Guide to the Charles Clement French Papers 1914-1971
Cage 310

Summary Information

Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections
French, C. Clement (Charles Clement), 1901-1988
Charles Clement French Papers
Cage 310
Date [inclusive]
4.5 Linear feet of shelf space, 7 Boxes
Collection materials are in English.
Correspondence, photographs, memorabilia and other personal papers related to Washington State University President C. Clement French's academic and professional career.

Preferred Citation

[Item description]

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

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

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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.

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Scope and Content

Correspondence, photographs, memorabilia and other personal papers related to Washington State University President C. Clement French's academic and professional career.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Washington State University Libraries Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections  © 2022

Terrell Library

P.O. Box 645610

Pullman, WA, 99164-5610 USA


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open and available for research use.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Acquisition Information

Charles Clement French donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries in 1971.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Lawrence R. Stark in July of 1973.

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Related Materials

Related Material

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

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)

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Names and Subjects

Corporate Name(s)

Subject(s) :
  • State College of Washington -- Administration
  • Washington State University -- Administration

Personal Name(s)

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


  • Education, Higher -- Washington (State) -- Pullman -- Administration
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Washington (State)

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Detailed Description of Collection

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Northeast High school, Philadelphia, Penn. Grade reports, essay written by French, and commencement program 1914-1918  40 items

1 1

Northeast High school, Philadelphia, Penn. Correspondence 1936  40 items

1 1

University of Pennsylvania. Grade reports, transcripts, student souvenirs, drafts and printed copies of Ph.D. thesis 1918-1927  30 items

1 2

Randolph-Macon Women's College. (Lynchburg, Va.) Clippings, lists of students, The History of Randolph-Macon Women's College by W. W. Smith (1909), and chemistry project report for navy contract 1932-1948  70 items

1 3

Letters re: move to Virginia Polytechnic Institute Feb. 1949  40 items

1 4

Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Correspondence, VPI magazine, and bulletins 1949-1951  30 items

1 5

Education while in South. Report of committees of Southern Association of Colleges on which French participated 1940-1944  15 items

1 6

Congratulatory letters on move to Texas A&M University 1950  35 items

1 7

Texas A&M University. Correspondence, clippings, and programs of convocations and commencements 1950-1951  30 items

1 8

Episcopal Church. Correspondence, clippings, and photographs re: French as participant in church work and as delegate to conventions 1948-1968  50 items

2 9

Notes on activities of brother Paul Comly French. Clippings re: Paul C. French (died ca. 1956), Trade association official, anti-war publicist, conscientious objector organizer and administrator for CARE 1945-1956  30 items

2 10

Nibbles. Correspondence re: job hunting 1942-65  100 items

2 11

Whitman College. Correspondence, and printed material re: Presidential Selection Committee 1967-69  10 items

2 12

Academic Moves-CCF. Letters of appointment and resignation; contract documents 1918-1965  70 items

2 13

Pakistan Contract with WSU. Clippings, photographs, phamplets from WSU Pakistan Project at University of Punjab; material from French's trip to Pakistan 1956-1962  60 items

2 14

Post retirement. Correspondence with friends, university administrators, public officials 1966-1971  110 items

2 15

Washington State Constitutional Revision Commission. Clippings, correspondence and workings papers re: French's role on commission; final reports 1969  50 items

2 16

Naming and dedication: C. Clement French Administration Building. Correspondence, and dedicatory materials 1968  40 items

3 17

Letters on announcement of WSU Presidency Retirement. Correspondence, clippings, photographs re: French's retirement 1966  200 items

3 18

During WSU Years- misc. (Folder I)  100 items

3 19

During WSU Years- misc. (Folder II). Clippings, commendatory letters, photographs, and programs 1952-1966  100 items

4 20

WSU Inauguration. Clippings, letters and souvenirs 1952  60 items

4 21

Letters re: Move to WSU. Correspondence with regents and officials 1951-52  200 items

4 22

Misc. photographs. Press release photographs 1952-1966  100 items

5 23

Honorary degree diplomas from Whitworth College and Pacific Lutheran University 

5 24

Photograph of French at about age 35 

5 24

Biographical sketchs of C. C. and Helen French 

5 24

Presentation folder of commendatory letters presented to French at Agribusiness Dinner 1966 

5 24

Certificates of awards and memberships 1914-1965  40 items


Photographs of University of Pennsylvania Chemical Engineering Class 1922 


Academic regalia from Univ. of Punjab, Pacific Lutheran Univ., Whitworth College, University of Pennsylvania, Washington State University 


Photograph of French's High School Class 1918 


Honorary doctorate diploma from University of Punjab 


Diplomas for degrees earned (H.S., BS, MS, PHD) 

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Masonic membership certificate 

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Certificates of awards and memberships, 1914-1965 

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