Interior of the Sandor Teszler Library

Papers of James A. Chiles

Chiles, James Alburn, 1877-1951
Papers, 19-1951
1 cubic foot, in 3 boxes

Biographical note:  A native of Missouri, James Alburn Chiles studied at Central College, a Methodist-related college in Missouri, and took a master’s degree in German and French at Vanderbilt.  After studying in Germany and France, he returned to the United States and taught Gernab at Washington University in St. Louis.  He earned a law degree, worked as a journalist, and eventually enrolled in doctoral studies at the University of Illinois.  He came to Wofford College in 1914 to teach German.  The author of several textbooks in German, he served at Wofford until retirement in 1947.  Perhaps his greatest achievement at Wofford was founding Delta Phi Alpha, the national German honorary fraternity.  He died in Spartanburg in 1951. 

Organization note: Arranged into three series: biographical and correspondence; scrapbooks; manuscripts

Access note: unrestricted

Summary note:  Records consist of correspondence, biographical sketches, obituary notices, manuscripts of articles and books, four scrapbooks, and materials relating to Delta Phi Alpha. 

Citation:  Cite as: Papers of James A. Chiles, Archives, Sandor Teszler Library, Wofford College

Location:  Archives, Sandor Teszler Library, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC 29303

Administrative notes:  Arranged by Jonathan Shealy, July 2005; Finding Aid prepared December 2006 by Phillip Stone

Finding Aid:  Folder Listing

Box 1 of 3: Biographical and Correspondence

Assorted School/Class Documents
Articles By Dr. Chiles
Assorted Correspondence
Correspondence To\From\About Dr. James Chiles by Professor J. L. Salmon
Correspondence To\From Mrs. James Chiles about Dr. James Chiles
Letter from Dr. Chiles to Herbert Hucks Jr.
Postcards To\From Dr. Chiles
Pictures- Dr. James Chiles Series
Assorted Clippings\Items- Dr. Chiles
Obituaries- Dr. James Chiles
Honors- Dr. James Chiles
Books- Dr. James Chiles
Delta Phi Alpha
Diplomas- Dr. James Chiles

Box 2 of 3: Scrapbooks

Scrapbook of Newspaper Clippings of both Dr. James Chiles Senior and Dr. James Chiles, Jr.
Articles Written by Dr. James Chiles as a Reporter for the Saint Louis Globe-Democrat in 1905
Two Copies of Dr. James Chiles’ Doctoral Thesis from the University of Illinois
An Article of Dr. James Chiles’ published in The Journal of English and Germanic Philology

Box 3 of 3: Manuscript

Manuscript for First Book in German, Revised Edition.