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College Archives: Alumni

C. Donald Timerman Family Papers, 1925-1974

Collection Summary

C. Donald Timerman Family Papers, 1915-1974

Collection Number: CA-60000
Collection Size: 0.45 cubic feet

Access & Arrangement

The C. Donald Timerman family papers are open to all users and available in the reading room of the SUNY Potsdam College Archives & Special Collections. The collection is currently minimally processed.

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply. Questions concerning rights should be addressed to the College Archivist.


Claude Donald Timerman was born on February 21, 1915. Timerman was raised on a farm in Antwerp, New York and graduated from Antwerp High School in 1932. Beginning in 1933 Timerman worked as a elementary teacher in the Philadelphia, New York school district. He graduated from Potsdam Normal School in 1938 and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in 1941.

In July 1941, Timerman was drafted in the United States Army and during his career would obtain First Lieutenant rank. In 1944, while stationed at Camp Wheeler in Georgia he married Lieutenant Mary Louise Quinlan of Cincinnati, Ohio. While fighting in the Battle of Okinawa, Timerman died on April 23, 1945.

SUNY Potsdam’s Timerman Hall is dedicated to his memory.

Scope and Content

The collection contains materials documenting the life the C. Donald Timerman and his family. Included are records related to Donald Timerman’s schooling, teaching, and scientific research. Additionally there is a scrapbook created by Donald’s sister Agnes T. White, which documents Donald’s life, and contains photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other materials that give insights in Donald’s life growing up, his schooling, his time in military service, and honors he received posthumously. Finally, there are materials related to the naming of SUNY Potsdam’s Timerman Hall.

Container Listing

Box Folder Description Dates
1 1 School Records, 1925-1932, 1941
  2 High School Class Photograph, 1932
  3 Teaching Career, 1933-1936
  4 Potsdam Normal School and Cornell University Writings, 1938-1940, undated
  5 Research Notes, 1940, undated
  6 Cornell Commencement Invitation, 1941
  7 Newspaper Articles, 1941, 1945
  8 Timerman Hall Dedication, 1964-1969
  9 Timerman Hall Miscellaneous, 1974
  10 Scrapbook, 1915-1955


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