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Sidney Wertimer, Jr. Papers

Identifier: yhm-arc-0000-006

Content Description

Contains professional correspondence of Sidney Wertimer and William A. Jamison with various college offices and administrators while they were Hamilton College Provost and Kirkland College Director of Institutional Affairs, respectively. Correspondence and files provide an excellent description of the operation (Administrative as well as Academic Affairs) of both colleges during the period 1972 - 1980, including the dissoloution of Kirkland College and its merger with Hamilton College.


  • Creation: 1972-1980

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Biographical / Historical

Sidney Wertimer, professor emeritus of economics, died on February 1, 2005 in Charleston, S.C., with his family at his side. He was 84 years old and had been in declining health. Professor Wertimer served Hamilton for the past 52 years. He was born in Buffalo, NY on 28 October 1920, and attended Nichols High School in Buffalo, University of Pennsylvania (B.S., 1942), University of Buffalo (M.A., 1949), and the London School of Economics (Ph.D. in economic history, 1952). From 1942 - 1946 he was an officer in the U.S. Navy. He was an instructor at Buffalo (1947-50) and joined the Hamilton College faculty in 1952. He served as Associate Dean of the College (1957 - 65), Chair of the Economics Department (1967 - 75), and Provost from 1975 - 1980. Wertimer's textbook, Economics and Man, has been used nationally. After his retirement from full-time teaching at the college in 1991, he continued to teach an accounting course once a year and was active in alumni reunion activities.

William Alexander Jamison was born in Pittsburgh, PA on 24 April 1927 and died on 21 March 1995 in Pittsfield, MA. He attended the University of Pittsburgh (A.B., 1943), and Princeton University (A.M., 1945 and Ph.D., 1952). He taught English at the University of Rochester for 17 years before joining the Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company in 1963. He joined the Kirkland College faculty in 1970 and was the Acting Chair of the Humanities Division, wrote the self-study of Kirkland for MSA accreditation, Director of Institutional Affairs, and at Hamilton, Director of Personnel and Director Special Programs. Jamison retired in 1983.


1.2 Linear Feet (1 full-size box, 1 quarter-size box)

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The collection is arranged alphabetically and chronologically by folder.

Jeremy P. Schmidt (summer 2001); Carly Horton (spring 2022)
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Part of the Hamilton College Archives Repository

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