Professor of Language and Literature; President, Massachusetts Agricultural College, 1924-1927; baseball pitcher. Includes personal and official correspondence primarily while Dean and President of Massachusetts Agricultural College, particularly with President Kenyon Leech Butterfield (1868-1935); administrative memoranda; student records; other records generated while Dean and President of MAC on such subjects as relations of the college with state officials, curriculum, purpose of the college, desirability of compulsory chapel, establishment of Jewish fraternities, and women's education; also, transcripts of addresses, newspaper clippings, and biographical material. No papers from either baseball or teaching careers.
The collection is open for research.
Background on Edward M. Lewis
The Edward M. Lewis Papers, 1910-1936, relate primarily to his roles as an academic administrator at the Massachusetts Agricultural College, where he was Dean for thirteen years, several times Acting President during and after Kenyon L. Butterfield's presidency, and, for one year, President. Among the papers are memoranda and correspondence with other officials of the College, especially with President Butterfield; correspondence with State officials and legislators, with students and alumni, with high school headmasters, and with private individuals; reports from faculty members, and papers relating to some College committees and Student Life committees, both central to the responsibilities of the Dean, along with some student records created in the office of the Dean.
Before becoming President, during his seventeen years at the College, Lewis served as a professor, department and division head, assistant dean, and dean. As Dean, he held the second most responsible office on campus, and had general charge of the College's instructional program and matters incidental to it. Lewis was three times Acting President when President Butterfield was on extended leaves of absence, and in 1920 he served as the Board of Trustees' agent with the administrative and legislative authorities of the State when it relieved Butterfield of that role. And finally, Lewis served from 1924 to 1926 as Acting President following Butterfield's resignation, and was President in his own right during 1926-27. He resigned for many of the same reasons that had led to Butterfield's departure -- the issue of State House control -- and moved to the presidency of the University of New Hampshire.
The collection includes nothing relating to Lewis' family, his long career as a teacher, or his shorter one as a baseball player before coming to MAC. Otherwise, the papers appear to be representative of those created in the execution of his commissions at the College, and articulate his concerns as one of its officials.
This collection is organized into three series:
The Edward M. Lewis Papers originated primarily from two sources: the standing files in the Archives before 1972, (which provided the bulk of the materials now in the Subject Files of Series 1 and in the Dean's Papers of Series 2) and the two lots of Secretary's Papers covering presidencies from 1908 through 1954 (discussed more fully in the Scope and Contents of the inventory for the Butterfield Papers). The latter source provided nearly all the materials in the Presidential Administrative Papers of Series 3.
For related materials in the Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, see:
Chronological Budget File, RG 4/2 includes papers related to the formulation of annual budgets forwarded to State authorities for enactment by the General Court, and the apportionments of the resulting funds.
The following Record Groups include minutes and other papers of individual college units during Lewis' presidency:
Further information about the College during Lewis' tenure is available in the narrative portions of the published annual reports of the President and officers of the College in RG 1/00/2, and in the papers of other College officials of his day, especially those of Kenyon L. Butterfield, his mentor and predecessor in the office of President, and of William L. Machmer, his Assistant Dean and successor as Dean of the College and of the University.
For materials related to Edward M. Lewis at other repositories, see:
Processed by W. B. Cook, Jr., 1982.
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Cite as: Edward M. Lewis Papers (RG 3/1). Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.