Guide to the Canes of the Dartmouth College, Rauner Special Collections Library, circa 1800 - 2008 Realia 535

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Title:

Guide to the Canes of the Dartmouth College, Rauner Special Collections Library, circa 1800 - 2008

Call Number:

 Realia 535

Collection Dates:

circa 1800 - 2008

Size of Collection:

8 boxes (24 linear feet)

Abstract:

Collection of wooden canes, primarily those carried and carved by Dartmouth seniors. The practice of carving senior canes began in 1885. In the 1890s, Charles Dudley, Class of 1902, designed the most common Indian Head Cane. Other canes in the collection include presentation canes, society canes, and Daniel Webster's walking stick.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

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Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

Wooden canes with various heads, including ivory and gold. The collection is primarily Dartmouth Indian head senior canes, with carvings of names and initials of classmates on the shaft. Collection also includes presentation canes, canes from Dartmouth senior societies, the Dartmouth Medical School, Daniel Webster's walking stick and cane parts. Canes without specific heads belonging to members of 19th century Dartmouth classes may or may not be from their student years.

Introduction

The practice of carving senior canes began in 1885, when A. Herbert Armes, then a senior, asked his friends to autograph his walking stick before graduation. In the 1890s, Charles Dudley, Class of 1902, designed the now infamous Indian Head Canes, which became the most common cane carried by seniors. More recently, senior societies have designed there own canes, and an attempt to introduce an Eleazar Wheelock head cane was made.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Cane collection, circa 1896-2008; undated

Wooden canes with various heads, primarily Dartmouth Indian head senior canes. Some presentation canes, canes from Dartmouth senior societies, the Dartmouth Medical School, and cane parts.

Box: 1, Dates: circa 1902-1942; undated

Senior canes with Indian heads, and other canes

Box Contents

  • Folder: BARTLETT EDWIN JULIUS UNDATED, undated
  • Folder: PARKHURST WILDER L CLASS OF 1907, circa 1906-1907
  • Folder: BARTLETT EWIN JULIUS CLASS OF 1872, undated
  • Folder: UNIDENTIFIED, undated
  • Folder: HANCAN ARTHUR E CLASS OF 1903 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1902-1903
  • Folder: WOOD ANDREW M CLASS OF 1942 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1941-1942
  • Folder: WOOD THEODORE N CLASS OF 1902 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1901-1902
  • Folder: ROSBURY R W UNDATED INDIAN HEAD, undated
  • Folder: WILLIAMS MILTON L CLASS OF 1942 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1941-1942
  • Folder: DAVIS LINCOLN K CLASS OF 1925 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1924-1925
  • Folder: ROOT KENNETH E CLASS OF 1909 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1908-1909
  • Folder: PARKINSON ROYAL CLASS OF 1905 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1904-1905
  • Folder: BARNET HARRY CLASS OF 1912 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1911-1912
  • Folder: ROOT FREDERICK CLASS OF 1904 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1903-1904
  • Folder: ROBBIE KENNETH E CLASS OF 1928 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1927-1928
  • Folder: KNOWLTON HEYWOOD CLASS OF 1917 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1916-1917

Box: 2, Dates: circa 1906-1934; undated

Senior canes with Indian heads, and other canes

Box Contents

  • Folder: PARSONS CHARLES H CLASS OF 1916 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1915-1916
  • Folder: EASTMAN WHITNEY H CLASS OF 1910 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1909-1910
  • Folder: MORGAN WILLIAM CLASS OF 1890, undated
  • Folder: NIETER TEMPLE CLASS OF 1931 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1930-1931
  • Folder: COOLIDGE JOHN W CLASS OF 1901, undated
  • Folder: UNIDENTIFIED CLASS OF 1885, undated
  • Folder: SMALL WALTER B CLASS OF 1905, undated
  • Folder: UNIDENTIFIED CLASS OF 1884, undated
  • Folder: POND BREMER W CLASS OF 1907 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1906-1907
  • Folder: DEARING ARTHUR K CLASS OF 1914 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1913-1914
  • Folder: HOPKINS UNDATED INDIAN HEAD, undated
  • Folder: CALDWELL T GRANT CLASS OF 1924 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1923-1924
  • Folder: HOWARD CURTISS CLASS OF 1934 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1933-1934
  • Folder: DICKEY JOHN S CLASS OF 1929 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1928-1929
  • Folder: BLAKE KENNETH D CLASS OF 1923 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1922-1923
  • Folder: PHILLIPS JOHN B CLASS OF 1928 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1927-1928

Box: 3, Dates: circa 1901-2008; undated

Senior canes with Indian heads, and other canes including Class Marshall cane and Cobra Society cane.

