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Don Whitman Wilson

archivist , historian

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 U., 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 of Michigan, 1982-1987;Archivist of the United States, Washington, 1987-1993;research professor, Texas Agricultural and Mechanical U., College Station, since 1993;executive director George Bush library foundation, Texas Agricultural and Mechanical U., College Station, since 1993.

Religion

A mature Christian can reach a state where the love of God reigns supreme in the heart. No one can be perfect in an absolute way, as God is. But it is possible to be perfect in love to God.

Politics

The diversity inside the Church should be respected and supported. Open debate within the Church on certain political and social issues should be encouraged.

Views

God wants to see people productive, creative, useful, and supremely happy, within an environment of spiritual perfection, health, peace, and love.

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.

father:
Donald J. Wilson Walker

mother:
Lois M. (Sutton) Walker

spouse:
Patricia Ann Sherrod

children:
Todd Wilson

Jeffrey Wilson

Michael Wilson

Denise Wilson