Student Letters

Thanks to Carson Wardell and J.P. Mayer, class of 2016, for their work on this list.

Date

Correspondent

Topic

April 1974

PA Student

Diary 1974

1778

Levi Hutchins

A letter from one of the first students

1880s

Abbott, Hattie (class of 1886)

Letters to and from her family in East Douglas, Mass.

February 1923, 1973, 1915

Adams, William H. (Class of 1915); Allis, Frederick S. Jr.; Kirkland, William A. (Class of 1915

Recalls a fraternity (Alpha Gamma Chi), its members and incidents

1834

Bacon, Joseph

Life at the Academy under Osgood Johnson

1822-1924

Baker, Oliver

Extensive correspondence

1882

Bancroft, Antoinette (Class of 1883)

Letter to Frederick Bancroft (her brother)

1799

Barrell, George

Letter to Sarah Barrell (his mother)

1907

Barrows, W. W. (Class of 1909)

Andover-Exeter football game

2008

Basile, Al (Class of 1966)

Narrative poem for Class Reunion

1848

Bigelow, David S.

Letter to Jonathon G. Bigelow, Esq.(his father)

1852

Bishop, Robert R.

Letter to Jonathan Harding Bishop (his father) (Father of Judge Elias Bishop)

1819

Billings, Ebenezer B.

Letter to Isaac Child

1797

Briggs, Timothy

Letter to his father in Norton from New York

1834

Bullard, Otis B. 1834

Letter to his father

December 16, 1851-March 25, 1852

Burnham, Everett

Journal (newspaper clippings in back)

1819-1820

Burrill, James J.

Letters to his father

1951-1952

Carnicelli, Thomas (class of 1954)

Letters to his family in Framingham, Mass.

1865-1866

Cary, Norman White (Class of 1866)

Letters to his family (mother, sister)

Accounting

1862

Case, J. Wickham

Letter to his father

1918

Chittick, Yardley

Journals during his time at PA and after graduation

1891

Christian, George H.

Letter to father and others

1861-1862

Collier, Dwight (Class of 1862)

Letter to “poor little freshman” and Freely (same person, maybe?)

1864

Colgate, H. W.

Letter to his mother

1829

Coolidge, Thomas Brewster

Letter to his mother

1849

Crapo, William Wallace

Letter to Mother; Burning of the “third house Latin Commons”; Samuel H. Taylor (Uncle Sam); Philomathian; Peter Smith Byers

1843-1867

French, George Decker; Davis, Geo M.; Joseph P. Batter; French, George Henry

French family correspondence

1864-1865

Deming, Horace E.

Letters to Family; Short Biography; “Knowledge is Power” essay; Accounting

1872

Dodge, Henry Francis

Accounting; Arthur Dana Story

1823; 1896

Dodge, Nathaniel Shatshell

Oliver W. Holmes, Family

2006

Donovan, Charles (Class of 1839); Chase, Barbara Landis

1937 World premiere of Lost Horizon; George Washington Hall; Jane Wyatt

1879

Horace, Eaton (class of 1835); Chase, Barbara Landis (in letter about Horace)

Basic biography; sermon written by Horace and manuscript for the Andover centennial

1899

Keith, J.

4-page letter to aunt

1841

Farrar, James

Letter to his parents inquiring about farm back home in Lincoln, Mass

1836

Fisk, Franklin

Short biography: Letter to mother about impressions of Andover

1823

Dix Sherman, Roger

Letter to his brother. Opinions of the school

Violent conflict between scholars and locals

1846-1847

Floyd, Fredric

15 letters chronicling his time at Andover.

1856-1857

Fullerton, Bradford Morton

Philomathean pamphlets, letters to father

1793

Gardiner, Robert Hallowell

Short bio

Academic experience, religious prejudice and the role of religion at the Academy

1857

Gilman, Charles M.

Newly arrived student

Letter to his uncle

1871

Hall, Isacc Freenman

Letter to headmaster

Account of interview

1893

Harding, Warren (class of 53)

General account of his time at PA in the Phillips Andover Mirror

1850

Heard, George

Letter to his brother

1935*

Heaton, William Weaver (class of 1864)

Describes his time at PA especially impact of the Civil War

1927

Hines, John E.

Experience being expelled

Opinion of Headmaster Stearns

1863

Houghton, Eugene Coolidge

Biography; Letters to friends about his running away; Civil War

circa 1830

Howe, W. Gordon

Letter about PA to James Henry Duncan Jr.

1775, 1810

Hubbard, Samuel

Letter to friends

1804-1810

Hubbard, Samuel

Bound volume of outgoing correspondence: 371 hand-written letters

1817-1889

Humphrey, John Pinkerton

Correspondence with brother and teacher at Andover Theological Seminary; letter by Wells, teacher at the Seminary, 1836-1847

1845

Hutchins, Abel

Letter to sister

1885-1889

Hutchins, S. Cady

Typed excerpts and Handwritten orginals. Letters to family about the school in general

1935

James, Horace

Letter to father on temperance lecture he attended.
Account book for 1834

1932-1934

Keeney, Rockwell Jr.

