The collection consists of manuscript notes written by Lysander Dickerman for lectures about Egypt and Egyptian life. In addition , there are materials relating to Dickerman's lectures which include miscellaneous notes; numerous clippings; notebooks, booklets of notes; correspondences; and other printed materials which include receipts, addressed envelopes, and invitations.
The David H. Hirsch papers (1826-2000; bulk, 1961-1999) include correspondence, essays, manuscripts, translated materials, research and lecture notes, course syllabi, annotated critical material, financial documents, conference proceedings, committee agendas, notebooks, and photographs. These materials relate primarily to his tenure as Professor of English at Brown University. Most of the collection reflects his extensive research and writing in American literature and literary theory, as well as in Holocaust literature and interpretation. A portion of the collection contains the fiction of his son, Joe Hirsch.
The collection comprises diaries, astonomical observation notebooks, scrapbooks, lecture notes, peronal and professional correspondence, as well as photographs, various tributes to Professor Upton, and a memoir written by his daughters.