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The BatStudent publications at Amherst College have been around for nearly as long as there have been Amherst College students. From the first hand-written issue of La Critique in 1829 to today’s issue of the Amherst Muck-Rake or AC Voice, the character and concerns of Amherst students and the times they lived in are readily apparent.

Below is a selection of images from student publications, click on the thumbnail for more information and a larger image. All the publications here can be found in the Amherst College Student and Alumni Publications Collection in the archives and most can also be found in the college catalog. (more…)

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Poet James I. Merrill (AC 1947) was a frequent doodler. The margins of his manuscripts are often crowded with small faces that encroach upon the text. Doodling even showed up in his published work: his poetry collection, The Country of a Thousand Years of Peace, includes a poem about doodling. Appropriately, Merrill doodled on a manuscript copy of the poem. Merrill’s second published novel, The (Diblos) Notebook, is the story of a novelist who doodles and finds other ways to procrastinate instead of working on his novel.

At the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, we hold the manuscript for Merrill’s first novel, The Seraglio, which is brimming with doodles. Some, like those below, are faces or other drawings.

Detail of a doodle from The Seraglio, Box III

Detail of a doodle from The Seraglio, Box III, Merrill-Magowan Family Papers, Amherst Archives & Special Collections

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