William Davis Melton University Archives Graduate Assistantship at the South Caroliniana Library
To honor the life and service of William Davis Melton to the University of South Carolina, the William Davis Melton University Archives Graduate Assistantship at the South Caroliniana Library was established by Caroline Bristow Marchant, The Honorable Walter James Bristow, Jr., and the late Dr. William Melton Bristow, Jr., in memory of their grandfather, with a contribution from the late Major General Trelawney Eston Marchant, husband of Caroline Bristow.
The Melton Graduate Assistantship provides a graduate student with invaluable experience while promoting the care, use, and development of the University’s historical collections. The University Archives, which is a unit of the South Caroliniana Library, serves as the institution’s official memory. The Archives acquires, preserves, and makes accessible those University records that have permanent historical value.
William Davis Melton
After earning his law degree from then-South Carolina College in 1892, William Davis Melton became a highly successful and respected businessman and community leader, as well as a strong supporter of education. In 1922, he was tapped to serve as president of the renamed University of South Carolina. His vigorous personality and executive ability greatly benefited his alma mater, including tremendous increases in funding and enrollment. The greatest tribute to Melton and the importance he placed on higher education came after his sudden death in 1926, when numerous students revealed that Melton had enabled them to stay in college by quietly granting them personal loans.
For information about applying for the Melton Assistantship, please contact the Univerity Archivist at 803-777-5158.
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