Office of the President: Wilson Compton, Records 1944-1952
Archives 160

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Title
Office of the President: Wilson Compton, Records
ID
Archives 160
Date [inclusive]
1944-1952
General Physical Description note
8 linear feet  16 containers
Abstract
Includes speeches, publicity materials, scrapbooks and correspondence from the Office of the University President, as well as records from the E. O. Holland administration.

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Historical Background:

The basic description of the President's Office is found in the University Faculty Manual. This information can be found in the guide to University Archives 159, President's Office -- Holland administration. Wilson Compton was President of Washington State College from 1944 to 1951. His administration was characterized by a highly dynamic and activist form of management, and ended in a resignation that was generally regarded as a dismisal or firing by the Board of Regents.

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Scope and Contents note

Records that comprise Archives 160 constitute only part of the President's Office Records from the Compton years. Records for the period starting in 1948 are located with Archives 12. The break occurs largely because in that year the records began to be treated as the files of an office and less as the personal papers of the President, a matter than had not always been clearly defined in earlier times. Archives 160 consists of two series. The first is Speeches and Publicity Material -- including scrapbooks -- associated with Wilson Compton. The second series is President's Office Correspondence.

Upon leaving his position at Washington State College, President Compton removed from the office files those documents in the folder entitled "E.O. Holland, 1944-1950" (Folder 191). These he retained in his personal possession until his death. Later these were transferred to the College of Wooster Library with another sequence of his personal materials. In 1996, the Wooster Archivist transferred the documents to Washington State University Libraries.

President Compton apparently retained these papers because they were potentially embarrassing to Holland, documenting as they do Holland's political and personal efforts in opposition to decisions taken at Washington State College, and to his "butting-in" from his position in retirement. lrs 12/98

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

The Collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Records of the Washington State President's Office during the first years of the Wilson Compton presidency were transferred to the University Libraries at some time before 1970. Certain of Compton's personal papers were added to the records at that time. The records were refoldered and a new inventory was prepared in February and March of 1988. In 1998, one folder of additional correspondence was added.

Processing Information note

Reprocessing was by Colleen Cavanagh and Jose Vargas.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • State College of Washington. Presidents (Wilson M. Compton).
  • Washington State University--Presidents (Wilson M. Compton : 1944-1951))--Archives
  • Washington State University. Office of the President (Wilson Compton : 1944-1951)--Archives
  • Washington State University. Office of the President (Wilson Compton : 1944-1951)--Records and correspondence

Personal Name(s)

  • Compton, Wilson Martindale, 1890-1967--Archives

Subject(s)

  • College presidents--Washington (State)--Pullman
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Government and Politics
  • Scrapbooks
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

 1 Speeches and Publicity Materials 

Box Folder

"United States Mission to the United Nations." Address before the American Standards Association October 14, 1949 

1 1

"An Adventure of the Mind." Address to Dr. Compton's first freshman class September 17, 1945 

1 2

"Strenghen Us for Noble Duty." Address to members of the freshman class September 29, 1946 

1 3

Speeches made by Dr. Compton to various clubs and organizations and organizations. 1944-1947 

1 4

Speeches made by Dr. Compton various clubs and organizations. 1948-1949 

1 5

Speeches made by Dr. Compton to various clubs and organizations 1950-1951 

1 6

Articles and speeches by Dr. Compton 1944-1953 

1 7

"An Adventure and a Challenge," Sept. 1950 

"Looking Ahead from Behind," Dec. 12, 1944 

"Great Pilots Are Not Made in Smooth Waters," Mar. 1948 

"College Gives You a Chance to Win an Education," Sept. 11, 1949 

"Engineering in an Era of Big Science and Big Government," Sept. 9, 1948 

"Keep Washington Green and Build for a Future," 1945. 

"Our Feet on the Ground," June, 1951 

Department of State Press Releases 

1 7

International Information Administration. January 17, 1952. #43. 

Address Before the Washington Area Clergymen. May 12, 1952. #379. 

"The Voice of America at the Water's Edge." May 21, 1952. #404. 

(Untitled) Sept. 13, 1952. #730. 

Address before the Congressional Club. January 30, 1953. #57. 

"Waging the Campaign of Truth," July-August, 1952 

Articles Concerning Dr. Wilson Compton. Includes a certificate from the Olympia Chamber of Commerce honoring Dr. Compton. April 18, 1945 

2 8

Improvements and accomplishments attained at the State College of Washington 1945-1951 

2 9

Scrapbooks of newspaper clippings 1944-1945 

2 10

Scrapbook of newspaper clippings 1945 

2 11

The Inauguration of President Wilson Martindale Compton. Includes order of events, Program outline and Inauguration booklet 1946 

3 12

Newspaper clippings concerning the regime and resignation of President Wilson M. Compton at the State College of Washington 1944-51. (Gift of C. M. Brewster, Oct., 1955.) 

