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Don Whitman Wilson

Don Whitman Wilson was American archivist, historian. National Defense Education Act fellow, 1964-1967; recipient Public Service award General Services Administration, 1973.

Background

  • Wilson, Don Whitman was born on December 17, 1942 in Clay Center, Kansas, United States. Son of Donald J. Wilson and Lois M. (Sutton) Walker.

  • Education

    • AB, Washburn University, Topeka, 1964. Master of Arts, University Cincinnati, 1965. Doctor of Philosophy, University Cincinnati, 1972.

      Doctor of Letters (honorary), University Cincinnati, 1988.

    Career

    • Archivist Kansas State History Society, Topeka, 1967-1969. Instructor history Washburn University, 1967-1969. Historian, department director Dwight D. Eisenhower Library, Abilene, Kansas, 1969-1978.

      Associate director State History Society Wisconsin, Madison, 1978-1981. Director Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1981-1987. Lecturer history University Michigan, 1982-1987.

      Archivist of the United States Washington, 1987-1993. Research professor Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University, College Station, 1993-1998, executive director George Bush library foundation, 1993-1998.

    Politics

    Baptists should be faithful ambassadors of reconciliation in their personal relationships and local communities as they demonstrate the power of the Gospel to reconcile all persons in Christ.

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Religion

    Since a human being is the central factor in the plan of salvation, the Gospel must be taught, understood and accepted by him.

    Denomination: Baptist

    Views

    Marriage is a microcosm of our relationship with Jesus Christ. God meant for a marriage to help to understand, to some degree, God’s vast and intricate love for people.

    Membership

    Member Abilene Library Board, 1973-1976. Member Abilene City Commission, 1976-1978. President Dickinson County History Society, Abilene, 1976-1977.

    Member American History Association (member Beveridge Book Prize committee 1979-1982), American Association State and Local History, Kansas History Society (board directors since 1987), American Antiquarian Society.

    Connections

    • Married Patricia Ann Sherrod, July 9, 1983. Children– Todd, Jeffrey, Michael, Denise.
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    Born December 17, 1942
    (age 74)
    • 1964
      Washburn University
    • 1965
      University Cincinnati
    • 1972
      University Cincinnati
    • 1988
      University Cincinnati
    • 1967 - 1969
      Archivist Kansas State History Society
      Topeka, Kansas, United States
    • 1967 - 1969
      instructor, history Washburn University
    • 1978 - 1981
      associate, director State History Society Wisconsin
      Madison, Tennessee, United States
    • 1981 - 1987
      director, Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum
      Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
    • 1982 - 1987
      lecturer, history University Michigan
    • 1987 - 1993
      Archivist of the United States Washington
    • 1993 - 1998
      research professor, Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University
      College Station, Texas, United States
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