Dickinson College Alumni Affairs

    Entries drawn from collection & document descriptions

Photograph, 1887 (Photographs, folder 17)
circa 1860-1952

Zatae Longsdorff Straw (1866-1955) was the first woman graduate of Dickinson College as a member of the class of 1887; she went on to a successful career as a doctor and politician. The collection of her papers includes correspondence, printed and manuscript materials, scrapbooks and scrapbook...

Collection Inventory: mc2002.02.pdf

Photograph, c1945 (Photographs, folder 52)
1860-2003

Ruth Agnes Trout graduated from Dickinson College with the class of 1936. In 1983, she and her sister, Helen Elizabeth Trout, established the Trout Gallery at the college in honor of their parents, Brook and Mary Agnes Cook Trout. This collection of papers documents Trout's relationship with the...

Collection Inventory: mc2005.01.pdf

Letter from James Buchanan to John McClintock
July 21, 1842

Senator James Buchanan asks Dickinson College Professor John McClintock to thank the Board of Trustees for granting him an honorary Doctor of Laws. "I feel conscious that I do not deserve so distinguished a literary honor," Buchanan notes. Transcript included.

Letter from Herman Johnson to Unknown Recipient
August 25, 1851

Dickinson College Professor Herman M. Johnson writes this letter to recommend a recent graduate, Martin T. Rohrer (Class of 1851), for a teaching position. Rohrer "is a young gentleman whom we believe to be... well qualified to fill the office of...

Location: I-SpahrB-1952-9

Subject: Dickinson College Alumni Affairs, Education, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Thomas Sudler to Unknown Recipient
August 26, 1851

Former Dickinson College Professor Thomas Emory Sudler (Class of 1840) writes this letter to recommend a recent graduate, Martin T. Rohrer (Class of 1851), for a teaching position. Rohrer "is a Gentleman qualified to give instruction" in subjects such as "Algebra, Geometry, [and] Trigonometry,"...

Location: I-SpahrB-1952-9

Subject: Dickinson College Alumni Affairs, Education, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to Edward McPherson
May 31, 1852

James Buchanan writes to journalist and lawyer Edward McPherson regarding a list of members of the Lancaster County Bar that McPherson had compiled. Buchanan points out that the list mistakenly dates his admission to the Bar to 1809, when he was still a student at Dickinson College. "According...

Letter from James Buchanan to Herman Johnson
November 11, 1863

Former President James Buchanan writes to Dickinson College President Herman Johnson Merrills with information on several alumni, including William Speer (Class of 1788), Jesse Magaw (Class of 1806), and Buchanan's brother George Buchanan (Class of 1805). James Buchanan is a member of the Class...

"Dickinson College and Its Alumni," by Anonymous
1866

A speech about the history of Dickinson College written by an anonymous author for a reunion of Dickinson alumni in 1866. Transcript included.

Location: I-Original-1866-2

Subject: Dickinson College Alumni Affairs, Dickinson College History, Education

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Charles Himes to Unknown Recipient
August 16, 1869

Professor of Natural Science Charles Francis Himes writes a letter of recommendation for Wilbur Fisk Horn, Class of 1869.

Location: I-ClarkeW-1962-1

Subject: Dickinson College Alumni Affairs, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

"Twenty-Five Years After: Quarto-Centennial of the Class of '70,"  by Charles Biggs
June 1895

Charles Granville Biggs recounts the Quarto-Centennial reunion of the Class of 1870 after commencement in June 1895. "Although we graduated only sixteen members," Biggs notes that "thirteen were present on this auspicious occasion." Biggs explains their shared comradery and describes the events...

"Alumni Record: Dickinson College," edited by George Reed
1905

A description of this book is not currently available.

Location: DC 378.748 DT3 1905

Subject: Dickinson College Alumni Affairs, Dickinson College History, Education

Format: Books and Pamphlets

Time Period: 1900-1919

"Poem," by Horatio Collins King
1905

Medal of Honor Recipient Horatio Collins King (Class of 1858) writes this "Poem" on the history of Dickinson College.

"Reunion Address Class of 1870," by Edward Byrn
June 7, 1910

Edward Wright Byrn delivers this reunion address in 1910 for the Class of 1870. Byrn discusses the importance of reunions at which former students "meet every five years after graduation and renew the old associations of college days." Byrn also describes the events that took place during the...

Letter from Whitfield Bell Jr. to Brooks Kleber
June 16, 1942

Whitfield Bell Jr. writes Brooks Kleber to catch up and discuss a number of different subjects. Bell congratulates Kleber on being selected for Officer Training School (OCS) and describes where their former classmates at Dickinson are serving in the United States military. Bell, a member of the...

Letter from Zatae Longsdorff Straw to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Selby
April 20, 1951

Zatae Longsdorff Straw (Class of 1887) writes to Mr. and Mrs. Howard W. Selby, accepting an invitation and explaining her (and her family's) connections to Dickinson College. Howard Selby was a member of Dickinson's class of 1913 and his wife, Ethel Wagg Selby, was a member of the class of 1915...

"Dickinson College: A History," by Charles C. Sellers
1973

Publisher: Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press

Charles C. Sellers, retired librarian and curator of special collections, authors a history of Dickinson College in celebration of its bicentennial.

Dickinson College Catalog, 1994-95
1994

The Dickinson College catalog for the 1994-1995 academic year.

Location: Dickinsoniana Periodicals

Subject: Dickinson College Administration, Dickinson College Alumni Affairs, Education

Format: Books and Pamphlets

Time Period: 1980-1999

LGBT History Logo
October 11, 2014

Emily Newberry was born in June of 1944 in St. Louis, Missouri, shortly thereafter moving to West Haven, Connecticut, and then Schenectady, New York, after her parents got divorced—a shameful and hidden family secret—and her dad remarried. Emily moved to the Central Pennsylvania area when she...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Newberry, Emily - 086

Subject: Dickinson College Alumni Affairs, Health and Medicine, LGBT History, Personal and Family Life

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

Time Period:

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