Cage 717

Frank Fraser Potter Lecture

Silver anniversary symposium panel

Audio recording, 1986

Acquisition And Processing Information

This audio recording was transferred to the Washington State University Libraries from the College of Sciences and Arts in 1990 (MS 1990-66). It was processed in 2009 by Cheryl Gunselman.

Extent/Quantity Information

Number of Containers: 1

Linear Feet of Shelf Space: .25

Biography/Organizational History

Frank Fraser Potter (1879-1959) was a member of the faculty at Washington State College from 1912 to 1949. He was WSC's first professor of philosophy. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and taught there and at Transylvania University prior to accepting a position at WSC. Upon his retirement from WSC, he was named Professor Emeritus.

Frank Potter and his wife, Irene, were actively involved in the campus community, and for over 25 years they hosted regular Friday afternoon gatherings at their home for students they encouraged to pursue advanced, competitive scholarly opportunities, particularly Rhodes Scholarships; ten of these students became Rhodes Scholars.

The Frank Fraser Potter Memorial Lecture, an annual event at Washington State University, was established shortly after Frank Potter's death through an anonymous donation from one of his former students.

In 1986, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the memorial lectureship, five of the Rhodes scholars who had been assisted and prepared by the Potters returned to Washington State University to participate in the anniversary program. Birdsall Carle, Robert Clower, Paul Craven, Charles Jepson, and Richard Thompson all participated in a symposium, "How Can We Revive the Potters' Ideals Today?"

Collection Description

This collection consists of an audio recording of the Potter Lectureship silver anniversary symposium, "How Can We Revive the Potters' Ideals Today?" and the Winter 1986-1987 issue of Cornucopia, a publication of the College of Sciences and Arts at Washington State University. This issue includes an article about the silver anniversary event, "Celebrating a Great Teacher: A Tribute to Frank Fraser Potter."


Potter, Frank Fraser, 1879-1959


This collection is open and available for research use. Copyright restrictions apply.

Preferred Citation

The suggested citation for the collection is:

Frank Fraser Potter Lecture silver anniversary symposium panel audio recording, 1986
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Washington State University Libraries
Pullman, WA


Documents are in English.

Container List:

Box Folder Description
1 1 Audio recording: "How Can We Revive the Potters' Ideals on the Campus Today?" (2 audiocassettes) Cornucopia, College of Sciences and Arts, Washington State University, Winter 1986-1987 issue