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Wayne State College History Collection

Catalog title: Wayne State College History Collection
Shelved as: 03.01 W396
Collection: Office of the President
Series: Historical Files
Sub-series: Wayne State College
AN: 2006/000/02
Persistent link to Conn Library OPAC: http://library.nscs.edu/record=b1665831~S0

Background Notes

The Nebraska Normal College (NNC) had been founded by James M. Pile in 1891. After more than a decade of exceptional leadership and hard work, Professor Pile’s health began to decline. Concern over the future of the NNC led to the idea of having the State of Nebraska purchase the school.  Although the idea of having a state-owned college in Wayne was popular among the town’s people, other towns were just as interested in having a state school. After a long, hard fought battle, the state legislature passed a bill authorizing the state’s purchase of the Nebraska Normal College in 1909. Four men of Wayne are largely credited with the successful campaign: Phil H. Kohl, Henry C. Ley, James Britton, and John T. Bressler. Governor Ashton C. Shallenburger signed the bill into law on April 6, 1909. Sadly, Professor Pile had passed away the month before.

The bill authorizing purchase of Pile’s Nebraska Normal College had become law. However, the legislature had failed to authorize the funds to make the purchase and run the college. Mrs. Ella Pile, James Pile’s widow, and their son, Fred, continued to run the college until those funds were appropriated the following year. On September 1, 1910 the State Of Nebraska officially took possession of the NNC which then became the State Normal School at Wayne. Classes began on September 19, 1910 with Ulysses Sylvester Conn (1865-1936) was selected as the first president of the school.

In 1921, by act of the State Legislature, the school became a State Normal School and Teachers College with legal authority to grant baccalaureate degrees in education. In 1949, the Legislature changed the name of the institution to Nebraska State Teachers College at Wayne and granted authority to confer the baccalaureate degree for study in liberal arts. The graduate program leading to a master’s was authorized in 1955, and in 1963 the Legislature changed the name of the college to Wayne State College. For a number of years the college was also known unofficially as Wayne State Teachers College.

Scope and Content Notes

Approximately 20 boxes of materials were transferred from the president’s office to the archives in the summer of 2006. Two of these boxes were labeled “Historical Files” and “Oversized Historical Files,” respectively. There were also two boxes with folders labeled “Historical – [subject]” as well as individual folders with similar labels scattered among several of the other boxes. The bulk of the materials in this series came from those files. A few unorganized, relevant materials already in library storage were added to this series.

NOTE: Although these series has been given the title “Historical Files,” it does not mean that these are the only historical files in the Archives. Indeed the entire Archives consists of historical files. This series was given the title “Historical Files” only because the files had been labeled as such by the president’s office.

Folders in Box 1 are organized chronologically by decade. Boxes 4, 5 and 6 are organized by subject. Box 2 contains various Golden Anniversary materials. Box 3 contains oversized materials relating to the construction of dormitories.

Box 1. [Files organized chronologically by decade]

Folder 1. 1910-1920
Folder 2. 1920-1930
Folder 3. 1930-1940
Folder 4. 1940-1950
Folder 5. 1940-1950 – Civilian Pilot Training (1)
Folder 6. 1940-1950 – Civilian Pilot Training (2)
Folder 7. 1940-1950 – Civilian Pilot Training (3)
Folder 8. 1940-1950 – Civilian Pilot Training (4)
Folder 9. 1940-1950 – 349th College Training Detachment (1)
Folder 10. 1940-1950 – 349th College Training Detachment (2)
Folder 11. 1940-1950 – 349th College Training Detachment (3)
Folder 12. 1940-1950 – 349th College Training Detachment (4)
Folder 13. 1940-1950 – 349th College Training Detachment (5)
Folder 14. 1940-1950 – 349th College Training Detachment (6)
Folder 15. 1940-1950 – 349th College Training Detachment (7)
Folder 16. 1940-1950 – 349th College Training Detachment (8)
Folder 17. 1940-1950 – 349th College Training Detachment (9)
Folder 18. 1940-1950 – 349th College Training Detachment (10)
Folder 19. 1940-1950 – 349th College Training Detachment (11)
Folder 20. 1940-1950 – 349th College Training Detachment (12)
Folder 21. 1940-1950 – 349th College Training Detachment (13)
Folder 22. 1940-1950 – 349th College Training Detachment (14)
Folder 23. 1940-1950 – 349th College Training Detachment (15)
Folder 24. 1940-1950 – 349th College Training Detachment (16)

