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Samuel Plantz Presidential Papers

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Biographical materials

Correspondence used by William Raney

Samuel Plantz correspondence

Correspondence arranged by a numbering system by Plantz

Student Army Training Corps (S.A.T.C.) correspondence

Wisconsin Colleges Associated correspondence

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Collection Overview

Title: Samuel Plantz Presidential Papers, 1894-1998View associated digital content.

ID: LU-RG03/003

Primary Creator: Plantz, Samuel (1859-1924)

Other Creators: Office of the President

Extent: 16.4 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement:

This collection is arranged in 6 series.

Series 1.  Biographical materials, 1900-1998.  0.2 linear ft.

Series 2.  Correspondence used by William Raney, 1908-1961.  0.2 linear ft.

Series 3.  Samuel Plantz correspondence, 1900-1924.  4 linear ft.

Series 4.  Correspondence arranged by a numbering system by Plantz, 1915-1926.  7 linear ft.

Series 5.  Student Army Training Corps (S.A.T.C.) correspondence, 1918-1919.  0.4 linear ft.

Series 6.  Wisconsin Colleges Associated correspondence, 1915-1924.  0.2 linear ft.

Series 7.  Writings and publications, 1894-1925

Materials are arranged chronologically at the file level.

Subjects: Education, higher -- Administration, Plantz, Samuel, 1859-1924, Raney, William Francis, Student Army Training Corps (S.A.T.C.), World War, 1914-1918 -- Education and the war

Forms of Material: photographic prints

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection is composed of materials that document the presidency of Samuel Plantz, president of Lawrence University from 1894-1924. Biographical materials include photographs, articles written about Plantz, and a death mask of Plantz that was created following his death in November 1924. Most of the correspondence of Plantz is arranged according to a numbering system that he created. Correspondence used by William Raney for his book, The History of Lawrence University, 1847-1925, is also included. Letters regarding the Student Army Training Corps program at Lawrence are also contained in the collection, as well as materials on the Wisconsin Colleges Associated, of which Lawrence was a member. Plantz's writings, including his inaugural address, are also included.

Collection Historical Note

Samuel Plantz, president of Lawrence University from 1894 to his death in 1924, was born in 1859 in New York. He grew up in Emerald Green, Wisconsin, and graduated from Lawrence University in 1880. He went on to receive a Bachelor of Sacred Theology and Ph.D. from the Theological School of Boston University.

During his tenure as president of Lawrence University, the number of students increased from 200 to 1200 and seven new buildings were built, including Memorial Chapel, the Carnegie Library, and Peabody Conservatory of Music. The faculty also grew from nine to 68 members. The Conservatory of Music became a separate part of the university and a building was erected exclusively for musical instruction. Funds for a Y.M.C.A. were gathered during Plantz’s presidency.

Plantz also proposed the idea of offering college courses on the chemistry of paper making that would be advantageous to the paper mills in the area. He first proposed this idea in his annual report to the Board of Trustees in June 1915. This idea evolved into the Institute of Paper Chemistry.

Outside of Lawrence, Plantz was elected president of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters in February 1909. He was also voted one of the recipients of “Who’s Who in American Methodism” in April 1913. Plantz was also a trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for the Advancement of Teaching when it was founded in 1906 until his death in 1924. He planned to travel to the annual meeting in November 1924 but died suddenly of a heart attack on November 13, 1924. He had traveled to Sturgeon Bay that day  to speak at the Men's Forum of the Methodist Church. Plantz stayed in a hotel in Sturgeon Bay and died during the night. His death marked the end of an era at Lawrence.

Subject/Index Terms

Education, higher -- Administration
Plantz, Samuel, 1859-1924
Raney, William Francis
Student Army Training Corps (S.A.T.C.)
World War, 1914-1918 -- Education and the war

Administrative Information

Repository: Lawrence University Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 18 boxes and 1 oversize folder

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Materials authored by Samuel Plantz are in the public domain.

Acquisition Method: The donor and date of transfer for materials in series 1-6 are unknown. Materials in series 7 (writings and publications) were donated to Archives by Thomas P. Remley, 2013-2014.

