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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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Magazine cover, 1966 (Box 2, folder 10)
1913-2000

The collection consists of correspondence and manuscripts of Marianne Moore (1887-1972), the famous American poet. The letters generally discuss her literary work, but some personal business is included as well. Manuscript copies of several of...

Letter, 1932 (Box 1, folder 33)
1869-1934

Julia Morgan (1891-1948), Class of 1911, served as a medical missionary in China from approximately 1924 to 1941. This collection contains correspondence written primarily by Julia to her father, James Henry Morgan, during her time in China....

Certificate, 1823 (Box 1, folder 14)
1809-1956

Jacob Simmons Mosher (1834-1883) was a prominent physician and professor of medicine in Albany, New York. Samuel L. Southard (1787-1842) was a lawyer, politician, and cabinet member from New Jersey. These papers contain correspondence and other...

Letter, Oct. 1838 (Box 1, folder 35)
1828-1840

Hiester Henry Muhlenberg (1812-1886) was a member of the distinguished Muhlenberg family of Pennsylvania. He graduated from Dickinson College in 1829. This collection contains almost 200 letters, most of which were written by members of...

Christmas card, 1953 (Box 1, folder 17)
1785-1980

T. Edward Munce Jr. (1914-1980) graduated from Dickinson College (class of 1939) and the Dickinson School of Law. He was a World War II veteran, State Department employee, and lawyer for the Public Utility Commission. The bulk of this collection...

Photograph, 1979 (Photographs, folder 1)
1978-1986

The John H. Murdoch collection consists of various papers, newspaper clippings, audiotapes, and photographs collected by Murdoch during his involvement with Three Mile Island Alert. John Murdoch was a long-time resident of Lower Allen Township,...

Natural History Illustrations - Flickr Collection
1793-1893

These images were taken from a number of books housed in the Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections.

The sources include:

Thomas Pennant's History of Quadrupeds. Vols. 1 and 2 (1793)
William P. C. Barton's...

Location: Special Collections

Subject: Science and Technology

Format: Engravings and Illustrations

Time Period: 1800-1819, 1820-1839, 1840-1859, 1860-1879, 1880-1899

Collection Inventory:

The Eagle, or, Carlisle Herald - March 3, 1802
1769-2001

The Carlisle and Local Newspaper Collection consists of various newspapers that were produced in south central Pennsylvania, or feature articles which concern local events. The newspapers are arranged alphabetically by title and then...

Allegheny Democrat - September 30, 1834
1785-2002

The Dickinsoniana Newspaper Collection consists of various newspapers acquired by the Library over the years. These items feature articles which concern mainly Dickinson College: happenings on campus, curriculum offerings, and doings of famous...

Letters, 1799 (Box 1, folders 22 and 24)
1769-1865

The collection consists of the papers of Charles Nisbet, first president of Dickinson College, and his family, particularly his son-in-law, William Turnbull. The majority of these papers is correspondence conducted between Nisbet and his daughter...

Eugene Allen Noble - President, 1911-1914
1911-1914

The records contained in the President Eugene Allen Noble 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 Noble’s...

Sermon, 1904 (Box 1, folder 7)
1870-1904

George Norcross (1838-1915) graduated from Monmouth College in 1861 and Princeton Theological Seminary in 1864. He served as minister of the Second Presbyterian Church in Carlisle, Pa., from 1869 until 1909. This collection contains seven sermons...

Location: MC 2005.6

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879, 1880-1899, 1900-1919

Collection Inventory: mc2005.06.pdf

The Church Speaks program, October 1954
1924-1989, bulk 1967-1989

Record group 5/2 consists of both materials dating from 1962-1989 while the Office of the Chaplain existed under the leadership of a full-time chaplain, as well as materials regarding campus religious affairs functions prior to the establishment...

Jesse Truesdell Peck - President, 1848-1852
1848-1852

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

Diary, 1914-1915 (Box 1, folder 1)
1914-1915

This collection consists primarily of the diary of Esther Popel Shaw (Class of 1919), the first African American woman to graduate from Dickinson College.  Esther kept this diary between the conclusion of her junior year in high...

Location: MC 2013.4

Subject: Education, Literary Pursuits, Personal and Family Life

Format: Diaries and Journals

Time Period: 1900-1919

Collection Inventory: mc2013.04.pdf

Death certificate, 1902 (Box 2, folder 17)
1858-1943

The collection documents the lives of the members of the Potter, Guererro, James, and Lord families from the 1850s to the 1940s, beginning with Henry Cardwell Potter (1822-1902), a Philadelphia businessman who through his business dealings became...

Newspaper, 1817 (Oversized, folder 1)
1809-1918

The collection documents several generations of the Poulson family and its role in publishing Poulson's American Daily Advertiser. It includes submissions, woodcuts, and sample issues from the Daily Advertiser; correspondence;...

Charles Nisbet
1783-1831

The Presidents 1783-1833 Record Group contains papers related the presidency of the seven men who served at Dickinson from 1783 to 1833. This Record Group corresponds with that of RG 1/1, the Trustees 1783-1833, which also documents the first...

Booklet, 1854 (Box 2, folder 2)
1797-1937

The collection consists of correspondence, legal and financial materials primarily related to Price's law practice, his service in the Pennsylvania State Senate (1854-1856), and as a commissioner for Fairmount Park Association. Also included in...

Joseph Priestley
1952-present

The Priestley Award was established by Dickinson College in honor and memory of Joseph Priestley, the eighteenth century scientist and theologian best known as the discoverer of oxygen. Every year the award is presented to a distinguished...

Engraving, undated (Box 2, folder 9)
1717-1964

This collection includes letters, documents, clippings, pamphlets, and photographs relating to Joseph Priestley and his descendants. It was presented to the college by Mrs. Temple Fay.

Envelope and postcard, 1983 (Box 2, folder 23)
1833-1994

This collection includes articles, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, and programs about Joseph Priestley and related topics. Also included in the collection are genealogical materials - correspondence, notes, charts - collected by Priestley...

Program, undated (Box 4, folder 9)
1790-1937

Leon Cushing Prince (1878-1937) graduated from Dickinson College in 1898 and received his law degree from the Dickinson School of Law and his masters from New York University. Prince returned to Dickinson in 1907 to become a professor of history...

Letters, 1887, 1889 (Box 1, folder 4)
1865-1926

Julius N. Proeschel was a French immigant who was an employee and friend of John McClintock, a professor at Dickinson College. The Proeschel Family Collection is comprised entirely of correspondence and is housed in one document box. The...

Location: MC 2001.3

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879, 1880-1899, 1900-1919, 1920-1939

Collection Inventory: mc2001.03.pdf

Newsletter, 1980 (Box 1, folder 22)
1978-1993

The Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC) collection consists of the various papers, newsletters, court dockets, and publications which were housed by PIRC in an effort to organize all efforts against the restart of Three Mile Island, following...

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