Skip to main content

Edward Welles papers

 Collection
Identifier: MC-242

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials relating to Edward Welles' time as a student at Williams during 1849-1851. For unknown reasons he did not graduate but would have been a member of the Class of 1852 and at his own request was dismissed from Williams in good standing in April 1852. Included in the collection is a lithograph portrait of Welles, term bills, receipts, and several essays written by Welles. The subject matter of the essays includes politics, poetry, tobacco, skating, friends, sailors, the Great Pacific Railroad and more. This collection also includes letters from President Mark Hopkins approving Welles dismissal, Henry Lyman Pratt (Williams 1852), and John Joseph Rankin (Williams 1876).

Dates

  • 1849 - 1908

Language of Materials

In English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Edward Welles papers are open for research. Researchers are encouraged to contact Special Collections staff prior to a visit.

Conditions Governing Use

In consultation with Special Collections staff, reproductions may be made upon request. Please consult with staff regarding questions about publishing materials from Williams Special Collections. Researchers are responsible for handling any copyright issues that may be associated with collections and materials.

Biographical / Historical

Edward Welles attended Williams from 1849-1851 though it is unknown what his concentration was and why he requested dismissal from Williams in 1851. His dismissal in good standing was formally approved in April 1852 by President Mark Hopkins. He received an honorary Master's Degree from Lafayette in 1872. He was living in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in 1908 when J.J. Rankin (Williams 1876) organized a Williams alumni gathering in the area in 1908; it is unknown whether or not Welles attended this gathering.

Extent

.20 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box, legal)

Overview

This collection contains materials relating to Edward Welles' time as a student at Williams during 1849-1851. For unknown reasons he did not graduate but would have been a member of the Class of 1852 and at his own request was dismissed from Williams in good standing in April 1852. Included in the collection is a lithograph portrait of Welles, term bills, receipts, and several essays written by Welles. The subject matter of the essays includes politics, poetry, tobacco, skating, friends, sailors, the Great Pacific Railroad and more. This collection also includes letters from President Mark Hopkins (approving Welles dismissal), Henry Lyman Pratt (Williams 1852), and John Joseph Rankin (Williams 1876).

Arrangement

This collection is organized into five series: I. Corresondence; II. Essays; III. Portraits ; IV. Receipts; and V. Term Bills.

Physical Location

L2 Storage F5b

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Amelia (Kay) Welles Homer, Feb. 2 and Feb. 16, 2017.

Accruals

Accruals may occur as the donor continues to come across materials from the Welles Family Estate.
Title
Edward Welles papers
Author
Zepka, Laura
Date
2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Williams College Archives & Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Sawyer Library
26 Hopkins Hall Drive
Williamstown, MA 01267