Letters written to parents while at Andover

1917

Knowles, Robert Treat

Time at Andover as well as time serving in World War I.
Mostly to his father

1859

Lamprey, Morris

Letter from Morris to brother who attends PA

1838

Laws, Edward H.

Letter to his parents

1876

McMillan, Daniel Walton

Letter to friend about general experience at Andover

1863-1887

Manning, Elbridge Gerry (class of 1861)

Time in army; Mostly personal letters; a couple letters to Manning from various governmental officials

1896-1924

Merriam, Alexander Ross (class of 1868)

Letters of advice written by Merriam to fatherless teenage boy

Abbot Academy Class of 1863

Mathews, Eunice

Transcriptions of letters to aunt, 1858, 1861

1884

Mitchell, David Meaubec

Letter to brother

1930

Morrison, Barcley

Thorough description of time at Andover

1902

Nickerson, Philips Thomas

Andover/Exeter football

1841

Noyes, Samuel B.

Short biography and letter

1880-1881

Parkhurst, Frank E.

Diary-like entries

1725

Patton, Francis F., Class of 1908

Letter to Patton from distinguished general. Documents listing Revolutionary War soldiers. Patton’s scrapbook of his time at PA is also in the Archives.

1848

Plunkett, William (class of 1850)

Letter to his mother (typescript copy)

1848

Plunkett, William (class of 1850)

Letters to his mother

1849

Read, James M.

Letter to his mother about his time at PA

1942

Reynolds, Robert

Short Bio; Description of time at PA; organ competition program; letters concerning registration; photographs

1853

Richardson, Leonard

Letters home during time at PA

1951

Rider, George

Description of time at PA (chapters from an unpublished book of essays)

1879

Ripley, Sarah Franklin

Letter about life at Abbot Academy and Phillips Academy

1887-1888

Russell, Herbert D.

Letters to father; description of schoolwork at PA

1854

Sarill, Henry M.

Letters to home during time at PA; discusses homesickness; from January 1930 Bulletin

1942

Seaver, Robert

Letter written in 1942 for 50th reunion (in 1992); letters to friend

1919

Serven, James E.

Reminisces on time at PA; 1916 Prom

May 1833

Simpson, John

Letter to father about arrival at PA; Supposedly Simpson attended PA but name is not in catalogue

1920

Sircom, Arthur

Letter to Diana Chira (PA 1978) for her History 46 paper on History of Music in PA

April 1835

Smith, Ephraim

Copy of letter to brother; description of PA

1878 – 1954
(Published 1968)

Smith, Keith

Lengthy bio; recollection of times at PA, Yale, and later to daughter Susan

1847-1848

Smith, John B.

Excerpts from diary concerning time at PA; photocopy of July 1926 Bulletin

1820

Smith, Nathan

Letter to John Olcott; contains brief bio; letter discusses a few negative views on PA

Class of 1881

Smith, William Wharton

Short bio; transcript of academic career at PA, Harvard, and up to his death

Class of 1837

Spaulding, Ernest Ripley

Manuscript recording the creation of the Rev. Sampson Spaulding Homestead; description of Spaulding family tree, dates back seven generations from 1619

1860

Stearns, Seargeant Prentiss

Letter to Lewis Stearns about arrival at PA.

1846

Stevens, William Oliver

Short bio written by Henry S. Chase of Harvard Memorial Biographies; Letters to home concerning time at PA, stolen books, etc.

Class of 1959

Sterling, Tom Jr.

Copy of book, Disengagements: The American Experience of Vietnam in Country and Out, a personal account of the Vietnam War

1864

Stonewell, C.A.W.

Letter to mother from Abbot Academy; taught at Abbot 1863-1865

1882-1883

Strong, John Henry

Large collection of letters to father, mother, etc. during time at PA; receipts from 1883; also typed copies of letters

1860

Taft, Charles P. (brother of President William Howard Taft)

Large collection of class work, including essays (classics and U.S. history, among others), discusses social issues of classic times with 19th-century voice

1834

Thomas, W.R.

Letter to brother (typewritten copy) about time at PA, includes tuition costs and description of campus

1848

Washburn, George

Letter to father during time at PA; Washburn was in English Dept.

PA Class of 1864

Waterman, Arthur Osceola

Compositions/summaries of events, including descriptions of Battle at Carsville and Fall of Pemberton Mill; Civil War

PA Class of 1944

Wensinger, A.S.

Copy of emails concerning Dirk Hugo; Short bio of Hugo; D-Day and Normandy

1851-1854

Williams, John Howard

Large collection of letters to parents and sisters; Letters describe arrival at PA, homesickness, description of classes and teachers; Theological Seminary

Class of 1786, 1791

Williams, Josiah

Letter to father dated November 1791, discusses travel around Massachusetts, need for new clothes, etc.

1987, 1988

Williams, Matthew

The Journal of Matthew T. Williams, copies of lengthy handwritten journal, discusses time at PA

1812

Woods, Samuel

Manuscript of Recollections—recalls times at PA (original and typewritten copies), concerns arrival at PA, description of Church

Class of 1918

Woolley, Roger M.

Box of letters in autographs drawer

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