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John Robert Sitlington and Josephine Quarrier Sterrett Family Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MA.00361

Scope and Contents

This collection contains personal correspondence primarily from J.R. Sitlington Sterrett to his family, written between 1872 and 1914. Earlier correspondence in the collection is written to Sterrett's parents and relatives while traveling or studying in Germany, Greece, and Turkey. Most of the correspondence from 1894 is written to Josephine Quarrier Sterrett from Amherst, MA. This correspondence contains news from Amherst College and the town. Correspondence with relatives from 1900-1911 concerns Sterrett's interest in tracing his own genealogy. Correspondence from these years also includes letters to his wife and daughters. The later correspondence from 1912-1914 are primarily letters to his daughters concerning familial news. The single folder of correspondence after Sterrett's death in April 1914 contains official communication from Cornell College about benefit payements and correspondence between Josephine Quarrier Sterrett and her daughters.

This collection contains photographs of the Sterrett family, as well as newsclippings about J.R. Sitlington Sterrett.

Transcription volumes contain the donor's transcriptions of the correspondence in Series 1, as well as transcriptions of correspondence not in this collection.


  • Creation: 1872-1914


Conditions Governing Access

In general, there is no restriction on access to the John Robert Sitlington and Josephine Quarrier Sterrett Family Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests for permission to publish material from the 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

John Robert Sitlington Sterrett was born on March 4, 1851 in Rockbridge Baths, Virginia to Robert Dunlap Sterrett and Nancy Snyder Sitlington. Sterrett was educated from 1872-1880 at the Universities of Virginia, Leipzig, Berlin, Athens, and Munich. He received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Munich in 1880 and an honorary LL.D. from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland in 1902. Sterrett was a professor of Greek at the University of Miami (1886-1888), University of Texas (1888-1892), Amherst College (1892-1901), and Cornell University (1901-1914). He was also a professor at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece from 1897-1898. Sterrett lead various archeological expeditions to Asia Minor and published numerous articles and books before his death in Ithaca, New York on June 15, 1914.

Josephine Mosely Quarrier was born in Charleston, West Virginia on April 2, 1861 to Joel Shrewsbury Quarrier and Frances Cabell Friend.

John Robert Sitlington Sterrett and Josephine Mosely Quarrier were married on March 1,1892. Josephine died in 1932. The couple had four daughters: Daphne, Anassa, Marika, and Phoebe.


1 Linear feet (2 archives boxes)

Language of Materials



Family correspondence, photographs, and newsclippings related to the family of John Robert Sitlington and Josephine Quarrier Sterrett. Also includes donor transcriptions of correspondence.


The Papers came to the Archives in six plastic-sleeved binders, with material arranged chronologically. For preservation purposes, the original manuscript materials have been removed from the binders and are in Series 1 and Series 2. Transcriptions have been removed from the binders and kept in their original order. The materials are arranged chronologically and organized into three series:

  1. Series 1: Correspondence, 1872-1914
  2. Series 2: Photographs and Newsclippings, 1873-1954
  3. Series 3: Transcription Volumes

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Kenneth O. Shrewbury (AC 1946) in May 1996

Chris Barber
2018 May
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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