Series Descriptions

Series II, Williams College (1946-1994) is divided into six subseries: Pre-presidency, Election congratulations, Presidency, Post-presidency, Williams speeches and writings, and Williams Oral History Project. Within each subseries, topics are organized into subject folders, which have been arranged roughly in chronological order.

Subseries A. Pre-presidency consists of correspondence and documents relating to Sawyer's involvement with Williams before he officially became president. This includes his role as a Williams Trustee as well as less formal connections. Sawyer was apprised early on of several issues that he would deal with during his presidency. Items of note are the correspondence regarding the Larabee/Educator's Committee which seemed to be a precursor to the development of the present Committee on Educational Policy (CEP), the beginnings of discussions of the abolishment of fraternities, and Sawyer's thoughts on the financial development of the College.

Subseries B. Election congratulations are letters and cards from friends, colleagues, and Williams alumni and faculty welcoming Sawyer to his new position as Williams President.

Subseries C. Presidency consists of correspondence, notes, articles, and reports relating to Sawyer's management of Williams College. Information regarding notable changes that occurred under his administration such as the abolishment of fraternities, the admission of women, the 10% admissions program and the expansion of the college is included.

Subseries D. Post-presidency includes correspondence, reports and notes regarding Sawyer's Williams involvement as both a past-president and an alum. Documents contain advice from Sawyer on campus issues, reunion materials, and his honorary degree.

Subseries E. Speeches and writings is made up of speeches given by Sawyer to students such as commencement and convocation addresses as well as talks given to alumni on such topics as Williams history.

Subseries F. Williams Oral History Project consists of articles and notes regarding Williams history that Sawyer reviewed before his oral history interview as well as correspondence regarding his part in the oral history project. (The tape and transcript of Sawyer's interview is now part of the Williams College Oral History Project.)

Series I. Early Years
Series III. Mellon Foundation
Series IV. Consulting, Boards, etc.
Series V. Speeches and Writings
Series VI. Honors and Awards

John E. Sawyer (1917-1995) Papers,

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