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David Schubert (AC 1933) Collection

Identifier: MA.00314

Scope and Contents

The Schubert Collection contains letters to, from, and about David Schubert from family, friends, colleagues, and Amherst-related people who knew Schubert as a student. It includes material from professors Ted Baird and Ralph Marcellino, as well as newspaper and journal reviews. It also includes published versions of Schubert's poetry as well as orginal manuscripts and typescripts. There are also two studio photographs of Schubert from the last years of his life.


  • Creation: circa 1932-1980


Conditions Governing Access

There is no restriction on access to the David Schubert (AC 1933) Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests for permission to publish material from the David Schubert Collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Biographical / Historical

Poet David Schubert was born in New York City on October 18, 1913, the son of Benjamin and Rose Silver Schubert. David attended the Boys High School in Brooklyn, New York, where he was a precocious student whose impoverished circumstances but brilliant promise led to his entering Amherst before he was 16 years old. His career at Amherst was academically troubled and he was asked to leave the school early; however, several of his teachers appealed to the administration and he was allowed to attend Amherst once more. He remained at Amherst for about another year, when he again left. Subsequently, he entered Columbia University. He also served as an editorial assistant for the Bulletin of Brooklyn Institute. Schubert married Lillian Judith Ehre in 1934, and for a time the marriage offered him the stable home life he needed. He died of tuberculosis in the spring of 1946.


0.25 Linear feet (half archives box)

Language of Materials



The David Schubert (AC 1933) Collection contains a limited group of papers related to poet David Schubert, including letters to, from, and about David Schubert from family, friends, teachers, and administrators. The collection includes a selection of published versions of his poetry as well as orginal manuscripts and typescripts.


The David Schubert Collection is organized in one series.

Custodial History

The David Schubert Collection was collected piecemeal and over time. Multiple donors, including Schubert's wife, Judith Kranes, and a few of his teachers, gave the limited materials in their possession, suggesting an effort to provide a record for Schubert's brief life. The materials were kept in the form of an extended biographical file until there was enough to form a collection.

Related Materials

Louise Bogan Papers (MA.00085), Box 7, Folder 11; Box 21, Folder 8.

Margaret R. Dakin, Archives and Special Collections Specialist
2016 February
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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