3 13

Material concerning the resignation of Wilson Compton as President of the State College of Washington. Statements by and about the Board of Regents and President Compton. News release items. 1951-52. Also contains program and speechess at inauguration of President Compton, 1945; Quarter Century Biography of Wilson Compton by Old Timer's Club. Newspaper clipping with pictures. 

3 14

Photographs (2 copies) of Wooster Clan taken at Princeton, May 9, 1964, with identification. Address of Dr. Howard Lowry at memorial service of Wilson Compton, Jr., at College of Wooster, July 16, 1964. Wooster Alumni Bulletin of October 1964, containing notice of death of Wilson M. Compton, Jr. Photographs of wedding of Compton's daughter at Pullman ca. 1951 

3 15

The Inauguration of W. M. Compton as President of the College. Vols. I \II. 

4 16

The Inauguration of W. M. Compton as President of the College. Vol. III. 

5 17

Scrapbook containing clippings re: resignation of Wilson Compton from the Presidency of Washington State College. 

6 18

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 2 President's Office Correspondence 

Box Folder

Correspondence for 1945, A-B. Agricultural Economy. Mrs. Gordon Alcorn. 

7 19

Advisory Board of Agricultural Sciences. Advisory Board for Technology. 

7 20

Advisory Board on Technology 1945 

7 21

Advisory Commission to the State of Washington Department of Conservation and Development 1945 

7 22

Agricultural Chemistry, Division of 1945 

7 23

Agricultural Engineering, Department of 1945 

7 24

Agricultural Experiment Station 1945 

7 25

Agricultural Experiment Station -- Tree Fruit 1945 

7 26

Agricultural Experiment Station -- Western Washington 1945 

7 27

Agricultural Extension Service 1945 

7 28

Agricultural Sciences, Institute of 1945 

7 29

Agriculture, College of 1945 

7 30

Alumni Association, W. S. C. 1945 

7 31

Animal Husbandry, Department of 1945 

7 32

vacant 

7 33

Agricultural Engineering, Department of, and College of Architecture 1945 

7 34

Associated Students 1945 

7 35

B -- Miscellaneous Correspondence 1945 

7 36

Buildings and Grounds 1945 

7 37

Business Administration, School of 1945 

7 38

C -- Miscellaneous Correspondence 1945 

8 39

Certificates of Merit 1945 

8 40

Commencement 1945 

8 41

Compton, Wilson (Dr.) -- Speeches, Articles, etc. 1945 

8 42

Athletic Council -- Earl Foster, Secretary 1945 

8 43

Campus Beautification Committee 1945 

8 44

Committee on Committees 1945 

8 45

Committee on Courses for Veterans 1945 

8 46

Committee on Curriculum (Special) 1945 

8 47

Committee on Curriculum and Catalogue -- Paul Landis, Chairman 1945 

8 48

Committee, Faculty Executive 1945 

8 49

Committees, Faculty 1945 

8 50

Committee on Foreign Scholarships 1945 

8 51

Committee, Housing -- Stanley A. Smith, Chairman 1945 

8 52

Committee, Inaugural 1945 

8 53

Inauguration 1945 

8 54

Committee on Insurance and Annuities 1945 

8 55

Committee, Appraisal, No. 1, 2, 3 1945 

8 56

Committee, Scholarship Standards 1945 

8 57

Committee, Student Activities 1945 

8 58

Committee for Review of College Program, President's 1945 

8 59

Committee, Veterinary Medicine 1945 

8 60

Conditions of Employment 1945 

8 61

D -- Miscellaneous Correspondence 1945 

8 62

Deans and Heads of Departments 1945 

8 63

E -- 1945 

8 64

Education, School of 1945 

8 65

F -- Forest Products, Forest and Range Management. 

