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Hampshire College. Planning Bodies Records, 1958-1977 (Bulk: 1958-1970)
22 boxes ( 8 linear ft.)
Collection number: CG3

Hampshire College, an experimental college that admitted its first class in 1970, was planned under the auspices of neighboring Amherst, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts. This record group contains four college and early Hampshire committee files and other planning material.

Terms of Access and Use:

Access is unrestricted except for Series 12: Compensation Committee

Hampshire College Archives

Historical Note

Hampshire College, an experimental institution founded under the auspices of Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and the University of Massachusetts, admitted its first class in 1970. This record group contains files from planning committees involved in creating the new college. The first committee, Committee for an Experimental College, was formed by the four neighboring institutions in 1958 to gather and synthesize ideas for this new departure in higher education. The committee's first publication, The New College Plan (1958) was widely read and influenced the planning for other experimental colleges of the 1960s and 1970s. The pledge of $6 million by Amherst College alumnus Harold F. Johnson in 1965 made Hampshire College a reality, and planning began in earnest that year.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The first series contains records for the Committee for an Experimental College, which was known as the Committee for New College after the publication of The New College Plan. The other series in this group contain records of the Education Advisory Committee (1965-66), the Hampshire College Conference (1966), the Making of a College by Hampshire's first president, Franklin Patterson, files of Planning Bulletins and Progress Reports, and files from a number of planning committees formed by early faculty and administrators of the college.

Committee files contain agendas and minutes of meetings, memoranda and reports, and correspondence. The most extensive files are those in Series 1: Committee for an Experimental College. Also present are published reports in Series 7: The Making of a College, and Series 8: Planning Bulletins/Progress Reports. Series 11: Miscellaneous Planning Materials, contains films and audiotapes relating to the planning process.

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

Access is unrestricted except for Series 12: Compensation Committee

Preferred Citation

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

Hampshire College. Planning Bodies, 1958-1977. Archives, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA 01002

History of the Collection

Most of the material in this record group was collected by the administrators and faculty who were members of these committees. The major exception is the material in Series 1, Boxes 2-9 which was transmitted to the Hampshire College Archives from the Smith College Archives in 1994. This series is processed in acid-free folders.

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Contact Information
Hampshire College Archives
Johnson Library Center
Hampshire College
Amherst, MA 01002

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