Guide to the C. Dorr Demaray Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Demaray, Calvin Dorr, 1901-1992
Title: C. Dorr Demaray Papers
Dates: 1979-1981 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 5.0 linear feet
Collection Number: MS008
Summary: C. Dorr Demaray served as Seattle Pacific's president from 1959 to 1968. This collection contains his research and five manuscript chapters from the unpublished work "Seattle Pacific University: The Centennial History, 1891-1991."
Repository: Seattle Pacific University
Contact Information: 3307 Third Avenue West
Suite 306
Seattle, Washington
Telephone: 206-281-2422
Fax: 206-281-2936
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for preparing this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Content Description

This collection contains five manuscript chapters of "Seattle Pacific University: The Centennial History, 1891-1991" an unpublished work by C. Dorr Demaray. The collection also contains Demaray's research, with documents on topics like student life, university departments, faculty and staff, university statistics, and university milestones.

Biographical Note

Calvin Dorr Demaray was born in Michigan in 1901. He received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Michigan and a Litt D. from Seattle Pacific College in 1945. Demaray served as president of Seattle Pacific between 1959 and 1968.

Demaray's decade saw the largest number of new buildings constructed on campus. These include: Crawford Music Building, the Student Union Building, Weter Memorial Library (now Weter Hall), Gwinn Commons, Hill Residence Hall, Ashton Residence Hall, Robbins Apartments (married student housing) and Demaray Hall, named for him and built to house administrative offices and classrooms. Demaray worked to make Seattle Pacific more visible in the Seattle community. He was helped in this by successful athletic teams in basektball, track and field and cross country. Not all the athletics endeavors were successful, however; the baseball team, after many losing seasons and with few quality facilities on campus, was disbanded. Demaray's tenure also saw changes and expansions in curriculum, including new graduate programs in the School of Education and the School of Religion. Demaray died in Seattle in 1992.

Use of the Collection

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Collection is open for research

Administrative Information


  • Corporate Names :
  • Seattle Pacific University

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