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Marcus L. Oliver Correspondence

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-2009-096

Scope and Contents

The collection contains business correspondence from Oliver's tenure with the Virginia Tech Alumni Association (1950-1968) and the University of the South Alumni Association. The collection also includes personal correspondence from 1947 to 2010. Letters in the collection are written to Oliver by numerous correspondents. Other materials include carbon or onion skin copies of letters by Oliver, created in the course of professional and personal activities. In some cases, correspondence to and from the same person is clipped or stapled together.

Correspondents significant to the history of Virginia Tech, as well as those with large contributions to the collection are listed under the "Index Terms" section of the finding aid below. Major topics include Virginia Tech Alumni Association business, Virginia Tech German Club events, and general professional correspondence. The collection also contains photocopies of a small number of articles by Oliver for The Techgram in 1950.

Dates

  • 1947 - 2010
  • Majority of material found within 1950 - 1985

Creator

Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The copyright status of this collection is unknown. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials. Reproduction or digitization of materials for personal or research use can be requested using our reproduction/digitization form: http://bit.ly/scuareproduction. Reproduction or digitization of materials for publication or exhibit use can be requested using our publication/exhibition form: http://bit.ly/scuapublication. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives (specref@vt.edu or 540-231-6308) if you need assistance with forms or to submit a completed form.

Biographical Note

Marcus L. Oliver graduated from VPI in 1947 with a BS in Argicultural Education. In 1949, he obtained a MS from the University of North Carolina. From 1949 to 1968, he worked for the Virginia Tech Alumni Association in several capacities: Assistant Secretary (1949-1960), Secretary (1960-1965), Director of Alumni Affairs (1965-1966), and Director of Placement (1966-1968). After Virginia Tech, Oliver served as the Director of Development, then Director of Annual Giving at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.

Extent

1.4 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Abstract

The collection contains business correspondence from Oliver's tenure with the Virginia Tech Alumni Association (1950-1968) and the University of the South Alumni Association. The collection also includes personal correspondence from 1947 to 2010.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically. Correspondence is in folders according to the first letter of the last name. Each letter of the alphabet has one to two folders. Although multiple pieces of correspondence by the same author are sometimes stapled or paper-clipped together, please note this is not always the case. The original order of the materials has been maintained.

Additional materials processed in July 2017 were added to the back of the appropriate alphabetical folder.

Source of Acquisition

The bulk of the Marcus L. Oliver Correspondence was donated to Special Collections in June 2009, though some materials pre-date this (there is at least one donation from 2004). Additional materials were donated in 2010.

Related Archival Material

  1. Alumni Association Records, 1905–present, RG29.
  2. Board of Visitors Records, C. Eugene Rowe Records, Ms1989-005.
  3. G. Preston Frazer Collection, Ms2009-098. Finding aid available online.
  4. Office of the President Records, Thomas M. Hahn Records, 1962-1974, RG 2/11. Inventory available online..

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Marcus L. Oliver Correspondence by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Marcus L. Oliver Correspondence commenced and was completed in June 2009. Additional description was completed in July 2017.

Title
A Guide to the Marcus L. Oliver Correspondence, 1947-2010 (Bulk 1950-1985)
Status
Completed
Author
Kira A. Dietz
Date
2009 (CC0 1.0)
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English

Revision Statements

  • 2020-11-05: Finding aid updated to new department standards. juliags

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Contact:
Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US
540-231-6308