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John William Ward, Former President of the College, 1979 June 19

 File — Multiple Containers

Scope and Contents

Subject coverage: On coming to Amherst, Started professional career in English; reasons for switching to History, Demands of presidency preempt ability to maintain scholarly study, Opportunities, as president, to meet variety of people, Reaction on being invited to become president, Effect of coming to the post from the faculty, Some pleasant aspects of being president, Reflections on proposing the admission of women, Effects of coeducation on the College, some disadvantages of being president, Comments of sitting in at Westover, Relationship with the Board of Trustees, Greatest satisfaction was handling of question of coeducation, On maintaining the quality of the faculty, Consideration of tenure criteria, On the faculty's teaching load, Faculty relationship to discipline and the institution, Comments on liberal education and the curriculum, Liberal education and "teaching" morality, Amherst and Five-College Cooperation, Amherst's connections with Doshisha and the Folger, Discussion of relationship with the faculty, Comments on relationship with campus minority groups, Future plans uncertain


  • Creation: 1979 June 19


Conditions Governing Access

Access to original recordings is restricted for preservation purposes, researchers may use digital surrogates instead.


From the Collection: 1.5 Linear feet (1 archives box, 1 half archives box, 1 flat box, 1 negative box)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Separated Materials

Tape OH-32 (MA.00037.LM0038), an undated interview with John William Ward and campus deans conducted by Amherst Student and WAMH staff, was originally filed with this collection. It has been removed to the WAMH Records.


Repository Details

Part of the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Amherst College Archives & Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
61 Quadrangle Drive
Amherst MA 01002-5000
(413) 542-2299