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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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Letter, 1853 (Box 1, folder 10)
1786-1896

The collection consists of the correspondence of William Rawle (1759-1836), William Rawle, Jr. (1788-1858), William Henry Rawle (1823-1889), Charles Wallace Brooke, and William Brooke Rawle, primarily concerning legal and financial matters. The...

Location: MC 2000.5

Subject: Economics and Finance, Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799, 1800-1819, 1820-1839, 1840-1859, 1860-1879, 1880-1899

Collection Inventory: mc2000.05.pdf

Letter, 1844 (Box 1, folder 1)
1818-1870

This collection contains the personal and legal papers of John Meredith Read, a Pennsylvania lawyer and state supreme court justice. The collection is housed in one document box and is divided into two categories: Correspondence and Legal and...

George Edward Reed - President, 1889-1911
1889-1911

The records contained in the President George Edward Reed 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 Reed’s...

Journal, 1941 (Box 1, folder 2)
1941-1945

George Edward Reed II (1912-1998) graduated from Dickinson College in 1935. This collection contains journals that document his service during World War II. The journals include diary entries, which start in June 1941 and end in November 1945....

Copybook, c.1847-1851 (Box 1, folder 7)
1832-1861

The William Charles Ford Reed Collection was donated to the college in 1951 by the sons of William C. F. Reed, Class of 1851. The collection contains some of Reed's student writings, notebooks, and his complete set of school books. A subsequent...

Letter, 1946 (Box 1, folder 7)
1932-1951

Robert Fleming Rich attended Dickinson College from 1903-1906 before withdrawing to take up a position in the family business, the Woolrich Woolen Mills. He later became active in Republican politics, serving in the United States House of...

Location: MC 2010.3

Subject: Dickinson College Administration

Format: Financial Documents, Letters/Correspondence, Photographs

Time Period: 1920-1939, 1940-1959

Collection Inventory: mc2010.03.pdf

Newsclipping, 2002 (Box 1, folder 33)
1980-2002

Daniel K. Richter taught history and American studies at Dickinson College from 1985 to 1998. This collection includes papers presented by Richter at conferences, as well as book reviews and title pages of scholarly articles written by him. In...

Letter, 1926 (Box 1, folder 6)
1862-1991

This collection contains the correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings and other materials of Mary Lamb Riley. The bulk of the collection is correspondence sent to Mary Lamb Riley by her mother, Harriet Collins Lamb, and her daughter,...

Charles Arthur Robinson, c1915 (PC 2012.1, folder 11)
1905-1973

The Charles Arthur Robinson Collection was donated by Charles L. Robinson on January 14, 2012. The collection is housed in two document boxes, one oversized box, 57 photograph folders, and one small artifact box. The collection contains materials...

Letter, 1954 (Box 1, folder 1)
1953-1992

The Sarah L. Rowe Collection is composed of books authored by Pearl S. Buck, as well as correspondence to and from both Buck and Sarah Rowe. This collection was acquired through a bequest of Rowe. The books are individually cataloged and...

Location: MC 2000.4

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Personal and Family Life

Format: Books and Pamphlets, Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1940-1959, 1960-1979, 1980-1999

Collection Inventory: mc2000.04.pdf

Essay, undated (Box 1, folder 6)
1874-1880

The collection includes essays written by Alexander Sharp while he was a student at Dickinson College. Also included are grammar school essays written by Alexander and his sister Mary.

Photograph, c.1910 (Photographs, folder 3)
1906-1961

William Howard Sharp (1891-1958) graduated from Dickinson College in 1913. After graduation he worked as an insurance agent, was admitted to the New Jersey bar, and was elected to the New Jersey State Senate. This collection contains...

Letter, 1859 (Box 3, folder 10)
1849-1871

This collection consists of folders in 13 manuscript boxes relating to correspondence and papers of Eli Slifer (1818-1888), an active figure in Pennsylvania politics and the Secretary of the Commonwealth under Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin, 1861-...

Scrapbook, 1930-1935 (Box 1, folder 5)
1927-1934

Spencer Bauman Smith (1911-1984) graduated from Dickinson College in 1934. He then attended the Princeton Theological Seminary and served as pastor of the Camp Hill (PA) Presbyterian Church for 34 years. This collection contains correspondence...

Soyuzfoto: Soviet News Photos
1918-1933

These images were distributed in the United States by the Soyuzfoto Soviet News Agency during the early 1930s. The images themselves date from 1918-1933 and depict notable individuals, places, and scenes from daily life.

Location: Soyuzfoto Collection

Subject: International Affairs, Personal and Family Life

Format: Photographs

Time Period: 1900-1919, 1920-1939

Collection Inventory:

James Gordon Steese Photos - A Trip through Peru
1911

These images are from a pair of published souvenir photo albums documenting Lima and Central Peru, where Steese appears to have travelled in 1911. The albums, whose titles are listed below, were produced for Edward Muecke of Lima, with...

Location: MC 2002.4, B11, F2

Subject: Travel and Tourism

Format: Photographs

Time Period: 1900-1919

Collection Inventory:

James Gordon Steese Photos - Alaska
1920s

These images are from a collection of photograph albums compiled by James Gordon Steese, an officer in the Army Corps of Engineers. Steese assembled these albums using photographs he collected while serving as president of the Alaska Road...

Location: MC 2002.4, B6

Subject: Business and Industry, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Photographs

Time Period: 1920-1939

Collection Inventory:

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...

James Gordon Steese Photos - Panama
1907-1912

These images are from a collection of photograph albums compiled by James Gordon Steese, an officer in the Army Corps of Engineers. Steese assembled these albums using photographs he collected while stationed in Panama working on the Isthmian...

Location: MC 2002.4, B8, F2

Subject: Business and Industry, Military Affairs and Conflict, Travel and Tourism

Format: Photographs

Time Period: 1900-1919

Collection Inventory:

James Gordon Steese Photos - Rebuilding Europe after World War I
1919

These images are from a collection of photograph albums compiled by James Gordon Steese, an officer in the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. Steese assembled these albums using photographs he collected on a trip to Europe in 1919 following World War...

Location: MC 2002.4

Subject: International Affairs, Military Affairs and Conflict, Travel and Tourism

Format: Photographs

Time Period: 1900-1919

Collection Inventory:

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...

Image of Charles Swift
1908-1947

Charles Lowe Swift enrolled at Dickinson College with the class of 1904, but left in Fall 1903 to become a journalist for the Baltimore Herald.  He taught English at Conway Hall and the Hill School before joining Dickinson's faculty in...

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