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Guide to the Donald B. Tresidder Photograph Albums
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  • Overview
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical Sketch
  • Description of the Collection
  • Access Terms

  • Overview

    Call Number: A0060
    Creator: Tresidder, Donald Bertrand, 1894-1948
    Title: Donald B. Tresidder photograph albums
    Dates: 1913-1945
    Bulk Dates: 1913-1926
    Physical Description: 1.25 Linear feet (2 volumes)
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Green Library
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6064
    Email: specialcollections@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

    Administrative Information

    Information about Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Ownership & Copyright

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Cite As

    Donald B. Tresidder Photograph Albums (A0060). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Biographical/Historical Sketch

    Donald Bertrand Tresidder (April 7, 1894 – January 28, 1948) was the fourth president of Stanford University.
    Son of Dr. John Treloar Tresidder (from Cornwall), Tresidder was born in Tipton, Indiana. At the age of 20 he took a trip with his sister to Southern California. However, the railroad tracks were washed out and they went to Yosemite Valley instead. There he met many Stanford faculty, who convinced him to enroll in Stanford University.
    In Yosemite, Tresidder also met future wife Mary Curry, daughter of the owners of the park concession, Yosemite Park and Curry Company, Tresidder spent summers working in Yosemite as a porter and other various odd jobs. He was briefly fired for taking his future wife rock climbing up the back side of Half Dome. They married June 17, 1920. He earned his M.D. from Stanford Medical School in San Francisco, and became president of Yosemite Park and Curry Company. While attending medical school he was a member of Phi Chi Medical Fraternity.
    Dr. Tresidder was president of Stanford University from 1943 until 1948 and brought the school through the difficult years of World War II. He often said that his main job at Stanford was fundraising for the school. Tresidder set up a professional fundraising organization and streamlined administrative and accounting practices. He established a scholarship program and helped established Stanford Research Institute. Tressider also abolished the sorority system on campus. Stanford's student center is named after him.

    Description of the Collection

    Photographs from Tresidder's first trip west, 1913; World War I planes and Tresidder as a pilot, 1918; and many photographs of Yosemite National Park, c. 1915-1926. Also included are a pamphlet from the cornerstone laying of the Ahwahnee Hotel, 1926; clipping concerning Tresidder as Stanford's president, 1945; and a clipping concerning social affairs in Tipton, IN, and the Grishaw family, 1921.

    Access Terms

    Mosser, Ann Grishaw