Tresidder, Donald Bertrand, 1894-1948

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A Stanford graduate (A.B. 1919, M.D. 1927), Donald Tresidder was President of the Curry Company of Yosemite Park (1925-1948), a member of the Stanford Board of Trustees and its President (1939-1942), and fourth President of Stanford University (1943-1948).

From the description of Donald Bertrand Tresidder, president of Stanford University, records, 1942-1949. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 696107642

Donald B. Tresidder, President of Stanford University from 1943 to 1948, was President of the Curry Company of Yosemite Park from 1925 to 1948.

From the description of Donald Bertrand Tresidder Christmas cards, 1931-1935. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122289430

From the guide to the Donald Bertrand Tresidder Christmas cards, 1931-1935, (Department of Special Collections and University Archives)

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A Stanford graduate (A.B. 1919, M.D. 1927), Donald Tresidder was President of the Curry Company of Yosemite Park (1925-1948), a member of the Stanford Board of Trustees and its President (1939-1942), and fourth President of Stanford University (1943-1948).

From the guide to the Donald Bertrand Tresidder, president of Stanford University, records, 1918-1950 (bulk 1942-1949), 1942-1949, (Department of Special Collections and University Archives)

Biographical/Historical Sketch

Donald Bertrand Tresidder (April 7, 1894-January 28, 1948) was the fourth president of Stanford University.

Son of Dr. John Treloar Tresidder (from Cornwall), Tresidder was born in Tipton, Indiana. At the age of 20 he took a trip with his sister to Southern California. However, the railroad tracks were washed out and they went to Yosemite Valley instead. There he met many Stanford faculty, who convinced him to enroll in Stanford University.

In Yosemite, Tresidder also met future wife Mary Curry, daughter of the owners of the park concession, Yosemite Park and Curry Company, Tresidder spent summers working in Yosemite as a porter and other various odd jobs. He was briefly fired for taking his future wife rock climbing up the back side of Half Dome. They married June 17, 1920. He earned his M.D. from Stanford Medical School in San Francisco, and became president of Yosemite Park and Curry Company. While attending medical school he was a member of Phi Chi Medical Fraternity.

Dr. Tresidder was president of Stanford University from 1943 until 1948 and brought the school through the difficult years of World War II. He often said that his main job at Stanford was fundraising for the school. Tresidder set up a professional fundraising organization and streamlined administrative and accounting practices. He established a scholarship program and helped established Stanford Research Institute. Tressider also abolished the sorority system on campus. Stanford's student center is named after him.

