Interior of the Sandor Teszler Library

Papers of President James Henry Carlisle

Carlisle, James Henry, 1825-1909
Papers, 1844-1909
 [some ephemera extending to the 1990s]
RG 203
5 cubic feet in 7 boxes

James Henry Carlisle was born in Winnsboro, SC on May 4, 1825.  Educated at South Carolina College, he taught in Columbia for a number of years before being elected to the original Wofford College faculty in 1853.  Arriving in Spartanburg in 1854, Carlisle began an association with Wofford that lasted the rest of his life.  Officially, he taught mathematics and astronomy, but in reality, he taught morals and leadership to future leaders in South Carolina’s small towns.  He served as a member of South Carolina’s secession convention in 1860 and signed the ordinance of secession.  Elected the college’s third president in 1875, Carlisle remained in that office until 1902.  He chose not to move into the college president’s home, remaining in the campus home now called Carlisle-Wallace House.  He was an active Methodist layman, serving as a delegate to General Conference in each year after lay representation was granted.  He was also a noted speaker, and his papers give examples of some of his addresses.  Click here for Carlisle's biography

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Summary:  These records consist largely of biographical material, along with some examples of President Carlisle’s writings.  Other materials relate to some of his possessions now in the custody of the college, such as his octant, his portrait, his bust by Henri Bernhardt, his sundial, and his library.  Several folders of memorial tributes and biographical sketches demonstrate his influence on alumni and on others in the state.  Three boxes of pictures and photo albums of Carlisle and members of his family are in the collection, as are the daybooks and other materials of his grandson, James H. Carlisle III. 

Citation: Cite as Papers of James H. Carlisle, archives, Sandor Teszler Library, Wofford College.  Other photographs, diaries and materials from other members of the family may be cited as Carlisle Family Papers, Archives, Sandor Teszler Library, Wofford College

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

Accession note:  Materials received from different sources.  James H. Carlisle III materials received from James H. Carlisle, III. 

Arranged on September 22, 2006 by Phillip Stone

Finding Aid: Folder Listing

Box 1
Carlisle, James H., assorted writings
Carlisle, manuscripts (8)
Carlisle, Addresses of James H. Carlisle, 1910 (book)
Carlisle, Educational Institute Address, 1871
Carlisle, General Conference Address, 1880
Carlisle, “Has Any Golden Rule Been Given?” 1882
Carlisle, “An Interesting Question Partly Answered,” 1891
Carlisle, Publishing House Address, 1898
Carlisle, State Teachers Association Address, 1903
Carlisle, Address before the Senior Class, 1904
Carlisle, Epigrammatic Sayings
Carlisle at Cheraw

Carlisle, James H. - About
Carlisle, James H. – Biographical Sketches
Carlisle, James H. – Genealogical Information
Carlisle, James H. – Memorial testimonies
Carlisle, James H. – Bernhardt Bust
Carlisle, James H. – Library
Carlisle, James H. – Octant
Carlisle, James H. – Sundial
Carlisle, James H. – Telescope
Carlisle, James H. – Tribute – H. J. Shumaker
Carlisle, James H. – Tribute – Sarah Jones (Hucks)
Carlisle, James H. – 1909 College calendar
Carlisle, James H. – 1902 South Carolina College Centennial Bulletin
Carlisle, James H. – 1909 Wofford College Journal tribute
Carlisle, James H. – in Memoriam – scrapbook of newspaper articles about his death
Carlisle, A Great Teacher article
Register of Local Wofford Men at Annual Social gathering in Commemoration of Dr. Carlisle’s Birthdays 1912-1919
Carlisle, James H. – Autograph Book

Box 2
Photographs – Carlisle

Box 3
Photographs – Carlisle and family

Box 4
Photograph Albums (3)

1.  Carlisle family pictures – possibly maintained by Sallie Herbert Carlisle, daughter of President Carlisle.

2.  James Carlisle, James Carlisle Jr., James Carlisle III, and others with “Carlisle” in their name

3.  People who have “Carlisle” in their name

Case photographs - 5

Box 5
James H. Carlisle III – Daybooks

Box 6
James H. Carlisle III – Daybooks

Box 7
Jams H. Carlisle III – Materials

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