Archives and Special Collections

Scope and Contents of the Hall Collection

The papers described in this Register are amalgamated from two segments of the G. Stanley Hall papers, separated for a half-century. A large quantity of Hall materials, including family and most professional correspondence, became the property of Dr. Robert G. Hall after his father's death, and were shipped to his home in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Hall, for some years, consulted Dr. Henry D. Sheldon, a Clark alumnus and Dean of the School of Education at the University of Oregon, on matters of access and literary rights. Sheldon had made copies of many of Hall's letters while preparing a projected volume for publication, and he sent copies of some of the more important items to the Clark University Library. Attempts by Clark to obtain the originals did not come to fruition, and in the course of the years a large portion of the Oregon deposit was destroyed. Surviving originals and copies of letters to and from Hall and his family, as well as some scattered professional correspondence (including a number of original William James letters) were lent to Dorothy Ross by Dr. Hall in the 1960's. He did this with the understanding that upon completion of her biography of his father, they would be deposited at Clark. These are the papers referred to in the Ross biography as the G. Stanley Hall Papers, or HP.

The second segment of Hall papers, remaining at Clark, was largely, though not entirely, official correspondence. These materials too underwent separation and recombination over the years, with some materials being held in the Registrar's Office, with others (largely memorabilia or letters valuable for their signatures) in the Psychology Department, yet others in the President's Office, and still others in the vault of the Library. These, plus the Sheldon transcripts, are referred to in the Ross biography as the Clark University Papers (CUP). After the Robert Hutchings Goddard Library was opened in 1969, these materials were gradually assembled under one roof. They were joined, in the Fall of 1971, by the Oregon segment (HP) as well as by other materials gathered by Ms. Ross in the preparation of her biography.

Given the vicissitudes of the manuscripts, it was not possible to determine the original file order for more than a few parts of the collection. The two main segments have been combined into a defensible common classification, largely by subject since most of the surviving Clark University papers were already in subject folders. A few anomalies persist, of which the most important is the fact that at some previous time the correspondence of President Hall (Clark University) and of President Sanford (Clark College) with faculty members was combined into individual faculty folders. The contents of those folders have not been separated, although in a few cases the faculty folder will include only Sanford correspondence. As new discoveries of Hall papers are made, they will be integrated into this classification unless they obviously belong with another collection.

The Clark University Archives contains additional Hall manuscripts. This includes two sets of bound volumes of Collected Works (cited in the Ross biography as CW), which include some manuscript articles and addresses, a bound volume of handwritten tributes to Hall on the twenty-fifth anniversary of his doctorate, 1903, and a bound letterbook covering the years 1889-1890. Furthermore, there is correspondence with former Clark students of Hall. These letters were originally filed in student folders, but were separated out and were put into their own series in the Hall papers. A few Hall manuscripts can also be found in other collections held by the University Archives, such as the George Hubbard Blakeslee papers. A manuscripts card catalogue, which includes all of these, has been created. The Archives also holds a large quantity of printed material by and relating to Hall, as well as photographic material. A lengthy series of scrapbooks, both annual and on special topics (referred to in the Ross biography as Clippings,...), provides much additional information on Hall and the University. G. Stanley Hall's library is presently divided between the University Department of Special Collections and the G. Stanley Hall Memorial Room in the Department of Psychology.

Literary rights in the unpublished writings of G. Stanley Hall and the Hall family in the Hall papers were transferred in February, 1972, to the Trustees of Clark University through the generosity of Dr. Robert Hall's widow, Edith M. Hall, and his son, Robert M. Hall. Permission to use and to quote from the Hall papers must be secured from the University Archivist. Notes, letters, interviews, materials, etc., in Box 32, gathered for her biography by Ms. Ross, are open without restriction; quotation may be made without permission from Ms. Ross so long as the source is duly cited.