9 66

Faculty 1945 

9 67

Farm Management and Agricultural Economy, Department of 1945 

9 68

Fine Arts, Department of 1945 

9 69

Foreign Student Scholarships 1945 

9 70

G -- Miscellaneous Correspondence 1945 

9 71

General College Extension 1945 

9 72

Graduate School 1945 

9 73

H -- Miscellaneous Correspondence 1945 

9 74

History and Political Science, Department of 1945 

9 75

Home Economics, College of 1945 

9 76

Horticulture, Department of 1945 

9 77

Hospital Advisory Board 1945 

9 78

I -- Miscellaneous Correspondence 1945 

9 79

Industrial Research 1945 

9 80

Institute of International Education 1945 

9 81

J -- Miscellaneous Correspondence 1945 

9 82

Labor 1945 

9 83

Land Purchases 1945 

9 84

Library 1945 

9 85

Mechanic Arts and Engineering, College of 1945 

9 86

Military Science and Tactics 1945 

9 87

Mines and Geology, School of 1945 

9 88

M -- Miscellaneous Correspondence 1945 

9 89

N -- Miscellaneous Correspondence 1945 

9 90

P -- Miscellaneous Correspondence 1945 

9 91

Placement Bureau 1945 

9 92

Police Science and Administration 1945 

9 93

President's Office 1945 

9 94

W. S. C. -- Organization Notes 1945 

9 95

Publications, Director of 1945 

9 96

vacant 

9 97

Q -- 1945 

9 98

R -- 1945 

9 99

Radio -- KWSC 1945 

9 100

Registrar 1945 

9 101

Board of Regents 1945 

9 102

S -- 1945 

10 103

Scholarships 1945 

10 104

Sciences and Arts, College of 1945 

10 105

State Department, (Washington State) 1945 

10 106

State (Washington State) -- Legislative Material 1945 

10 107

Student Book Store 1945 

10 108

Technology, Institute of 1945 

10 109

U -- V 1945 

10 110

U. S. Department of the Interior, Bonneville Power Administration 1945 

10 111

U. S. Veterans Administration 1945 

10 112

U. S. War Department 1945 

10 113

University of Washington -- Dr. Lee Paul Sieg, President 1945 

10 114

Veterinary Medicine, College of 1945 

10 115

W -- 1945 

10 116

Washington State Horticultural Association 1945 

10 117

Correspondence 1946 

11 118

Accreditation Study 1946 

11 119

Associated Students 1946 

11 120

Buildings and Grounds, Department of 1946 

11 121

Budget -- Business Administration 1946 

11 122

C -- 1946 

11 123

Committees 1946 

11 124

Faculty Executive Committee 1946 

11 125

Committee on Space Priorities 1946 

11 126

Compton, Helen and Wilson 1946 

11 127

D -- 1946 

12 128

E -- 1946 

12 129

F -- 1946 

12 130

Financial Information 1946 

12 131

Fort George Wright 1946 

12 132

Fraternities and Sororities 1946 

12 133

G -- 1946 

12 134

General College Extension 1946 

12 135

H -- 1946 

12 136

Housing 1946 

12 137

Intercollegiate Athletics 1946 

12 138

KWSC radio 1946 

12 139

L -- 1946 

12 140

M -- 1946 

12 141

N -- 1946 

13 142

Orton Art Collection 1946 

13 143

P -- 1946 

13 144

President's Office Reorganization 1946 

13 145

Q -- 1946 

13 146

R -- 1946 

13 147

Regents 1946 

13 148

S -- 1946 

13 149

Social Work, School of 1946 

13 150

State of Washington 1946 

13 151

T -- 1946 

13 152

U -- V 1946 

13 153

United States Senators and Representatuves 1946 

13 154

W -- 1946 

13 155

X -- Y -- Z 1946 

13 156

A -- 1947 

14 157

B -- 1947 

14 158

C -- 1947 

14 159

Committee on Educational Policies 1947 

14 160

Committee on Commencement 1947 

14 161

Committees -- Miscellaneous 1947 

14 162

Committee on Ten-year Plan for W. S. C. 1947 

14 163

Deans, Directors and Department Heads 1947 

14 164

E -- 1947 

14 165

F -- 1947 

14 166

Financial Expenditures, Budgets and Legislative Requests 1947 

14 167

G -- 1947 

14 168

H -- 1947 

15 169

Hospital 1947 

15 170

I -- 1947 

15 171

J -- 1947 

15 172

KWSC radio 1947 

15 173

L -- 1947 

15 174

Land Purchases 1947 

15 175

M -- 1947 

15 176

News Bureau 1947 

15 177

Orton, Virginia and Charles 1947 

15 178

P -- 1947 

15 179

P -- (continued) 1947 

15 180a

Publications 1947 

15 180b

Questionnaries 1947 

16 181

Registrar, Research, Retirement 1947 

16 182

Regents, Board of 1947 

16 183

S -- 1947 

16 184

S -- (continued) 1947 

16 185

State, Washington -- Legislative Material 1947 

16 186

T -- 1947 

16 187

U -- 1947 

16 188

V -- 1947 

16 189

X - Y - Z 1947 

16 190

The Drucker Collection of Oriental Art. 

16 190a

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 3 Recovered strays, relative to E.O. Holland. (Added 1998) 

Box Folder

E.O. Holland 1944-1950 

16 191

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