For 69 years, F.G. Marcham was a Mr. Chips who taught English history at Cornell University and served as a university trustee, boxing couch, author, village mayor, advisor and friend to generations of students, alumni, and townspeople.

His story is shown in video, audio, photographs, and his frank written views on teaching, the workings of Cornell, athletics, nature, life, and faith.

Included are:

  • Seven books (totaling 718 pages):
    • On Teaching
    • Cornell Notes: 1898 to WWII
    • Cornell Notes: WWII to 1968
    • Britons and Cornellians
    • Cornell: Athletics, Wartime, and Summing Up
    • Beliefs: Essays and Nine Rules to Live By
    • Photographs
  • Two videos (totaling one hour and nine minutes):
    • Walter LaFeber, a history department colleague of Fred Marcham, interviewed by John Marcham, discusses the Legacy of Fred Marcham at Cornell
    • One of the last classes taught by Prof. Marcham, in which he discusses his 'Rules to Live By', that are discussed more fully in his memoirs on Beliefs.
  • Two audio tracks (totaling one hour and 38 minutes)
    • Prof. Marcham talking about Job at Sage Chapel
    • The Memorial Service held in Prof. Marcham's honor (with speakers: President Frank H.T. Rhodes, Judge John Conable, Prof. Walter LaFeber and John Marcham)
  • Two obituaries (in PDF and video files)
    • University Faculty Memorial Statement
    • The Cornell Chronicle

Available as a DVD from Internet-First University Press

Recent Submissions

  • Memorial Service for Frederick G. Marcham (audio) 

    Johnson, Rev. Robert L.; Rhodes, Frank H.T.; Conable, John S.; LaFeber, Walter F.; Marcham, John; Lewis, Rev. Jack (Internet-First University Press, 2006)
    A memorial service for Prof. Marcham at Sage Chapel, Cornell, Jan. 24, 1993. Length: 1:13:51
  • A Talk on Job at Sage Chapel (audio) 

    Marcham, Frederick G. (Internet-First University Press, 2006)
    Prof. Marcham reads from and comments on the Book of Job, March 29, 1992, in the Cornell University chapel. Length: 14:27,
  • A Last Class (Taught by Frederick Marcham) 

    Marcham, Frederick G. (Internet-First University Press, 2006)
    Prof. Marcham discusses his life and his Rules to Live By with the 1991 last meeting of a Cornell University course. Length 28:44.
  • The Legacy of Frederick G. Marcham 

    LaFeber, Walter F.; Marcham, John (Internet-First University Press, 2006)
    The life and career of Prof. Frederick G. Marcham (1898-1992) who taught English history at Cornell University for 69 years. Length 41:44.
  • The Photographs of Frederick G. Marcham 

    Marcham, John (DeWitt Historical Society of Tompkins County, Ithaca, NY, 2000)
    Frederick George Marcham is remembered in Ithaca, New York, as a professor, teacher, and public official, hardly at all as a photographer. Some colleagues at Cornell University knew he collected prints and that in 1970 he ...
  • Beliefs: Eight Essays and Nine Rules to Live By 

    Marcham, Frederick G. (2006-08-15)
    This book contains seven numbered essays that F. G. Marcham shared most often with friends and others, and an eighth, unnumbered essay on nature, delivered at Cornell's Adult University. He also prepared a list of nine ...
  • Cornell: Athletics, Wartime, and Summing Up 

    Marcham, Frederick G. (2006-08-15)
    This book contains a number of the writings of F. G. Marcham on aspects of Cornell University: athletics, the campus during wartime, and his view of its operation and a general essay for use in a university book. It deals ...
  • Britons and Cornellians 

    Marcham, Frederick G. (2006-08-15)
    Among many essays written by F. G. Marcham were a number about individuals. One grew out of his publication of a book on the Cornellian bird artist Louis Agassiz Fuertes. Several are memorial tributes to and biographies ...
  • Cornell Notes: World War II to 1968 

    Marcham, Frederick G. (2006-08-15)
    The Cornell Notes in particular are very frank descriptions of the struggles among professors, departments, college deans, and central administrators to govern a university. Why so frank? I asked a close colleague of my ...
  • Cornell Notes: 1898 to World War II 

    Marcham, Frederick G. (2006-08-15)
    The Cornell Notes in particular are very frank descriptions of the struggles among professors, departments, college deans, and central administrators to govern a university. They cover the period of Prof. Marcham's childhood, ...
  • On Teaching 

    Marcham, Frederick G. (2006-08-15)
    On Teaching contains a number of essays and reflections by F. G. Marcham on the roles of teacher and student. The bulk of these are articles were written in the latter part of his seven decades as a teacher at Cornell. ...
  • Frederick George Marcham (1992-1993 Memorial Statements of the University Faculty) 

    Gates, Paul W.; LaFeber, Walter F.; Wolters, Oliver W. (Internet-First University Press, 1992)
    An Obituary of Professor Frederick G. Marcham.
  • Obituary of Prof. Frederick G. Marcham 

    Chronicle, Cornell (Cornell University, 1993-01-21)
    The life and career of Prof. Marcham (1898-1992): teacher, trustee, department chairman at Cornell University, coach, author, photographer, mayor of Cayuga Heights village 32 years.
  • Compressed versions of the Books by and about Prof. Frederick G. Marcham 

    Marcham, Frederick G.; Marcham, John (2006-08-15)
    This is a collection of Compressed files which will expand to on either a PC or a MAC into the complete set of Books concerning Prof. Frederick G. Marcham. Once downloaded and uncompressed on your computer, Adobe Catalog ...

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