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Francis Amasa Walker papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MC-0298

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection consists of correspondence, speeches, and writings by Walker, most of which concern his presidency at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 1881 to 1897. His speeches and writings focus on economics topics of labor, capital, and especially the silver standard. Other topics are technical education, the student workload at MIT, and notes on his experiences during the Civil War and his thoughts on New England and the South after the war. Materials consist of original manuscripts and typescripts of Walker's writings and speeches. There are also many published memoirs about Walker and his endeavors written by others. Scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings about Walker, several published letters he wrote, and telegrams he received. The collection also includes a printed version of the Census of 1810, interleaved with manuscript pages where the printed version is incomplete, and a published volume of the Atlas of Massachusetts.

Dates

  • 1862 - 1897

Creator

Access note

This collection is open.

Conditions Governing Use

Access to collections in the Department of Distinctive Collections is not authorization to publish. Please see the MIT Libraries Permissions Policy for permission information. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the donor of the collection or MIT.

Biography

Francis Amasa Walker, 1840-1897, BA 1860, Amherst College, was the third president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Walker became MIT president November 10, 1881; he died in office on January 5, 1897.

Francis Walker was an economist, lecturer, educator, and historian. Among the positions that he held were that of Superintendent of the Bureau of the Census. He was superintendent of the United States Ninth Census, 1870-1872, and the United States Tenth Census, 1879-1881. From 1873 to 1881 Walker was also professor of political economy and history in the Sheffield Scientific School of Yale University. During the Civil War he served with the Union Army from 1861 to 1865 and was discharged with the rank of brevet brigadier general. From 1884 to 1888 he served as a Commissioner to the U.S. Geological Survery for a topicalgraphical survery of Massachusetts which resulted in the publication of the Atlas of Massachusetts. He served in many other civic roles including as a member of the Massachusetts State Board of Education and the state hospital board, and as commissioner to the World's Columbian Exposition.

Extent

3.8 Cubic Feet (9 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box, 2 flat storage boxes, 3 volumes, each in enclosure)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Francis Amasa Walker (1840-1897) was the third president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1881-1897. This collection consists of correspondence, speeches, and writings by Walker, most of which he wrote while president of MIT. His speeches and writings focus on labor and capital, especially the silver standard, technical education, the student workload at MIT, and accounts of the Civil War. Scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings about Walker, several published letters he wrote, and telegrams he received. Also includes a printed version of the Census of 1810, interleaved with manuscript pages where the printed version is incomplete, and a printed volume of the Atlas of Massachusetts.

Location

Materials are stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use.

Provenance

A volume of the U.S. Census, 1810, previously designated as MC-0138, was added to MC-0298 in 1995 during the MARC conversion project. Some publications and writings were transferred from the Tech Collection (previously labeled (T- ) or 378.1) to MC-0298.

Related Materials in the Institute Archives and Special Collections

MIT Founders Collection (includes books of Francis A. Walker's personal collection gifted to the MIT Libraries). The books are housed in the Department of Distinctive Collections. Titles can be searched in Barton, the MIT Libraries catalog.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Office of the President Records, 1883-1930 (AC 13).
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Francis A. Walker Memorial Service Committee Records (AC 344).
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Walker Memorial Gymnasium Committee Ledgers and Subscription List (AC 367).

Bibliography

  • Munroe, James P. A Life of Francis Amasa Walker. New York: Holt and Company, 1923. Pages 420-439 are a "Bibliography of the writings and reported addresses of Francis A. Walker."
  • MIT Institute Archives and Special Collections. "History of the Office of the MIT President."
  • Atlas of Massachusetts / from topographical surveys made in co-operation by the United States Geological Survey and the Commissioners of the Commonwealth, 1884-1888. http://library.mit.edu/item/000467388

Processing Information note

A volume of the U.S. Census, 1810, previously designated as MC-0138 was added to MC-0298 in 1995.
A quote written on Walker's stationery, May 2, 1891, was interfiled into the folder "Correspondence, 1891" in September 2019.
Title
Guide to the Papers of Francis Amasa Walker
Status
Completed
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Libraries. Department of Distinctive Collections Repository

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