science School


Box 5
Star Trek--The May Project, 1987


Box 5
The Learning Project


Box 5
Budget Records, 1990-1991


Box 5
Hampshire College--Academic History


Box 5
Hampshire College--Admissions


Box 5
Hampshire College--American Romanticism


Box 5
Hampshire College--Aquatic Ecology


Box 5
Hampshire College--Evaluations


Box 5
Hampshire College--Film Study


Box 5
Hampshire College--Graduation Photo


Box 5
Hampshire College--Papers


Box 5
Hampshire College--Student Protest at UMass, 1988


Box 5
The Popcorn Piece


Box 5
Series 4: Correspondence



Amy Black


Box 5
Camp Owatonna


Box 5
Camp Owatonna--Letters from campers


Box 5
Camp Owatonna--Letters from friends


Box 5
Correspondence, Miscellaneous


Box 5
James Domenighini


Box 5
Mrs. Allyn G. Eddy (grandmother)


Box 5
Frances Eddy (aunt)


Box 5
Mrs. Helen Eddy (mother)


Box 5
Mary Eddy Elichirigoity (aunt)


Box 6
Carl Erikson


Box 6
John Estes (father)


Box 6
Bob Feldman


Box 6
Film Festivals


Box 6
Trila Fugman


Box 6
Hampshire College friends


Box 6
Jessie's House


Box 6
Jessie's House Scrapbook


Box 6
Seth C. Johnson (Chic) (Director of Camp Owatonna)


Box 6
Jane and Gary Krisel


Box 6
Letter from Selby Eddy, Oct. 17, 1987


Box 6
Christa Martin


Box 6
Memorial and Condolences


Box 6
Suzzi Morin


Box 6
Roberta Myers


Box 6
Jean O'Neil (aunt)


Box 6
Principia friends


Box 6
Records of Selby Eddy's death


Box 6
Michael Rolph


Box 6
Christy Smith


Box 6
Phebe Telschow


Box 6
Correspondence Notebooks I and II (Photocopied by Helen Eddy after Selby's death)


Box 6
Memorial Service Notebook


Box 6
Series 5: Journals



Journal, Sept. 1980-Apr. 1981


Box 6
Running Journal, Nov.-Dec. 1984


Box 6
Running Journal, Jan.-Feb. 1985


Box 6
Running Journal, Nov.-Dec. 1985


Box 6
Journal, Summer 1986


Box 6
Project Log, Apr.-May 1987


Box 6
Daily Schedules, Jan.-May 1988


Box 6
Daily Schedules, Sept.-Dec. 1987, Jan.-May 1988


Box 6
Reading Journals, 1988-89


Box 6
Journals, 1990


Box 6
Journal, Jan.-Apr. 1991


Box 6
Academic Work Logs, Feb.-Apr. [1991]


Box 6
Journal, Jan.-Feb. 1993


Box 6
Journal, Feb.-Apr. 1993


Box 6
Video Logs (undated)


Box 6
Journal Writings (undated)


Box 6
Selby Eddy--About My Life


Box 6
Hardbound Journals:


Box 6
Journal, Feb.-Apr. 1986


Box 6
Journal, Teton Science School, Feb. 1987


Box 6
Journal, Trip to Berlin with Lester Mazor's Divided City course, Dec. 1987


Box 6
Journal, Mar. 1988


Box 6
Reading Journal for American Romanticism, Sept.-Oct 1988


Box 6
Journal, Oct. 1988-May 1989


Box 6
Journal, Aug.-Dec. 1989


Box 6
Journal, Jan.-May 1990


Box 6
Journal, Aug.-Nov. 1990


Box 6

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Subjects
  • Camp Owatonna
  • Eddy, Selby Sheridan
  • Hampshire College
  • Independent filmmakers
  • Principia Upper School

Genre terms
  • Diaries
  • Photographs
  • Videotapes


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