Manuscript Collections

Below is a list of major manuscript collections, some with links to finding aids. However, this list is by no means exhaustive; hundreds of smaller collections, not listed here, are indexed and described in a card catalog in the department.


  • Collection: Refers to an artificial, often growing body of materials from diverse sources.
  • Papers: Refers to materials that were created by one family or individual
  • Records: Refers to official records created and maintained by an organization or business.

Major Manuscript Collections

Description Type
Amherst, Lord Jeffery, 1717-1797 Papers
Amherst Authors Collection Collection
Amherst Record Photograph Archive. See Photograph Collections Collection
Baker, Ray Stannard ("David Grayson"), 1870-1946 Papers
Barnes, Lincoln, 1879-1966. See Photograph Collections Collection
Boltwood Historical and Genealogical Collections Collection
Boltwood, Lucius Manlius, 1825-1905 Papers
Broad/Brown/Gaskill Family
Burgess, John William, 1844-1931 and Burgess Ruth Payne, 1865-1934
Dakin, Winthrop S. and Janet Wilder Papers Papers
Dickinson, Emily, 1830-1886 Collection
Field Family Papers, 1820-1949 Papers
Francis, Robert, 1901-1987 Collection
Frost, Robert, 1874-1963 Collection
Garden Club of Amherst
Gates, Winifred Carpenter. See Photograph Collections Collection
Goodell/Goodale Family Papers, ca. 1750-1905 Papers
Grayson, David see Baker, Ray Stannard Papers
Green, Charles R. 1876-1968 Collection
Hardy, Donald E. 1883-1979 Papers
Howes Brothers. See Photograph Collections Collection
Howland Family Photographs
Jackson, Helen Hunt, 1830-1885 Papers
Johnson, Clifton, 1865-1940 Collection
Jones Family Papers Papers
Jones Library Collection
Kanegasaki Sister City Committee
Lacroix, Donald, 1899- . See Photograph Collections Collection
Lankes, J. J. 1884-1960 Collection
Lester, Julius, 1939-  Collection
Lovell, John L. 1825-1903. See Photograph Collections Collection
McClung, Robert M. 1916-2006. 1925-1997 Papers
Newspaper Collection Collection
Nutting Family Papers, 1833-1957 Papers
Photograph Collections Collection
Puffer, Stephen. See Photograph Collections Collection
Rand, Frank Prentice, 1899-1971. See Photograph Collections Collection
Scott, Edgar, 1858-1940. See Photograph Collections Collection
South Congregational Church. 1824- Records
Stone Family Papers, 1891-1991 Papers
Tilley, Nathan S. See Photograph Collections Collection
Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst. 1894- Records
Walker Family Collection Collection
Waugh, Frank, 1869-1943. See also Photograph Collections Collection
Waugh, Sidney Biehler, 1904-1963 Papers
Webster, Noah, 1758-1843 Collection