Private education, Paris, 1907-1908; AB, Creighton U., 1913; AM, St. Saint Louis University, 1919; Doctor of Philosophy, St. Saint Louis University, 1932.
Father Hamilton, Society of Jesus (Jesuit), held several positions at Marquette University. They included assistant professor, 1930–1932. Associate professor, 1932–1957.
Chair of the history department, 1932–1956.
Dean of the graduate school, 1940–1944. And professor emeritus, 1964.
In addition, he served the role of university historian. In particular, he was an expert on the life of Pere Jacques Marquette, South.J, the namesake of the university.
Father Hamilton taught an extensive array of courses while at Marquette University, but specialized in American Colonial History.
In addition to his career as an educator he was also responsible for the founding of Marquette University’s Archives and Special Collections in 1961. His second career began in 1961, when he was asked to organize the Marquette Archives, and from 1964 he devoted his full to time to this new task. Along with the University Archives, he invited other collections, and developed a body of records that documented the trend of American Catholic social changes in the late 19th and 20th centuries.
Under Hamilton’s guidance the newly founded archives came to include the papers of Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin, the J.R.R. Tolkien Manuscripts and a number of rare complete set of 14th century antiphonals.
Father Hamilton, Society of Jesus (Jesuit), retired in 1973, yet he continued to have a close relationship to the university until his death. He died on April 19, 1980, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at Saint Mary"s Nursing home after months of failing health.
Raphael North. Hamilton, Society of Jesus (Jesuit), Papers, Marquette University This collection consists of Father Hamilton"s, Society of Jesus (Jesuit) correspondence and publications. His seminal works are his dissertation, A Cartography of the Missouri Valley: To the Establishment of "Louisiana Compagnie d" Occident," 1717, 1932.
The Story of Marquette University: An Object Lesson in the Development of Catholic Higher Education, 1953.
Great Men of Michigan: Father Marquette, 1970. Also included are several short articles and speeches, both published and unpublished. Concluding the collection is a pair of illustrated, unpublished monographs penned by C.W. Hamilton.
The Lives of English Cardinals, and Vacation Days in England, 1912.
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Secretary, trustee Marquette University, 1940-1948. Alumni regent, 1948-1949. Member American, American Catholic, Mississippi Valley, Wisconsin State history associations, Jesuit History Conference, Phi Alpha Theta.