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Collections of college and personal papers, as well as a select number of individual documents, have been briefly described in entries available for browsing and searching on this site. All collection descriptions contain a representative image and a summary of the contents. Collection descriptions also include links to an inventory detailing the contents of the collection.

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Scrapbook images, c.1920 (PC, folder 5)
1896-1964

Albert L. Demaree (1894-1964) graduated from Dickinson College in 1923. This collection contains materials from his service in the U.S. Navy during both World Wars, including certificates, medals, and photographs. The collection also includes...

Letters, 1862 (Box 1, folder 4)
1861-1864

This collection is comprised entirely of correspondence written by Thomas William Dick during his service in the Union Army from 1861 to 1864. Originally from Centerville, Pennsylvania, Dick enlisted in the PA Reserve Corps, and, although wounded...

Location: MC 2001.10

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Collection Inventory: mc2001.10.pdf

Letters, 1797 (Box 1, folder 4)
1762-1807

This collection is comprised of correspondence and legal papers reflecting the legal and political career of John Dickinson, statesman and president of the Supreme Executive Council of Delaware and Pennsylvania. The majority of the collection is...

Scrapbook page, c.1928 (Box 1, folder 12)
1912-2009

The collection documents the education and early teaching career of Velva Diven Daihl, class of 1927, and her husband, Sam Daihl. The bulk of the materials pertain to Velva's experiences as a Dickinson student and alumna. Some other items of note...

German notebook, undated (Box 1, folder 4)
1906-1970

The collection includes various materials gathered by Blanche, Ray, and Miriam Dum, graduates of Dickinson College in 1910, 1911, and 1913, respectively. Examples of the materials include college bills and report cards from the early part of the...

Time Book, 1910 (Box 1, folder 7)
1906-1955

George Dum (c.1863-1918) served as secretary and treasurer for the Perry County-based Oak Grove Lumber Company. This collection contains materials pertaining to his interest in this venture, as well as his family's legal dealings with the...

John Price Durbin - President, 1834-1845
1834-1845

The papers of John Price Durbin contained within this record group pertain only to the years that he spent as president of Dickinson College, from 1834 to 1845. This includes the papers collected during the period of Durbin's sabbatical, during...

Letter in Box 1, Folder 7
1836-2001; bulk, 1852-1880

The Education Fund played a critical role in the success of Dickinson College, especially during the mid-nineteenth century. For thirty years, Dickinson was entirely dependent upon the interest from the Education Fund to support its operations....

Letters, 1847 (Box 1, folder 4)
1836-1847

Robert Emory (1814-1848) taught Latin and Greek at Dickinson between 1834 and 1840 and served as acting president in 1842-43 and 1845-47. This collection contains personal correspondence, as well legal and financial documents, primarily regarding...

Robert Emory - President, 1845-1848
1845-1848

The records contained in the President Robert Emory record group pertain only to his time and affairs as president of Dickinson College. As such, any papers from Emory’s acting presidency during John Price Durbin’s sabbatical are not included...

Scrapbook, pages 42-43 (Box 1)
1919-1925

M. Margaret Eslinger graduated from Dickinson College in 1923.  This scrapbook contains a variety of items from her time at Dickinson College and as a graduate student at Ohio State University between 1919 and 1925. Materials include letters,...

Commonplace book, 1787 (Box 1, folder 1)
1770-1787

Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson (1737-1801) was a Philadelphia writer who was known for hosting literary salons attended by individuals such as John Dickinson, Jacob Duché, Francis Hopkinson, Dr. Benjamin Rush, and Annis Boudinot Stockton. The...

Location: MC 2006.3

Subject: Literary Pursuits

Format: Diaries and Journals, Poetry and Lyrics

Time Period: 1760-1779, 1780-1799

Collection Inventory: mc2006.03.pdf

Travel journal, 1776 (Box 1, folder 8)
1776-1857

The collection consists primarily of travel journals of Thomas and Jabez Fisher, sons of Joshua Fisher, a businessman in Philadelphia shipping prior to the Revolutionary War. The journals offer detailed accounts of travel to Europe in the 1760s...