Box 2. [Golden Anniversary materials]

Folder 1. 1940-1950 – 349th College Training Detachment (17)
Folder 2. 1940-1950 – 349th College Training Detachment (18)
Folder 3. 1940-1950 – 349th College Training Detachment (19)
Folder 4. 1940-1950 – 349th College Training Detachment (20)
Folder 5. 1940-1950 – 349th College Training Detachment (21)
Folder 6. 1940-1950 – 349th College Training Detachment (22)
Folder 7. 1940-1950 – 349th College Training Detachment (23)
Folder 8. 1940-1950 – 349th College Training Detachment (24)
Folder 9. 1940-1950 – 349th College Training Detachment (25)
Folder 10. 1940-1950 – 349th College Training Detachment (26)
Folder 11. 1940-1950 – 349th College Training Detachment (27)
Folder 12. 1940-1950 – 349th College Training Detachment (28)
Folder 13. 1940-1950 – 349th College Training Detachment (29)
Folder 14. 1940-1950 – 349th College Training Detachment (30)
Folder 15. 1940-1950 – 349th College Training Detachment (31)
Folder 16. 1940-1950 – 349th College Training Detachment (32)

Box 3. Dormitory Information

Folder 1. Golden Anniversary – Committees (1)
Folder 2. Golden Anniversary – Committees (2)
Folder 3. Golden Anniversary – Committees (3)
Folder 4. Golden Anniversary – Correspondence (1)
Folder 5. Golden Anniversary – Correspondence (2)
Folder 6. Golden Anniversary – Correspondence (3)
Folder 7. Golden Anniversary – Correspondence (4)
Folder 8. Golden Anniversary – Correspondence (5)
Folder 9. Golden Anniversary – Correspondence (6)
Folder 10. Golden Anniversary – Correspondence (7)
Folder 11. Golden Anniversary – Correspondence (8)
Folder 12. Golden Anniversary Announcement Mailings
Folder 13. Golden Anniversary – Planning and Budget (1)
Folder 14. Golden Anniversary – Planning and Budget (2)
Folder 15. Golden Anniversary – Planning and Budget (3)
Folder 16. Golden Anniversary. U.S. History, 1910-60 / Criswell (1)
Folder 17. Golden Anniversary. U.S. History, 1910-60 / Criswell (2)
Folder 18. Golden Anniversary. Campus Map
Folder 19. Golden Anniversary. College Catalog, 1960-61
Folder 20. Golden Anniversary. Miscellany
Folder 21. Golden Anniversary. Placement Bureau Annual Report, 1959-60
[Note: More Golden Anniversary items are in Box 16]

Box 4. [Files Organized by Subject]

Folder 1. 1970-1980. J. R. Johnson articles (1)
Folder 2. 1970-1980. J. R. Johnson articles (2)
Folder 3. 1970-1980. Campus Flashbacks (1)
Folder 4. 1970-1980. Campus Flashbacks (2)
Folder 5. 1970-1980. Breitkreutz History (1)
Folder 6. 1970-1980. Breitkreutz History (2)
Folder 7. 1970-1980. Breitkreutz History (3)
Folder 8. 1970-1980. Byron A. Russell
Folder 9. 1970-1980. Miscellany
Folder 10. 1970-1980. Newspapers
Folder 11. 1980-1990. Pile Family
Folder 12. 1980-1990. Miscellany

Box 5.

