Charles Ray Wilson, bulk: 1964 - 1965, 1961 - 1970
Scope and Contents
Correspondence, reports, memos, and printed material related to Wilson’s tenure as Miami University Provost from 1961 to 1970 and Miami President Pro Tem from 1964 to 1965.
- Majority of material found within 1964 - 1965
- 1961 - 1970
- Wilson, Charles Ray (Family)
- Miami University (Oxford, Ohio). Libraries. Archives (Organization)
- Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) President (Organization)
- Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), Office of the Provost (Organization)
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Materials do not circulate and are made available to users in the Miami University Archives.
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Materials do circulate and may only be used in the archives.
Biographical / Historical
Term 1964-65 [pro tem]
A Cincinnati native, Charles Ray Wilson was born in 1905, graduated from Miami in 1926, earned a master's degree at the University of Cincinnati in 1929, and received his doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1934. His teaching activity was varied and broad, including Mariemont in the Cincinnati public schools and the University of Chicago laboratory school. His college career started with two years teaching history at the University of Cincinnati, followed by one year at Miami in 1934, and continuing at Colgate in 1935. He married Elizabeth C. Cook on August 24, 1934, and they susequently had two sons: James and Douglas. With interruptions to teach at the U.S. Army university at Biarritz, France, and at Army installations in Germany, he remained at Colgate until 1961. His experiences there prepared him well for serving as Miami's chief academic officer. He was director of the annual foreign policy conference; chair of the history department; director of the division of social sciences; author of two books in American history; director of the V-12 history program in World War II; faculty representative to the committeeon the post-war college, the educational policy committee, the development council, the athletic governing board, and the concert lecture series; faculty advisor to his own fraternity, Phi Delta Theta; president of the Colgate chapter of the American Association of University Professors, candidate for Congress; and a delegate to the Democratic National Committee. He also was a member of the American and Southern Historical Associations, the Organization of American Historians, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Delta Chi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Kappa Delta Pi, Pi Delta Epsilon, and Phi Sigma. His academic specialties at Colgate and Miami were Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War and American foreign policy. In recognition of his services as the permanent president of the class of 1926, his contributions as chairman of the alumni committee for Miami's _949 long-range program study, and his significant academic career, Ray was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Miami in 1950. His continuing interest in alumni affairs was further recognized after his return to Miami by the A.K. Morris Award in 1964. An honorary degreee from Bowling Greeen State University in 1967 further reecognized his accomplishments as a leader in higher education. In 1961, President John D. Millett brought Wilson back to Miami as Provost. Soon thereafter, he played a significant role, indicative of his planning and foresight, in establishing an early systems analysis program at Miami in cooperation with I.B.M. The School of Applied Science, with its technically-oriented programs, was nurtured by Wilson. He was equally, and singularly, responsible for the establishment of a major in international studies, which today has one of the heaviest concentrations of enrolled students. His professional experiences, as well as his personal interests and beliefs, contributed to the establishment of Miami's European Center in Luxembourg. Relationships with universities in Japan and Brazil were established at his insistence. Dr.Wilson served as Acting President of Miami University when Dr. Millett became the first chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents in 1964. With the arrival of Dr. Phillip R. Shriver in 1965, Dr. Wilson added Vice President for Academic Affairs to his title. He served in this role until his retirement in 1970. He died in 1986. [From "A Memorial to Charles Ray Wilson," by Robert Etheridge, Karl Limper, Kenneth McDiffett, Bill Moeckel, Raymond Moloney, and Charles Teckman].
A Cincinnati native, Charles Ray Wilson was born in 1905, graduated from Miami in 1926, earned a master's degree at the University of Cincinnati in 1929, and received his doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1934. His career in academia started with a history teaching position at the University of Cincinnati from 1932 to 1933, followed by one year at Miami University, and a move to Colgate University in 1935. He married Elizabeth C. Cook on August 24, 1934, Wilson remained at Colgate until 1961, with interruptions to teach at the U.S. Army University at Biarritz, France, and at Army installations in Germany. In 1961, President John Millett brought Wilson back to Miami a as Provost. Wilson served as Acting President of Miami University when Millett became the first chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents in 1964. With the selection of Phillip Shriver as Miami President in 1965, Provost Wilson added Vice President for Academic Affairs to his title. He played a significant role in establishing an early systems analysis program at Miami in cooperation with I.B.M. The School of Applied Science, with its technically oriented programs, was nurtured by Wilson. He was also responsible for the establishment of a major in international studies. Wilson served as Vice President and Provost until his retirement in 1970. He died in 1986.
