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College of Charleston Library
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424

(843) 953-8016

Title: Alvin Wilson Skardon Notes

Collection #: 0060

Dates: 1985-1991


4 linear ft. (9 boxes)
3 sound cassettes

Biographical Note: Alumnus of the College of Charleston; author of a history of Youngstown State University, Ohio; Senior Research Associate at the College of Charleston, 1985-1991.

Scope and Content Note: Collection contains photocopies, typescripts, handwritten notes and tape recordings compiled by Skardon as research undertaken to prepare a history of the College of Charleston from 1785 to 1985. It is incomplete and is primarily concerned with the period from 1935 to 1970. The history prior to 1935 was to be based largely on J.H. Easterby's "History of the College of Charleston: Founded 1770" (1935). A draft of one chapter of Skardon's planned history was completed, and it covers the years while George Daniel Grice was President (1945-1966).

Skardon gathered information from trustee minutes, the News & Courier, college catalogs, yearbooks, student newspapers, and the papers of college presidents. He completed an article on the history of the college, an outline accepted by an Advisory Committee, a preface, a rough draft for part of the early history, and a substantially completed draft for the Grice presidency (58 pp. typescript). He assembled photocopies of portions of the correspondence of Presidents Walter Raleigh Coppedge and Theodore Sanders Stern, and there are extensive notes to write the chapters on intergration and on the transfer of the College to the State of South Carolina.

The bulk of the collection consists of photocopies divided into topics such as accreditation, athletics, buildings and grounds, commencement speakers, curriculum, enrollment, faculty, finance, politics, student activities, trustees, and women. There is a small quantity of personal correspondence and sound recordings and also a partial transcritp of a symposium on Judge J. Waites Waring (two sound cassettes and a 14 pp. typescript).

Subject Headings:

Grice, George Daniel.
Waring, Julius Waties, 1880-1968.
College of Charleston -- History.
College of Charleston -- Sports.
Universities and colleges -- South Carolina -- Charleston -- History.
Women -- Education (Higher)
Charleston (S.C.) -- History.
Charleston (S.C.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.


1. Drafts, correspondence, etc.

A. Correspondence re writing the history 1/1
B. Advisory committee meetings 1/2
C. Drafts: Outline, Preface, Grice Years, early years 1/3-7
D. College Archives inventory (c. 1990) 1/8
E. Misc. correspondence re questions about the College 1/9
F. Lists of trustee minutes 1/10
G. Plans for interviews 1/11
H. Personal notes and correspondence 1/12
I. Symposium on Judge J. Waites Waring 1/13

2. Notes for chapters of the history of the College

A. Chapter VI--Integration 2/1
B. Chapter VII--"State Take-over" 2/2
3. Notes on Presidents of the College
A. list of Presidents with dates 3/1
B. Harrison Randolph--1935-1945 (President from 1897) 3/2
C. George Daniel Grice--1945-1966 (also Acting President from 1935-1936 and 1941-1945) 3/3
D. Walter Raleigh Coppedge--1966-1968 3/4
E. Theodore Sanders Stern--1968-1979 4
4. Topical notes
A. Accreditation 5/1
B. Admission requirements 5/2
C. Alumni 5/3
D. Athletics 5/4
E. Building and Grounds 5/5
F. Chapel 6/1
G. College calendar 6/2
H. Commencement speakers 6/3
I. Curriculum 6/4
J. Degrees conferred 6/5
K. Enrollment 6/6
L. Extension work 6/7
M. Faculty 7/1
N. Finance 7/2
O. Fund raising 7/3
P. Major gifts 7/4
Q. History of the College 7/5
R. Honor system 8/1
S. Honorary degrees 8/2
T. IRS tax exemption letter for the College 8/3
U. Library 8/4
V. Meteor (student newspaper) 8/5
W. Obituaries 8/6
X. Opening Ceremonies 8/7
Y. Politics 8/8
Z. Porter Academy 8/9
AA. Student activities 8/10
BB. Summer sessions 9/1
CC. Transfer to the State 9/2
DD. Trustees 9/3
EE. Women 9/4
FF. Misc. dated notes 9/5
GG. Misc. undated notes 9/6
HH. Bibliography 9/7