Preferred Citation: Samuel Plantz Presidential Papers.  LU-RG03-03.  Lawrence University Archives, Seeley G. Mudd Library, Appleton, Wisconsin.

Processing Information: Preliminary processing done prior to 2005, date and processor unknown. Processed by Julia Stringfellow, 2007-2008.

Finding Aid Revision History: Revised to incorporate donation of writings and publications, 2014.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Biographical materials, 1900-1998],
[Series 2: Correspondence used by William Raney, 1908-1961],
[Series 3: Samuel Plantz correspondence, 1900-1924],
[Series 4: Correspondence arranged by a numbering system by Plantz, 1915-1926],
[Series 5: Student Army Training Corps (S.A.T.C.) correspondence, 1918-1919],
[Series 6: Wisconsin Colleges Associated correspondence, 1915-1924],
[Series 7: Writings and publications, 1894-1925],
[All]

Series 1: Biographical materials, 1900-1998
The series contains biographical materials on Samuel Plantz, including articles about Plantz, photographs, and a death mask that was created in November 1924. The creator of the death mask, why it was completed, and how it came to be in the Archives is unknown. Materials are arranged by type of material, then chronologically at the file level.
Box 1
Folder 1: Articles about Plantz, 1919-1978
Folder 2: "Brief History of Lawrence College," by Plantz, 1922
Folder 3: Death and memorial articles and programs, 1924-1998View associated digital content.
Folder 4: "Doc Sammy Plantz," talk given by Charles Breunig at Lawrence reunion, 1991
Folder 5: Miscellaneous, programs and reports, 1900-1998View associated digital content.
Folder 6: Photographs, 1915-1996View associated digital content.
Box 2
Item 1: Death mask, 1924View associated digital content.
Series 2: Correspondence used by William Raney, 1908-1961
Correspondence in this series was pulled from the boxes of Plantz's letters and used in William Raney's book, The History of Lawrence University, 1847-1925. Letters include information on the new Chapel and that it is named in honor of Dr. Naylor’s deceased wife, property owned by the college, and the support of the faculty in giving President Plantz a vacation. Letters between William Harper, Dean of the Conservatory of Music, and Plantz are also included. The essay, “Our Need of the Productive Scholar,” written by Plantz in 1912 is also included. Recommendations made by Plantz regarding the future Institute of Paper Chemistry are also included. The letters were arranged chronologically by Raney. Handwriting on the letters is that of Raney.
Box 3
Folder 1: Correspondence selected and arranged by Raney carbon copy, 1908-1924
The correspondence is from 1908-1924 and was arranged by Raney in 1961.
Folder 2: Correspondence selected and arranged by Raney ribbon copy, 1908-1924View associated digital content.
The correspondence is from 1908-1924 and was arranged by Raney in 1961.
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1908-1910View associated digital content.
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1910-1912
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1912View associated digital content.
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1912-1913View associated digital content.
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1913-1915View associated digital content.
Folder 8: Correspondence, 1915View associated digital content.
Series 3: Samuel Plantz correspondence, 1900-1924
The correspondence in this series is arranged chronologically and by subject. Correspondence includes letters from Plantz welcoming new students to Lawrence and letters to parents of new students describing the college and its facilities. Requests from parents and new students for rooms are also included. Correspondence between Plantz and students involves students paying tuition and room and board fees, not taking their meals in the dining room as required, not attending class, and Plantz writing to students when they had been accepted to Lawrence. The relationship between Plantz and Lawrence students was one of direct communication. Letters regarding potential faculty and staff at Lawrence as well as recommendations for employees at other schools were also exchanged with Plantz. Requests for copies of the college catalog also were sent to Plantz.
Box 4
Folder 1: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1900View associated digital content.
Folder 2: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1902
Folder 3: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1904
Folder 4: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1906
Folder 5: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1907
Folder 6: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1908View associated digital content.
Folder 7: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1909, January-March
Folder 8: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1909, April
Folder 9: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1909, May
Folder 10: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1909, JuneView associated digital content.
Folder 11: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1909, July
Folder 12: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1909, August
Folder 13: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1909, SeptemberView associated digital content.
Folder 14: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1909, OctoberView associated digital content.
Folder 15: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1909, NovemberView associated digital content.
Folder 16: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1909, December
Folder 17: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1910, January
Folder 18: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1910, February
Folder 19: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1910, MarchView associated digital content.
Folder 20: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1910, AprilView associated digital content.
Folder 21: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1910, May
Folder 22: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1910, June - 1911, December
Folder 23: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1912, January
Folder 24: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1912, FebruaryView associated digital content.
Folder 25: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1912, March
Folder 26: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1912, April
Folder 27: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1912, May
