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Interview with Samuel R. Spencer, Jr. '40, 1989 January 23

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Identifier: OHI-0374

Scope and Contents

Interview of Dr. Samuel Reid Spencer, Jr. ‘40 by John P. Scherer (Class of 1989) as part of his senior project for the history department. Spencer describes the Vietnam War issue on Davidson’s campus through the late 1960s and early 1970s. Spencer discusses his presidency, coeducation, integration, activism, and compulsory ROTC and vespers and chapel attendance.


  • Creation: 1989 January 23


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There is no permission form on file for this interview. This interview is open for research but must be accessed onsite due to issues surrounding privacy and copyright. Please email to learn more about the conditions surrounding access and to schedule an appointment.

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There is no permission form on file for this interview. The interview may be protected by copyright and other rights. Researchers must seek permission from the interviewee or next of kin for quotation, reproduction, or publication. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, please email

Biographical / Historical

Samuel Reid Spencer, Jr. ‘40 (1919-2013) was born in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He was commissioned into the Army infantry shortly after receiving his B.A. from Davidson College. He was assigned to teach military science at Davidson from 1940-1943, and served in Europe from 1944-1945. After being released from active duty, he received an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He served on Davidson’s Board of Trustees from 1966-1968, then as Davidson College President from 1968-1983.


1 Audiocassettes (Compact) (Audio 63. The audiocassette contains multiple interviews.)

1 Digital (Sound recordings) (WAV)

1 Transcripts (Print)


From the Sub-Group: English