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Walter Alden Dyer (AC 1900) Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MA.00115

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the papers consist of Dyer's many articles and stories. These published works are from the following magazines: Household, The Art World, Country Life in America, the Country Gentleman, The Antiquarian, The Fine Arts, Yankee, Antiques, Our Dumb Animals, Colliers, Holland's Magazine, Top Notch, The Woman's Magazine, The American Magazine, Own Your Own Home, The Bookman, The Adult Bible Class Magazine, Home Magazine, House Beautiful. The papers also include many book reviews of Dyer's works. In addition, the collection also includes 21 photographic prints of Civil War scenes from Georgia and South Carolina taken by H. P. Moore in 1862-63.

Dates

  • 1862-1944
  • Majority of material found within 1910-1944

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to the Walter Alden Dyer Papers for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests for permission to publish material from the Walter Alden Dyer Papers should be directed to the Archivist of the College. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Biographical / Historical

Walter Dyer, a prolific author, was a member of the Amherst College Class of 1900. From 1900 to 1901 he was on the staff of The Springfield Union and The Criterion (New York), and from 1901 to 1905, he was on the editorial staff of Clifford and Lawton, publishers of trade journals in New York. From 1905 to 1914 he worked on the staff of the magazine Country Life in America, serving as editor from 1907 to 1914. From 1914 until his death in 1943, he was an independent author, publishing many books and magazine articles on antiques, animals (particularly dogs), country life, and short fiction. He was editor of The Amherst Graduates' Quarterly for more than ten years (from 1932 to 1943) and became the director of Amherst College Press in 1933. In 1903 Dyer married Ethelind Thorp Childs, who died in 1904. In 1907 he married her sister Muriel Worthington Childs. Dyer died in Pelham, Mass. on June 20, 1943.

Dyer was the author of the following books:

1910
The Lure of the Antique
1911
The Richer Life
1915
Pierrot, Dog of Belgium
1915
Early American Craftsmen
1916
Gulliver the Great and Other Dog Stories
1916
The Humble Annals of a Back Yard
1917
Creators of Decorative Styles
1917
The Five Babbits of Bonny-Acres
1918
The Dogs of Boytown
1918
Handbook of Furniture Styles
1919
Ben, the Battle Horse
1919
With the Help of God and a Few Marines (co-author)
1920
Sons of Liberty
1924
Many Dogs There Be
1926
All Around Robin Hood's Barn
1927
The Breakwater
1927
Country Cousins
1928
Chronicles of a Country Man
1928
The Rocking Chair (co-author)
1931
Sprigs of Hemlock

Extent

4.5 Linear feet (9 archives boxes, 1 flat box)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Articles and stories by author Walter Dyer (AC 1900), as well as many book reviews of Dyer's work.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into eleven series:

  1. Series 1: Magazine Articles on Antiques
  2. Series 2: Stories and Articles about Dogs and Other Animals
  3. Series 3: Stories About General Subjects
  4. Series 4: Miscellaneous Articles
  5. Series 5: Book Reviews by Dyer
  6. Series 6: Clippings and Reviews of Dyer's Books
  7. Series 7: General Corrspondence
  8. Series 8: Photographs
  9. Series 9: Pamphlets and Articles By Dyer
  10. Series 10: Personal Correspondence
  11. Series 11: Civil War Photographs by H. P. Moore, 1862-1863

Processing Information

Finding Aid:
1999 July
Prepared by:
Carol Trabulsi, Senior Archives Associate
Briana Cahill, Archives Associate
Listed by:
Carol Trabulsi, Senior Archives Associate
Status
Completed
Author
Carol Trabulsi
Date
2003
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Repository Details

Part of the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections Repository

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