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Amherst College War Materials Collection

Identifier: MA.00062

Scope and Contents

The War Materials Collection records the involvement of Amherst College, its students, staff and alumni in the Civil War, World War I, World War II, and post-World War II conflicts such as the Korean and Vietnam wars. Documents include letters, bulletins, pamphlets, newspaper clippings and lists of alumni who served in the wars.


  • Creation: 1829-2004


Conditions Governing Access

There is no restriction on access to the War Materials Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

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.


4 Linear feet (4 records storage boxes)

Language of Materials



An artificial collection consisting mainly of publications, ephemera and correspondence related to Amherst College's involvement in various United States wars, including the Civil War, Mexican War, Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, Korean War and the Vietnam War.


This collection is organized into seven series:

  1. Series 1: General
  2. Series 2: Civil War
  3. Series 3: World War I
  4. Series 4: World War II
  5. Series 5: Post-World War II
  6. Series 6: Korean War
  7. Series 7: Vietnam War

Related Materials

  • Amherst College Alumni Biographical Files for information on military service of individual alumni. See, for example:
    • Class of 1861 - Stearns, Frazar Augustus
    • Guy-Carlet Levy-Despas (special student)
  • Buildings and Grounds Collection (See: Section 2, Grounds and Properties - War Memorial)
  • "C" Pre-Meteorology Program Records (three separate collections) (World War II)
  • Ingham C. Baker (1896-1985) Papers(World War I)
  • Civilian Pilot Training Program records (World War II)
  • Raymond T. Drew (AC 1949) Papers, 1943-1982 (bulk 1943-1972) (World War II)
  • John B. Fairbank (AC 1867) Family Papers (Civil War)
  • Edward (1849) and Mary Judson Hitchcock Family Papers, Series 16 (Spanish-American War)
  • Luther Clark Howell (AC 1864) Papers (Civil War)
  • John J. McCloy (AC 1916) Papers (World Wars I & II)
  • John C. Merson (AC 1966) Papers, 1960-1968 (Vietnam War)
  • Moratoria Collection (Vietnam War)
  • James E. Morrow Letters to Clara J. Johnson, 1863-1864 (Civil War)
  • James E. Morrow, Union Army Muster Books, 1863-1864 (Civil War)
  • Photograph Collection
  • Price, Sam. Letters Home From Sam Price during World War II. Self-published, 2006. See library catalog for locations and call number.
  • Throckmorton, William R. (AC 1941), Lord Jeff's Unsung Heroes: A Story of the Bravery and Heroism by the Young Men of Amherst College in the Second World War. See library catalog for locations and call numbers.
  • Throckmorton, William R. (AC 1941), They Also Served: Stories by Amherst College Men Who Served Their Country in WWII. See library catalog for locations and call numbers.
  • Trapp, Frank Anderson. World War II Watercolors and Photographs Collection (World War II)
  • U.S. Army Ambulance Service, Section 539 Records, 1917-1941 (World War I)

Physical Description

4 records cartons (4 linear ft.)

Processing Information

Processed in 1999. Reprocesed 2006.

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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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