Language of Materials
Collection of materials documenting Charles Ray Wilson’s service as Miami University Provost and President Pro Tem from 1961 to 1970.
President; Charles Ray Wilson (acting); Office Files, A-Foreign Students' Advisor; 1964-65; Box 3 [13A-G-3A] Files: 1. Admission Inquiries 2. Admissions Office 3. AFROTC 4. Alumni Association 5. American Association of University Professors 6. School of Applied Science 7. College of Arts and Science 8. Assistant to the President 9. Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges 10. Audio Visual Service 11. Bishop Medals 12. Board of Trustees 13. Academic Affairs Committee 14. Building and Grounds Commitee 15. Finance and Business Management Committee 16. Student and Alumni Affairs Committee 17. Bowling Green State University 18. Broadcasting Service 19. Budget 20. Bureau of Educational and Field Service 21. School of Business Administration 22. Calendar Revision 23. Central State College 24. Charter Day 25. Cole, Foster J. 26. Commencement 27. Committees 28. Committee on Faculty Research 29. Communism 30. Cooperative Teacher Intern Study 31. Council of Deans 32. Council on Student Affairs 33. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare 34. School of Education 35. Faculty and Staff Appointments 36. Faculty Council 37. School of Fine Arts 38. Football 39. Ford Foundation 40. Foreign Students' Advisor
President; Charles Ray Wilson (acting); Office Files, General-Ohio Board of Regents; 1964-65; Box 4 [13A-G-3B] Files: 1. General A-C 2. General D-G 3. General H-L 4. General M-O 5. General P-S 6. General T-Z 7. Graduate School 8. Greek Affairs 9. Guest Houses 10. Hamilton Campus 11. Hamilton Lecture 12. Hospital 13. Inauguration Invitations 14. Instructional Research Serice 15. Intercollegiate Athletics 16. International Educational Exchange 17. Inter-University Council 18. Kent State University 19. Charles F. Kettering Foundation 20. Library 21. Maintenance and Grounds 22. Programs 23. McGuffey School 24. Dean of Men 25. Miami University Abroad 26. Miami University Foundation 27. Mid-American Conference 28. Midwest Program on Airborne Television Instruction 29. National Commission on Accrediting 30. National Science Foundation 31. North Central Association 32. NROTC 33. Ohioans for Jobs and Progress 34. Ohio College Association 35. Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges 36. Director of Public Works 37. Governor of Ohio 38. Miscellaneous Departments 39. Ohio Board of Regents
President; Charles Ray Wilson (acting); Office Files, Ohio Legislature-Wright State Campus; 1964-65; Box 5 [13A-G-3C] Files: 1. Ohio Legislature 2. Ohio State University 3. Ohio University 4. Opening of School 5. Oxford 6. Personnel 7. President's Newsletter 8. Provost 9. Publications 10. Public Information Office 11. Public Relations Council 12. Pulp and Paper Foundation 13. Purchasing 14. Registrar's Office 15. Residence Halls 16. Rockefeller Foundation 17. Scripps Foundation 18. Security 19. Social Security 20. Student Aid 21. Student Correspondence 22. Student Counseling Service 23. Student Leadership Recognition Dinner 24. Student Organization 25. Student Publication 26. Dean of Students 27. Talawanda School District 28. Treasurer 29. Trustees' Luncheon 30. University Center 31. University Senate 32. Dean of Women 33. Wright State Campus
Miami University Archives, King Library, 3rd Floor, Walter Havighurst Special Collections, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
Other Descriptive Information
The collection was processed by Bob Schmidt, Archivist, Miami University Archives.
Part of the Miami University and Western College Memorial Archives Repository