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Coleman Burke Papers

Identifier: yhm-arc-0000-053

Content Description

The Coleman Burke Papers contain correspondence, newspaper clippings, and a trustee resolution regarding the 1977 merger of Hamilton and Kirkland College. Researchers examining the papers will gain insight into opinions on the merger from alumni, parents, students, trustees, and others through correspondence.


  • Creation: 1976-1978


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There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Coleman Burke was born on February 1, 1914 in Summit, New Jersey. He graduated from Hamilton in 1934 where he was president of the Honor Court, captain of the varsity basketball team, and member of Was Los, Pentagon, and Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1938, whereafter he worked in the law firm Burke and Burke, with his father. He was the Chairman of Hamilton’s Board of Trustees during the merger of Hamilton and Kirkland College. (Hamilton College)

J. Martin Carovano was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1935. He graduated from Pomona College in 1957 and the University of California at Berkeley (Master's in Economics, 1961, Ph.D. in Economics, 1965). Carovano came to Hamilton College in 1963 as an Instructor, and later Associate Professor of Economics. He became President of Hamilton College in 1974, a position he held until stepping down in 1988. He oversaw the merger of Hamilton and Kirkland College in 1978. Martin’s Way, the path that connects the Hamilton and Kirkland campuses, is named in his honor. (Hamilton College)


.4 Linear Feet (1 half-size box)

Language of Materials



Correspondence, newspaper clippings, and a trustee resolution regarding the 1977 merger of Hamilton and Kirkland College.


The Coleman Burke Papers are arranged alphabetically by folder name. All files within each folder are arranged chronologically.

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Repository Details

Part of the Hamilton College Archives Repository

198 College Hill Road
Clinton NY United States