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 Papers of President Francis Pendleton Gaines Jr.

Gaines, Francis Pendleton Jr., 1918-1987

Papers, 1952-1957
[some ephemera extending to the 1980s]
RG 206
1 cubic foot in 1 box

Biographical note: Francis Pendleton Gaines, Jr., the sixth president of Wofford College, was born in his grandfather’s home on the campus of Mississippi State University on x, 1918, the son of Francis Pendleton and Sadie Robert Gaines.  Gaines grew up in a college president’s home, as his father was president of Wake Forest University from 1927 to 1930, and president of Washington and Lee University from 1930 to 1959.  He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1940 and took his doctorate in history at the University of Virginia.  He worked at Southern Methodist University before coming to Wofford in 1952 as president of the college. 

Organization note:  The papers are arranged into 3 series as follows:  About, Correspondence, and Photographs.  The About series include biographical materials and newspaper clippings about Gaines, his inauguration, resignation, and post-presidential materials.  Correspondence includes office records and administrative files and some articles by Gaines.

Access: Unrestricted.

Summary:  The records consist largely of biographical material, correspondence with trustees, Wofford administrators, and materials from Gaines’ inauguration as sixth president of Wofford College.

Citation: Cite as Papers of Francis Pendleton Gaines, Jr., archives, Sandor Teszler Library, Wofford College. 

Location: Archives, Sandor Teszler Library, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC 29303-3663.

Accession note:  Materials received from different sources.  Arranged on May 1, 2003 by Phillip Stone.  Processing refined in July 2011 by Phillip Mullinnix.  

Finding Aid: Folder Listing

Box 1



     Inauguration Programs




     About, 1952-57

     Resignation, 1957

     Post-Presidential, 1957-1987

Marts & Lundy, Inc. Fund Raising Survey Report for


Correspondence Series

     Correspondence, General

     Correspondence, Burlington Industries Foundation

     Correspondence, Centennial Long-Range Development Fund

     Correspondence, Endowed Loan Funds

     Correspondence, Esso Education Foundation

     Correspondence, General Education Board

     Correspondence, Reader’s Digest Foundation Award

     Correspondence, Fund Raising Campaign Gifts

     Correspondence, Union Carbide Scholarship

     Correspondence, Trustees (6 folders)

     Correspondence, Faculty

     Correspondence, Library

     Correspondence, Students

     Correspondence, Development

     Correspondence, Athletics

     Letter to Alumni, 1952

     Articles By

     Herald-Journal Column

“The Post Office as a Public Service” report of the

Citizen’s Advisory Council to the Senate Post

Office and Civil Service Committee,

     Stenographic notebooks (2)