Amherst College Degrees and Honors Collection
Scope and Contents
The Amherst College Degrees and Honors Collection consists chiefly of the diplomas for degrees awarded to Amherst graduates and other individuals associated with the College, mostly in the 19th century. All printed on vellum, but their physical condition varies widely; water and mold damage are evident on many of the early nineteenth century documents. Although some are for the degree of Master of Arts, the bulk are Bachelor of Arts. Honorary doctorates, as well as a few honorary Masters degrees, make up the balance of the Amherst College awarded degrees. The text of all of the Amherst diplomas is in Latin. The remainder of the degrees and certificates in this collection were awarded to Amherst College alumni by other institutions, both educational and civic. Dates in parentheses following degree recipients' names indicate the year of undergraduate degree from Amherst. Additions to this collection are expected.
Conditions Governing Access
In general, there is no restriction on access to the Amherst College Degrees and Honors Collection for research use. Particularly fragile or valuable items have been replaced with copies.
3.5 Linear feet (7 flat boxes)
Language of Materials
The bulk of the collection is made up of diplomas and certificates awarded by Amherst College to Amherst graduates, as well as honorary degrees awarded to individuals associated with the College. The remainder of the degrees and certificates were awarded to Amherst College alumni by other institutions both educational and civic.
The collection is arranged alphabetically by last name of recipient.
(3.5 linear feet)
The Degreees and Honors Collection is an artificial collection created by the Archives and Special Collections department of Amherst College out of materials from other collections.
- 1994 Sep-Nov
- Peter Weis, Archives Assistant
- Degrees, Academic Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Diplomas Subject Source: Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Peter Weis
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Code for undetermined script
- Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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