Folder 1. AASCU Distinguished Alumni Award
Folder 2. AAUP—Removal of Censure. 1961-1978
Folder 3. AAUP—Removal of Censure. 1979
Folder 4. AAUP—Removal of Censure. 1980-1982
Folder 5. AAUP—Removal of Censure. 1983-1990
Folder 6. Academic—Extended Campus
Folder 7. Academic Studies
Folder 8. Alma Mater
Folder 9. Altona—LaPorte Cemetery
Folder 10. Alumni
Folder 11. Alumni Association
Folder 12. Alumni Directory
Folder 13. Alumni—Audrey Long—Diplomas
Folder 14. Alumni House
Folder 15. Alumni Newsletter
Folder 16. Andersen, Martin C. (1885-1968)
Folder 17. Anderson, J. T. (1883-1958)
Folder 18. Anniversaries—1935 (25th)
Folder 19. Anniversaries—1960 (Golden)
Folder 20. Anniversaries—1985 (75th  ) (1)
Folder 21. Anniversaries—1985 (75th ) (2)
Folder 22. Anniversaries—1985 (75th ) (3)
Folder 23. Anniversary—1991, Heritage Day (100th) (1)
Folder 24. Anniversaries—1991, Heritage Day (100th) (2)
Folder 25. Anniversaries—2000 (90th  ) (1)

Box 6.

Folder 1. Arboretum.
Folder 2. Archives—College
Folder 3. Armstrong, Marjorie Ley (1912-2002)
Folder 4. Artifacts—Chapin Collection of Indian Artifacts (1)
Folder 5. Artifacts—Chapin Collection of Indian Artifacts (2)
Folder 6. Artifacts—Chapin Collection of Indian Artifacts (3)
Folder 7. Artifacts—Hahn Display Case (1)
Folder 8. Artifacts—Hahn Display Case (2)
Folder 9. Artifacts—Kind Collection of Indian Artifacts (1)
Folder 10. Artifacts—Kind Collection of Indian Artifacts (2)
Folder 11. Athletics
Folder 12. Athletics Advisory Board
Folder 13. Athletics—Electronic Message Board
Folder 14. Athletics—Memorial Stadium Plaque
Folder 15. Audits (1)
Folder 16. Audits (2)
Folder 17. Blue Key
Folder 18. Board of Education of State Normal Schools
Folder 19. Board of Trustees Scholarships
Folder 20. Board Office Foundation (1)
Folder 21. Board Office Foundation (2)
Folder 22. Board Reports
Folder 23. Book Value of Buildings
Folder 24. Bridge—Newcastle/Vermillion
Folder 25. Budgets
Folder 26. Building Plaques—Persons Named For
Folder 27. Buildings and Facilities
Folder 28. Buildings—Cost  / Year

Box 7.

Folder 1. Buildings—Naming (1)
Folder 2. Buildings—Naming (2)
Folder 3. Bureau for Community and Economic Development
Folder 4. Bus (1)
Folder 5. Bus (2)
Folder 6. Bus (3)
Folder 7. Campus Ministry (1)
Folder 8. Campus Ministry (2) – Wayne Ecumenical Campus Ministry Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
Folder 9. Campus Ministry (3)
Folder 10. Campus Ministry (4)
Folder 11. Chamber of Commerce
Folder 12. Chapel, Connell Hall (1)
Folder 13. Chapel, Connell Hall (2)
Folder 14. Chapel Fund (1)
Folder 15. Chapel Fund (2)
Folder 16. Chapel / Nativity Scene in Willow Bowl
Folder 17. Chimes / Carillon
Folder 18. City Centennial
Folder 19. City of Wayne
Folder 20. City of Wayne – Inquiries about People
Folder 21. Clock, Antique
Folder 22. Conn, Ardath – Last Will and Testament
Folder 23. Conn, Ulysses Sylvester
Folder 24. Coffey Resignation
Folder 25. Coffey Special Committee
Folder 26. College Forum
Folder 27. Computers—New VAX System
Folder 28. Connell Guest Apartment
Folder 29. Commencement—General (1)
Folder 30. Commencement—General (2)
Folder 31. Commencement—General (3)
Folder 32. Country Schoolhouse
Folder 33. Correspondence Courses
Folder 34. Criswell, George (1917-1996)
Folder 35. Cuban Revolt – 1958
Folder 36. Degrees—First Masters 1958
Folder 37. Distance Learning (First degree)
Folder 38. Denkinger, Fred G. (George) (1903-1985)

Box 8.

