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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.


  • 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.


    • 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.


    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


    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


    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.


    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.


    • 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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