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Overview: Joseph Sol Marcus arrived at UMass in 1948 as an Instructor in Civil Engineering and graduate student (MS 1954), and remained for the rest of his career. Born in 1921, and educated at Worcester Polytech (BS 1944), he joined the rapidly growing engineering program at UMass. Although a chemical engineer, he took responsibility for the fluid mechanics laboratory and taught in civil and mechanical engineering, and after gaining experience through courses from the Atomic Energy Commission and a year spent at Oak Ridge National Laboratories, he introduced nuclear engineering into the curriculum. As he rose through the academic ranks, Marcus became a key figure in university administration, serving as Associate Dean of Engineering, as preceptor for Emily Dickinson House on Orchard Hill, and Special Assistant to the Chancellor for long-range planning, while serving on committees for military affairs, Engineering hopnors, transfers and admissions, discipline, and Continuing Education. Marcus died of cancer on Nov. 1, 1985. Marcus Hall was named in his honor.

The Marcus Papers document an extensive involvement in campus affairs at UMass Amherst, with an emphasis on the period 1965-1975. A small quantity of material relating to his profession activities and academic appointments is joined by well organized files relating to his participation in committees of Engineering honors, Military Affairs (1967-1968), the Orchard Hill residential college and Emily Dickinson House (1964-1969), ROTC and AFROTC curricula, transfers and admissions, the library, Upward Bound, Discipline (1964-1971), and Continuing Education (1970-1977).

Joseph S. Marcus Papers

1948-1977
2 boxes (3 linear foot)
Call no.: FS 081
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Background on Joseph Marcus

Joseph S. Marcus

Joseph S. Marcus

Joseph Sol Marcus arrived at UMass in 1948 as an Instructor in Civil Engineering and graduate student (MS 1954), just as the University was beginning a large scale expansion and reorganization of its engineering programs. Born in Oct. 29, 1921, Marcus received his undergraduate education in chemical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic College (BS 1944) before serving a three year tour in the Navy at the tail end of the Second World War.

While studying for his masters degree in civil engineering, Marcus assumed responsibility for the fluid mechanics laboratory and taught courses in both civil and mechanical engineering, foreshadowing some of the versatility he would demonstrate throughout his career. Climbing up the academic ranks over the next fifteen years, Marcus took a series of courses offered by the Atomic Energy Commission and spent a year's leave in 1962 working as a Research Engineer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratories. With this preparation, and with his research turned toward nuclear engineering, Marcus introduced nuclear engineering into the UMass curriculum and he became the principle investigator on three major grants from the AEC and co-director of AEC-NECEP workshops on nuclear power.

Rising to become Assistant (later Associate) Dean of the School of Engineering in 1964, Marcus became an active presence in university administration, serving as preceptor for Emily Dickinson House on Orchard Hill, becoming a staunch proponent of residential college concept; Chair of the Faculty Senate; and Special Assistant to the Chancellor for long-range planning. He was also a key member of the committees for military affairs, engineering honors, transfers and admissions, discipline, and Continuing Education, among others. Always engaged with students and interested in raising the position of future engineers, he was deeply involved in educational initiatives in the Commonwealth, helping to direct two National Science Foundation Institutes for high school science teachers (1968, 1969) and serving on the accrediting boards of the New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (1969-1971).

In recognition of his commitment to students, Marcus was recognized with the Metawampe Award and Distinguished Teaching Award in the 1960s, and in 1984, he received the Chancellor's Medal for "exemplary and extraordinary service." Marcus died of cancer on Nov. 1, 1985, shortly after his retirement. Marcus Hall was named in his honor.

Contents of Collection

The Marcus Papers document extensive involvement in campus affairs at UMass Amherst, with an emphasis on the period 1965-1975. A small quantity of material relating to Marcus's profession activities and academic appointments is accompanied by well organized files relating to his participation in University committees, ranging from Engineering honors, ROTC and AFROTC curricula, Military Affairs (1967-1968), the Orchard Hill residential college and Emily Dickinson House (1964-1969), transfers and admissions, the library, Upward Bound, Discipline (1964-1971), and Continuing Education (1970-1977).

