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Guide to the Marion T. Plyler Papers, circa 1832-1950

Abstract

Marion Timothy Plyler was born in Iredell County, N.C., near Statesville in 1867. He graduated from Trinity College in 1892 with a B. A. degree and played on the school's first football team. He earned his M. A. degree at Trinity in 1897 and received his Doctor of Divinity degree from Duke University in 1937. Additionally, Dr. Plyler received the M. A. degree and the D. D. degree from the University of North Carolina in 1905 and 1931, respectively. Dr. Plyler was ordained as a minister in the Methodist Church in 1892.

Contains typescripts, correspondence, and printed matter, with the bulk of the material consisting of the manuscript of Dr. Plyler's unpublished biography of William Preston Few, written in 1948-1949, as well as copies of Few's writings and addresses. The collection ranges in date from 1832-1950.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Plyler, Marion T.
Title
Marion T. Plyler papers circa 1832-1950
Language of Material
English
Extent
1 Linear Feet, 750 Items
Location
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Collection Overview

Contains typescripts, correspondence, and printed matter, with the bulk of the material consisting of the manuscript of Dr. Plyler's unpublished biography of William Preston Few, written in 1948-1949, as well as copies of Few's writings and addresses. There are several folders of related printed matter, research notes, and articles, including typescripts annotated by Dr. Few and Dean Alice Baldwin. Correspondence concerns the North Carolina Pastors' School, Methodist Conference matters, and the Few biography. The collection also includes some genealogical notes and other typescripts by Dr. Plyler. The collection ranges in date from 1832-1950.

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Contents of the Collection

Genealogy and Obituary, including letters, circa 1832
Box 1
Correspondence, 1920-1947
Box 1
Correspondence, 1948-1950
Box 1
James B. Duke - The Man, by George G. Allen, 1933 Manuscripts
Box 1
Report on Recent Cooperative Activities between Duke University and the University of North Carolina, by the Joint Committee on Intellectual Cooperation, 1937
Box 1
Few Biography Research
Box 1
VIII. College for Women, [Few, William P.], circa 1939
Box 1
President Few and the Woman's College, Baldwin, Alice M.
Box 1
Printed matter, Few speeches
Box 1
Reports (Few, William P.)
Box 1
Writings (Few, William P.), 1905-1910
Box 1
Writings (Few, William P.), 1911-1924
Box 1
Writings (Few, William P.), 1925-1929
Box 1
Writings (Few, William P.), 1930-1936
Box 2
Writings (Few, William P.), 1936-1940, undated
Box 2
Few Biography, typescript, I. Years of Preparation
Box 2
Few Biography, typescript, II. Trinity College
Box 2
Few Biography, typescript, IV. Chiefly Personal
Box 2
Few Biography, typescript, V. The Final Decade
Box 2
Few Biography, typescript, VI. Funeral Services
Box 2
Few Biography, typescript, VII. Memorial Services, 1941
Box 2
Few Biography, typescript, VIII. Appendices
Box 2

Historical Note

Marion Timothy Plyler was born in Iredell County, N.C., near Statesville in 1867. He was the son of Robert Conrad Plyler and Mary Kimball Plyler. He received his boyhood education in the Iredell County schools and a boarding school in Mooresville. He graduated from Trinity College in 1892 with a B. A. degree and played on the school's first football team. He earned his M. A. degree at Trinity in 1897 and received his Doctor of Divinity degree from Duke University in 1937. Additionally, Dr. Plyler received the M. A. degree and the D. D. degree from the University of North Carolina in 1905 and 1931, respectively.

Dr. Plyler was ordained as a minister in the Methodist Church in 1892 and served several pastorates throughout North Carolina before moving to Durham in 1919. He and his twin brother, Alva, edited the NC Christian Advocate from 1926-1946 and he also helped organize the North Carolina Pastors' School and chaired its board of management for 30 years. He wrote several biographies, including an unpublished one of William Preston Few, President of Trinity College and Duke University. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

On June 20, 1900, he married Epie Duncan Smith, and they had seven children. Dr. Plyler died in 1954 at age 86.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • William Preston Few records and papers, 1814-1971 (bulk 1911-1940) (Duke University Archives)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Marion T. Plyler Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Marion T. Plyler Papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1971.

Processing Information

Processed by Kimberly Sims, August 2006

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, August 2006

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