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Fosdick Beach Harrison (AC 1890) Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MA.00333

Scope and Contents

Papers and photographs pertaining to Fosdick Beach Harrison (AC 1890). The papers were produced during Harrison's time as an undergraduate at Amherst College. Folder one contains a journal kept by William Robinson Harrison from November to December of 1849. The journal was repurposed by Fosdick Beach Harrison as an account book covering the years 1886 to early 1889. Folder two contains receipts and correspondence relating to activities at Amherst College, including a subscription receipt for the Amherst Student and letters addressing an injury Harrison sustained during a confrontation between class years. Folder three contains diaries for the years 1887, 1889, and 1890. Harrison makes regular entries commenting on the weather and on academic and social activities. Folder four includes a copybook in which is written one lecture on the "Attic Orators" from the winter term, 1888. Folder five includes three photographs including Harrison. Two of the photographs feature the board of the Olio.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1886-1890


Conditions Governing Access

There is no restriction on access to the Fosdick Beach Harrison Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests for permission to publish material from the Fosdick Beach Harrison Papers 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

Fosdick Beach Harrison was born August 5, 1862 in Bethlehem, Connecticut to William Robinson and Harriet Newel (Beach) Harrison. He attended Williston Academy before enrolling at Amherst College. At Amherst he was a member of Chi Phi and served on the Olio board. After graduating in 1890, Harrison attended Yale Divinity School where he received a Bachelor in Divinity in 1893. Ordained in 1894, Harrison remained a clergyman his entire career though he served as a sergeant in the Second Company, Governor's Foot Guard (Connecticut State Militia) during the Spanish-American war. He married Estelle Potter on December 29, 1904. They had four children: Fosdick, Elizabeth, Burton, and Caroline. Harrison retired from the clergy in 1935 and died on February 29, 1940, in Canton, Massachusetts.


.5 Linear feet

0.5 Linear feet

Language of Materials



The Fosdick Beach Harrison (AC 1890) Papers is comprised of five folders documenting Harrison's time at Amherst College. The collection includes diaries, correspondence, and photographs.


The folders are arranged by format. Paper-based materials are arranged chronologically and one folder of photographs is placed at the end of the collection.

Processing Information

The Fosdick Beach Harrison Papers were formerly part of the Class Shelves but are now considered a discrete collection.

Rachel Jirka, college archivist
Description rules
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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