Correspondence (1907-1934)12.75 Linear Ft. Contents Lists
This series contains several groups of correspondence produced and received by the President's Office.
The earliest material (1907-1908), comprising correspondence received between the time of Garfield's appointment and the time he actually took office, is arranged chronologically. Subjects include congratulations, alterations to the president's residence, and appointments to the faculty and Board of Trustees.
The next group of correspondence covers Garfield's first year in office (1908-1909). Files are arranged in alphabetical order, and then chronologically within each segment of the alphabet. This is routine correspondence concerning various campus matters, as well as solicitations for support from off-campus organizations and individuals. This material provides a useful "snapshot" of Garfield's early administration and presidency.
The remaining correspondence (1910-1934) is arranged alphabetically by correspondent (Adams & Grace Co. - Zionist Organization of America) and chronologically within each file.
This correspondence is often routine, but provides insight into Garfield's positions on a wide variety of national and educational issues. Garfield's involvement in national issues is evident in correspondence with Herbert Hoover, Margaret Sanger, and cordial letters to trustees Bentley Warren and Alfred Chapin. Correspondence between Garfield and the presidents of other colleges provides information concerning curriculum changes, professors' salaries, the acceptance of Jewish and African-American students, and student life at Williams.
A great deal of information about the Student Army Training Corps at Williams can be found in the correspondence with Major General William A. Pew, commander of the Corps. Garfield's position on race-related issues and students of color can be traced through his correspondence with Sidney Powers, the National Vigilance Association, John A. Miller, Fisk University, W.E.B. DuBois and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, Inc., to name just a few. Garfield's position on Jewish students at Williams may be located in such files as Howard J. Rogers, Harvard University, Yale University, The Nation, etc.