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Don Whitman Wilson, 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.


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 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.


Represented in Baptist churches are equally diverse worship styles, cultural mores and approaches to Scriptural interpretation. The resulting challenges and opportunities have made the believers stronger —through fellowship, respect, mutual support and dialog, all based on a belief that unity in Christ involves growth and understanding.


It is important to experience of God's grace working in the lives of people. Wisdom and maturity are gained from life experience, especially during the prayer and sharing stories with other Christians.


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.

Donald J. Wilson Walker

Lois M. (Sutton) Walker

Patricia Ann Sherrod

Todd Wilson

Jeffrey Wilson

Denise Wilson

Michael Wilson