Collection inventory
Admissions and Record Board
1970
Box 1: 1
Air Force ROTC curriculum
1967-1968
Box 1: 2
Army ROTC curriculum
1967-1968
Box 1: 3
Board of Higher Education. Planning Committee of Faculty and Curriculum
1970
Box 1: 4
Board of Higher Education. Planning Committee of Faculty and Curriculum
1971
Box 1: 5
Communication Skills Committee
1972-1973
Box 1: 6
Community Outreach and Course-Related Field Work Ad Hoc Committee
1972
Box 1: 7
Continuing Education Committee: Annual Report
1972-1973
Box 1: 8
Continuing Education Committee
1972-1973
Box 1: 9
Continuing Education Committee
1972-1973
Box 1: 10
Continuing Education Committee
1973
Box 1: 11
Continuing Education Committee
1974-1975
Box 1: 12
Core Requirements Sub-Committee
1973-1974
Box 1: 13
Emily Dickinson House
1965-1965
Box 1: 14
Emily Dickinson House
1965-1965
Box 1: 15
Emily Dickinson House
1965-1966
Box 1: 16
Emily Dickinson House
1965-1966
Box 1: 17
Emily Dickinson House
1966-1967
Box 1: 18
Emily Dickinson House
1966-1967
Box 1: 19
Emily Dickinson House
1968-1969
Box 1: 20
Discipline Board
1964-1965
Box 1: 21
Discipline Board
1966-1967
Box 1: 22
Discipline Board
1967-1968
Box 1: 23
Discipline Board
1968-1969
Box 1: 24
Discipline Board
1969-1971
Box 1: 25
Honors Colloquia
1965-1968
Box 1: 26
Honors Colloquia
1966-1967
Box 1: 27
Honors Council
1961-1962
Box 2: 1
Honors Council
1963-1965
Box 2: 2
Honors Council
1967-1969
Box 2: 3
Joint Ad Hoc Study Committee
1966-1967
Box 2: 4
Library Master Plan Committee
1965
Box 2: 5
Marcus, Joseph S. Appointments, promotions, etc.
1948-1958
Box 2: 6
Military Affairs Sub-Committee
1967-1968
Box 2: 7
Military Affairs Sub-Committee
1967-1968
Box 2: 8
Orchard Hill calendars
1968
Box 2: 9
Orchard Hill Residential College
1970
Box 2: 10
Reactor analysis (notes)
1962-1963
Box 2: 11
ROTC
1966-1967
Box 2: 12
Search Committee: Director of Freshman Admissions
1977
Box 2: 13
Search Committee: Director of Placement Services
1978
Box 2: 14
Search Committee: Director of Rhetoric
1975
Box 2: 15
Search Committee: Director of Transfer Affairs
1975
Box 2: 16
Search Committee: Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance
1976-1977
Box 2: 17
Transfer Affairs Committee
1972
Box 2: 18
Transfer Affairs Compact
1971-1973
Box 2: 19
Undergraduate Library Services Subcommittee
1965-1966
Box 2: 20
UMass and Continuing Education
1966
Box 2: 21
UMass Boston Faculty Policies Committee
1964-1965
Box 2: 22
Upward Bound Academic Advisory Committee
1968-1969
Box 2: 23
WFCR: Fred and Diana Calland Case
1970
Box 2: 24

Administrative information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Language:

English

Provenance

Gift of Joseph S. Marcus.

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Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, Feb. 2013.

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Cite as: Joseph S. Marcus Papers (FS 081). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

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  • Continuing education.
  • Residential colleges--Massachusetts.

Names

  • Emily Dickinson House (University of Massachusetts Amherst).
  • Marcus, Joseph S.
  • United States. Army. Reserve Officers' Training Corps.
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst. Department of Civil Engineering.
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst--Faculty.
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst--Students.