Box Contents

  • Folder: LOOSE/DETACHED PIECES FROM CANE COLLECTION, undated
  • Folder: UNIDENTIFIED INDIAN HEAD (HEAD ONLY), undated
  • Folder: PARKHURST RICHARD CLASS OF 1916 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1915-1916
  • Folder: FREEDMAN EDMUND CLASS OF 1913 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1912-1913
  • Folder: DARTMOUTH COLLEGE HEAD MARSHAL CANE 1982 - 2008, circa 1982-2008
  • Folder: E B CLASS OF 1990 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1989-1990
  • Folder: MARMARELIS MELINA CLASS OF 2006 COBRA HEAD, circa 2005-2006
  • Folder: CARTWRIGHT JOHN T CLASS OF 1936 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1935-1936
  • Folder: TUCKER KENNETH D CLASS OF 1916 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1915-1916
  • Folder: RUGGLES S L CLASS OF 1908 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1907-1908
  • Folder: BARRY FRANK J CLASS OF 1928 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1927-1928
  • Folder: READE LEONARD J CLASS OF 1917 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1916-1917
  • Folder: WATSON ERNEST B CLASS OF 1902 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1901-1902
  • Folder: EBERHART DICK CLASS OF 1926 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1926-1926
  • Folder: EVANS ROGER CLASS OF 1916 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1915-1916

Box: 4, Dates: circa 1896-1968; undated

Senior canes with Indian heads, and other canes

Box Contents

  • Folder: CLAHANE FRANCIS J CLASS OF 1918 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1917-1918
  • Folder: LOGAN DAVID O UNDATED INDIAN HEAD, undated
  • Folder: NORTON ALLEN S CLASS 1915 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1914-1915
  • Folder: BIEL WILLIAM CLASS OF 1915 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1914-1915
  • Folder: UNIDENTIFIED INDIAN HEAD, undated
  • Folder: UNIDENTIFIED CLASS OF 1897 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1896-1897
  • Folder: SCALON JOHN A CLASS OF 1911 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1910-1911
  • Folder: MCLAUGHLIN CHARLES B CLASS OF 1891, undated
  • Folder: SEARS CHARLES M CLASS OF 1919 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1918-1919
  • Folder: FOWLER EARLE B CLASS OF 1907 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1906-1907
  • Folder: FARWELL HERMAN W CLASS OF 1902 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1901-1902
  • Folder: FOX GROVER CLASS OF 1913 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1912-1913
  • Folder: BLODGETT GUY C CLASS OF 1908 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1907-1908
  • Folder: UNIDENTIFIED CLASS OF CIRCA 1968, circa 1968
  • Folder: FELLOWS JOHN H CLASS OF 1904 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1903-1904
  • Folder: MORIN RICHARD W UNDATED, undated

Box: 5, Dates: undated

Cane owned by Dartmouth College students and alumni. Some may be senior canes.

Box Contents

  • Folder: ADAMS BENJAMIN F CLASS OF 1897, undated
  • Folder: GROVER FREDRICK O CLASS OF 1890, undated
  • Folder: TICKNER WILLIAM 1656 - 1856, undated
  • Folder: LIL CARTER HOUSE OCCUPANTS 1847 - 1905, undated
  • Folder: EMERY FRED P CLASS OF 1887, undated
  • Folder: GILE J M CLASS OF 1887, undated
  • Folder: GIBSON HAMILTON CLASS OF 1897, undated
  • Folder: CROSBY ALLYN J CLASS OF 1895, undated
  • Folder: BLOSSOM WALTER CLASS OF 1887, undated
  • Folder: HEILGE FREDERICK CLASS OF 1887, undated
  • Folder: FLAGG JAMES C CLASS OF 1889, undated
  • Folder: PARKER G C CLASS OF 1887, undated
  • Folder: SALINGER ALEX D CLASS OF 1892, undated
  • Folder: HARDY HENRY W CLASS OF 1897, undated
  • Folder: UNIDENTIFIED CLASS OF 1895, undated
  • Folder: UNIDENTIFIED CARVINGS OF ANIMALS, undated
  • Folder: CARNEY JOSEPH P CLASS OF 1898, undated

Box: 6, Dates: undated

Canes owned by Dartmouth student and alumni. Some presentation canes, a Dartmouth medical School cane, and Casque and Gauntlet cane.

