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Papers of President Charles F. Marsh

Marsh, Charles Franklin
Papers, 1958-1968
4.6 cubic feet, in 6 boxes
Record Group 207

Charles F. Marsh became the seventh president of Wofford College on September 1, 1958.  A 1925 graduate of Lawrence College in Appleton, Wisconsin, he took the Master of Arts from the University of Illinois in 1926, and the Ph.D. from Illinois in 1928.  He was a faculty member at American University, and from 1930 to 1958, a professor of economics at the College of William and Mary.  In his last six years at William and Mary, he was Dean of the Faculty.  He was involved in civic affairs in Williamsburg, serving on several economic planning agencies.  An active churchman, he was a member of several annual conference boards in the Virginia and South Carolina conferences and a member of the Methodist General Conference.  Dr. Marsh also served as a member of the Methodist Commission on Church Union and as a member of the University Senate of the Methodist Church.  Active in the affairs of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, he was a member of the SACS Executive Council at the time of the integration crisis at the University of Mississippi.  Dr. Marsh retired from the presidency of Wofford in 1968, returning to Williamsburg to teach in the Graduate School at William and Mary. 

Organization:  Organized into six groups: 1: College Papers; 2: Church Papers; 3: South Carolina Higher Education Papers; 4: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Papers; 5: Correspondence; 6:Inauguration, Photographs, and Articles.

Access: Unrestricted

Summary:  President Marsh’s office files contain correspondence relating to numerous aspects of Wofford College in the 1960s.  Principally, the college papers consist of correspondence with the deans, Philip Covington and Frank Logan, with faculty, with alumni and donors, and with some students.  Some of his speeches and statements are also included in this section.  Two folders of his correspondence relate to the College’s 1964 decision to integrate.  The church papers deal with his work on the Conference Board of Education and with his service for the University Senate as a counselor to two North Carolina Methodist colleges.  His Southern Association work involved the evaluation and accreditation of Pikeville College in Kentucky, and his service on the executive committee during the integration of the University of Mississippi.  Of particular interest are letters he received during the crisis from interested persons and his response to some of those letters.  In addition to his papers are the records of his inauguration, a number of photographs, and newspaper clippings. 

Cite As: Papers of President Charles F. Marsh

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

Related materials:  Records of President Paul Hardin III 

Finding Aid: Folder listing

Accessioned April 21, 1988, with further accessions in 2003 with the Joab Lesesne Papers. 

Processed by Phillip Stone on July 29, 1998 and completed on July 21, 1999 by Phillip Stone and Peter Kay.  Arrangement refined in 2005. Processing refined on July 6, 2011 by Phillip Mullinnix.  

Folder listing

Folder    Contents

1         Trustees

2         Wofford Associates

3         Dean of the College Philip S. Covington

4         Faculty

5         Dean S. Frank Logan and Student Affairs

6         Fraternity Affairs

  1. Religious Life and Donald Stanton
  2. Harold Smithyman and Finance
  3. Edward Sydnor
  4. Library Correspondence
  5. Development Planning

12        Alumni Affairs

13        Portrait Committee Report, 1963

13A       Grace DuPre and Mason DuPre Portrait

14        Glee Club and John Coker

15        ROTC

16        Athletics and Eleven Club

17        Publications Board

18        National Merit Scholarships

19        Danforth Workshop and Foundation

20        Committee on the Superior Student

21        General Electric College Bowl

22        Commencement 1962, Controversy surrounding address by Charles Parlin

23        Commencement 1965

24        Speeches and Statements

25        Woodrow Ward Advocate Articles and response by Trustees and President Marsh

26        South Carolina Conference Board of Education

27        General Board of Education, the Methodist Church

28        Methodist Higher Education

29        1964 General Conference

30        Methodist Higher Education Fund

31        University Senate of the Methodist Church

32        North Carolina Wesleyan College - UMC Senate

33        North Carolina Methodist College - UMC Senate

34        “Contributions of Wofford College to Methodism,” Address on July 1, 1964

35        Historical Society, SEJ, the Methodist Church

36        Commission on Church Union, the Methodist Church

37        Colin Simmons, Africa trip

38        South Carolina Foundation of Independent Colleges

39        South Carolina Association of Colleges

40-47     Southern Association of Colleges and Schools papers and minutes

48        SACS – Integration Crisis at the University of Mississippi

49        Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - Report on Pikeville College

50        Higher Education Facilities Act

51        Integration at Clemson

52        Kellogg Foundation

53        Correspondence

          Correspondence-Gosnell, Cullen B.

53A       Correspondence-Roger Milliken, 1960-61

53B       Correspondence-Roger Milliken, 1962-64

53C       Correspondence-Roger Milliken, 1965-68

53D       Correspondence-Lusk Corp.

53E       Correspondence-US Steel Foundation

53F       Correspondence-Gulf Oil Corp. Foundation

53G       Correspondence-Quaker Oats Foundation

          Correspondence-Demopoulos Scholarship Fund

          Correspondence-Pettis, Charles S.

54        Integration: Letters supporting

55        Integration: Letters opposing

56        Articles by Dr. Marsh

57        Inauguration

58        Inaugural Greetings

59        Reports (to S.C. Annual Conference)

60        Photographs

61        Marsh Retirement and Honors

62        Personal

Additional materials about Dr. Marsh, includes newspaper clippings, post-presidential and retirement material.  Also obituaries of Dr. and Mrs. Marsh.

Subjects:  Wofford College--Education--20th Century;  Wofford College--Administration; Marsh, Charles Franklin; Methodist Church--Education;  Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; University of Mississippi--Integration;