MSS #: MC 93

Collection organized by: initially by Linda Hall and S. Kennick Brown, October 2006; addition processed by Ana Inoa (Class of 2010) and Sabine Chishty (Class of 2012) in July 2009, and finalized by Kimberlee Sanders (Class of 2012) and Rachel Durrant (Class of 2013), July and September 2010.

Volume: 24.25 linear feet (15 cartons, 3 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box)

Provenance: This collection is an integration of several accessions. Prof. Ed Epping, who had received from Prof. Gifford a small number of his writings for safekeeping, provided these in 2003 (acc. #2003-014). Prof. Gifford's 1993 faculty lecture (acc. # 1992-075.3) entered the Archives soon after its presentation. (A video of this talk is also available in the Archives (MC 36 LECT 48 [S-VHS] and 49 [VHS]). The Shaker research files (acc. # 2000-031) came to Williams College as part of a gift from Prof. Gifford to the Chapin Library. Chapin Library transferred this portion of the gift to the Archives. Prof. Gifford's published work on the Shakers, An early view of the Shakers: Benson John Lossing and the Harper's article of July 1857, is available in the Archives as Shaker 214E27 1989, and in Sawyer Library as BX9768.N5 E2 1989.   

In December 2008 the bulk of the Gifford Papers were received from Gifford's daughter, Marin Gifford Haythe, via Warren Suss (Class of 1967). The original accessions were then incorporated into this more comprehensive collection.

Restrictions: Recommendations written by Prof. Gifford, located in box 6, are restricted. Also restricted is any student-related information covered by FERPA. This material has been removed to restricted box 19.

Conservation: The papers were rehoused using acid-free supplies. Copies were made of deteriorating papers. Metal fasteners were replaced with plastic clips.

Copyright: Request for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the College Archivist.

Acknowledgements: Pdf's of a portion of this collection were generously provided by Warren Suss (Williams Class of 1967).  The Williams College Archives would also like to acknowledge Prof. Gifford's daughter, Marin Gifford Haythe, who has allowed us to provide web-based access to this material.

Biographical Sketch

Prof. Stephen Fix's "Remarks in memory of Professor Don C. Gifford, 1919-2000." Williams College Faculty Meeting Minutes, Oct. 18, 2000.

Don Gifford Papers, 1851-1993, n.d.

Don Gifford

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