Preliminary Guide to the Weldon B. "Hoot" Gibson Papers

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Gibson, Weldon B., 1917-
Weldon B. "Hoot" Gibson Papers
Date [inclusive]
2.0 Linear feet 2 boxes.
Location Note
(MASC staff use) MS.2006.19: 2-2-9-3; MS.2007.07: 2-13-25-6.
Materials are in English.

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Weldon B. "Hoot" Gibson (1917-2001) was raised in El Dorado, Texas. He was encouraged to attend Washington State College (today Washington State University) by his uncle, WSU baseball coach Arthur "Buck" Bailey. While at WSC, Gibson played on the university football team, was in the ROTC, as well as a member of the Crimson Circle and Beta Theta Pi. He received his B.A. in Business Administration in 1938 before going on to Stanford University, earning an M.B.A. and Ph.D. in International Economics, in 1940 and 1950 respectively. During World War II, Gibson served in the United States Airforce and attained the rank of Colonel, also becoming the Assistant Director of the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton, Ohio. Gibson was awarded the U.S. Medal of the Legion of Merit in 1946 and the Order of Commander of the British Empire in 1947. After returning to Stanford, he helped establish and expand the Stanford Institute of International Business (today the Stanford Research Institute, or SRI). He also co-founded the Pacific Basin Economic Council and co-founded the International Industrial Development Conference. Dr. Gibson authored several publications on economic geography and international business, as well as the biography Buck Bailey:The Making of a Legend (WSU Press, 1989). Returning to WSU to serve as the founding chairman of the WSU Foundation, he then dedicated himself to fundraising endeavors for WSU and encouraged the advancement of the institution on an international level. The WSU Foundation annually awards the Weldon B. Gibson Distinguished Volunteer Award in honor of Dr. Gibson and his wife Helen Mears Gibson's service to the university.

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Collection Description

This collection contains papers of Dr. Weldon B. "Hoot" Gibson (1917-2001) between 1935 and 2003. The collection primarily consists of materials related to the Washington State University Foundation, the Stanford Research Institute (SRI), and a book authored by Gibson about Arthur "Buck" Bailey. The collection also contains correspondence, photographs, and miscellaneous material.

Preliminary Inventory:


Box 1: Papers and materials, including slides, photographs, film, sheet music for "My Beta Girl," and newspaper clippings, pertaining to trips abroad in connection to the Stanford Research Institute (including national leaders and heads of states), and to the Washington State University Foundation, as well as artwork by Helen Mears Gibson and a copy of "SRI The Founding Years: A Significant Step at the Golden Time" written by Gibson.


Box 1: Research materials for the biography Buck Bailey:The Making of a Legend, including notes, photographs, negatives, newspaper clippings, correspondence, WSC/WSU athletics statistics, as well as papers related to the Gibson family history, WSU Foundation, and SRI.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610


This collection is open and available for research use.

Acquisition Information

Received by Washington State University Libraries from the Washington State University Foundation in 2006 (transfer, MS.2006.19) and the Gibson estate in 2007 (MS.2007.07).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Washington State University -- History -- Sources.


  • College athletes -- Washington (State)
  • College students--Scholarships, fellowships, etc.--Washington (State)--History
  • Washington State Research Foundation.

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