Everett Edward Thompson Papers
FSA.A1991.05
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Summary
Collection ID:
FSA.A1991.05
Creators:
Thompson, Everett Edward, 1876-1962
Dates:
1899-1962
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.5 Linear feet
approximate number: 151 Items
Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
The papers, 1899-1962, of editor, lexicographer, author, and lecturer Everett Edward Thompson (1876-1962) primarily document his 1905 trip to Indonesia and subsequent lectures delivered from 1913-1919 and 1956. Portions of the papers are photocopies. Included are obituaries; a portrait photograph dated 1899; portions of a travel journal; announcements, notes, and 132 glass stereopticons assembled in preparation for lectures on Indonesia; a letter; printed material and clippings related to language and the Webster-Merriam dictionaries; and a handwritten copy of Irene Kuhn's 1961 news article on the early history of U.S. field teaching in the Philippines.

Scope and Content Note
Scope and Content Note
The papers, 1899-1962, of editor, lexicographer, author, and lecturer Everett Edward Thompson (1876-1962) primarily document his 1905 trip to Indonesia and subsequent lectures delivered from 1913-1919 and 1956. Portions of the papers are photocopies. Included are obituaries; a portrait photograph dated 1899; portions of a travel journal; announcements, notes, and 132 glass stereopticons assembled in preparation for lectures on Indonesia; a letter; printed material and clippings related to language and the Webster-Merriam dictionaries; and a handwritten copy of Irene Kuhn's 1961 news article on the early history of U.S. field teaching in the Philippines. Total: 151 items

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
The collection is organized into seven series:
Series 1:
Biographical Data
Series 2:
Portrait Photograph
Series 3:
Travel Journal
Series 4:
Lecture notes and announcements
Series 5:
Letter
Series 6:
Printed Matter
Series 7:
Lantern Slides

Biographical Information
Biographical Information
Editor, lexicographer, author, and lecturer Everett Edward Thompson was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in1876. He received an A.B. degree from Amherst College in 1899. From 1901-1905 Thompson fufilled an appointment to a government teaching position in the Philippines. In 1905 he traveled from Manila to Singapore, and then to Burma, India, Ceylon, Java, the Straits Settlements, and Japan. From 1905 to 1909 he was part of the editorial staff of the G&C Merriam Company, publisher of the Webster-Merriam dictionaries, Springfield, Massachusetts. In 1907 he married Emily Lecretia Bettes and two years later in 1909 received an M.A. from Amherst College where he wrote a thesis on, "The Spanish Element in the English Language." From 1910-1920 Thomspon served as editor of foreign language textbooks, American Book Company, New York City. In 1920 he received honorary doctor of letters (Litt. D) from Syracuse University. That same year Thompson rejoined the Webster dictionary editorial staff of G&C Merriam Company, Springfield, Massachusetts where he remained until 1949. Everett Edward Thompson died 1962 March 24 in Springfield, Massachusetts.
1876 June 20
Born in Springfield, Massachusetts
1899
Received A.B. degree from Amherst College
1901-1905
Appointed government teaching position in the Philippines
1905
Traveled from Manila to Singapore, and then to Burma, India, Ceylon, Java, the Straits Settlements, and Japan
1905-1909
Joined editorial staff of the G&C Merriam Company, publisher of the Webster-Merriam dictionaries, Springfield, Massachusetts
1907
Married Emily Lecretia Bettes
1909
Received M.A. from Amherst College. Thesis on, "The Spanish Element in the English Language."
1910-1920
Editor of foreign language textbooks, American Book Company, New York City
1913
Birth of son Ronald
1920
Received honorary doctor of letters (Litt. D) from Syracuse University
1920-1949
Re-joined the Webster dictionary editorial staff of G&C Merriam Company, Springfield, Massachusetts
1962 March 24
Died in Springfield, Massachusetts

Administration
Processing Information
This collection was processed by volunteer Takako Kusano.
Author
Finding aid prepared by Takako Kusano
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
The collection was donated to the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives by Everett Edward Thompson's son, Ronald Thompson, in 1991.

Digital Content

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu.
Preferred Citation note
Everett Edward Thompson Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Gift of Ronald Thompson, 1991.
Restrictions on Use
No restrictions on use.

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
Gift of Ronald Thompson, 1991.

Other Finding Aids note
Other Finding Aids note

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Kuhn, Irene Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
East Indies Geographical Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indonesia Geographical Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indonesia--Description and travel Subject Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Java Geographical Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lecture notes Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Malaysia Geographical Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Royalty, Netherlands Subject Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
Washington, D.C., 20013
Phone: 202-633-0533
AVRreference@si.edu