Guide to the C. M. Clay Buntain (1876-1927) Scrapbook

Collection Title: C. M. Clay Buntain (1876-1927) Scrapbook
Dates: 1894-1902
Identification: 31/6/71
Creator: Buntain, C. M. Clay (Cassius Marcus Clay), 1876-1927
Extent: 1 Volumes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The C. M. Clay Buntain Scrapbook documents Buntain's activities at Northwestern between 1894 and 1902. It includes newspaper clippings (from Chicago newspapers such as the Tribune and Herald as well as from student publications), programs, and announcements, arranged in rough chronological order. A few items from the 1890s were added at the end of the scrapbook.
Acquisition Information: The C. M. Clay Buntain Scrapbook was donated to the Northwestern University Archives by Judy Buntain as Accession Number 01-213 on December 14, 2001.
Processing Information: Janet C. Olson; December 2001
Separated Materials: Two photographs of Law School Dean John Henry Wigmore, dated 1917 and 1918, were separated to the John H. Wigmore Papers, Series 17/20. One postcard of the Northwestern University campus, postmarked 1921 and addressed to Willard Buntain from “Uncle Harry” was added to the Archives Photographic Collection.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Electronic Format: Rachel C. Teuer; July 12, 2004.
Related Materials: See also Alumni Biographical Files, Series 51/5, Box 5.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Cassius Marcus Clay Buntain was born on October 15, 1876 in Momence, Illinois. His parents were Thomas J. Buntain, a banker, and Anna Vankirk Buntain. After graduating from Momence High School in 1894, Buntain attended the Northwestern Academy for two years. He began his studies at Northwestern University in 1895, received his A.B. in 1899, and was granted the degrees of L.L.B. and A.M. from the Northwestern University Law School in 1902.

After serving as an attorney in Chicago from 1902-1905, Buntain moved to Kankakee, Illinois, where he practiced law until his death on August 13, 1927. From 1924 to 1925 Buntain was the President of the Illinois State Bar Association.

While he was at Northwestern University, Buntain participated in debate and oratorical activities, and was a member of various honorary and professional societies, including the Rogers Debating Club, Deru, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Delta Phi, and the Order of the Coif.

Buntain married Alice Bellinger of Momence in 1899. Their son, Willard James Buntain (1906-1970), attended Northwestern (Liberal Arts/Law 1929), as did Willard's wife, Evelyn Gibbs (Liberal Arts 1928). Willard Buntain served as Northwestern's Housing Director for 28 years.

Scope and Content

The C. M. Clay Buntain Scrapbook documents Buntain's activities at Northwestern between 1894 and 1902. It includes newspaper clippings (from Chicago newspapers such as the Tribune and Herald as well as from student publications), programs, and announcements, arranged in rough chronological order. A few items from the 1890s were added at the end of the scrapbook.

Clippings record both Buntain's achievements as an orator and his appreciation of fraternity pranks. Some clippings document general Northwestern University events (presidential inaugurations, obituaries of professors, building dedications, and the visit of Theodore Roosevelt to the Evanston Campus in 1902). Programs and announcements include events in which Buntain was involved, such as his participation in the annual “Trig” ceremony (where books were ritually burned under the “Trigonometree” to the accompaniment of songs, orations, and plays) and in declamation contests, as well as events he may have attended without being a participant.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)--Students--Registers

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). School of Law--Students

Personal Name

Buntain, C. M. Clay (Cassius Marcus Clay), 1876-1927

Subjects

College students--Illinois--Evanston--Social life and customs

Scrapbooks--Specimens


Container List / Contents

  • Scrapbook, 1894-1902Box 1, Volume 1