Folder 1. Dormitory Financing (1)
Folder 2. Dormitory Financing (2)
Folder 3. Dormitory Financing (3)
Folder 4. Drug-Free Statements
Folder 5. Electronic Fee Payment
Folder 6. Enrollment
Folder 7. Excellence in Teaching Award
Folder 8. Explosives – Federal Explosives Act
Folder 9. Faculty, Adjunct—Salary Survey
Folder 10. Faculty—Commencement Lineup
Folder 11. Faculty Club Constitution
Folder 12. Faculty Contracts
Folder 13. Faculty Meeting Minutes – September 1955-1958
Folder 14. Faculty Meeting Minutes – August 1952-April 1955
Folder 15. Faculty Meeting Minutes – September 1950-June 1952
Folder 16. Faculty Meeting Minutes – September 1949-June 1950
Folder 17. Faculty Meeting Minutes – November 1946-April 1949
Folder 18. Faculty Salaries—1964
Folder 19. Families with Most Children Attending WSC
Folder 20. Financial Aid
Folder 21. Fiscal Impact on City (1)
Folder 22. Fiscal Impact on City (2)
Folder 23. Fiscal Impact on City (3)

Box 9.

Folder 1. Fitness Trail
Folder 2. Flag Pole—Maintenance Building
Folder 3. Foundation
Folder 4. Foundation—Activities
Folder 5. Foundation—Benthack [Clinic] Building
Folder 6. Fountain
Folder 7. Gateway Pillars
Folder 8. General—WSC, LaPorte, City of Wayne
Folder 9. Ghosts of WSC
Folder 10. Governors
Folder 11. Graduate Studies
Folder 12. Graduation, Conditional
Folder 13. Greeting Cards
Folder 14. Here’s News from Wayne State (1)
Folder 15. Here’s News from Wayne State (2)
Folder 16. Hospital—Providence Medical Center (1)
Folder 17. Hospital—Providence Medical Center (2)
Folder 18. Hospital—Providence Medical Center (3)
Folder 19. Hospital—Providence Medical Center (4)
Folder 20. Hospital—Providence Medical Center (5)
Folder 21. Hospital—Providence Medical Center (6)
Folder 22. Hospital—Providence Medical Center (7)
Folder 23. Hospital—Providence Medical Center (8)
Folder 24. Hospital—Providence Medical Center (9)
Folder 25. Hospital—Providence Medical Center (10)
Folder 26. Hospital—Providence Medical Center (11)

Box 10.

Folder 1. ID Cards
Folder 2. Insurance (1)
Folder 3. Insurance (2)
Folder 4. Insurance (3)
Folder 5. Job Descriptions (1981)
Folder 6. Kappa Delta Gamma
Folder 7. Land Acquisition (1)
Folder 8. Land Acquisition (2)
Folder 9. Land Acquisition (3)
Folder 10. Land Acquisition (4)
Folder 11. Land Acquisition (5)
Folder 12. Land Acquisition (6)
Folder 13. Land Acquisition (7)
Folder 14. Land Acquisition (8)
Folder 15. Land Acquisition (9)
Folder 16. Land Acquisition (10)
Folder 17. Land Acquisition (11)
Folder 18. Land Acquisition (12)
Folder 19. Land Acquisition (13)
Folder 20. Land Acquisition (14)
Folder 21. Land Acquisition (15)
Folder 22. Land Easements (1)
Folder 23. Land Easements (2)
Folder 24. Land Values
Folder 25. Legislation
Folder 26. Ley Theatre
Folder 27. Lied Foundation
Folder 28. Lindahl, Virgil Y. (Joe)

Box 11.

