Spright Dowell (1878-1963)

President, Alabama Polytechnic Institute (1920-1927)

In 1878 Dowell graduated from Wake Forest College. He held various administrative posts with the Alabama public schools during the early part of his career. 

In 1918 Dowell became Superintendent of Education in Alabama, a position which he held until his appointment as president of the Alabama Polytechnic Institute. He subsequently served as president of Mercer University.



 
GUIDE TO THE COLLECTION

Inventory of the President's Records
Listing of the records generated by the President and his office during his tenure.  Arranged by subject.
Synopsis of the President's Annual Reports to the Board of Trustees
Chronicles the significant events of the President's term in office, including the activities of the schools and departments.
Synopsis of the Minutes of the Board of Trustees for the President's term
Provides another view of the events treated by the President in his Annual Reports.
Synopsis of the President's Correspondence
Letters between the President of the University and various political leaders within Alabama.  Provides insight into how the school has maneuvered through the state's political system.
Synopsis of the Governor's Correspondence
Letters between the Alabama Governor and constituents regarding this President's adminstration.
History of Dowell's Presidency
A short chapter about the major issues facing the President, written by Archives faculty members.

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