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John Mason Tyler (AC 1873) Papers

Identifier: MA.00041

Scope and Contents

The John Mason Tyler (AC 1873) Papers document the professional work and personal life of John Mason Tyler spanning the period from 1875 to his death in 1929. The bulk of this collection is manuscripts for published and unpublished works by Tyler, including lectures, pamphlets, speeches, notes on the same, and classroom notes taken as a student. The first series contains all personal correspondence to and from Tyler.


  • Creation: 1875-1929


Conditions Governing Access

There is no restriction on access to the John Mason Tyler (AC 1873) Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are 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 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

John Mason Tyler was born on May 18, 1851 in Amherst, Massachusetts, the son of Professor William Seymour Tyler. He graduated from Amherst College in 1873 and earned an M.A. from Amherst in 1876. He received a Ph.D. from Colgate in 1888. Tyler taught at Phillips Academy, Andover, and at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. From 1876 to 1879 he studied in Germany at the Universities of Göttingen and Leipzig. Upon his return to Amherst he was appointed to the faculty of Amherst College as Instructor in Biology (1879-1881), Instructor in Zoology and Botany (1881-1882), and Stone Professor of Biology (1882-1917). Tyler died in 1929.

He is the author of many books, including The Coming of Man; Growth and Education; Man in the Light of Evolution; The New Stone Age in Northern Europe; The Physical Basis of Education; The Place of the Church in Evolution; and Whence and the Whither of Man.


4 Linear feet (8 archives boxes)

Language of Materials



Biologist. Contains correspondence, manuscripts of lectures, speeches, classroom notes and pamphlets.


This collection is organized into six series:

  1. Series 1: Correspondence, 1875-1929, undated
  2. Series 2: Manuscripts of Published Works, undated
  3. Series 3: Manuscripts of Unpublished Works, undated
  4. Series 4: Miscellaneous Notes and Manuscripts, undated
  5. Series 5: Published Pamphlets, 1883-1921
  6. Series 6: Miscellaneous, circa 1876-1921
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Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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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