Folder 28: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1912, June
Folder 29: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1912, June
Folder 30: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1912, July
Folder 31: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1912, July
Folder 32: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1912, July
Folder 33: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1912, August
Folder 34: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1912, August
Folder 35: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1912, August
Folder 36: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1912, September
Folder 37: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1912, September
Folder 38: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1912, SeptemberView associated digital content.
Folder 39: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1912, OctoberView associated digital content.
Folder 40: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1912, October
Folder 41: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1912, October
Box 5
Folder 1: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1912, November
Folder 2: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1912, November
Folder 3: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1912, DecemberView associated digital content.
Folder 4: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1912, December
Folder 5: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1913, January
Folder 6: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1913, JanuaryView associated digital content.
Folder 7: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1913, FebruaryView associated digital content.
Folder 8: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1913, February
Folder 9: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1913, FebruaryView associated digital content.
Folder 10: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1913, March
Folder 11: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1913, MarchView associated digital content.
Folder 12: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1913, March
Folder 13: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1913, April
Folder 14: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1913, AprilView associated digital content.
Folder 15: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1913, AprilView associated digital content.
Folder 16: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1913, May
Folder 17: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1913, May
Folder 18: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1913, May
Folder 19: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1913, June
Folder 20: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1913, June
Folder 21: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1913, June
Folder 22: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1913, July
Folder 23: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1913, July
Folder 24: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1913, July
Folder 25: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1913, August
Folder 26: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1913, September
Box 6
Folder 1: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1913, September
Folder 2: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1913, October
Folder 3: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1913, October
Folder 4: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1913, November
Folder 5: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1913, December
Folder 6: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1914, JanuaryView associated digital content.
Folder 7: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1914, February
Folder 8: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1914, MarchView associated digital content.
Folder 9: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1914, MarchView associated digital content.
Folder 10: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1914, AprilView associated digital content.
Folder 11: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1914, May
Folder 12: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1914, June
Folder 13: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1914, JuneView associated digital content.
Folder 14: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1914, July
Folder 15: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1914, July
Folder 16: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1914, August
Folder 17: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1914, August
Folder 18: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1914, September
Folder 19: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1914, September
Folder 20: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1914, October
Folder 21: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1914, October
Folder 22: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1914, October
Folder 23: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1914, November
Folder 24: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1914, November
Folder 25: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1914, December
Folder 26: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1914, December
Folder 27: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1914, December
Box 7
Folder 1: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1915, JanuaryView associated digital content.
Folder 2: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1915, January
Folder 3: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1915, January
Folder 4: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1915, February
Folder 5: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1915, February
Folder 6: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1915, March
Folder 7: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1915, MarchView associated digital content.
Folder 8: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1915, MarchView associated digital content.
Folder 9: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1915, April
Folder 10: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1915, April
Folder 11: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1915, April
Folder 12: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1915, May
Folder 13: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1915, MayView associated digital content.
