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Archives and Special Collections: A Guide: PA History

Chronology & Secondary Sources


Chronology of PA and Abbot history



An Andover Primer: Phillips Academy and its History, 1778-1928. Andover, Mass.: Phillips Academy, 1928.

Andover Songs and Cheers. Andover, Mass.: Phillips Academy, 1915.

Royal Blue song by R.K. Fletcher, 1923.

Out of the Blue: A CAMD (Community and Multicultural Development Office) Student Project. Andover, Mass.: Phillips Academy, 2014.

Abbot, Abiel. History of Andover from its Settlement to 1829 Andover: Flagg and Gould, 1829.

Abbott, Lemuel A. Descendants of George Abbott, of Rowley, Mass., of his joint descendants with George Abbott, sr., of Andover, Mass.... 1906. Vol 1.

Abbott, Lemuel A. Descendants of George Abbott, of Rowley, Mass., of his joint descendants with George Abbott, sr., of Andover, Mass.... 1906. Vol 2.

Allis, Frederick S., Jr. Youth From Every Quarter: A Bicentennial History of Phillips Academy, Andover. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1979.

Dalton, Kathleen M. A Portrait of a school: Coeducation at Andover. Andover, MA: Phillips Academy, 1986.

Domingue, Robert A. Phillips Academy: An Illustrated History of the Property (including Abbot Academy). Wilmington, Mass: The Hampshire Press, 1990.

Fuess, Claude M. An Old New England School: A History of Phillips Academy Andover. Boston, New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1917.

Fuess, Claude Moore. The Andover Way. Boston: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co., 1926.

Fuess, Claude M. Phillips Academy, Andover in the Great War. New Haven, Yale University Press, 1919.

Harrison, Fred H. Athletics for All: Physical Education and Athletics at Phillips Academy, Andover, 1778-1978. Andover, MA: Phillips Academy, 1983.

Hurd, D. Hamilton. History of Essex County Volume 1. Philadelphia: J.W. Lewis and Co., 1888.

Hurd, D. Hamilton. History of Essex County Volume 1. Philadelphia: J.W. Lewis and Co., 1888.

Jordan, Frederick W. Between Heaven and Harvard: Protestant Faith and the American Boarding School Experience, 1778-1940. University of Notre Dame: Ph.D. Dissertation, 2004.

Kelsey, Katharine. Abbot Academy Sketches, 1892-1912. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1929.

Lloyd, Susan McIntosh. A Singular School: Abbot Academy, 1878-1973. Andover, Mass.: Phillips Academy, 1979.

McKeen, Phebe Fuller. A sketch of the early life of Joseph Hardy Neesima. Boston: D. Lothrop Co, 1890.

McKeen, Phebe Fuller. Annals of Fifty Years: A History of Abbot Academy, 1829-1879. Andover, Mass.: Warren F. Draper, 1880.

McKeen, Philena. Sequel to Annals of Fifty Years: A History of Abbot Academy, Andover, Mass, 1879-1892. Andover, Mass.: Warren F. Draper, 1892.

Memorial: Philena McKeen, June 13, 1822 to May 13, 1898.

On Andover Hill: Life Today in an Old New England School. Andover, Mass., 1935.

Park, William E. The Earlier Annals of Phillips Academy, 1878.

Sweeney, Alice C. A brief account of the years when Miss Hearsey was Principal of Abbot Academy and Selections from her Speeches. 1964?

Taylor, John L. A Memoir of His Honor Samuel Phillips. 1856

Phillips Genealogies. 1885

The Sesquicentennial Record: In Commemoration of the One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Founding of Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., 1928.

Biographical Catalogue of the Trustees, Teachers and Students of Phillips Academy, Andover, 1778-1830.

Phillips Academy Alumni Directory, July 1937.

Register of Alumnae of Abbot Academy, 1829-1952.

Abbot Academy Song Book (pdf)

Ward, Herbert D. The New Senior at Andover. Boston: D. Lothrop Company, 1891.


Rowe, Henry K. History of Andover Theological Seminary. Newton, Mass, 1933.

A Memorial of the Semi-centennial Celebration of the Founding of the Theological Seminary at Andover, 1859.

General catalogue of the Theological Seminary: Andover, Massachusetts, 1808-1908.

Necrology of Andover Theological Seminary, 1890-1900. (Also includes: Surviving alumni of 60 years ago; address lists of the living alumni, 1899 and 1900)

Woods, Leonard. History of the Andover Theological Seminary. 1885.

Diane Jones teaching in MS2, 1978

School History topics

Campus History

Notable Alumni (by David Chase prior to 2012)

Chinese Students at Andover, 1878-2000 (created 2021)

Trustees (1778-)

Andover in the Military (Phillips Academy)

Alumni in the Civil War (by David Chase, 2022)

Andover in the Civil War (town of Andover)

Alumni in the Peace Corps (by Randy Hobler, 2022)

Swimming and Diving

Andover Crew



Principals and Heads of Phillips Academy

1778-1786      Eliphalet Pearson
1786-1793      Ebenezer Pemberton
1794-1809      Mark Newman
1810-1833      John Adams
1833-1837      Osgood Johnson
1837-1871      Samuel H. Taylor
1871-1873      Frederic W. Tilton
1873-1901      Cecil F. P. Bancroft
1903-1933      Alfred E. Stearns
1933-1948      Claude M. Fuess
1948-1971      John M. Kemper
1972-1981      Theodore R. Sizer
1981-1994      Donald W. McNemar
1994-2012      Barbara Landis Chase
2012-2019     John G. Palfrey, Jr.
2020-      Raynard Kington

Principals of Abbot Academy

1829-1831    Charles Goddard
1832-1834    Reverend Samuel Lamson
1835-1838    Reverend Samuel Gilman Brown
1838-1839    Reverend Lorenzo L. Langstroth
1839-1842    Reverend Timothy D.P. Stone
1842-1852    Reverend Asa Farwell
1854-1856    Nancy Judson Hasseltine
1856-1857    Maria Jane Bancroft Brown
1857-1859    Emma L. Taylor
1859-1892    Philena McKeen
1892-1898    Laura Sophia Watson
1898-1911    Emily Adams Means
1912-1935    Bertha Bailey
1936-1955    Marguerite Capen Hearsey
1955-1966    Mary Hinckley Crane
1968-1973    Donald Gordon