The Archive of C. W. Post Horse Shows and Equestrian Life consists of items generously donated to LIU Post's Archives and Special Collections in 2014 by Mrs. Sarane Hickox Ross in association with Mrs. Katrina Hickox Matheson Becker. Mrs. Ross and Mrs. Becker are the daughters of Charles V. Hickox whose property, along with the former estates of Marjorie Merriweather Post and W. E. Hutton (Lorber Hall), comprise the grounds of C. W. Post College. Mrs. Becker was President of the C. W. Post 10th Annual Horse Show in 1966. Mrs. Becker served alongside Mrs. Kathleen Merrill, the 10th Annual Horse Show Chairperson, and gave Mrs. Merrill credit as being the "primary force behind the show."
From 1956 to the late sixties, C. W. Post College was one of the three most prominent horse shows sites on Long Island. Contained within the Archive of C. W. Post Horse Shows and Equestrian Life are photographs, press clippings, and other miscellaneous materials that provide a glimpse into how these shows looked, who participated, and how they played a significant role in both Long Island and equestrian history. Besides Hickox and his daughters, other notable people featured in the archive include R. Gordon Hoxie, former C. W. Post Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences and C. W. Post Chancellor from 1964-1968 as well as Edward Francis Cavanagh, Jr., New York City Fire Commissioner from 1954-1961.
Also included in the archive are promotional materials for the LIU Post Equestrian Team. Dr. Joan Digby, LIU Post Professor of English, donated the pamphlet "A Carrot for Your Thoughts," that features writing and art from the Horses in Literature course that was produced as a benefit for the LIU Post Equestrian Team.
Of special note, Mrs. Sarane Hickox Ross also donated many first edition juvenile literature books about horses to the American Juvenile Literature Collection housed in LIU Post's Archives and Special Collections.
In 2014, the Archive of
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20th and 21th Century
This expanding collection currently contains archives donated by Mrs. Sarane Hickox Ross and Mrs. Katrina Hickox Matheson Becker, promotional materials for the
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Special Collections Main Reading Room
Archives and Special Collections. B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library.
The Collection is available for viewing in the Special Collections' Reading Room. Appointments are necessary for researchers. Requests for digital images are considered on a case by case basis. Please call or email us for an appointment.
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Heather Hesse - Special Collections Assistant
Archives and Special Collections
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