Box Contents

  • Folder: LIL CARTER HOUSE OCCUPANTS 1847 - 1905, undated
  • Folder: AMES A H CLASS OF 1885, undated
  • Folder: SLOAN JOHN 1871 - 1951, undated
  • Folder: PRINGLE JAMES N CLASS OF 1897 CASQUE & GAUNTLET, undated
  • Folder: BAILEY CHARLES H CLASS OF 1880 DMC, undated
  • Folder: UNIDENTIFIED GOLD CAP, undated
  • Folder: LORD NATHAN CLASS OF 1956, undated
  • Folder: UNIDENTIFIED IVORY HANDLE, undated
  • Folder: LORD CLASS OF 1898, undated
  • Folder: FIELD W A CLASS OF 1800, undated
  • Folder: STEELE BENJAMIN H CLASS OF 1857, undated
  • Folder: CUMMINGS I O CLASS OF 1887, undated
  • Folder: LAYCOCK CRAVEN CLASS OF 1896, undated
  • Folder: UNIDENTIFIED GNARLED WOOD, undated
  • Folder: CLARK DANIEL CLASS OF 1834, undated
  • Folder: COLBY IRA F UNDATED, undated

Box: 7, Dates: circa 1901-1925; undated

Canes owned by Dartmouth student and alumni. Box includes Daniel Webster's walking stick.

Box Contents

  • Folder: RUGG HAROLD G CLASS OF 1906 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1905-1906
  • Folder: HOPKINS ANN UNDATED INDIAN HEAD, undated
  • Folder: CHRISTY F T UNDATED INDIAN HEAD, undated
  • Folder: WEBSTER DANIEL LOCUS WALKING STICK, undated
  • Folder: LORD F P CLASS OF 1902 DMC INDIAN HEAD, circa 1901-1902
  • Folder: MCLAUGHLIN UNDATED INDIAN HEAD, undated
  • Folder: FOSTER ANDREW B CLASS OF 1925 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1924-1925
  • Folder: MASON CAROL C CLASS OF 1916 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1915-1916
  • Folder: HEADLESS CANE DARTMOUTH HALL CUPOLA, undated
  • Folder: SAHEM ALFRED L CLASS OF 1893, undated
  • Folder: JACKSON HAROLD P CLASS OF 1910 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1909-1910
  • Folder: BALDWIN SAM CLASS OF 1892, undated
  • Folder: HOWARD BURTON C CLASS OF 1894, undated
  • Folder: HOWARD HENRY D CLASS OF 1907 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1906-1907
  • Folder: JONES HERBERT W CLASS OF 1913 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1912-1913
  • Folder: CHILDS FRANCIS L CLASS OF 1906, undated

Box: 8, Dates: circa 1901-1937; undated

Senior canes, and other canes included an Eleazar Wheelock head cane.

Box Contents

  • Folder: HUBBARD OLIVER P CLASS OF 1879, undated
  • Folder: LORD JOHN KING CLASS OF 1886, undated
  • Folder: FIRE & SKOAL CANE, undated
  • Folder: UNIDENTIFIED WHEELOCK HEAD, undated
  • Folder: ORTH LEONARD J CLASS OF 1922 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1921-1922
  • Folder: SHERMAN LEO P CLASS OF 1910 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1909-1910
  • Folder: RUGGLES ARTHUR H JR CLASS OF 1937 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1936-1937
  • Folder: HOWLAND FOSTER CLASS OF 1926 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1925-1926
  • Folder: WHEELOCK E H CLASS OF 1872, undated
  • Folder: UNIDENTIFIED, undated
  • Folder: TAYLOR ALFRED H CLASS OF 1909 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1908-1909
  • Folder: DARTMOUTH COLLEGE CLASS OF 1874, undated
  • Folder: SANBORN E D CLASS OF 1859, undated
  • Folder: RUGGLES ARTHUR H CLASS OF 1902 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1901-1902
  • Folder: BLAIR JOHN W CLAS OF 1926, undated
  • Folder: MOIF H CLASS OF 1910 INDIAN HEAD, circa 1909-1910

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