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Jeremiah Atwater (President) key, awarded 1793

Identifier: F10

Scope and Contents

Phi Beta Kappa key awarded to Jeremiah Atwater at Yale University in 1793.


  • awarded 1793


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research without restrictions.

Biographical / Historical

Jeremiah Atwater (1773-1858) was the first president of Middlebury College, beginning in 1800. He had previously served as principal of the Addison County Grammar School. Atwater left Middlebury in 1809 to become the third president of Dickinson College.


From the Series: 29 Objects (29 keys)

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Physical Description

The Jeremiah Atwater key is believed to be the third oldest in existence. It is a square silver medal with a silver bow on top, hanging on a pink string. On one side, a hand points to three stars above the letters PBK. The opposite side features the letters "SP" and the date "December 5 1776."

Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

Middlebury College
Davis Family Library
110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury Vermont 05753 United States