||The Bates family papers comprise 1.3 linear feet of correspondence, diaries, and ephemera documenting the personal and professional
lives of three generations of Bates family members and largely centering on materials relating to writer Arlo Bates. The collection
also offers insights into the archeological work of Arlo’s son, Oric Bates, while documenting the social and professional
lives of Arlo’s daughter-in-law Natica Inches Bates and his grandson John Chester Bates. Arlo Bates (1850-1918) was a novelist
of over fourteen works of fiction, a poet, and a professor of English at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T) in
Boston. His son, Oric Bates (1883-1918), became a prominent archeologist and Egyptologist of Harvard University’s Peabody
Museum before his untimely death.