Folder 1. Media (Newspaper, Radio, TV)
Folder 2. Memorabilia
Folder 3. Midwest’s Most Beautiful Campus
Folder 4. Minorities
Folder 5. Montie V. Chapin Music Scholarship
Folder 6. Morey, Victor (President)
Folder 7. Museum
Folder 8. Music Camps (1)
Folder 9. Music Camps (2)
Folder 10. Music Camps (3)
Folder 11. Nebraska Writers Map
Folder 12. Neihardt Letter
Folder 13. Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery
Folder 14. Normal School – Definition
Folder 15. Orchestra
Folder 16. Organizational Charts. 1968-1974
Folder 17. Organizational Charts. 1975-1978
Folder 18. Organizational Charts. 1978-1982
Folder 19. Organizational Charts. 1983 to 1985
Folder 20. Organizational Charts. 1986 to 1990
Folder 21. Organizational Charts. 2001
Folder 22. Organs (1)
Folder 23. Organs (2)
Folder 24. Organs (3)
Folder 25. Organs (4)
Folder 26. Paxton-Vierling Library
Folder 27. Personnel Task Force. 1982-1987 (1)
Folder 28. Personnel Task Force. 1982-1987 (2)
Folder 29. Peru State College (1)
Folder 30. Peru State College (2)
Folder 31. Picture History of Campus. 1985. (1)
Folder 32. Picture History of Campus. 1985. (2)
Folder 33. Pianos
Folder 34. Pile Hall
Folder 35. Pilots/Wayne Airport
Folder 36. Placement Office Files

Box 12.

Folder 1. President’s House (1)
Folder 2. President’s House (2)
Folder 3. President’s House (3)
Folder 4. President’s Office – Inventory
Folder 5. Presidential Gallery
Folder 6. Presidents
Folder 7. Publications
Folder 8. Publicity / Publicity Office (1)
Folder 9. Publicity / Publicity Office (2)
Folder 10. Radio – Wireless – 1916
Folder 11. Revenue Bonds – Established 2/1963
Folder 12. Rice Memorial
Folder 13. Russell, Byron A.
Folder 14. 16 mm Films
Folder 15. Satellite Dish
Folder 16. Scholarship Certificate, 1942
Folder 17. Seal / Logo (1)
Folder 18. Seal / Logo (2)
Folder 19. September 11, 2001
Folder 20. Shuttle Bus
Folder 21. Smoking Policy
Folder 22. Song: “Beautiful Nebraska”
Folder 23. Song: WSC Fight Song

Box 13.

Folder 1. Special Programs. Black and Gold (1)
[Note: Some information about the Black and Gold series that succeeded the Special Programs series is included in these Special Programs files.]
[Note inside original folder: “Jim Day’s last year as Coordinator of Black and Gold Programs was 1996-97. Started Fall 1983.]
Folder 2. Special Programs. Black and Gold (2)
Folder 3. Special Programs. Black and Gold (3)
Folder 4. Special Programs. Black and Gold (4)
Folder 5. Special Programs – 1951-1967 (1)
Folder 6. Special Programs – 1951-1967 (2)
Folder 7. Special Programs – 1951-1967 (3)
Folder 8. Special Programs – 1951-1967 (4)
Folder 9. Special Programs – 1951-1967 (5)
Folder 10. Special Programs – 1951-1967 (6)
Folder 11. Special Programs – 1951-1967 (7)
Folder 12. Special Programs – Fall 1967—Spring 1970 (1)
Folder 13. Special Programs – Fall 1967—Spring 1970 (2)
Folder 14. Special Programs – Fall 1967—Spring 1970 (3)
Folder 15. Special Programs – Fall 1967—Spring 1970 (4)
Folder 16. Special Programs – 1970-1971 (1)
Folder 17. Special Programs – 1970-1971 (2)
Folder 18. Special Programs – 1971-1972 (1)
Folder 19. Special Programs – 1971-1972 (2)
Folder 20. Special Programs – 1971-1972 (3)
Folder 21. Special Programs – 1972-1973 (1)
Folder 22. Special Programs – 1972-1973 (2)
Folder 23. Special Programs – 1973-1974 (1)
Folder 24. Special Programs – 1973-1974 (2)
Folder 25. Special Programs – 1974-1975
Folder 26. Special Programs – 1975-1976
Folder 27. Special Programs – 1976-1977
Folder 28. Special Programs – 1977-1978
Folder 29. Special Programs – 1978-1979
Folder 30. Special Programs – 1980-1981

Box 14.

