Feb 162010

John Martin Thomas Records, 1913-1946 (3 Boxes)

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About the Collection

The collection consists primarily of the files created and accrued by John M. Thomas during his tenure as president of Norwich University, 1939-1944. An alphabetical listing of files can be found in the content listing. As John Thomas served as acting president, or substitute for Porter H. Adams, from 1937 to 1939, many of the records from the Adams administration and much of the official correspondence is in the John Martin Thomas papers. The collection also contains two scrapbooks of clippings relating to the College Wars of of 1912-1914. For more information on the College Wars of 1912-1914, which involved the idea, introduced to the Vermont Legislature in 1912, of having only one college in Vermont receive support from the state, see the papers of President Charles Horace Spooner.

About John Martin Thomas, President of Norwich University, 1939-1944

John M. Thomas was born in Fort Covington, NY, and died in Rutland, VT. He graduated from Middlebury College in 1890 and from Union Theological Seminary in 1893. He spent fifteen years, from 1893 to 1908, as a minister in the Arlington Avenue Presbyterian Church in East Orange, New Jersey before becoming president of Middlebury College in 1908. He then served as president of Middlebury for thirteen years. He also served as president of Pennsylvania State College for four years, 1921-1925, and as president of Rutgers University for five years, 1925-1930. In 1937, he came to Norwich University, substituting as president for Porter Adams, before being elected to the presidency himself. He died on 26 February 1952 in Rutland. The control file included with the collection contains additional biographical information on John Martin Thomas.

Access Restrictions

Most of the materials within the collection are open for research; however, the privacy of information contained in some records is protected by the Federal Educational Records and Privacy Act or other legislative or regulatory privacy provisions. The following types of records are restricted to protect the privacy rights of individuals about whom the information was collected.

  • Student academic records
  • Disciplinary and counseling records
  • Student financial aid records
  • Faculty/Staff personnel files
  • Promotion, tenure and grievance files
  • Medical case files
  • Legal counsel case files
Preferred Citation

Many items in the University Archives are one-of-a-kind resources that are not likely to be available anywhere but here. For this reason, forming citations for archival sources is a little different than for books and periodicals. If you need to cite anything from this collection, follow the format below:

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); John Martin Thomas Records, Box and/or Folder and/or Item Identification; Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT.

Here’s an example from the collection:

Letter from Ralph E. Edward to John M. Thomas, 22 December 1937.  Correspondence 1937 file, John Martin Thomas Records, Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT.

Additional Information

Size: 3 Boxes (3 linear feet)

Collection Location: Archives 501

Language(s) of Material: English

Repository: Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, 158 Harmon Dr., Northfield, VT 05663 USA, Phone: 802.485.2947, Fax: 802.485.2173, archives@norwich.edu

Content Listing

Box 1

  • Appropriations from the State of Vermont, 1937-1943
  • Bureau of Industrial Research, 1943-1944
  • Correspondence, 1934-1945 (16 files) (See next box for correspondence with specific individuals)

Box 2

  • Correspondence: Adams, Charles F., 1941-1945
  • Correspondence: Adams, Charles S., 1942-1943
  • Correspondence: Adams, Porter, 1936-1945
  • Correspondence: Adams, William H., 1935-1944
  • Correspondence: alumni association, 1941-1944
  • Correspondence: Boyer, Donald M., 1937-1942
  • Correspondence: Burt, Craig O., 1936-1946
  • Correspondence: Cabot, Godfrey L., 1935-1945
  • Correspondence: Campbell, Murdock A., 1943-1944
  • Correspondence: Clement, Waldo P., 1934-1937
  • Correspondence: Colburn, Frederick H., 1934-1941
  • Correspondence: Compton, Karl T., 1935-1944
  • Correspondence: Conrad, Charles T., 1935-1936
  • Correspondence: Davis, Deane C., 1943-1944
  • Correspondence: Dewey, James F., 1933-1944
  • Correspondence: Edwards, Arthur M., 1934-1939
  • Correspondence: Elliott, Kenneth, 1935
  • Correspondence: Fiske, Gardiner H., 1936-1944
  • Correspondence: Flanders, Ralph E., 1935-1944
  • Correspondence: Ford, Robert H., 1930-1942 (2 files)
  • Correspondence: Garran, Frank W., 1934-1945
  • Correspondence: Gibson, Ernest W., 1940-1945
  • Correspondence: Gorrell, Edgar S., 1934-1943
  • Correspondence: Hopkins, Ernest M., 1943
  • Correspondence: Hull, Lemuel A., 1936-1944
  • Correspondence: Johnson, Richard L., 1936-1937
  • Correspondence: Juckett, Frank A., 1933-1944
  • Correspondence: Juckett, J. Walter, 1928-1939
  • Correspondence: Kelly, Earle E., 1942-1943
  • Correspondence: Kelly, Richard, 1936-1937
  • Correspondence: Kissane, John and Marshall, 1936-1941
  • Correspondence: Kromer, Leon B., 1934-1943
  • Correspondence: Larson, J. Frederick, 1939-1942
  • Correspondence: Lewis, George W., 1936-1944
  • Correspondence: Lowe, Ralph W., 1937-1938
  • Correspondence: Lybrand, William M., 1936-1944 (2 files)
  • Correspondence: McGann, Thomas F., 1937
  • Correspondence: MacRury, King, 1934
  • Correspondence: Magnus, Eugene W., 1935-1944
  • Correspondence: Mazuzan, John E., 1923-1944
  • Correspondence: Moses, Robert C., 1936-1937
  • Correspondence: Murphy, John D., 1933-1944
  • Correspondence: Nason, Leonard H., 1936-1944
  • Correspondence: O’Laughlin, John C., 1933-1944
  • Correspondence: Orser, Henry W., 1933-1935
  • Correspondence: Pandiscio, Joseph, 1934-1935
  • Correspondence: Plumley, Charles A., 1934-1944
  • Correspondence: Putnam, Eben F., 1934-1944

Box 3

  • Correspondence: Randall, George C., 1932-1944 (4 files)
  • Correspondence: Smith, Donald U., 1935-1940
  • Correspondence: Spooner, Charles H., 1935-1944
  • Correspondence: Taylor, Moses, 1920-1941
  • Correspondence: Thomas, Fred B., 1934-1944
  • Correspondence: Tompkins, Frank, 1927-1944
  • Correspondence: White, Trentwell M., 1930-1941
  • Correspondence: Williams, Benjamin, 1934-1944
  • Correspondence: Wilson, Stanley C., 1929-1944
  • Correspondence: Winburn, J. T., 1942
  • Correspondence: Wing, Leonard F., 1939-1945
  • Correspondence: Woodruff, Harrison G., 1934-1941
  • Federal Emergency Administration, 1938-1939
  • Financial records, investments, 1937-1943 (3 files)
  • Honorary degrees, 1938-1943
  • “A Hotel for Northfield,” 1941-1942
  • National Life Insurance Company, 1932-1939
  • Photographs of John Martin Thomas
  • Scrapbooks, College Wars of 1912-1914, 1913-1915 (2 volumes)
  • Speeches, 1915-1942 (2 files)
  • Board of trustees, committees: executive committee, 1943-1944
  • Board of trustees, meetings, 1934-1945 (3 files)

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