Amherst College. Library

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  • 1821 - 1823 : Joseph Estabrook, Professor Latin and Greek, Librarian
  • 1821: Alexandrian and Athenian Societies, student literary societies, established; society libraries soon follow
  • 1822: Library located in North College, 4th floor room
  • 1823 - 1824 : Zenas Clapp, Tutor and Librarian
  • 1824 - 1827 : Samuel M. Worcester, Professor and Librarian
  • 1827: First library catalog published
  • 1827 - 1853 : Library located in Johnson Chapel, 3rd floor
  • 1827 - 1852 : Ebenezer Snell (AC 1822), Professor and Librarian
  • 1831: Substantial increase to the Library because of John Tappan gift of $500
  • 1836: Athenian Society publishes catalog
  • 1844: Sears Fund of Literature and Benevolence established
  • 1850: Library holdings are approximately 6,000 volumes
  • 1851 - 1965 : Memorabilia Room established
  • 1852 - 1863 : Lucius Boltwood (AC 1843) named first full-time Librarian
  • 1853: New building opens, houses library; later named Morgan Hall
  • 1855: Library holdings are approximately 12,000 volumes; Second library catalog published; second Athenian Society catalog also published
  • 1863: Julius H. Seelye, Teacher and Librarian (without pay)
  • 1864 - 1878 : William Montague (AC 1855), Librarian, Registrar, and Professor of French, Italian, and Spanish
  • 1864: First alphabetical author card catalog
  • 1867: Merger of Athenian, Alexandrian, and College libraries discussed
  • 1871: Supplement to library catalog published; open hours change from 3 hours/week to 6 hours/day except closed Sunday
  • 1874 - 1876 : Melvil Dewey (AC 1874) Assistant Librarian, starts subject catalog on cards
  • 1878: Thomas P. Field, (AC 1834) Librarian
  • 1879 - 1883 : Walter Biscoe, (AC 1874) Acting Librarian
  • 1883: Library expands; building named for Henry T. Morgan
  • 1883 - 1911 : William I. Fletcher, Librarian
  • 1885: Library holdings are approximately 43,000 volumes
  • 1891 - 1905 : William I. Fletcher runs Summer course in Library Economy
  • 1908: Robert S. Fletcher (AC 1897, son of W.I. Fletcher) named Assistant Librarian
  • 1911 - 1939 : Robert S. Fletcher, Librarian
  • 1917: Converse Memorial Library opens
  • 1935 - 1939 : Henry deForest Smith, Library Director; Robert S. Fletcher on medical leave
  • 1938: Addition built on Converse Memorial Library; First rare book room established in Converse addition (
  • 1939 - 1970 : Newton F. McKeon (AC 1926), Library Director
  • 1951 - 1978 : Hampshire Inter-Library Center (HILC) established (initially Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, later Hampshire College) to provide cooperation among the libraries
  • 1964 - 1965 : Charles T. Laugher, Assistant Library Director
  • 1965: Robert Frost Library opens; Friends of the Amherst College Library founded; Memorabilia Room moves from the Hitchcock Room in Morgan Hall to the Frost Library and renamed the College Archives
  • 1965 - 1970 : Charles T. Laugher, Associate Library Director
  • 1968: Merrill Science Library opens; Music Library opens
  • 1970 - 1974 : Richard J. Cody, Librarian of the College
  • 1970 - 1975 : Charles T. Laugher, Library Director
  • 1971: Audio-Visual Department established in Frost Library
  • 1974: Library joins OCLC for cataloging purposes (substituted Library of Congress classification system for Dewey Decimal Classification System)
  • 1975 - : Willis Bridegam, Librarian of the College
  • 1978: College Archives given mandate by Board of Trustees
  • 1980: House libraries discontinued
  • 1986: Frost C-level opens (compact shelving installed 1985; Deweys moved to C-level 1986)
  • 1988: First Five College on-line catalog system (LS/2000) installed (provides access to holdings at the University of Massachusetts and Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, as well as Amherst)
  • 1994: Second Five College automated library system (III) installed
  • 1994: Amherst College Depository opens

From the guide to the Amherst College Library Records, 1833-1977, 1876-1933, (Amherst College Archives and Special Collections)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Hampshire Inter-library Center (Mass.). Records (bulk 1951-1996). Hampshire College, Harold F. Johnson Library
referencedIn Hampshire Inter-Library Center (HILC) Records MG 6., 1913-1996, 1951-1996 Hampshire College Archives
referencedIn Thayer, William Roscoe, 1859-1923. Papers, 1762-1927 (bulk 1872-1921) Houghton Library
referencedIn Cornell Wordsworth and Cornell Yeats editorial records, 1974-2008. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Amherst College. Library. Amherst College Library history collection, 1850-1987 (bulk 1850-1965) Amherst College. Library
referencedIn Mary Hyde Eccles papers, 1853-2005, (bulk) 1939-2003. Houghton Library
creatorOf Bookplates Collection, 1828-1989 Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
referencedIn Reproductions of the Emily Dickinson daguerreotype, ca. 1897 and 1978. Houghton Library
referencedIn Theatrical scrapbook collection, 1791-1967. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Amherst College. Library. Correspondence between Newton F. McKeon and Belle Greene, 1947 Nov. 21, 26, Dec. 9. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Portraits and Signatures Collection, ca. 1825-1900 Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
creatorOf Amherst College. Library. Amherst College Library records, 1833-1977 (bulk 1876-1933) Amherst College. Library
creatorOf Amherst College Library Records, 1833-1977, 1876-1933 Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
referencedIn Morrow Papers [Microform], 1877-1933, 1900-1931 Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
referencedIn Robert Frost Trusteeship. Papers, 1949-1991. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Wilbur, Richard, 1921-. An address given at the dedication of the Robert Frost Library [at] Amherst College, 1965 October 24. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Amherst College. Library. Portraits and signatures collections, ca. 1825-1900 / Amherst College Library. Amherst College. Library
referencedIn Amherst College Kennedy convocation collection (Oct. 26, 1963), 1962-1988 (bulk 1962-1963). Amherst College. Library
creatorOf Amherst College Library History Collection, 1850-1987, 1850-1965 Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
referencedIn Kennedy Convocation Collection, 1962-1988, 1962-1963 Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
creatorOf Amherst College. Library. Bookplates collection, 1828-1989. Amherst College. Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Amherst College corporateBody
associatedWith Amherst College. Class of 1897. Fletcher. corporateBody
associatedWith Amherst College. Class of 1926. McKeon. corporateBody
correspondedWith Eccles, Mary Hyde. person
associatedWith Fletcher, Robert Stillman, 1874-1953 person
associatedWith Graves, Louise B., collector. person
associatedWith Hampshire Inter-Library Center (HILC) corporateBody
associatedWith Hampshire Inter-library Center (Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith Jared R, Curtis 1936- person
associatedWith McKeon, Newton Felch, 1904-1990 person
associatedWith Morrow, Dwight W. (Dwight Whitney), 1873-1931 person
associatedWith Robert Frost Trusteeship. corporateBody
associatedWith Thayer, William Roscoe, 1859-1923 person
associatedWith Wilbur, Richard, 1921- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Amherst College Library
Massachusetts--Amherst
Subject
Academic libraries
Academic libraries
Bookplates, American
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