Historic personal papers collections processed

detail of peck correspondenceSpring 2019 intern Julia Callahan arranged and described two collections of personal papers in Special Collections. Housed in the College Archives, the Ezra Jones Peck correspondence comprises letters between Peck, a Williams 1851 graduate, and his Zeta Psi fraternity brothers. The second collection, in the Chapin Library, is the Charles R. Whipple papers. Whipple became a captain in the American Expeditionary Force in France during the First World War after having been stationed with the National Guard for two years on the Mexican border in Texas. Whipple’s papers consist of correspondence, photographs, a great deal of official and personal military records, as well as an informal history of the 105th Infantry, Company M, of which Whipple was the captain. This written history is of particular interest as it contains the story of Whipple’s friend, William Bradford Turner, a Williams graduate from the class of 1914 who was killed during battle in September of 1918. Other items in the collection such as letters and newspaper clippings also make reference to Turner. Both the Peck correspondence and Whipple papers are available for research use in the Weber Special Collections Reading Room. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Julia is currently enrolled at Simmons University where she is pursuing a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science while working in Special Collections and University Archives at UMass Amherst as a metadata specialist.