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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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Passport, 1925 (Box 3, folder 13)
1882-1958

James Gordon Steese (1882-1958) was a member of the Dickinson College class of 1902. Among his many activities, Steese served as president of the Board of Road Commissioners for Alaska; the Steese Highway in Alaska is named for him. He later was...

Notebooks, 1895-1905 (Box 6, folder 1 and 4)
1889-1913

Wilbur Morris Stine (1863-1934) graduated with Dickinson College's class of 1886 and later received advanced degrees from both Dickinson College and Ohio University. He served on the engineering faculty at Ohio University, the Armour Institute of...

Letter, 1864 (Box 1, folder 8)
1862-1908

James Alexander Streams fought for three years with Company A of the Sixty-First Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, which recruited its members from Indiana County. This collection contains 41 letters, most of which were received by Streams...

Matriculation book, 1849-1853 (RG 5/1 - 2.1.4)
1783-1914

In the nineteenth century, the activities pertaining to admissions and student affairs were performed by the President of the College, with some assistance from the other faculty members. Inquiries concerning admissions were generally made...

Poster, 1979 (Box 1, folder 13)
1979-c.1990

Robert Swift was a Pennsylvania statehouse reporter during the accident at Three Mile Island. As such, he not only covered the numerous press conferences held to discuss the incident, but also reported from TMI the first night of the accident....

Legal brief, 1815 (Box 3, folder 1)
1770-1834

Roger Brooke Taney graduated from Dickinson College in the class of 1795. He served as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, a state senator, Attorney General of both Maryland and the United States, and Secretary of the Treasury before...

Location: MC 2002.3

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1760-1779, 1780-1799, 1800-1819, 1820-1839

Collection Inventory: mc2002.03.pdf

OC 2013.3, Folder 16
1890-1986

Allen C. Tanner (1898-1987) was an Illinois-born pianist. At fifteen he was awarded a scholarship to study music in Chicago. There he met Margaret Anderson, editor of the Little Review. Tanner then moved to New York City where he...

Autograph, undated (Box1, folder 5)
1951-1956

The Craig Robert Thomas collection consists of letters, autographs, and photographs from prominent celebrities and political and military figures who sent their warm wishes and personal regards to Craig Robert Thomas. This collection is a bequest...

Location: MC 2001.18

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Artifacts and Objects, Letters/Correspondence, Photographs

Time Period: 1940-1959

Collection Inventory: mc2001.18.pdf

Drawing, 1856 (Box 2, folder 2)
1952-1957

The Craig Robert Thomas collection is housed in two document boxes, one oversized box, and 893 photograph folders, and is arranged into the following three categories: Correspondence, Photographs, and Miscellaneous. The collection consists almost...

Location: MC 2000.7

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Engravings and Illustrations, Letters/Correspondence, Photographs

Time Period: 1940-1959

Collection Inventory: mc2000.07.pdf

Newsletter, 1979 (folder 1.4.3.1)
1979-1994

Three Mile Island Alert (TMIA) collection consists of the various papers, government documents, legal documents, transcripts, and publications collected and maintained by Three Mile Island Alert, a not-for-profit citizens' organization dedicated...

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...

Notebook, c.1895 (Box 1, folder 1)
1895-1941

Thomas W. Troxell (1874-1947) graduated from Dickinson College in 1898. He taught at schools in North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia before finishing his career as principal at Gaithersburg High School in Maryland. This small...

Sermon, undated (Box 1, folder 8)
1880-1938

William Van Bergen Tudor (1832-1916) graduated from Dickinson College in 1850 and earned a Doctor of Divinity degree from Centenary College in Louisiana in 1872. He served as a minister in the Baltimore Conference of the Methodist Episcopal...

Letter, 1983 (Box 2, folder 11)
1976-1985

Morris King Udall served as a Congressman from Arizona for thirty years. From 1977 to 1991, he chaired the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs where he was instrumental in launching the investigation into the March 1979 accident at Three...

Letter, 1809 (Box 2, folder 12)
1766-1897

The collection consists of the papers of the families of Jacob and Cornelius Vanderbilt, farmers and tax assessors of Newton Township, Cumberland County, Pa. Accounts of the Civil War are included among family correspondence, bills, accounts, and...

Journal, 1950 (Box 10, folder 5)
1914-1985

Paul Walker (1896-1985) was a 1921 graduate of Dickinson College and a longtime contributing editor and columnist with the Harrisburg Patriot-News; his column "Roundabout" appeared for over ten years. This collection is comprised of...

Sermon, 1877 (Box 1, folder 17)
1837-1890

The collection contains papers of Ferdinand de Wilton Ward (1812-1891) concerning the Central Church in Geneseo, New York, the American Bible Society, and the genealogy of the Ward family. Also in the collection are a journal of Ward's voyage to...

Biology notes, 1932 (Box 1, folder 2)
1926-1934

Eleanor T. Waugh Hanley (19??-1940) was the daughter of Karl Tinsley Waugh, who served as president of Dickinson College from 1932 to 1933. Hanley enrolled in the Dickinson class of 1935 and participated in numerous campus activities, although...

Notebook, 1762 (Box 1, folder 1)
1762-1817

The Anthony Wayne collection consists of four notebooks kept by Anthony, Charles, and Isaac Wayne. The two notebooks belonging to Anthony Wayne, dated 1762 to 1764, contain notes on mathematics and surveying; the notebook of Charles Wayne also...

Map, undated (Box 1, folder 7)
1797-1841

This collection is comprised of letters written to Isaac Wayne, Dickinson College Class of 1792 and Pennsylvania statesman, on various subjects ranging from biographical information on his father (General Anthony Wayne) to Wayne's service in...

Letters, 1928-1929 (Box 1, folder 5)
1924-1934

Emma Catherine Wentzel graduated from Dickinson College in 1934. This collection contains correspondence received during her high school and college years.

The Uses of Bibliography, Lecture II: “The Bibliographer and the Makers of the Book” (typescript), 1953
1928-1965

The Willoughby collection is divided into three series and housed in four document boxes. It is comprised mostly of drafts of literary works, contained in the Literary Productions series, as well as correspondence, mostly relating to his...

Page from Barbara Stevens Wishmeyer scrapbook
1962-1963

Barbara Stevens Wishmeyer served as Dean of Women at Dickinson College from 1959-1967. She created this scrapbook that documents the lives of the first-year female students living in Metzger Hall during the 1962-1963 academic year....

Location: MC 2013.1

Subject: Dickinson College Organizations, Dickinson College Student Life, Education

Format: Scrapbooks

Time Period: 1960-1979

Collection Inventory: mc 2013.01.pdf

Ephemera, 1901 (Box 1, folder 71)
1880-c.1950

This collection consists of nine scrapbooks relating to John Perry Wood (1879-1959), Dickinson College class of 1901 and Yale University School of Law class of 1902, and his family. Most of the scrapbooks deal with aspects of family life:...

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