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William H. Reeves Files on Frederick Sykes and Benjamin Marshall

Identifier: RG-02H

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of files collected and maintained by William H. Reeves, Treasurer and member of the Board of Trustees, pertaining to his involvement in the resignations of Connecticut College presidents Frederick Sykes in 1917, and Benjamin T. Marshall in 1928. The collection includes correspondence from alumnae, news clippings covering both resignations, and an annotated copy of Sykes’ response to the Board of Trustees in 1917.


  • 1917
  • 1928


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

William Henry Reeves (1867-1945) was a prominent New London businessman, working in a variety of financial, administrative, and advisory positions throughout his career. Reeves served as cashier, director, and later Vice President of the National Bank of Commerce of New London before joining the board of trustees of the Mariners' Savings Bank of New London. He later served on the board of directors of the New London Ship and Engine Company, a subsidiary of Electric Boat Company. Reeves was a member of the Board of Trustees of Connecticut College for more than 20 years, and served as the College's first treasurer.


0.21 Linear Feet (1/2 box)

Language of Materials



Correspondence, reports, and press material kept by William Reeves and relating to the resignations of Frederick Sykes and Benjamin Marshall in 1917 and 1928.


Organized into two series: Series I - Frederick Sykes; Series II - Benjamin Marshall. Arranged chronologically within each series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to Connecticut College by Carol Reeves Parke, March 6, 2006.

Processing Information

Processed by Rebecca Parmer, 2016.

Collection originally organized by William Henry Reeves, with some additional arrangement undertaken by Carol Reeves Parke. The original arrangement, folder titles, and content descriptions were retained in most cases. Clippings in the Sykes series were unfolded and spray mounted to paper by Parke.

Guide to the William H. Reeves Files on Frederick Sykes and Benjamin Marshall
Rebecca Parmer
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives Repository

Connecticut College
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New London CT 06320 United States