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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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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...

Program, 1943 (Box 1, folder 12)
1926-1949

The collection consists of papers pertaining to Hartigan's military career and to a proposed "Dickinson College School of International Activities." It includes correspondence with Dickinson College, foreign universities, and other institutions...

Photograph, 1862 (Photographs, folder 3)
1748-1963

The Hays family papers include correspondence, deeds, and memorabilia of six generations of this prominent Carlisle, Pa. family whose scions include General Ephraim Blaine (1741-1804), Commissary-General in the American Revolution and charter...

Photograph, 1985 (Photographs, folder 1)
1979-1990

The Bevery Hess collection consists of the various papers, newspaper clippings, books, audiotapes and photographs collected by Hess during her most active period of involvement with local anti-nuclear groups. Bevery Hess was a resident of...

Charles Francis Himes Photos - World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago
1893

These images are a sample of the photographs taken by Charles Francis Himes, a pioneer amateur photographer of the 19th century. Himes took this particular set of photographs while at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.

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Location: MC 2000.1, B27, F3

Subject: Business and Industry, International Affairs, Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Photographs

Time Period: 1880-1899

Collection Inventory:

Charles Francis Himes Photos - Family Trip to Europe
1890

These images are a sample of the photographs taken by Charles Francis Himes, a pioneer amateur photographer of the 19th century. Himes took this particular set of photographs while on a family vacation in Europe in 1890. Most of the photographs...

Location: MC 2000.1, B27, F1-2

Subject: International Affairs, Travel and Tourism

Format: Photographs

Time Period: 1880-1899

Collection Inventory:

Science notebook, 1863-1864 (Box 1, folder 4)
1859-1864

John B. Hood was an educator and writer from Mount Airy, Maryland. He graduated from Dickinson College in 1864, and earned a master's degree from that institution in 1867. The John B. Hood Collection is housed in one document box and contains...

Illustrations from John Milton’s Paradise Lost by Gustave Dore
1870

The images in this collection are from Milton’s Paradise Lost. Illustrated by Gustave Doré. Edited, with Notes and a Life of Milton, by Robert Vaughan, D.D. London: Cassell, Petter and Galpin, 1879.

Location: SC-OVER 821 M662p 1879

Subject: Literary Pursuits

Format: Engravings and Illustrations

Time Period: 1860-1879

Collection Inventory:

Newsletter, 1991 (Folder 3.5.3.2)
1968-present

This international society was founded in Europe in 1961 and a North American chapter followed ten years later. Dedicated to the study of civilizations, the ISCSC holds annual meetings, usually in an American university setting, in which papers...

Letter, 1785 (Box 1, folder 5)
1785-1811

This collection contains the papers of William Irvine, a physician during the American Revolution, and his family; the papers are housed in one document box and have been arranged into two sections: Correspondence, and Legal and Financial Papers...

Notice of sale, 1868 (Oversized, folder 1)
1852-1868

The Herman Merrills Johnson papers consist primarily of financial records, bound and unbound, maintained by Johnson during his tenure as president of Dickinson College. The collection also contains correspondence, notes, manuscripts, and the bill...

Herman Merrills Johnson - President, 1860-1868
1860-1868

The records contained in the President Herman Merrills Johnson record group pertain only to his time and affairs as president of Dickinson College. As such, no personal papers or papers pertaining to Johnson’s tenure as a faculty member are...

Scrapbook page, c1860-c1890 (Box 1, folder 1)
c.1860-1890

This Herman Merrills Johnson collection consists of a scrapbook believed to have been kept by the former college president Herman Merrills Johnson throughout his lifetime and continued by his son Theodore. The collection is housed in one document...

Essay instructions, c.1979 (Box 1, folder 2)
1979-1984

Julius "Steve" Kassovic taught in the Sociology-Anthropology Department at Dickinson from 1979 to 1984. This collection contains assignments from his popular Introduction to Folklore course, during which students gathered jokes, stories, myths,...

Press release, 1964 (Box 3, folder 5)
1946-1977

Charles Flint Kellogg was a member of Dickinson's history department from 1946 to 1975. His scholarship focused on the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Kellogg helped to establish black studies courses at the...

Kerry Shawn Keys
1963-2012

This collection consists of correspondence, journals, photographs, and other personal papers of Kerry Shawn Keys, poet, editor, translator, and cultural liaison. He has authored more than 40 books of poetry and prose and translated more than a...

Journal, 1854 (Box 2, folder 6)
1854-1933

Horatio Collins King was the son of Postmaster General Horatio King and the nephew of Dickinson College President Charles Collins. A graduate of Dickinson College, class of 1858, King was admitted to the bar in 1861 and saw active service in the...

William Wilcox Edel, 1946
1956-1961

These records contain materials related to the termination of Dr. Laurent R. LaVallee, assistant professor of economics.  In 1956, the Dickinson Board of Trustees voted unanimously to dismiss LaVallee as a result of his failure to answer...

Report, 1981 (Box 1, folder 23)
1972-1988

The Jane Lee collection consists of the various papers, court dockets, government documents, and newspaper clippings collected by Lee in the years following the accident at Three Mile Island. Jane Lee, a farmer from Etters, Pennsylvania, became...

Newsclipping, 1984 (Box 1, folder 8)
1981-1984

Steven G. Leventhal graduated from Dickinson College in 1984. This collection documents his efforts to gain an honorary degree from Dickinson for Soviet refusenik Dr. Yuri Medvedkov, an effort in which he was not successful. It also contains...

Mattachine Society Letter
1969-1996

Joseph W. Burns donated these materials in 2013 as the first contribution of historical documents to the LGBT Center of Central PA History Project. These materials reflect his involvement in gay rights activism in rural Pennsylvania, beginning...

Pink Triangle Coalition
1975-2013

This collection documents LGBT activism in Lancaster County, PA.  The materials date from 1975 to 2013. They include publicity materials from events sponsored by local groups such as the Pink Triangle Coalition, promotional materials for March on...

LGBT-003 document
2011-2012

This collection contains a campaign poster from John Campbell’s run for Harrisburg City treasurer as an openly gay candidate in 2011-2012.

Location: LGBT-003

Subject: LGBT History, Politics and Government

Format: Broadsides and Posters

Time Period: 2000-2019

Collection Inventory: LGBT-003 Collection Inventory

LGBT-004 documents
2013

This collection contains campaign materials from Chris Dietz's run for PA State Representative in 2012, including flyers, a campaign poster, and a campaign button. 

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