JAMES PHINNEY BAXTER III (1893-1975) was an American historian, educator and academic who won the Pulitzer Price for History for his book Scientists Against Time. He obtained Masters’ degrees from both Williams and Harvard University and his Ph.D. from Harvard. He served as the first mast of Adams House at Harvard and was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. From 1937-1961, he was president of Williams College. He left Williams for a few years during World War II while he served as research coordinator of information and director of the Office of Strategic Services. Baxter was also a member of the board of trustees of the World Peace Foundation.
Offering a one-page, 5 ½ x 8 ½, ALS, August 3, 1937 on Adams House, Harvard University stationary to Mrs. Edgar.
“Thank you for your very friendly letter of congratulations and good wishes, which brought back many pleasant memories. I hope that my wife and I shall have the pleasure of seeing you in our new home and that you will never feel you have to call me Mr. Baxter, Mr. President, President B--, or worse yet, Dr. Baxter.
“With best wishes to you, Mr. Edgar and Mary...
Also included two cards admitting the holder to the induction of Baxter into the presidency of Williams College.
Adams House is one of 12 undergraduate residential houses at Harvard. Its name commemorates the services of the Adams family, including John Adams, the second president of the United States, and his son, John Quincy Adams, the sixth president.
Letter and admission cards are in excellent condition.
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