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Peter Pelham collection

Identifier: MVC0011-MS

Scope and Contents

This collection contains files produced during the time Peter Pelham served as President of Mount Vernon Seminary and Junior College, including personal correspondence, logistical information about special events, and files produced by various strategic planning committees. The materials range in date from 1962 to 1982.


  • Creation: 1962-1982

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Peter Pelham served as the fifth President of Mount Vernon Seminary and Junior College from 1962-1976.

Pelham graduated from Williams College, received his MA from Harvard University, served in the United States Air Force, and worked for three years as assistant director of admissions at Williams.

During Pelham's presidency, Mount Vernon Seminary was disestablished and the institution's name was officially set as Mount Vernon Junior College. In 1970, the Florence Hollis Hand Chapel was dedicated. Mount Vernon College receives initial accreditation as a four-year college during Pelham's turn.

Peter Pelham resigned in September 1976.


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Peter Pelham was the fifth president of Mount Vernon Seminary and Junior College, originally founded in Washington, D.C. in 1875. Mount Vernon Seminary and College merged with The George Washington University in 1999. This collection contains correspondence, and administrative files from the collection of Peter Pelham, president of Mount Vernon Seminary from 1962-1976.


Organized into five series: Correspondence, Development and strategic planning files, Special event files, Administrative files 1975-1977, and Administrative files.

Physical Location

Materials may be stored off-site, and may require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Mount Vernon Seminary and College archives were acquired by GWU upon merger with Mount Vernon College. The collection was transferred to the Foggy Bottom campus in 2009.


Guide to the Peter Pelham papers, 1962-1982
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

George Washington University Gelman Library
2130 H Street NW
Washington DC 20052 United States of America