Charles Clement French Papers, 1967-1969

Overview of the Collection

French, C. Clement (Charles Clement), 1901-1988
Charles Clement French Papers
1967-1969 (inclusive)
0.5 Linear feet of shelf space, (1 Box)
Collection Number
Cage 490 (collection)
Papers relating to Charles Clement French's work as chairman of the Washington State Constitutional Revision Commission.
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.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Constitutional Revision Commission was established in 1968 for the purpose of revising and reforming the constitution of Washington State. Charles Clement French, the retired President of Washington State University, was chosen to chair the commission.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of correspondence, drafts and final reports, minutes, clippings, and other papers relating to Charles Clement French's work as chairman of the Washington State Constitutional Revision Commission. Much of the correspondence is with the Commission's Executive Director, George A. Condon.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions apply.

Preferred Citation

[Item description]

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

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

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Related Materials

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

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 Authorization and membership 1968-1969
1 2 Commission mailings - amending article 1969
1 3 Commission mailings - education article 1968-1969
1 4 Commission mailings - elections article 1967-1969
1 5 Commission mailings - executive article 1968-1969
1 6 Commission mailings - gateway amendment 1968-1969
1 7 Commission mailings - initiative, referendum, and recall article 1968-1969
1 8 Commission mailings - judicial article 1963-1969
1 9 Commission mailings - legislative article 1968-1969
1 10 Commission mailings - local government article 1968-1969
1 11 Correspondence - general 1968-1969
1 12 Correspondence - members of commission 1968-1969
1 13 Correspondence - state officials 1968-1969
1 14 Minutes 1968-1969
1 15 Outline of Washington State constitution 1968
2 16 Publicity 1967-1969
2 17 Nov. 15 - report to the governor 1968
2 18 Final report to the governor 1969

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Constitutions -- Washington (State)

Personal Names

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

Corporate Names

  • Washington (State). Constitution
  • Washington (State). Constitutional Revision Committee

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Condon, George A., 1934- (creator)
    Corporate Names
    • Washington (State). Constitutional Revision Committee (creator)