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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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Receipt for taxes, 1816 (Box 1, folder 9)

The collection includes business letters and legal papers of the Burd family, early deeds and patents, settlement of the Edward Shippen Burd estate 1848-1870, and correspondence concerning bequests for St. Stephen's Church, Philadelphia, the Burd...

Pieter Burman journals

This collection is comprised of three journals containing notes on lectures delivered by Pieter Burman during his tenure at the University of Leiden, sometime between 1715 and 1740. It is not known precisely who took these notes. The notebooks...

Scrapbook, 1857-1861 (Box 1)

The collection consists of a scrapbook of clippings from both the Carlisle Herald and the Mechanicsburg Weekly Gazette. The scrapbook was kept by William M. Porter, who succeeded Captain E. Beatty as editor, 1857-1860. The...

Postcard of the Carlisle Indian School

This collection contains a number of items purchased as a group from Robert Rowe in 2014, and features the business papers of Milton I. Zeigler, postcards, ephemera, and publications from the Carlisle Indian School. Zeigler served as the...

Letter from Richard Henry Pratt to Cornelius Rea Agnew

This collection contains a series of letters received by Dr. Cornelius Rea Agnew, a noted surgeon from New York City who was a strong supporter of, and significant donor to, the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. The majority of the letters were...

Carlisle Indian School Individual Artifacts and Oversized Items

These artifacts and oversized items about the Carlisle Indian School were acquired by the Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections individually and are not part of any larger collection.

Carlisle Indian School Individual Photographs

These photographs about the Carlisle Indian School were acquired by the Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections individually and are not part of any larger collection.

Carlisle Indian School papers - CIS-MC-004 at Dickinson College

This collection contains a number of items purchased as a group from Robert Rowe in 2017, and includes a number of photographs, artifacts, and documents related to the Carlisle Indian School. The four court martials in this collection are from...

Letter, 1953 (Box 2, folder 20)

Marcia Chamberlain was a friend and correspondent of poet Marianne Moore. This collection contains letters exchanged between the two women and other acquaintances, as well as a small amount of writings, photographs, and ephemera.

Contract estimate, 1849 (Box 2, folder 6)

This collection consists of drafts, letters, manuscripts, notes, financial accounts, and a prospectus for the publication of a book. Specifically, there are lectures and notes on mechanics, as well as drafts for patents on inventions submitted to...

Pamphlet, undated (Box 7, folder 23)

The Edwin K. Charles collection consists of the various papers, government documents, newsletters, transcripts, and publications collected by Charles in the years following the accident at Three Mile Island. Edwin K. Charles, a resident of...

John Nicholas Choate Glass Plate Negative Collection

This collection contains 39 glass plate negatives, dating from the 1880s, from the studio of John Nicholas Choate. Choate was a photographer based in the town of Carlisle who took thousands of images of Carlisle Indian School students, buildings...

Location: CIS-PC-005

Subject: Carlisle Indian School, Native Americans

Format: Photographs

Time Period: 1880-1899

Collection Inventory: CIS-PC-005.pdf

Dance cards, 1928 (Box 1, folder 1)

Elizabeth H. Clarke graduated from Dickinson College in 1932. This collection contains dance cards and other ephemera from her college days.

Location: MC 2009.7

Subject: Dickinson College Student Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence, Memorabilia and Ephemera

Time Period: 1900-1919, 1920-1939

Collection Inventory: mc2009.07.pdf

Diary, 1895 (Box 1, folder 5)

The collections consists of the diaries of Joseph Clemens and his wife, Mary Knapp Strong Clemens. Joseph Clemens was born in Cornwall, England. He left England and entered Dickinson College at the age of 28, graduating in the class of 1894. He...

Diary, 1855-1872 (Box 2, folder 2)

Charles Collins (1813-1875) was a native of Maine and a graduate of Wesleyan University (1837); he served as president of Emory and Henry College (1838-1852), of Dickinson College (1852-1860) and as proprietor and President of State Female...

Charles Collins - President, 1852-1860

The records contained in the President Charles Collins record group pertain only to his time and affairs as president of Dickinson College. As such, no personal papers are included in this record group. For records concerning Collins’...

Diary, 1851-1856 (Box 2, folder 8)

Moncure Daniel Conway was born into a southern aristocratic family, but ultimately became one of the nation's leading abolitionists and humanitarians. Conway was a graduate of Dickinson College in 1848 and was trained for the ministry at Harvard...

Notebook, 1824-1827 (Box 1, folder 3)

Thomas Creigh (1808-1880), Dickinson Class of 1828, attended Princeton Theological Seminary and was ordained by the Carlisle Presbytery in 1831. He served as a pastor in Mercersburg, Pa. The collection includes two notebooks from Creigh's student...

Notes, 1847-1848 (Box 1, folder 4)

The collection consists of student notes, correspondence, speeches and commissions related to John A. J. Creswell, Dickinson College class of 1848 and Postmaster General, 1869-1874. The collection also includes an account book kept by Creswell's...

Sermons, c.1920s-1960s (Box 5, folder 3)

This collection consists of the essays and sermons of Walter L. Crowding, Dickinson Class of 1925 and Methodist minister. Most of the essays are written upon various topics in religion, but also included are treatises on art and literature. The...

Letters, 1862 (Box 1, folder 4)

John T. Cuddy (1844-1864) was the son of John and Agnes Cuddy of Carlisle. Not much is known about his early childhood. At the age of 16 he enlisted in a local Pennsylvania regiment as a drummer boy and thus entered the Civil War. The collection...

Location: MC 2001.9

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence, Photographs

Time Period: 1860-1879

Collection Inventory: mc2001.09.pdf

Photograph album, c.1870 (Box 1, folder 1)

This collection reflects the three year period in which Andrew Curtin served as minister to Russia, and is arranged in two series: Photograph Albums and Loose Photographs. The albums are housed in one document box, while the loose photographs are...

Location: MC 2001.21

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

Format: Photographs

Time Period: 1860-1879

Collection Inventory: mc2001.21.pdf

School papers, 1840s (Box 1, folder 2)

Robert Laurenson Dashiell (1825-1880) was born in Salisbury, Md. He attended Dickinson College, graduating in 1846. He received a Divinity degree from Wesleyan University in 1866. In 1868 he became president of Dickinson College and retained that...

Robert Laurenson Dashiell - President, 1868-1872

The records contained in the President Robert Laurenson Dashiell record group pertain only to his time and affairs as president of Dickinson College. As such, no personal papers or papers pertaining to Dashiell’s time as a student are included in...