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President's Medallion, circa 1978

 Item
Identifier: id240513

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Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents

1-silver medallion that features the William and Mary cipher at the top and the William and Mary Coat of Arms at the bottom connected to the cipher by a silver hook. There is a black lanyard connected to the top of the cipher by which the presidents would wear the medallion. The medallion was crafted by Charles Eugene (“Mike”) Stousland, Jr., class of 1941. Stousland was Chair of the Department of Architecture at Miami University of Ohio and crafted jewelry and small sculpture in silver as a hobby. For many years, he created jewelry featuring the William and Mary cipher for the Alumni Association to sell to raise funds for the organization. The first photograph of the medallion in use seems to be from Charter Day in 1978, when President Thomas Ashley Graves wore the medallion. William and Mary presidents wore the medallion regularly at Commencement, Convocation, and Charter Day until it was retired in February 2013.Similar medallions were given to His Royal Highness Prince Charles during his visit to the College in 1981 and Dean of Students J. Wilfred Lambert (class of 1927) when he retired. The medallion measures approximately 6in. (length) and the lanyard measures approximately 18in. The medallion is in fair condition. It has suffered from severe tarnishing on the front. There is an approximately 1in. white smear on the lower right side of the back of the medallion. In addition, there are scratches and scuff marks all over the medallion. Designed and Donated by Charles Eugene ("Mike") Stousland, Jr. circa 1978. Located in UA Metals. UA 2014.111.01

Dates

  • Creation: circa 1978

Creator

Language of Materials

From the Collection:

English Greek,Ancient(to1453) Hebrew

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Extent

From the Collection: 4.75 Linear Feet

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository

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