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Gold Family Papers

Identifier: MA.00381

Scope and Contents

The Gold Family Papers consist of 2.25 linear feet of material divided into roughly two parts, personal and business, with both of these parts represented mostly in correspondence. There is correspondence from multiple members of the Gold family living in different states and writing in particular to the senior Golds. The business correspondence is mostly that of Martin Gold, related to his work in stocks and real estate, although there is also some more general or random correspondence. Since some of the correspondence was generated during WWI, there are some references to the war and to the way it filtered down to people at home. The bulk of the correspondence dates from 1916-1919.


  • Creation: circa 1890-1930
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1916-1919


Conditions Governing Access

There is no restriction on access to the Gold Family Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes. This collection is housed in off-site storage and requires advance notice before use. Please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests for permission to publish material from the Gold Family 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

The Gold Family Papers include correspondence to and from multiple members of the family. The senior members of the Gold family represented in the papers are Martin David Gold and Jennie McClenathen Gold of Amherst. The couple had two sons who attended Amherst College: Herbert H. Gold was a member of the Class of 1902 but drowned in Belchertown Pond in 1900, and Walter Conkey Gold, who graduated in the Class of 1908. The Golds also had two daughters (and perhaps a third), Ella and Winifred, and another son, Alfred. Martin Gold sold company stocks, apparently as an independent agent, and owned rental properties in Amherst and several surrounding towns.


2.25 Linear feet (1 half-archives box and 1 oversized box)

Language of Materials



The Gold Family Papers relate to the family of Amherst College alumni Herbert Holmes Gold (AC 1902) and Walter Conkey Gold (AC 1908). The materials document some of the activities and relationships of three generations and date from approximately 1890 to 1930. Family and business-related correspondence makes up the largest portion of the material, with business correspondence in two categories: a general category and one containing correspondence from individuals. There are a few folders of miscellaneous materials, two photographs of unidentified people, and several diplomas and certificates.


The Gold Family Papers are organized in one series with three main sections: Business Letters, Personal Letters, and "Business Official Letters." Within these sections, the material is arranged alphabetically.

Processing Information

The material may have been organized by the donor in 1994. In 2019 it was lightly edited and entered into ArchivesSpace with added notes by Margaret R. Dakin, Archives and Special Collections Specialist.

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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
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