Born into the staunch Christian family of John Wesley and Ellen Bradford Pittman of Eupora, Mississippi, Marvin Summers Pittman was reared and attended public school in a rural community in central Mississippi. From this background, which later served to stimulate his interest and dedication in the field of education in the rural community, Pittman went on to receive his A.B. degree from Millsaps College in 1905, M.A. degree from the University of Oregon in 1917 and Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1921. He served as a teacher in the public schools of Louisiana State Normal School. From there, he accepted a position as instructor of education and director of rural education at Oregon Normal College in Eugene, Oregon. Following his work at Columbia, he moved to Eastern Michigan University at Ypsilanti, Michigan where he continued his work in education with special emphasis on the rural community and rural schools. Bringing an enthusiastic and scholarly academic background, Dr. Pittman became the president of South Georgia Teachers College, now Georgia Southern University, on July 1, 1934 replacing Guy H. Wells. As a recognized scholar and educator of international renown, Dr. Pittman was highly respected and loved by the Statesboro community. His death on February 27, 1954 left a community that grieved his passing. The Pittman Park United Methodist Church, Marvin Pittman Administration Building and other sites and organizations in Statesboro bear his name and honor his memory. This collection highlights Dr. Pittman’s influence and developments, campus and community involvement and the 1941 University System Crisis.