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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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Samuel Plantz Presidential Papers, 1894-1998 | Lawrence University Archives

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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],
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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

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[Series 1: Biographical materials, 1900-1998],
[Series 2: Correspondence used by William Raney, 1908-1961],
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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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