Whicher Family Papers
Scope and Contents
Correspondence, photographs, and family memorabilia of the Whicher family, the bulk consisting of correspondence between George Meason Whicher and his wife Lillian Hope Frisbie Whicher during the early and middle years of their marriage. Other correspondents include Alvah Lillie Frisbie and George Frisbie Whicher.
- Whicher family (Family)
Conditions Governing Access
There is no restriction on access to the Whicher 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
George Meason Whicher was born in Muscatine, Iowa in 1860 and graduated from Iowa College (later known as Grinnell College) in 1882. He studied at Johns Hopkins University, 1884-1885, and earned his A.M. from Iowa College in 1885. He held the following academic appointments: Professor of Greek and German, Hastings College (Nebraska), 1883-1888; principal, Iowa College Academy (Iowa College's prep school), 1888-1889; Classical Master, Lawrenceville Academy for Boys (New Jersey), 1889-1892; Professor of Greek and Latin, Packer Collegiate Institute (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 1892-ca. 1900; Professor of Classics and Archaelogy and head of the Greek and Latin Department, Hunter College (New York, N.Y.), ca. 1900-1924. He also spent one year as the director of the Classical School in Rome and published several books of poetry. In 1887 he married Lillian Hope Frisbie, the daughter of Alvah Lillie Frisbie (AC 1857). Mr. and Mrs. Whicher moved to Amherst after his retirement from Hunter College. George and Lillian's son, George Frisbie Whicher (AC 1910; 1889-1954) was professor of English at Amherst from 1915 to 1954.
1 Linear feet (2 archives boxes)
Language of Materials
Correspondence, photographs, and family memorabilia of the Whicher family. The bulk of the correspondence is between George Meason Whicher and his wife Lillian Hope Frisbie Whicher. Other correspondents include Alvah Lillie Frisbie and George Frisbie Whicher.
This collection is organized into three series:
- Series 1: Correspondence, 1874-1949
- Series 2: Miscellaneous material, 1898-1935
- Series 3: Photographs, circa 1880-1940
- Claudia Gunter
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- Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.