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Louis P. Dolbeare (AC 1940) Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MA.00122

Scope and Contents

The Louis P. Dolbeare (AC 1940) Papers document the personal life and activities of Louis P. Dolbeare primarily during his undergraduate years at Amherst College and his post-collegiate years. The Papers consist primarily of correspondence between Dolbeare and his college friends and family members. Other items include photographs and programs from Amherst College theater productions (The Masquers), as well as from alumni reunion gatherings. The correspondence within the collection dates from 1934 to 1990, with the bulk falling between the years of 1934-1965. Also included are Dolbeare's grade reports, Amherst College theater production flyers, and newspaper clippings.

A great deal of the correspondence in Series 3, Masquers, relates to Dolbeare's attempts to create a memorial fund in honor of Charles Rogers, Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts and Dramatics at Amherst College.

Dates

  • 1934-1998
  • 1934-1965

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

There is no restriction on access to the Louis P. Dolbeare (AC 1940) Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Biographical / Historical

For a biographical summary, see the Chronology section.

Louis Dolbeare forged a life-long friendship with the late Charles Rogers, Professor of Fine Arts and Dramatics, who taught at Amherst College from 1942 to 1970. Although Dolbeare did not pursue a professional career in theater, he was deeply influenced by Professor Rogers. At the Class of 1940's 50th reunion in 1990, he and other members of The Masquers arranged a session at which Dolbeare read a narrative poem he had written about Professor Rogers; a general discussion ensued.

Biographical / Historical

1916 September 27
Born in Brooklyn, New York
1931-1933
Brookline, Mass. High School
1933-1936
Phillips Academy, Andover (graduates 1936)
1940
Graduates from Amherst College
1942-1945
Serves in U.S. Office of War Information, Washington, DC and London, England
1946-1948
Planning student, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University (degree: Master of City Planning)
1949-1952
Metropolitan Consultant, Philadelphia Housing Association
1953
Associate Planner, Bucks County (Pa.) Planning Commission
1954
Associate Planner, South Jersey Mass Transportation Study
1955
Planner, Urban Traffic and Transportation Study Board, City of Philadelphia
1956
Staff, Urban Renewal Study Board, Baltimore, Md.
1956 July 1
Marries (Mary) Cushing Niles (Swarthmore 1949), daughter of Henry E. and Mary Cushing Niles, Baltimore
1958 July 8
Daughter Mary Cushing born
1958-1960
Planning consultant (self-employed)
1960-1963
Associate Planner, Pennsylvania-Jersey Transportation Study
1960
Son Louis Niles born
1963-1966
Planning Director, Roy F. Weston, Inc.
1966
Member, ADA, Philadelphia Art Alliance
1966-1976
Various positions, Board of Education, School District of Philadelphia
1967-1970
Board member, American Institute of Planners
1977-present
Househusband

Extent

1 Linear feet (2 archives boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

1940 graduate of Amherst College; urban planner. Collection contains correspondence with friends and family, photographs and newspaper clippings relating to Amherst College alumni reunions and theater productions.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into three series:

  1. Series 1: Personal Correspondence, 1934-1995
  2. Series 2: Class of 1940 Materials, 1980-1990
  3. Series 3: Masquers, 1940-1998

Related Materials

Amherst College Alumni Biographical Files: Class of 1940

Dramatic Activities Collection

Status
Completed
Author
Ciona Van Dijk
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