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director , editor , museum consultant

Earle Williams Newton, editor, museum director, library and museum consultant. Decorated Commander Order of Isabella la Catolica; Order of Merit (Spain), Queen's Order of British Empire, 2003; recipient Special award of Merit American Association State and Local History, 1949, editorial awards American Institute Graphic Arts, 1950, 51, 52.


Newton, Earle Williams was born on April 10, 1917 in Cortland, New York, United States. Son of Earle Williams Senior and Anna (Moore) Newton.


AB magna cum laude, Amherst College, 1938. Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1939. Postgraduate, Columbia University, 1940.

Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University, 1974. Diploma in Museum Administration, Bristol University, England, 1956.


Director history research, Webster Public Company, St. Louis, 1939-1941; director, Vermont History Society, Montpelier, 1942-1950; director, Old Sturbridge Village, 1950-1954; director, Institute on History and Archival Management Radcliffe-Harvard University, 1954-1955; founder, editor, Vermont Life Magazine, 1946-1950; founder, editor, American Heritage, 1949-1954; consultant editor, American Heritage, 1954-1955. Senior research scholar U. London, 1955-1956. Lecturer U. Uppsala, Sweden, 1956.



Director Pennsylvania Bureau Museums and Historic Properties, 1956-1959, Museum Art, Science and Industry, Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1959-1962. Executive director St. Augustine History and Restoration Commission, 1960-1968. Executive director Historic St. Augustine President Board, 1989-1991.

Director-general National Quadricentennial Commission, 1962-1966. President St. Augustine Restoration, Inc., 1965-1968, 1989-1994. Acting director libraries Flagier College, St. Augustine, Florida, 1967-1968.

Executive director Pensacola History Restoration and Preservation Commission, 1968-1972. Consultant University of West Florida, 1968-1972. Acting chancellor Mark Hopkins College, 1972.

Member academy board Walden University, 1973. Chairman New England Conference Museums, 1953, Northeast Conference Museums, vice president, 1957-1959. Managing editor History News, 1948-1949.

Executive secretary American Association State and Local History, 1947-1952, secretary Society of America Historians, 1947-1950. Executive director Richmondtown Restoration, 1976-1978. Adjunct professor humanities, assistant to president Norwich University, 1979-1986, member board fellows, 198691.

Director Museum of the Americas, 1986-1990. Consultant Newton Center for Anglo-American Studies, Savannah College Art and Design, since 2000. Lieutenant (junior grade) United States Naval Reserve, 1944-1946.

Fellow International Institute Arts and Letters (life). Member American Association Museums, American Association for State and Local History, American History Association, National Trust for History Preservation, Vermont History Society, Inter-American Institute Fine Arts (president 1966-1968), British Museum Association, International Council on Museums, Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association, Newcomen Society, Rotary, Phi Beta Kappa, Cum Laude Society, Sigma Delta Chi. Lodges: Rotary.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: English and American maps, paintings.


Married Josephine A. Lyon, June 20, 1938. Children: Earle W. III, Antoinette Lyon.

Earle Williams Senior Newton

Anna (Moore) Newton

Josephine A. Lyon

Earle W. III Newton

Antoinette Lyon Newton