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University of Connecticut, President's Office Records [Rufus W. Stimson, 1901-1908]

Identifier: 2000-0003

Scope and Content

The collection contains collected and purchased materials dating to Rufus Stimson's tenure as President of the Connecticut Agricultural College. Documents include correspondence, publications, programs, photographs, research materials, articles written by Stimson and others and newspaper clippings.


  • undated, 1891-1992


The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained from the owner(s) of the copyright.


Rufus Whittaker Stimson was born 20 February 1868 on a farm near Palmer, MA. He attended Colby College in Maine and studied philosophy at Harvard University (A.B., 1895; A.M., 1896) and divinity at Yale Divinity School (B.D., 1897). Hired by the Connecticut Agricultural College as a professor of English, ethics and public speaking in 1897, Stimson was appointed president pro tempore in October 1901. He was made president within the year, replacing the controversial George W. Flint.

During his administration, the enrollment at the College grew from 18 to 125 regular students and twenty-five short term students. Under his administration, the summer school was established, a new dormitory constructed, the horticulture building and greenhouses begun and appropriations from the state increased.

Stimson resigned in 1908 to become the director of Smith Agricultural School in Northampton, MA. In 1911, he became the state supervisor of agricultural education for Massachusetts, a position he held until his retirement in 1938. In 1939, at the age of 71, “Stimson received an appointment as a Research Specialist in Agricultural Education in the U.S. Office of Education for the purpose of writing a history of agricultural education.” [Moore, 1988]

Rufus Stimson died 1 May 1947.


2.75 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Professor of English language and literature (1897-1901). Appointed president pro tempore by the Board of Trustees 5 October 1901. Stimson rResigned in 1908 to “become the executive head of an agricultural college that is to be established at Northampton, MA to be known as the Smith Agricultural School.”

Acquisition Information

Letter to Mr. Chandler and two promotion materials were purchased in 2000; remaining materials in Series I are the only surviving documents of this tenure. Materials in Series II were donated by the family in 201403.

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University of Connecticut, President's Office Records [Rufus W. Stimson, 1901-1908]
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

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