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Wayne State University Presidents Oral Histories

 Collection
Identifier: WSOH002208
Dr. Mason interviewed the following individuals: Henry V. Bohm, Thomas Neville Bonner, Robert E. Hubbard, William Rea Keast, and E. Burrows Smith. Multiple interviews with each were conducted over a period of one or more years, and the resulting transcripts were compiled into five bound volumes of “conversations” with each of the interviewees, covering their Wayne State University tenures and either their time as university president (William Rea Keast, Thomas N. Bonner) or (for the rest) their faculty and administrative service under various university presidents, including Clarence Hilberry, William Rea Keast, George Gullen, Thomas Bonner, and David Adamany, noting the careers and impacts of these leaders on the university and the surrounding community.
Henry V. Bohm held positions as Professor of Physics, Chair of the Physics Department, Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research, and Provost during his tenure from 1959 to 1993. He discusses his career and his service under five university presidents: Clarence Hilberry, William Rea Keast, George Gullen, Thomas N. Bonner and David Adamany.

Thomas Neville Bonner served as WSU President from 1978 to 1982. He provides an account of his administration and his academic career in a series of four interviews.

Robert E. Hubbard relates his university career from 1957 to 1982, during which he served as Director of the Office of Institutional Research, Director of Administrative Data Systems, Director of Instructional Technology, Secretary to the Board of Governors, Assistant to the President for Institutional Relations, and Dean, College of Lifelong Learning. He also discusses his service under four University presidents: Clarence Hilberry, William Rea Keast, George Gullen and Thomas N. Bonner.

William Rea Keast served as WSU President from 1965 to 1971. He provides an account of his administration and academic career in a series of four interviews.

E. Burrows Smith recounts his time on the faculty at Wayne State University from 1950 to 1984, during which he served as Professor of French and Chair of the Romance and Germanic Languages Department, Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Administration, Associate Provost, Associate Dean of Liberal Arts, and Acting Provost and Vice President. He also details his service under four University presidents: Clarence Hilberry, William Rea Keast, George Gullen, and Thomas N. Bonner.

Dates

  • 1997 - 2000

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. RESTRICTIONS: Due to the personal nature of oral history, the Library prohibits use of the material in any way that infringes on individual right to privacy, or results in libelous statements or slander, in accordance with U.S. law.

For the Henry V. Bohm, Thomas Neville Bonner, and Robert E. Hubbard interviews, the additional restriction applies: During the lifetime of the interviewee, permission to publish the transcript or any substantial part thereof must be obtained from the interviewee. Brief quotations may be made with authorization from the Reuther Library.

Extent

.75 Linear Feet ((2 MB).) : Consists of printed transcripts in five separately bound volumes and one duplicate volume.

Abstract

In an attempt to provide a comprehensive picture of the views and accomplishments of past Wayne State University presidents and their administrations, and to supplement the written records already held in the University Archives, Philip P. Mason, Distinguished Professor of History at Wayne State University, conducted a series of interviews between 1997 and 2000 with past Wayne State University presidents and notable faculty members who served with them. Dr. Mason interviewed the following individuals: Henry V. Bohm, Thomas Neville Bonner, Robert E. Hubbard, William Rea Keast, and E. Burrows Smith. Multiple interviews with each were conducted over a period of one or more years, and the resulting transcripts were compiled into five bound volumes of “conversations” with each of the interviewees, covering their Wayne State University tenures and either their time as university president (William Rea Keast, Thomas Bonner) or (for the rest) their faculty and administrative service under various university presidents, including Clarence Hilberry, William Rea Keast, George Gullen, Thomas Bonner, and David Adamany, noting the careers and impacts of these leaders on the university and the surrounding community.

History

In an attempt to provide a comprehensive picture of the views and accomplishments of past Wayne State University presidents and their administrations, and to supplement the written records already held in the University Archives, Philip P. Mason, Distinguished Professor of History at Wayne State University, conducted a series of interviews between 1997 and 2000 with past Wayne State University presidents and notable faculty members who served with them.

Arrangement

Transcripts are arranged alphabetically by interviewee last name.

Custodial History

Previous collection names include "Wayne State University Oral Histories" and "Conversations with [Interviewee Name]."

Acquisition

Donated by Philip P. Mason in October 2007.

Other Copies

One duplicate copy of transcripts exists for the interviews with Thomas Neville Bonner.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet on March 18, 2016.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Wayne State University Presidents Oral Histories
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Rebecca Bizonet.
Date
2016-03-18
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Sponsor
Description made possible by funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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