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Meiklejohn, Alexander, 1872-1964



Alexander Meiklejohn was born in England in 1872, and brought to the United States in 1880 at the age of eight. He was educated in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and graduated from Brown University in 1893. He took his M.A. at Brown and in 1897, received his doctorate in philosophy from Cornell University. He taught philosophy and metaphysics at Brown and was dean from 1901 to 1912. He became president of Amherst College in 1912 and served until 1924. After Amherst he went to the University of Wisconsin to teach philosophy and while there, established an experimental college. He retired in 1938. Meiklejohn died in 1964 at the age of 92.

Source: Biographical note of the Alexander Meiklejohn Papers, Amherst College Archives and Special Collections

Found in 11 Collections and/or Records:

Alexander Meiklejohn Papers

Identifier: MA.00066

Philosopher and former president of Amherst College. Papers contain correspondence with other educators and records created during his presidency.

Dates: 1894-1924; Majority of material found within 1912-1923

Allison W. "Eli" Marsh (AC 1913) Papers

Identifier: MA.00109

Publications, photographs, clippings, letters, memorabilia, academic regalia and other materials documenting "Eli" Marsh's career as a soccer coach and professor of Physical Education, chiefly at Amherst College, 1917-1958, but also at Ohio State University, 1915-1917.

Dates: 1857-1979

Amherst College Board of Trustees Materials Concerning President Alexander Meiklejohn

Identifier: MA.00086

Materials generated by the Board of Trustees of Amherst College relative to the presidency (1912-1924) and resignation of Alexander Meiklejohn.

Dates: 1923-1948

Amherst College Inaugurations Collection

Identifier: MA.00094

Speeches, notes, newsclippings, photographs, invitations, tickets, programs,, and guest lists from various Amherst College Inauguration ceremonies dating from 1821 to present.

Dates: 1821-present

Incoming general correspondence, 1927

 File — Box 8, Folder: 30
Scope and Contents Correspondents in this folder are:[Ansara], JamesFleming, Daniel J., Union Theological Seminary, esp re “idea of Christianizing Islam”Haroutunian, Joseph, writing from Union Theological Seminary; philosophy of religionHartog, Alfred – Columbia University Press Bookstore Hatt, John H., writing from Wesleyan; how studying philosophy changed his life; whether to work in the Middle East (see also his 1928 letters) Kudriavtzeff, Basil ...
Dates: 1927

John Erskine Papers

Identifier: MA.00082

Educator, writer, musician. Papers include correspondence and a corrected typescript of Erskine's book The Memory of Certain Persons.

Dates: 1909-1950

Meeting minutes - President Meiklejohn and fraternities, 1918

 File — Box 2: [Barcode: War Materials 2], Folder: 2
Scope and Contents From the Collection:

The War Materials Collection records the involvement of Amherst College, its students, staff and alumni in the Civil War, World War I, World War II, and post-World War II conflicts such as the Korean and Vietnam wars. Documents include letters, bulletins, pamphlets, newspaper clippings and lists of alumni who served in the wars.

Dates: 1918

Meiklejohn, Alexander (President), 21 folders, 1912-2003

Scope and Contents From the Collection: The Amherst College Non-Alumni Biographical Files document individuals associated with the college as faculty, staff, honorary degree recipients, trustees, visiting speakers and artists or in any role other than student. Files contain information about the individual and their relationship to the college and may including newpaper clippings, photographs, curriculum vitae, pamphlets, correspondence and other materials. Some files contain biographical questionaires submitted by the individual...
Dates: 1912-2003

News Clippings Concerning the Resignation of President Alexander Meiklejohn

Identifier: MA.00067

Newspaper clippings and one scrapbook documenting the crisis in the presidency of Alexander Meiklejohn, 1923-1924, which led to his resignation in 1923 and the appointment of George D. Olds as his successor.

Dates: 1923-1924

Otto Manthey-Zorn Papers

Identifier: MA.00126

Professor of German. Letters regarding his appointment to the faculty of Amherst College; notes for, and draft of, an uncompleted memoir.

Dates: 1906-1959

Pease to Frederick Tuckerman, 1923 October 15

 File — Box 1, Folder: 48
Scope and Contents

Comment re Meiklejohn's departure.

Dates: 1923 October 15