William Goodell Frost Writings,1871-1938

Descriptive Summary

William Goodell Frost Writings,1871-1938
Frost, William Goodell
3.6 lin. ft.
Madison County, Kentucky -- Family life
For the Mountains, by William Goodell Frost (book)
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: staff; machine-readable finding aid created by:M. Plarr
Berea College

Collection Overview

Scope and Content
Materials consist of Frost's personal diaries, manuscript verse, a draft of his FOR THE MOUNTAINS, and miscellaneous other writings.
Diaries, along with miscellaneous autobiographical notes and memoranda books, (1871, 1874 - 1876, and 1907 - 1938) are present. Early volumes detail Frost's years at Oberlin College, although entries are sometimes sporadic and contain summaries of events as opposed to day-to-day descriptions. Fragmentary notes provide some biographical detail for years 1882 to 1890 and a typed transcription of a diary (1892) is also available. (The 1882 - 1890 notes are probably Frost's and the transcription was done by Berea College History Professor Elizabeth Peck, who wrote a history of the College.) Diaries (1907 - 1938) detail Frost's daily activities as president, family and private business affairs, his health, and local weather.
Other materials include a carbon typescript of Frost's autobiography, FOR THE MOUNTAINS (1937) which was labelled "full version," and has various pencilled corrections to the text. Manuscripts of Frost's "Family Stories," which refer to his family (1910, carbon copy); a folder of manuscript poems (1872 - 1938); and miscellaneous speeches or articles about Berea, education, and his foreign travels are also present. Published copies of the latter (ca. .2 l.f.) are available also.
Unpublished guide.