The Civil War – Materials include documents about the college during the Civil War, correspondence by student-soldiers, handwritten obituaries, diaries at the battlefront and on the home front, and book and newspaper accounts.
T.C. Chamberlin collection – In 1909, Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin and his son, Rollin, traveled to China as part of the Oriental Educational Investigation Commission. T.C. Chamberlin was a member of the class of 1866, a prominent educator and famous geologist. He and Rollin wrote extensive, closely observed diaries about their explorations. A gifted photographer, Rollin took dozens of photographs of China’s diverse landscape and people. Our holdings include their diaries, photographic negatives, prints and leather-bound scrapbooks. As an exercise for the History Workshop class, students transcribed and annotated small portions of the diaries. A special Archives display currently features many of the photographs
Emerson family – Hundreds of letters dating to the late eighteenth century relating to this New England family. They include correspondence with numerous prominent figures of the early to mid-19th century, a group of letters from world-wide missionaries, and much colorful family correspondence, both with immediate family members and with cousins in Cuba, pioneer Illinois, and Mobile, Alabama, among other places. There are also extensive travel letters from Professor Joseph Emerson’s trips in 1870-71 covering Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon, Greece, Italy and other countries as well as letters and a diary from an extended trip to Greece and Italy, 1888-91.
W. Willard Wirtz papers – W. Willard Wirtz, Beloit College class of 1930, was a prominent lawyer and politician who helped manage Adlai Stevenson’s two presidential campaigns and later served as Secretary of Labor under John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. The Archives holds his personal papers from childhood through his death in 2010. The papers include voluminous correspondence with prominent politicians and lawmakers in Washington, papers documenting the humanitarian work of Wirtz and his wife, Jane, as well as Stevenson campaign scrapbooks and much more.
Beloit College Museums – We have a wealth of primary source material useful for researchers interested in the history and collections of the two campus museums. Logan Museum resources include voluminous correspondence to and from museum curators, directors and donors, original handwritten “College Cabinet” reports from the 1840s-50s, expedition diaries, photographs, clipping and press release files and much more. Wright Museum resources include a large collection of correspondence and files relating to museum founder and curator, Helen Brace Emerson, exhibit programs, clippings and press releases, photographs, Art League scrapbooks, and more. In addition, the Archives hold interesting materials in connection with the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, which helped jumpstart both museums, as well as files on museum buildings.