Folder 14: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1915, MayView associated digital content.
Folder 15: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1915, June
Folder 16: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1915, June
Folder 17: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1915, July-October
Folder 18: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1915, November
Folder 19: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1916
Folder 20: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1917-1918
Folder 21: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1919
Folder 22: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1920
Folder 23: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1921View associated digital content.
Folder 24: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1922-1923
Folder 25: Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1924
Folder 26: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, regarding retirement pension and board attendance, 1917-1924
Folder 27: Change of location for the university and deficits, 1909View associated digital content.
Folder 28: Civil War and Lawrence University, 1913
Folder 29: Death of Plantz, 1924
Folder 30: Election of Plantz as President of Lawrence, 1894
Folder 31: Garns, John Seaman, director of the Lawrence School of Expression, 1912
Folder 32: General Education Board, 1915-1923
Folder 33: Grants from the Carnegie Corporation, 1918-1924
Folder 34: Inauguration, includes inaugural address and other inaugural information and biography of Plantz, September 26, 1894
Folder 35: Kellogg, Louise, regarding letters of Amos Lawrence and Eleazar Williams, 1922
Folder 36: Mann, Mrs. S.D., regarding memorial clock, 1909-1910
Folder 37: Memorial Chapel organ, 1917-1919
Folder 38: Mitchell, Waldo, 1924
Folder 39: Nash, Lyman Julius, 1920-1925
Folder 40: Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association, 1921
Series 4: Correspondence arranged by a numbering system by Plantz, 1915-1926View associated digital content.
The series contains incoming and outgoing correspondence of Samuel Plantz. Plantz numbered each of the letters and recorded the number in an index during his lifetime. There is no clear order of how the letters were numbered.  Boxes with the numbered correspondence had a date on the front of February 12, 1972. It is unclear if this was the date the letters were received by the Archives from the president's office or the date they were placed in folders and arranged. Letters are arranged in numerical order.
Box 8
Folder 1: Index to numbered letters, 1915-1921, index is from president's office
Folder 2: Index to numbered letters, 1919-1925, index is from president's office
Box 9
Box 10
Box 11
Box 12
Box 13
Box 14
Series 5: Student Army Training Corps (S.A.T.C.) correspondence, 1918-1919
The series is comprised of correspondence mostly between the War Department and Plantz. Correspondence covers contracts made regarding the Student Army Training Corps at Lawrence College, courses taken by participants of the training corps, and expenses of the program. Correspondence is arranged in chronological order.
Box 15
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1918, February
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1918, May-July
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1918, August
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1918, September
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1918, OctoberView associated digital content.
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1918, November
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1918, December
Folder 8: Correspondence, 1919, January-February
Folder 9: Expenses, 1918-1919
Series 6: Wisconsin Colleges Associated correspondence, 1915-1924
The series is comprised of correspondence and other materials of Wisconsin Colleges Associated, of which Lawrence was a member. Correspondence includes discussion of what was happening at colleges throughout the state, as well as questions to Plantz about Lawrence, including its catalog, enrollment, and fees. The importance of a Christian education was also emphasized by the organization. Correspondence is arranged in chronological order.
Box 16
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1919
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1920
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1921
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1922
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1923
Folder 6: Press releases and sermon suggestions, 1919-1920
Folder 7: Publications, 1920-1924
Folder 8: Report of the campaign, 1919
Box Flat
Folder 1: Poster for the campaign, 1919
Series 7: Writings and publications, 1894-1925
The series consists of typewritten and manuscript writings by Samuel Plantz, including speeches and articles published in local newspapers and theological journals.
Box 17
Folder 1: Address to graduating class, undated
Folder 2: Address upon William McKinley's assassination, 1901
Folder 3: "Famous Article X", 1920
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent, 1920-10-30.
Folder 4: "Harding Bows to the Irreconcilables", 1920
Published in the Milwaukee Journal about 1920-10-15.
Folder 5: "How to Secure World Peace", 1922-12-03
Folder 6: Inaugural address, 1894
3 folders
Folder 9: "Lawrence University, her history, aims, and needs", undated
Folder 10: "League of Nations" outline, undated
Folder 11: "The League of Nations," draft 1, undated
Folder 12: "A League of Nations," draft 2, undated
Folder 13: "Lessons from the World War", 1919
Folder 14: "Lessons from the World War," draft pages, 1919
Box 18
Folder 1: "Limitation of Armaments", undated
Folder 2: Memorial Day address, undated
Folder 3: Publication: "The History of Education in the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1892 to 1918", 1918
Published by The Board of Education of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Folder 4: Publication: "The Revived Conflict between Evolution and Theology", 1925
Methodist Review, vol. CVIII, no. 4, July-August 1925, pp. 528-540

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[Series 4: Correspondence arranged by a numbering system by Plantz, 1915-1926],
[Series 5: Student Army Training Corps (S.A.T.C.) correspondence, 1918-1919],
[Series 6: Wisconsin Colleges Associated correspondence, 1915-1924],
[Series 7: Writings and publications, 1894-1925],
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