Charles Clement French Papers, 1914-1971

Overview of the Collection

French, C. Clement (Charles Clement), 1901-1988
Charles Clement French Papers
1914-1971 (inclusive)
4.5 Linear feet of shelf space, (7 Boxes)
Collection Number
Cage 310 (collection)
Correspondence, photographs, memorabilia and other personal papers related to Washington State University President C. Clement French's academic and professional career.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman, WA
Telephone: 509-335-6691
Access Restrictions

This collection is open and available for research use.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Charles Clement French was born in 1901 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. French held three degrees in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, including a Ph.D. in physical chemistry. In 1925, French married Helen Augusta Black (1902-1976) and they had two children.

He was dean of the college at Randolph Macon College in Virginia, an administrator at Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech), and vice president at Texas Agricultural and Mechanical College (Texas A&M). In 1952 French was selected to be the sixth President of the State College of Washington (which was renamed Washington State University during his term).

French served as chairman of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education, and the Washington State Constitutional Revision Commission, as well as being a member of the Board of Trustees for the Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair). He retired in 1966 and was honored in 1968 with the university's new administration building being named for him. He received honorary degrees from Whitworth College, Pacific Lutheran University, and the University of Punjab. French died in Pullman, Washington in 1988.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Correspondence, photographs, memorabilia and other personal papers related to Washington State University President C. Clement French's academic and professional career.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Preferred Citation

[Item description]

Charles Clement French Papers, 1914-1971 (Cage 310)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Charles Clement French donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries in 1971.

Processing Note

This collection was processed by Lawrence R. Stark in July of 1973.

Related Materials

Charles Clement French Papers, 1967-1969 (Cage 490)

Charles Clement French Century 21 Exposition Planning Records, 1958-1962 (Cage 727)

State College of Washington Office of the President: Wilson Compton and Charles Clement French Records, 1948-1956 (Archives 12)

Washington State University Office of the President: Charles Clement French Records, 1957-1966 (Archives 203)

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Northeast High school, Philadelphia, Penn. Grade reports, essay written by French, and commencement program
40 items
1 1 Northeast High school, Philadelphia, Penn. Correspondence
40 items
1 2 University of Pennsylvania. Grade reports, transcripts, student souvenirs, drafts and printed copies of Ph.D. thesis
30 items
1 3 Randolph-Macon Women's College. (Lynchburg, Va.) Clippings, lists of students, The History of Randolph-Macon Women's College by W. W. Smith (1909), and chemistry project report for navy contract
70 items
1 4 Letters re: move to Virginia Polytechnic Institute
40 items
Feb. 1949
1 5 Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Correspondence, VPI magazine, and bulletins
30 items
1 6 Education while in South. Report of committees of Southern Association of Colleges on which French participated
15 items
1 7 Congratulatory letters on move to Texas A&M University
35 items
1 8 Texas A&M University. Correspondence, clippings, and programs of convocations and commencements
30 items
2 9 Episcopal Church. Correspondence, clippings, and photographs re: French as participant in church work and as delegate to conventions
50 items
2 10 Notes on activities of brother Paul Comly French. Clippings re: Paul C. French (died ca. 1956), Trade association official, anti-war publicist, conscientious objector organizer and administrator for CARE
30 items
2 11 Nibbles. Correspondence re: job hunting
100 items
2 12 Whitman College. Correspondence, and printed material re: Presidential Selection Committee
10 items
2 13 Academic Moves-CCF. Letters of appointment and resignation; contract documents
70 items
2 14 Pakistan Contract with WSU. Clippings, photographs, phamplets from WSU Pakistan Project at University of Punjab; material from French's trip to Pakistan
60 items
2 15 Post retirement. Correspondence with friends, university administrators, public officials
110 items
2 16 Washington State Constitutional Revision Commission. Clippings, correspondence and workings papers re: French's role on commission; final reports
50 items
3 17 Naming and dedication: C. Clement French Administration Building. Correspondence, and dedicatory materials
40 items
3 18 Letters on announcement of WSU Presidency Retirement. Correspondence, clippings, photographs re: French's retirement
200 items
3 19 During WSU Years- misc. (Folder I)
100 items
4 20 During WSU Years- misc. (Folder II). Clippings, commendatory letters, photographs, and programs
100 items
4 21 WSU Inauguration. Clippings, letters and souvenirs
60 items
4 22 Letters re: Move to WSU. Correspondence with regents and officials
200 items
5 23 Misc. photographs. Press release photographs
100 items
5 24 Honorary degree diplomas from Whitworth College and Pacific Lutheran University
5 24 Photograph of French at about age 35
5 24 Biographical sketchs of C. C. and Helen French
5 24 Presentation folder of commendatory letters presented to French at Agribusiness Dinner 1966
6-7 Certificates of awards and memberships
40 items
6-7 Photographs of University of Pennsylvania Chemical Engineering Class 1922
6-7 Academic regalia from Univ. of Punjab, Pacific Lutheran Univ., Whitworth College, University of Pennsylvania, Washington State University
6-7 Photograph of French's High School Class 1918
6-7 Honorary doctorate diploma from University of Punjab
6-7 Diplomas for degrees earned (H.S., BS, MS, PHD)
6-7 6-7 Masonic membership certificate
Oversize 26 Certificates of awards and memberships, 1914-1965

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Education, Higher -- Washington (State) -- Pullman -- Administration

Personal Names

  • French, C. Clement (Charles Clement), 1901-1988 -- Archives

Corporate Names

  • State College of Washington -- Administration
  • Washington State University -- Administration