Henry Melville papers, 1925-1926 Rauner Manuscript MS-1236

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Henry Melville papers

Call Number:

Rauner Manuscript MS-1236

Collection Dates:


Size of Collection:

.25 linear ft., 1 box


In 1925, Dartmouth College decided to discontinue compulsary daily chapel attendance and published their reasons in the October 23, 1925, issue of the Dartmouth College Bulletin. In response, Henry Melville, Secretary of the Class of 1879, wrote a letter to Russell R. Larmon, editor of the Bulletin, expressing his disapproval of the change, and sent copies of this letter to other class secretaries. Collection consists of the resulting exchange of correspondence with Trustees, alumni and the College president.

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Use & Access

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Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

Typescripts, holographs and carbon copies of correspondence.


Henry Melville was born on August 25, 1858, in Nelson, New Hampshire. He was an 1879 graduate of Dartmouth College, and a lawyer. Melville died October 21, 1930, in Keene, New Hampshire.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series: 1, Henry Mellville's correspondence, 1925-1926

Correspondence of Henry Melville, Class of 1879, with classmates and other alumni discussing the change from compulsory to voluntary chapel attendance.

Box: 1, Correspondence, 1925-1926

Access Restrictions



Box Contents

  • Folder: Chapel - Compulsory Attendance, correspondence - Inventory, 1925-1926
  • Folder: Chapel - Compulsory Attendance, correspondence - October - December 1925, 1925
  • Folder: Chapel - Compulsory Attendance, correspondence December 1925 - January 1926, 1925-1926
  • Folder: Chapel - Compulsory Attendance, correspondence February - July 1926, 1926

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