Overview of the Collection
Special Collections & Archives
University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire
P.O. Box 4004
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
Reference Code: USGZE UHC264
Accession Number: 08-009
Collection Number: University Historical Collection #264
Creators: Marquette, C. L. (Clare Leslie), 1904–2004
Title: C. L. Marquette World War II Correspondence
Quantity: 0.2 linear feet (1 archives box)
Location of Collection: A10/1d
Languages: Collection materials are in English.
Summary: Correspondence addressed to Professor C. L. Marquette by five friends and former students serving in World War II.
Biographical / Historical Note
C. L. (Clare Leslie) Marquette was born January 1, 1904. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Milton College in Milton Wisconsin in 1928. He taught history at various Wisconsin high schools from 1928–1936. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1937 and 1940 respectively. In 1937, he married Lena Mitchell.
Marquette’s post-secondary teaching career began at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where he taught from 1940–1946. He served as Professor of American History at the University of Mississippi from 1946–1972. In the late 1940s through 1960, Marquette returned to Wisconsin during the summer to teach at Eau Claire State Teachers College / Wisconsin State College, Eau Claire. Marquette died on June 4, 2004.
Marquette’s primary correspondent, Roy Oppegard, studied history at the Eau Claire State Teachers College in the 1930s and taught in the Eau Claire schools.
The collection consists of correspondence to Marquette from five friends, some of whom were former students: Bill Dormady, George Easen, Philip Fuller, Merlin Matthews, and Roy Oppegard. The correspondence from Roy Oppegard comprises the bulk of the collection and provides information about Oppegard’s reading and scholarly interests while in the service, his plans for further education, and his impressions of Italy, where he was stationed.
Acquisition Information: Donated to the University Archives and Special Collections, University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire by C. L. Marquette in March 1991.
Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public.
Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright owned by the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire.
Preferred Citation: C. L. Marquette World War II Correspondence, 1944–1945. UHC 264. Special Collections & Archives. McIntyre Library. University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. Eau Claire, WI.
Processing Note: Processed by Colleen McFarland in July 2007.
Arrangement: Alphabetical, then chronological.
Marquette, C. L. (Clare Leslie), 1904–2004
World War, 1939–1945—Personal narratives, American
Detailed List of Contents
Correspondence from Bill Dormady
Correspondence from George Easen
Correspondence from Philip Fuller
Correspondence from Merlin Matthews
Correspondence from Roy Oppegard