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Phillip Raymond Shriver, bulk: 1965 - 1981


Scope and Contents

Records, correspondence, reports, manuscripts, printed materials, and memorabilia related to the life and career of Miami University President Phillip Raymond Shriver.


  • Majority of material found within 1965 - 1981


Conditions Governing Access

Materials do not circulate and are made available to users in the Miami University Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials do circulate and may only be used in the archives.

Biographical / Historical

Birth Death 1922-2011

Term 1965-81

Born, Cleveland, Ohio, Aug. 16, 1922; Son of Raymond Scott and Corinna Ruth (Smith) Shriver; Married, Martha Damaris Nye, April 15, 1944; Children--Carolyn (Mrs. Richard Helwig), Susan (Mrs. Lester Lavine), Melinda (Mrs David Williams), Darcy, Raymond Scott II; B.A., Yale U., 1943; M.A., Harvard U., 1946; Ph.D., Columbia U, 1954; Litt.D., U. Cin., 1966; LL.D. Heidelberg Coll, 1966, Eastern Mich., 1972, Ohio State U., 1973; D.H.,, McKendree Coll., 1973; D.P.S. Albion Coll., 1974; L.H.D., Central State U,, 1976, No. Ky. State U., 1980, Miami U., 1984, U. Akron, 1988. Mem faculty, Kent (Ohio) State U., 1947-65, prof. Am. history, 1960-65; dean Coll. Arts and Scis., 1963-65; Pres, Miami U., 1965-81; Pres., Emeritus, prof. Am. history Miami U., 1981- ; pres, Ohio Coll. Assn., 1974-75; chmn, coun. pres's Mid-Am. Conf., 1971-77; chmn, Ohio Bicentennial Commn, for NW Ordinance and U.S. Constn., 1985-89, Ohio Tuition Trust Authority, 1989-92; chmn, coun. pres's Nat. Assn. State Univs. and Land Grant Colls., 1975-76; mem., exec. coun., 1976-78. Author: The Years of Youth, 1960. George A. Bowman: The Biography of an Educator, 1963 (with DJ Breen) Ohio's Military Prisons of the Civil War, 1964. A Tour to New Connecticut: The Narrative of Henry Leavitt Ellsworth, 1985. Bd. dirs Cin. Ctr. Sci and Industry, 1965-70; trustee Ohio Coll. Library Center, 1968-74; chmn. bd. Univ. Regional Broadcasting, 1975-76, 78-79. Served to It. (j.g.) USNR 1943-46, PTO. Decorated Order of Merit Grand Ducy of Luxembourg, 1976; recipient Disting, Acad SVC award AAUP, 1965; Gov.'s award 1969, A.K. Morris award, 1974. Ohioiana Career medal, 1987. Converse award, 1990. Award of Merit, Am. Assn. for State and Local History, 1993. Mem. Orgn. Am Historians, Ohio Acad. History (pres. 1983-84, Disting Svc. award 1991). Archaeolog. Inst. Amer. Ohio Hist. Soc. (trustee 1982-91, v.p. 1983-84, pres. 1984-86), Ohio Humanities Council, A. Studies Assn., Mortar Board, Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta, Alpha Kappa Psi, Kappa Delta Pi, Alpha Lambda Delta, Beta Gamma Sigma, Sigma Delta Pi, Alpha Phi Omega, Delta Upsil (Disting, Alumni Achievement award 1985). Presbyterian Club: Rotary [WHO'S WHO IN AMERICAN EDUCATION, 1994-95]

Bibliography: "The Shriver Years," Miami Alumnus v.35, n.1 (Fall 1981): 4-5. [ARCHIVES REF].

Phillip Raymond Shriver was born in Cleveland, Ohio on August 16, 1922. Shriver received his B.A. from Yale in 1943, M.A from Harvard in 1946, and Ph.D. from Columbia in 1954. He married Martha Damaris Nye on April 15, 1944.  From 1947 to 1965, Shriver was a member of the history faculty at Kent State University, serving as Dean of the College of Arts and Science from 1963 to 1965.  In 1965, Shriver was named President of Miami University and served until 1981. During his tenure, Miami continued the campus expansion begun under John Millett. In 1970, Shriver’s leadership was vital in bringing the University safely through a period of student unrest caused by the Vietnam War and the shootings at Kent State University. In 1974, Shriver oversaw Miami’s merger with neighboring Western College. After leaving the presidency, he remained at Miami as a professor of history, teaching courses in American, Ohio, and Miami University history from 1981 to his retirement in 1998, He died in Oxford on April 23, 2011.


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Language of Materials



Collection of materials relating to the life and career of historian and educator Phillip Raymond Shriver, President of Miami University from 1965 to 1981.


Organized into the following series: 1. Office Files, 1965-81; II. Desk Appointment Books, 1965-84; III. Personal Papers, 1958-91; IV. Library Office Materials, 1960-70; V. History Department Office Materials, 1965-2004; VI. Federal Reserve Bank Materials, 1968-76; VII. Assorted Publications, 1984-92.

Physical Location

Miami University Archives, King Library, 3rd Floor, Walter Havighurst Special Collections, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

Repository Details

Part of the Miami University and Western College Memorial Archives Repository