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Barton `Nick' Carter ex-Class of 1937: How one of Tyler Dennett's `Nice Boys' (from Boston) was Radicalized in Spain
 

Summary: Barton `Nick' Carter ex-Class of 1937: How one of Tyler Dennett's `Nice
Boys' (from Boston) was Radicalized in Spain
This story begins March 2005 in Thompson Memorial Chapel. About the Chapel on the walls
are lists of Williams men who died in Americas wars, beginning with the founder, Ephraim
Williams, in 1755. Singing in the Chapel Choir from 1954-1957, I had noticed the lists in the
chancel near the stalls, and drew the inference that more young men MY age had died of the
Spanish flu in World War I than had died in the trenches in France, but had never examined with
care the World War II lists in the west nave. One listing caught my attention. The date was April
1938, too early for World War II. Reading to the left, I saw Calaceite, Spain, and the name of
Barton Carter, Class of 1937.
Knowing next to nothing about the Spanish Civil War, I went to the College Archives in Stetson
Hall, found a file on Carter, and began a program of reading and research that led me to the Marx
Memorial Library, London, the Tamiment Archive at the Bobst Library, New York University,
the American Friends Service Archives in Philadelphia, the National Archives in Washington,
D.C., the University of Rhode Island Archives in Kingston, R.I., the Bancroft Archives at the
University of California, Berkeley, the American Red Cross Chapter House in Nashua, N.H. and,
finally, Concord, N.H., where Carters niece, Nancy Carter Clough, graciously allowed me
access to Carters personal papers and other family records.
Early experiences at Williams
Carter came to Williams College in September 1933, in the last year of Harry Garfields long

  

Source: Aalberts, Daniel P. - Department of Physics, Williams College

 

Collections: Physics