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Walker D. Wyman papers, 1920, 1929-1997.
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Walker D. Wyman papers, 1920, 1929-1997.

  • US ARC River Falls Mss P
  • collection
  • 1929-1997

Personal and professional papers of an historian, author, professor of social sciences at River Falls State College, and president of Wisconsin State University at Whitewater in the early 1960s.
Correspondence includes letters relating to Wyman's writings, to his participation in professional organizations of educators and historians, and to his interest in the Wisconsin system of state colleges. Among his notable correspondents were Edgar G. Doudna, Paul Douglas, F. Ryan Duffy, Merlin Hull, Hubert Humphrey, Warren P. Knowles, Robert M. La Follette, Jr., Gaylord Nelson, and William Proxmire. Several series of letters from friends or scholars describe conditions abroad: Japan, 1945-1955, discussed by Justin Williams, an advisor on the U.S. Army occupation staff; the Near East, 1951-1953, viewed by a nephew, Earl J. Wyman, on the staff of the Arabian-American Oil Company; and Burma, 1953-1955, described by Carlton Ames, a student on a research project there.
The remainder of the collection is composed mainly of copies or drafts of Wyman's books, articles, addresses, and book reviews. One box of miscellaneous papers includes records of the Pierce County Fish and Game Association, 1938-1942, records of the River Falls State Teachers College International Relations Club, 1947-1951, and papers pertaining to the graduate study program for teachers.
The processed portion of this collection is summarized above, dates 1920-1962, and is described in the register. Additional accessions date 1931-1992 and are described below.