Wallace McClure Collection Finding Aid


Wallace McClure Collection Finding Aid


McClure, Wallace, 1890-






Archival finding aid for the Wallace McClure Collection which includes pamphlets, speeches, and periodicals having to do with President Wilson's time in office.


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library


Cataloging of archival materials




Series in Collection:

Newspaper Clippings 000466- 1
Newspaper Clippings, Oversize Box 000466- 2
Newspapers, Oversize Box 000466- 3
Pamphlets 000466- 4
Periodicals 000466- 5
Diary 000466- 6
Speeches, Press Releases, Reports 000466- 7
Correspondence 000466- 8
State Department Papers 000466- 9
League of Nations- bound volumes & unbound papers 000466-10
Books 000466-11
Maps 000466-12
Miscellaneous 000466-13


Wallace Mitchell McClure was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, on July 30, 1890. He was the oldest of four, born to William Kyle McClure, born Nov. 9, 1863, and Eliza Parsons Lewis, born January 18, 1870; they were married in Knoxville, TN on June 18, 1889. A search of Claynet.com reveals that Wallace Mitchell McClure was roughly a tenth generation descendant of James McClure who was born in Northern Ireland in 1670 and died in Virginia, USA sometime after 1739.

Wallace McClure received a B. A. from the University of Tennessee in 1910, then went on to earn a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Tennessee in 1911. His education continued at Harvard Law School, 1911-12, at the University of Wisconsin, 1912, and at Columbia University, where he was a candidate for a Ph.D. in 1913, and received it in 1915. Activities during his university years included: member Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity; president of Chi Delta Literary Society; representative in debate against University of Cincinnati in ’07 and Texas in ’11; Editor-in-Chief of the Tennessee University Magazine, 1901-1910; recipient of the Bennet prize for Essay in 1911 and McClung Medal for Moot Court work in 1911.

In 1911 he was admitted to the local bar at Knoxville and in 1920 to the United States District Court. He practiced in Knoxville as a member of Sansom and McClure from 1916 to 1917.

McClure’s military service began in August 1917 when he entered the Officers’ Training Camp in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Later that same year he was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the Field Artillery on November 27, and assigned to the 81st Field Artillery on December 14, 1917. In June 1918 he was transferred to the 2nd Field Artillery, and transferred again to the Field Artillery Replacement Depot, Camp Jackson, S.C., in October. He was discharged from military duty on December 11, 1918.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of newspaper clippings, newspapers, pamphlets, periodicals, diary pages, unpublished speeches, correspondence, State Department papers, loosely bound and unbound League of Nations volumes, books, and various miscellaneous documents and memorabilia. As McClure was an admirer and avid collector of “all things Wilson,” there is an abundance of material on the life and contributions of the 28th president.


McClure Collection Description Sheet.pdf
Series Description Sheet- Pamphlets- Series 4.pdf


McClure, Wallace, 1890-, “Wallace McClure Collection Finding Aid,” 1874-1976, FA000466, Wallace McClure Collection, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

Archival Finding Aid