William C. Spencer Collection Edit




  • 1968-1974 (Creation)
  • 1969-1974 (Creation)


  • 2.00 Boxes (Whole)
  • 1.00 Boxes (Whole)
  • 1.00 Boxes (Whole)

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  • Abstract

    Collection of materials relating to the life of educator William C. Spencer who served as President of Western College from 1969 to 1974.

  • Arrangement

    Box 15: William C. Spencer, 1969-1974; Folder 1: Spencer, Biography & Announcement of Presidency; Folder 2: William C. Spencer, Inaugural Preparations; Folder 3: William C. Spencer, Inauguration, May 3, 1970; Folder 4: William C. Spencer Photographs; Folder 5: William Spencer, Appearances and Correspondence; Folder 6: William C. Spencer, Western Changes, Freedom With Responsibility, Admitting Men, etc.; Folder 7: William C. Spencer, Newspaper Clippings; Folder 8: William C. Spencer, Financial Information; Folder 9: William C. Spencer, Miscellaneous; Folder 10: William C. Spencer, After Western Closed, 1974: Folder 11: William C. Spencer, Congratulatory Notes: Box 16: William C. Spencer 1969-1974; Folder 1: William C. Spencer, Ohio Colleges and Universities, Congratulatory Notes; Folder 2: Donations from Judy Waldron, WCAA Arranged chronologically within each series.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Materials do not circulate and are made available to users in the Western College Memorial Archives.

  • Method of Acquisition

    Acquired from various sources.

  • Preferred Citation

    Cite as William C. Spencer Collection, Western College Memorial Archives, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

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  • Biographical or Historical Information

    William C. Spencer was born in Pennsylvania in 1920. In 1941, he received his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. He was awarded a Master's Degree in 1941 and a Doctorate Degree in 1946 both from Columbia University. Prior to coming to Western, he was a Special Assistant to the President of Columbia where he coordinated the capital funds campaign seeking to raise 200 million dollars. While at Columbia served as the Associate Dean of Columbia University's Graduate School of Business. From 1961 to 1964 Dr. Spencer served as Assistant Secretary General of the Council on Higher Education in the American Republic of the Institute of International Education (CHEAR). Before named President of Western he had served as a member of the Board of Trustees. President Spencer hoped to help Western by implementing new programs and admitting men. Unfortunately these ideas were not enough to solve the institutions financial woes; thus he met with Miami's President William Shriver in hopes of working together to help Western. This collaboration did not prove helpful and the college closed in 1974 and merged with Miami that same year.

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  • Scope and Contents

    Correspondence, reports and printed materials mainly related to Spencer's service as Western President. Also includes materials pertaining to the merger of Western College with Miami University in 1974.

  • Processing Information

    The collection was processed by the Archivist, Western College Memorial Archives.

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