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Perry Family Collection

Identifier: CAMS PERRY-4

Scope and Contents

The Perry Family Collection contains various materials gathered about James, George, and Wilder Perry. The collection includes photographs, documents and clipping related to their time at Colby, especially the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, scrapbooks created by James during his time as a student at Colby, and other printed materials that detail thier time both as students and adults as it relates to Colby College.


  • 1867 - 1968


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials to be used on site during regular Special Collections hours or by appointment. Photocopying or scanning may be possible at discretion of staff for nominal fee. Materials may be protected by copyright.

Biographical / Historical

The Perry Family Collection details the time at Colby spent by three members of the family. James Perry was born in Camden, Maine in 1888 and graduated from Colby College in 1911. He was a Baptist minister who was killed during WWI in the line of duty in 1920. His brother, George, was also born in Camden in 1891 and graduated from Colby College in 1914. He aso served in WWI and then became a store manager and scholar. He died in 1976. Wilder was a Colby graduate from 1972 and a grandchild of James Perry.


9.99 Linear Feet

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The collection comprises correspondence, scrapbooks, printed materials, photographs, written essays and schoolwork, and clippings by and about the Perry Family, of which three members, James Gleason, George W., and Wilder Washington are Colby alumni.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials acquired via gift (Perry Family) or Alumni Office.


Materials arranged in 7 series: Correspondence, Manuscripts, Personal documents, Photographs, Printed materials, Clippings, and Other objects.

Finding Aid to the Perry Family Collection
Colby College Special Collections
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Colby College Archives Repository

Special Collections & Archives (SC&A), located in Miller Library, is the college’s repository for historically and culturally -significant materials, including the college archives. Our fabulous materials range in date from the 12th to the 21st centuries and represent a wide range of formats. We fully support Colby’s academic program and innovative pedagogies through aspirational collection development, faculty and student engagement, teaching and exhibition.