Poetry, undated (Box 1, folder 23)
1874-1959

The collection includes correspondence and manuscripts of William Righter Fisher, a Dickinson alumnus (class of 1870) and professor of modern languages (1874-1876). These papers reflect Fisher's graduate study in Germany, teaching at Dickinson,...

Photo album, 1937-1938 (Box 1, folder 1)
1937-1938

The J. William Frey Photograph Album contains photographs chronicling his year in Giessen, Germany; he titled it "'Mein Jahr in Deutschland': A Year of Attending College in 1937-1938 Nazi Germany." Captions in both English and German were written...

Location: MC 2003.7

Subject: Education, Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Photographs

Time Period: 1920-1939

Collection Inventory: mc2003.07.pdf

Letters, 1836, 1847 (Box 1, folder 28)
1816-1860

This collection includes correspondence of the Gale family including Reverend Wakefield Gale, a Congregational clergyman educated at Dartmouth and Andover Theological Seminary, his wife Mary Louise Bigelow Gale, John A. Gale, and Joseph Gale....

Location: MC 1998.11

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819, 1820-1839, 1840-1859, 1860-1879

Collection Inventory: mc1998.11.pdf

Diary, 1805-1809 (Box 1, folder 1)
1805-1898

The collection consists of the diaries of Zenanah Gilbert and Dora Gilbert Tompkins; very little else is known about either woman. Gilbert was born in Rome, New York on January 31, 1782; her family ran a guest house in town. Tompkins was born in...

Theatre materials, 1953 (Box 1, folder 22)
1951-1998

Lewis Daniel Gobrecht graduated from Dickinson College in 1955. This collection primarily represents his academic and extracurricular life as a student, with particular emphasis on his involvement in theatre and music activities.

Sermons, 1807 (Box 1, folder 5)
1796-1813

Isaac Grier (c.1763-1814) was a member of the class of 1788 of Dickinson College; he studied theology under Charles Nisbet and later served as principal of the grammar school at the college from 1788 until 1790. The core of the collection...

Location: MC 2000.2

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Letters/Correspondence, Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1780-1799, 1800-1819

Collection Inventory: mc2000.02.pdf

Speech, undated (Box 1, folder 7)
1854-1918

Thomas Miller Griffith (1834-1898) graduated from Dickinson College in 1858 and received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the college in 1891. He was a member of the Philadelphia conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church and served...

Letter, 1800 (Box 1, folder 6)
1773-1812

Francis Gurney (1738-1815) was a veteran of the French and Indian Wars, the American Revolution, and the Whiskey Rebellion. A prominent Philadelphia merchant, Gurney held several political offices such as city Alderman and representative and...

Letters, 1794 (Box 1, folder 9)
1789-1830

The Thomas Hamilton Collection consists almost exclusively of letters received by James Hamilton from his brother Thomas Hamilton, both of whom were prominent figures in local politics (James in Carlisle, PA and Thomas in Greensburg, PA). The...

Diary, 1901-1902 (Box 1, folder 2)
1899-c.1905

The collection consists of materials relating to Ethelyn Hardesty's student days at Dickinson College, including a scrapbook, 1899-1902, class and lecture notes, grade reports, and a diary. After graduating in 1902, Hardesty taught high school in...

Essay, undated (Box 1, folder 8)
1861-1874

Dickinson alum (Class of 1870) and trustee, James Hargis worked in education for several years before becoming a clergyman, earning his doctorate of divinity in 1888. The collection consists of essays and orations written by Hargis and...

Account book, 1911-1915 (Box 1, folder 5)
1911-1920

The bulk of the diaries is a day by day account of Harnish's life in Carlisle - what he did, whom he saw, etc. Four diaries contain accounts of his years at Dickinson College: accounts of the social life, (Theta Chi fraternity), and academic...

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