This series contains a variety of published and some unpublished material. Included are many newspaper articles published in the United States and abroad spanning the dates 1870 to 1963. Some of the earliest ones were written by George Washburn and Caroline Borden.
There is significant biographical information on the life and family of Christopher Robert, Cyrus Hamlin, George Washburn, Cleveland Dodge and family, and Caleb F. Gates. Upon the retirement of Dr. Gates in 1932 a 60-page illustrated booklet was published containing appreciative essays by his colleagues.
There is a folder of material dated 1881-1883 pertaining to the suit contesting the will of Christopher Robert. Robert College was a major beneficiary under the terms of the will and the courts sustained it as originally drawn.
Of particular interest are the extensive notes of Keith M. Greenwood, an instructor at the College and author of "Robert College: The American Founders" (unpublished dissertation, Johns Hopkins University, 1965). These notes include extensive typescripts from the correspondence of Robert, Hamlin and Washburn.
This series also contains a number of articles and typescripts relating to Turkish history, the role of Americans in Turkey, and the work of missionaries, particularly under the Ottoman Empire.
Other historical works of interest include "History of the Kaidar Site (near Rumeli Hisar)" written by W. F. Clarke, to Secretary of I State William Seward, 1868, and a "Summary of the facts relating to the purchase of land at Rumeli Hisar," also by W. F. Clarke, 1868. There are brief unpublished historical sketches of the College written from 1903 to the 1950s. Included are typescripts by Caleb I Gates, Floyd Black, Lynn Scipio, and handwritten notes apparently by Harold Scott.
In addition there is a photocopy of a typescript history by Sylvia Kuran titled "A Legacy on the Bosphorus," and a more extensive draft of a history by several authors. Eshref Sakarya has written "The Robert College Natural History Museum," an account of this important I collection. Another typescript is a "fictional-memoir" by Ali Neyzi of his years as a boarding student at Robert College from 1938-1946. This is an English translation of a published Turkish I original. Professor Cyril Edwin Black has written a remembrance of his father Floyd Henson Black dated 1984, and Harry A. Dawe contributed a typescript titled "Istanbul Amerikan Robert Lisesi: I The Orphan Child of Robert College and the American College for Girls."
Finally there is a three volume typescript history of the College written by Herbert Lane (1913- 1976), longtime teacher of English, organizer of the alumni office in Turkey, editor of the Alumni Bulletin, and keeper of the College records. Although not footnoted, it represents the most complete account of the College's history at this time (1987). It contains an index and bibliography.