Papers of Presley McCorkle Grise,1931-1978

Descriptive Summary

Papers of Presley McCorkle Grise,1931-1978
Grise, Presley McCorkle, 1894-1981
25 cubic feet, 750 items, 1 box
Finding Aid Author
Processed by Bonnie K. Northcutt; machine-readable finding aid created by Hilary Writt
Eastern Kentucky University

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Presley McCorkle Grise was born in Logan County, Kentucky on October 6, 1894. He graduated from Western Kentucky State College in 1926 with an A.B. degree. He attended graduate school at George Peabody Teachers College where he received his masters degree in English with minors in Latin, Social Science, and Education in 1930. He completed his doctorate in English at the University of Kentucky in 1940. Grise taught school and was a principal in Logan County and Warren County from 1915-1928. This time was interrupted by his service in the United States Army Field Engineers in France and Germany in 1917-1919. Grise became an assistant professor at Eastern Kentucky State Teachers College in 1930. At that time, he was a supervisory teacher at Model High School. He stayed in that capacity until he was transferred to the English Department of the college in 1939. In 1942, Grise received the title associate professor and, in1946, was promoted to professor. In 1954, Grise was named the head of the English Department and chairman of the Division of Languages and Literature at Eastern Kentucky State College. In1963, his position as chairman in the latter department was changed to head of the Language Department. Grise retired on April 14, 1965, after 35 years at the institution. While at Eastern he was also active in numerous professional organizations and committees, the Little Theatre, and the First United Methodist Church
Presley M. Grise died in Richmond, Ky., on May 29, 1981. His wife, Stella Louise Colton Grise, resides in Richmond. Their three sons are William Presley, Robert Newman, and Thomas Mack.
Scope and Content
The Presley M. Grise papers were donated to the Eastern Kentucky University Archives by Mrs.P. M. Grise in 1981. The papers consist only of a correspondence series. Most of the material dates from Grise's tenure as a teacher at Model High School and a teacher and department head at Eastern Kentucky University's English and Language Departments. Most of the papers touch upon some facet of his work in these departments. Some exceptions are: letters to the editors of various newspapers, program folders, and some inter-university correspondence These papers also prove interesting to study in terms of the effects of the Depression and World War II upon the University. There is evidence of economic strain, a drop in enrollment, a smaller faculty, alack of equipment, and small salaries.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence Series

This box contains the Correspondence Series. The Correspondence Series, Folders1-5, consists of letters, memoranda, programs, etc., arranged chronologically. Folder 6 contains two pieces of undated material. Folders 1-5 contain letters, etc. pertaining to Grise's work at Eastern Kentucky State College. Much of the communication is to or from Presidents Donovan, O'Donnell, and Martin, various deans, and staff members. Folder one contains a letter from Paul G. Blazer, chairman of the Campaign for A Kentucky Constitutional Convention asking for Grise's support. Folder five contains a copy of a letter from Jesse Stuart, noted Kentucky author, to Carl Sword - a student of Grise's. It is in reference to a letter Sword sent Stuart asking questions about his life and education.

March 24, 1931 - April 1, 1948

  • Box 1, folder 1
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September 7, 1950 - November 19, 1959

  • Box 1, folder 2
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January 4, 1960 - November 19, 1962

  • Box 1, folder 3
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February 8, 1963 - May 20, 1965

  • Box 1, folder 4
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January 13, 1966 - Summer 1978

  • Box 1, folder 5
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  • Box 1, folder 6
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