From the guide to the Donald B. Tresidder photograph albums, 1913-1945, 1913-1926, (Department of Special Collections and University Archives)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Tresidder, Mary Curry, b. 1893. Mary Curry Tresidder diary, 1936. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Tresidder family. Photographs, ca. 1870-1942. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Crothers, George Edward, 1870-1957. George E. Crothers papers, 1905-1957. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Stanford University. Lucie Stern Hall. Stanford University, Lucie Stern Hall, photograph albums, 1899-1963 (inclusive), 1933-1963 (bulk). Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Paul C. Edwards papers, 1895-1986, 1912-1962 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Cross, Stuart G. Stanford and Yosemite : typescript, 1981. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Stanford University. President's Office. Stanford University, President's Office, miscellaneous records, 1893-1960 (inclusive), 1893-1948 (bulk). Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Tresidder, Donald Bertrand, 1894-1948. Donald Bertrand Tresidder letter, March 1945. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Tresidder, Donald Bertrand, 1894-1948. Donald Bertrand Tresidder Christmas cards, 1931-1935. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Donald Bertrand Tresidder letter, 1945 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Stanford University. Correspondence, 1944-1977, from Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Stanford Oral History Project interviews, 1971-1995 Cecil H. Green Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn George E. Crothers papers, 1905-1957 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Stanford University, Carrier Current Broadcasting Committee, records, 1946-1950 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Stanford University. School of Engineering. Dean's Office. Stanford University, School of Engineering, Dean's Office records, 1915-1969 (inclusive), 1925-1955 (bulk). Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Wilbur, Ray L. (Ray Lyman), 1875-1949. Ray Lyman Wilbur, president of Stanford University, papers, 1914-1951. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Frank Mace McFarland papers, 1893-1943 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Stanford University, University Services, records, 1936-1957 Cecil H. Green Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Myra A. Keen papers, 1936-1981 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Stanford war records, 1917-1945. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Morse, Samuel F. B. (Samuel Finley Brown), 1886-1969. Samuel Morse papers, 1911-1969. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Mary Curry Tresidder letter to Alice N. Hays, 1944 Sep 22 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Donald B. Tresidder photograph albums 1913-1945 (inclusive), 1913-1926 (bulk). Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Stanford University clippings collection, 1891-1945 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Stuart G. Cross, "Stanford and Yosemite" typescript, 1981 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Burr, Myron Carlos, 1884-1977. Myron Carlos Burr papers and memorabilia, 1902-2006 (inclusive), 1902-1946 (bulk). Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Myron Carlos Burr papers and memorabilia, 1902-2006, 1902-1946 Cecil H. Green Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Agard family. Agard family papers, 1814-1957. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Van Patten, Nathan, 1887-. Memorial Library of Music : files, 1947-1953. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Stanford University. Carrier Current Broadcasting Committee. Stanford University, Carrier Current Broadcasting Committee, records, 1946-1950. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Tresidder, Mary Curry, b. 1893. Mary Curry Tresidder letter to Alice N. Hays, September 22, 1944. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Stanford University fiftieth anniversary celebration collection, 1940-1941. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Stanford University. Presidents Office. University clippings, 1891-1945. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Donald B. Tresidder photograph albums, 1913-1945, 1913-1926 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Tresidder, Donald Bertrand, 1894-1948. Donald Bertrand Tresidder, president of Stanford University, records, 1942-1949. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Stanford University. Dept. of Physics. Stanford University, Dept. of Physics, records, 1937-1949. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Samuel F. B. (Samuel Finley Brown) Morse Papers, 1911-1969 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Scrapbook of letters to George E. Crothers, 1946 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Kiester, Edwin. DONALD B. TRESIDDER, STANFORD'S OVERLOOKED TREASURE : research files, 1912-1991. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984. Photographs, ca. 1920-1960. Stanford University Libraries
referencedIn Stanford University, School of Engineering, Dean's Office, records, 1915-1969, 1925-1955 Cecil H. Green Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Scrapbook of letters to George E. Crothers, 1946. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Ray Lyman Wilbur, president of Stanford University, papers, 1914-1951 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Nathan Van Patten Memorial Library of Music : files, 1947-1953 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn Lucie Stern Hall photograph albums, 1899-1963, 1933-1963 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Donald Bertrand Tresidder, president of Stanford University, records, 1918-1950 (bulk 1942-1949), 1942-1949 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Cunha, Irma Jeannette, 1923-. Irma Jeannette Cunha miscellaneous papers, 1941-1991 (inclusive), 1941-1950 (bulk). Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Stanford University. University Services. Stanford University, University Services, records, 1936-1957. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Donald Bertrand Tresidder Christmas cards, 1931-1935 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Keen, A. Myra (Angeline Myra), 1905-1986. A. Myra Keen papers, 1936-1981. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn McFarland, Frank Mace, 1869-1951. Frank Mace McFarland papers, 1893-1943. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Stanford University, Department of Physics, records, 1937-1949 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Stanford University. Administration. Letters, 1942-1946, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Stanford University, President's Office, records, 1893-1960 Cecil H. Green Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Edwards, Paul C. (Paul Carroll), 1882-1962. Paul C. Edwards papers, 1895-1986 (inclusive), 1912-1962 (bulk). Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Irma Jeannette Cunha papers, 1941-1991, 1941-1950 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Stanford University fiftieth anniversary celebration collection, 1940-1941 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Stanford War records, 1917-1945 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984. person
associatedWith Agard family. family
associatedWith Burr, Myron Carlos, 1884-1977. person
associatedWith Cross, Stuart G. person
associatedWith Cross, Stuart G. person
associatedWith Crothers, George Edward, 1870-1957. person
associatedWith Cunha, Irma Jeannette, 1923- person
associatedWith Duniway, C. A. person
associatedWith Edwards, Paul C. (Paul Carroll), 1882-1962. person
associatedWith Greene, Marvin. person
associatedWith Keen, A. Myra (Angeline Myra), 1905- person
associatedWith Keen, A. Myra (Angeline Myra), 1905-1986. person
associatedWith Kiester, Edwin. person
associatedWith Lucie Stern Trust corporateBody
associatedWith McDowell, John E. person
associatedWith McFarland, Frank Mace, 1869-1951. person
associatedWith Morse, Samuel F. B. (Samuel Finley Brown), 1886-1969. person
associatedWith Mosser, Ann Grishaw person
associatedWith Stanford Alumni Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Stanford Historical Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Stanford University corporateBody
associatedWith Stanford University. Administration. corporateBody
associatedWith Stanford University. Carrier Current Broadcasting Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Stanford University. Dept. of Physics. corporateBody
associatedWith Stanford University. Dept. of Physics. corporateBody
associatedWith Stanford University. Lucie Stern Hall. corporateBody
associatedWith Stanford University. President's Office. corporateBody
associatedWith Stanford University. President's Office. corporateBody
associatedWith Stanford University. President's Office. corporateBody
associatedWith Stanford University. Presidents Office. corporateBody
associatedWith Stanford University. School of Engineering. Dean's Office. corporateBody
associatedWith Stanford University. University Services. corporateBody
associatedWith Tresidder family. family
associatedWith Tresidder, Mary Curry, b. 1893. person
associatedWith Van Patten, Nathan, 1887- person
associatedWith Van Patten, Nathan, 1887-1956 person
associatedWith Wilbur, Ray L. (Ray Lyman), 1875-1949. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Yosemite National Park (Calif.)
California--Stanford
Subject
Greeting cards
Military training
World War, 1939-1945
Sororities
Occupation
Function

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Birth 1894-04-07

Death 1948-01-28

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