Guide to the Fred Austin Knapp papers, 1917-1950, n.d. | MC034

Summary Information

Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library
Knapp, Fred Austin, 1872-1960
Fred Austin Knapp papers
1917-1950, undated
0.25 Linear feet
Composed of the elegies and tributes written by Bates professor of Latin Fred Austin Knapp for many of his colleagues, including George M. Chase, Lyman Jordan, Halbert Britan, Grosvenor Robinson, George Ramsdell and Fred Pomeroy.

Preferred Citation

Fred Austin Knapp papers, Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College.

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Historical Note

A longtime professor of Latin at Bates College, Fred Austin Knapp was born on December 9, 1872 in Haverhill, Massachusetts. He graduated from Bates College in 1896 and received an M.A. from Harvard University in 1902. He served as an instructor in Latin and Mathematics at the Nichols Latin School and in several faculty roles at Bates, including Assistant in Chemistry and Physics from 1896 to 1897, instructor in English and Latin from 1897 to 1898, and instructor in Latin from 1898 to 1901. Following his graduate studies at Harvard he returned to Bates as a professor of Latin, a position which he held from 1903 until 1943. On August 26, 1896 he married Carrie Florence Southwick and they had two children together. Because of his long acquaintance with Bates College, Knapp maintained close relationships with four college presidents along with countless faculty members, and became the unofficial biographer of many of these people as he was often called upon to write tributes on their behalf. Knapp died in Lewiston, Maine on May 20, 1960.

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes the text of and notes for various memorial and retirement tributes that Knapp prepared for colleagues including George M. Chase, Lyman Jordan, Halbert Britan, Grosvenor Robinson, George Ramsdell and Fred Pomeroy. The collection also includes a notebook of data on Bates College for a lecture to the Boston Alumni Association; a journal and clippings of poetry by various authors which Knapp compiled; and some of Knapp's Latin translations.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is in alphabetical order by title.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library

70 Campus Avenue
Lewiston, Maine, 04240

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

The collection is the physical property of Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. Bates College holds literary rights only for material created by College personnel working on official behalf of the College, or for material which was given to the College with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication or other purposes that exceed fair use.

Acquisition and Custody Information

Gift of Rachel Knapp Clement. Accession No.: xx-073.

Processing Information

Processed by Kat Stefko, 2006.

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Related Materials

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Bates College (Lewiston, Me.)--Faculty
  • Bates College (Lewiston, Me.)--History

Personal Name(s)

  • Britan, Halbert Hains, 1874-1945
  • Chase, George Millett
  • Jordan, Lyman
  • Knapp, Fred Austin, 1872-1960--Archives
  • Pomeroy, Fred
  • Ramsdell, George E.
  • Robinson, Grosvenor May


  • Elegiac poetry, American
  • Poetry--20th century

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