Folder 1. Special Programs – 1982-1983
Folder 2. Special Programs – 1983-1984
Folder 3. Special Programs – 1984-1985 (1)
Folder 4. Special Programs – 1984-1985 (2)
Folder 5. Special Programs – 1985-1986 (1)
Folder 6. Special Programs – 1985-1986 (2)
Folder 7. Special Programs – 1985-1986 (3)
Folder 8. Special Programs – 1986-1987
Folder 9. State Time Capsule. U.S. Tricentennial 2076
Folder 10. State of Nebraska. Highway Signs
Folder 11. State Historical Marker
Folder 12. State Statutes, Nebraska
Folder 13. STRIDE. Chi Alpha Epsilon Honorary
Folder 14. Student Activity Fee (1)
Folder 15. Student Activity Fee (2)
Folder 16. Student Activity Fee (3)
Folder 17. Student Activity Fee (4)
Folder 18. Student Activity Fee. Allocations Committee (1)
Folder 19. Student Activity Fee. Allocations Committee (2)
Folder 20. Student Event Fee
Folder 21. Students’ Army Training Corps (SATC)
Folder 22. Support Staff. Spilker Classification Plan.1980-81 (1)
Folder 23. Support Staff. Spilker Classification Plan.1980-81 (2)
Folder 24. Support Staff. Spilker Classification Plan.1980-81 (3)
Folder 25. Support Staff. Spilker Classification Plan.1980-81 (4)
Folder 26. Support Staff Senate

Box 15.

Folder 1. TASC (To Assist State Colleges) Fund
Folder 2. Technology Infrastructure
Folder 3. Telephone Switchboard
Folder 4. Telephone System
Folder 5. Tracking Students Study
Folder 6. Tree Committee. 1977-1981 (1)
Folder 7. Tree Committee. 1977-1981 (2)
Folder 8. Trees (1)
Folder 9. Trees (2)
Folder 10. Trimester Calendar
Folder 11. Tuition Rates, Cumulative
Folder 12. Tuition—Residency
Folder 13. Val Peterson Papers
Folder 14. Victory Bell
Folder 15. Vocational Agriculture Program
Folder 16. Wayne State Education Association
Folder 17. Wayne State Foundation (1)
Folder 18. Wayne State Foundation (2)
Folder 19. Wayne State Foundation (3)
Folder 20. Wayne State Foundation—Community Scholarships
Folder 21. Wayne State Graduates
Folder 22. Wayne State Street Address
Folder 23. Wellness Program (1)
Folder 24. Wellness Program (2)
Folder 25. WEOPA (Wayne Educational Office Professional Association)
Folder 26. Willow Bowl
Folder 27. Willow Bowl Plaques
Folder 28. Willy Wildcat Logo
Folder 29. Word Processing—Lanier

Box 16.

Folder 1. Golden Anniversary – Open House Register
Folder 2. Golden Anniversary – Wayne Stater, October 28, 1960
Folder 3. Golden Anniversary – Publicity
Folder 4. Golden Anniversary – Paper Napkins
Folder 5. Golden Anniversary – Program
Folder 6. Golden Anniversary – Program
Folder 7. Golden Anniversary – Tickets
Folder 8. Golden Anniversary – Announcement
Folder 9. Golden Anniversary – Commencement
Folder 10. Golden Anniversary – Invitation
Folder 11. Golden Anniversary – Cards
Folder 12. Golden Anniversary – RSVP Cards
Folder 13. Golden Anniversary – Badge
Folder 14. Golden Anniversary – Placemat
Folder 15. Golden Anniversary – Homecoming Queen Candidates
Folder 16. Golden Anniversary – Pen

Box 17.

Folder 1. Construction of Dormitories, 1927-1950 (1)
Folder 2. Construction of Dormitories, 1927-1950 (2)
Folder 3. Construction of Dormitories, 1927-1950 (3)
Folder 4. WSC Dormitory Accounts (1)
Folder 5. WSC Dormitory Accounts (2)
Folder 6. Dormitory Contracts—1927-1947
Folder 7. Dormitories—Miscellanea (1)
Folder 8. Dormitories—Miscellanea (2)