Marie Whitesel papers, 1938-2005

Overview of the Collection

Whitesel, Marie Haasch, 1916-2012
Marie Whitesel papers
1938-2005 (inclusive)
1 cubic feet
Collection Number
MG 534
Correspondence, draft letters and speeches, photographs, newspaper clippings, and other various items kept by Marie Whitesel.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
Telephone: 2088850845
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Marie Whitesel was born on March 19, 1916 to Frank E. and Elsie Haasch in Fruitland, Idaho. She attended grade school in Parma, Idaho, and then graduated from Twin Falls High School in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Following high school, Marie attended the University of Idaho to study art. While at the U of I, she worked for the university's newspaper, the Argonaut. Marie was also a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority and was president of the sorority for a time. She was also active in the Mortar Board, the Pan Hellenic Association, Phi Beta Kappa, the Gem of the Mountains Yearbook business staff, The Spurs, Alpha Lambda Delta, and much more. In 1938 she graduated with highest honors from the College of Letters and Science with a Bachelor of Arts.

During her time at the university, she met Glen Whitesel. They married in 1939. That same year Marie completed her Masters degree in Painting from the University of Iowa. While Glen attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Marie worked as a draftsperson at the H. M. Gouche Map Company, and a secretary to researchers at the university. Glen served in the 167th General Hospital Unit in France during World War II. The two eventually moved to and settled in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

In 1973, Marie became a member of the University of Idaho Alumni Association Board, and served as president from 1977-1979. At that time, it had been 58 years since a woman had been president of the Alumni Association. She also served on the University of Idaho Foundation Board.

When the university merged the College of Art and Architecture with the College of Liberal Arts, Marie was a prominent voice in advocating for their separation. She, along with other notable advocates, persuaded the reestablishment of the College of Art and Architecture.

As a professional artist, Marie saw great success from her work. She taught an extension course for U of I, showed paintings and prints at the New York World's Fair and the Denver Art Museum, and had exhibitions regionally and at U of I. Her paintings hung a the University of Iowa, as well as Idaho, the First Security Bank of Idaho, and within many private collections.

In 2002, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree from U of I. Marie Whitesel passed away on November 23, 2012.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Marie Whitesel was a well known member of the University of Idaho campus and Moscow community. An alum herself, she was at one time director of the U of I Alumni Association. This collection contains photographs, personal papers, papers relating to the Alumni Association, various newspaper clippings, and other materials kept by Whitesel. It also includes information about her artwork and the artwork exhibitions she participated in across the country.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Author, Description or "Title" of item, date. Collection name, collection number, box, folder. University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives, Moscow, ID.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Processing Note

The accessions MA 2002-30 and MA 2014-09, both titled "Marie Whitesel papers" were combined during the processing stage to make this collection.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I. Alumni AssociationReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Alumni Information
Includes stories about individual graduates as well as correspondence from past graduates to the U of I Alumni Association.
1 2
By Laws
By Laws for the U of I Alumni Association.
1 3
Context Articles
"Context" were articles written by Marie Whitesel and sent out to U of I Alumni Association members and other campus participants.
1 4
1 5
Long-Range Planning and Goals Reports
1974; 1981
1 6
Meeting Reports
1 7
Member Rosters
1 8
1 9
Newspaper Clippings
1 10
President's Report
Report compiled and written by Marie Whitesel for the U of I Alumni Association and other campus participants.
1 11
Speeches by Marie Whitesel
Drafts of speeches by Marie Whitesel for U of I Alumni Association luncheons, banquets, and commencements.
1 12
Standing Committees
1975; 1979
1 13
Statement of Purpose (Proposed)
A proposed "Statement of Purpose" for the U of I Alumni Association.
1 14
Student Recruitment Committee
1 15
Ten Year Progress Report, 1969-1979

Series II. University of IdahoReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 16
Annual Fund
1 17
Class of 1929's 60th Reunion
May 12-13, 1979
1 18
Class of 1938 Reunion
1 19
Class of 1938 Reunion
1 20
College of Art and Architecture Booklets
1938; undated
1 21
College of Art and Architecture Re-establishment
Letters and other materials from Marie Whitesel advocating for the re-establishment of the College of Art and Archictecture at U of I.
1 22
College of Art and Architecture Reunion
1 23
College of Science shares
1 24
Continuing Education
1 25
Foundation Board
1 26
Golden I's Reunion
1 27
Golden I's Reunion
1 28
Golden I's Reunion
1 29
Golden I's Reunion
1 30
Golden I's Reunion
1 31
Golden I's Reunion
1 32
Golden I's Reunion
1 33
Honorary Doctorate in Art
1 34
Leadership Circle
1 35
Whitesel Scholarship
1 36
Workshop on Wheels

Series III. Other PapersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 37
Alpha Chi Omega
1 38
Art and Exhibitions
1 39
Art Research
1 40
Biographical Information on Marie Whitesel
1 41
Composition Book
Composition notebook kept by Marie Whitesel for a public speaking course.
1 42
1 43
Draft Letters and Speeches
Drafts of letters and speeches all written by Marie Whitesel.
1 44
Essays by Marie Whitesel
1 45
Idaho Medical Political Action Committee
1 46
Kootenai-Benewah Medical Auxiliary
1 47
Materials on Mary Kirkwood
1 48
1 49
Notecards for presentations
1 50
Orchid Awards
1 51
Women's Auxiliary to the Idaho State Medical Association

Series IV. PhotographsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 52
Various photographs of Mary Whitesel's artwork and Whitesel with her art.
1 53
Graduation Ceremony
Marie Whitesel (standing) at graduation ceremony.
1 54
1 55
Silver and Gold Day
Images of Marie Whitesel and others during "Silver and Gold Day".
1 56
Top 20 Club Ceremony

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Alumni and alumnae
  • Art
  • Artists
  • University of Idaho

Titles within the Collection

  • University of Idaho. Alumni Association
  • University of Idaho. College of Art and Architecture