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Sumner Chilton Powell papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0067
Sumner Chilton Powell (born 1924) was an author and historian. The collection consists largely of research material related to the history of New England, including maps, photographs, microfilm, statistics, and photostats of records and legal documents, from 1948 to 1973.

Dates

  • 1948-1973 and undated

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval.

Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Extent

3.49 Cubic Feet (2 letter size document boxes, 6 legal size document boxes)

Biographical Note

Sumner Chilton Powell was an author and historian. He was born in Northampton, Massachusetts, October 2, 1924. Powell received his B.A. from Amherst, and his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1956. He taught in boys' schools in New England, and was an instructor in history at Yale University and Iona College.

Powell was the author of several historical works; his major publication was Puritan Village:The Formation of a New England Town, for which he spent almost six years gathering material from local records, archives, and private collections in England and Massachusetts. Chilton received the Pulitzer Prize for this work in 1964.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists largely of research material collected by Sumner Chilton Powell to be used for his published work, Puritan Village: the Formation of a New England Town. Included are maps, photographs, microfilm, statistics, and photostats of records and legal documents, from 1948 to 1973. The documents are concerned with Sudbury and Suffolk, England, and Sudbury, Massachusetts. There are also student notes from Amherst and a typescript of Powell's thesis from Harvard.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to the University by Sumner Chilton Powell in 1972.

Processing Information

Reprocessed by Mallory Herberger in February 2018.

Dates in parentheses denote the time period the records reference.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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