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Arthur John Hopkins (AC 1885) Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MA.00090

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, draft writings, articles, notes and other materials documenting the career of Hopkins as a scientist and professor of chemistry at Amherst College. His scientific notes and writings chiefly document research in the field of alchemy, but there is also some material on the calculation of latitude and longitude. In addition, the papers include some correspondence of his wife, Margaret Briscoe Hopkins, as well as genealogical information.

Dates

  • 1846-1939

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

There is no restriction on access to the Arthur John Hopkins Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are 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

Arthur John Hopkins was born on September 20, 1864, in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. He graduated from Amherst College in 1885. He was principal of the Cotuit (Mass.) High School, 1886-1888; taught science in the Peekskill (N.Y.) Military Academy, 1888-1890; studied at Johns Hopkins University, 1890-1893, where he was a fellow in 1892 and earned his PhD; and was a professor of chemistry at Westminster College in Pennsylvania, 1893-1894. He then returned to teach at Amherst College, first as an assistant and associate professor of chemistry 1894-1907, and a full professor from 1907 until his retirement in 1934. He died on November 10, 1939, in Amherst, Massachusetts.

He wrote many scientific articles and a book, Alchemy, Child of Greek Philosophy. He was an authority on the history of alchemy.

Extent

3.5 Linear feet (7 archives boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Correspondence, draft writings, articles, notes and other materials documenting the career of Hopkins as a scientist and professor of chemistry at Amherst College. His scientific notes and writings chiefly document research in the field of alchemy, but there is also some material on the calculation of latitude and longitude. In addition, the papers include some correspondence of his wife, Margaret Briscoe Hopkins, as well as genealogical information.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into six series:
  1. Series 1: Correspondence
  2. Series 2: Manuscripts of Articles and Lectures
  3. Series 3: Manuscripts, Notes, etc. on Research in Alchemy
  4. Series 4: Published Articles
  5. Series 5: Notes
  6. Series 6: Miscellaneous
Status
Completed
Date
2003
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Repository Details

Part of the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Amherst College Archives & Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
61 Quadrangle Drive
Amherst MA 01002-5000
(413) 542-2299