Snell Family Papers. 

Selected series, 1828-1945 (bulk 1828-1875)


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Scope and Contents Note:

The Snell Family Papers contain the papers and photographs of Ebenezer Strong Snell (1801-1876; AC Class of 1822) and his immediate family, including his wife, daughters, parents and sisters. For a full description of the papers, see the complete online finding aid at the Amherst College Archives web site.

The selected series from the Snell Family Papers that are available online focus primarily on the women of the family: Sabra Clark Snell and her five daughters.  These materials provide insight into family life in Amherst in the mid-to-late 1800's and include family correspondence, diaries and journals, household account books and photographs.


Biographical Note:

Ebenezer S. Snell was born in North Brookfield, Massachusetts on October 7, 1801, the son of Dr. Thomas Snell and Tirzah Strong.  Snell graduated with the first graduating class at Amherst College in 1822.  His life is closely associated with the development of Amherst College.  In 1827 he was appointed Instructor of Mathematics.  In 1829 he became Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy.  From 1834 to 1876, he served as Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy.

Sabra Cobb Clark Snell  was born in Conway, Mass. in 1807 and married Ebenezer Snell on 
September 8, 1828.  She died in 1883.

Birth and death dates for other important family members include: 

  • Thomas Snell - Nov. 21, 1774-May 4, 1862 - father of ESS 
  • Tirzah Strong - Apr. 22, 1780-June 8, 1855 - mother of ESS 
  • Sabra Cobb Clark Snell - 1807-1883 - wife of ESS 
  • Rebecca Emerson Snell - Jul. 2, 1829-Dec. 5, 1841 - daughter of ESS 
  • Mary Louisa Snell - Aug. 8,1831-1899 - daughter of ESS 
  • Martha Porter Snell - Oct. 30, 1835-1860 - daughter of ESS 
  • Tirzah Strong Snell (Hall) - Nov. 10, 1839-1925 - daughter of ESS 
  • Sabra Clark Snell - Jan. 31, 1845-Mar. 8, 1932 - daughter of ESS 


Series Inventory

Follow the hypertext links to those series available online:
  1. Reverend Thomas Snell Papers, 1793-1898
  2. Correspondence, 1819-75
  3. Diaries, Journals and Biographical Notes, 1837-1932
  4. Trips, 1858 and 1866
  5. Ebenezer Strong Snell - Lecture Notes
  6. Ebenezer Strong Snell - Notebooks, c. 1835-70
  7. Account Books, 1825-96
  8. Scrapbooks, 1820s-1870s
  9. Printed Material, 1830-91
  10. Herbaria, 1830-58
  11. Snell House, 1838-1940
  12. Family Photographs, c. 1860s-1930s
  13. Cased Images, c. 1840s-1860s
  14. Drawings
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