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Tom W. Tillman (1931-2000) Papers

Identifier: 20/61

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Scope and Contents

The Tom W. Tillman Papers, documenting Tillman’s career at Northwestern University and his professional activities, fill twelve boxes, including one half-size box. The papers span the dates 1949-2000 and are arranged in broad categories: education files, correspondence, committee files, teaching files, research files, speeches/addresses/papers, and publications. These are preceded by one folder of biographical materials.

The education files consist primarily of class notes which Tillman took as a graduate student in Northwestern’s Department of Communicative Disorders.

Correspondence is divided into general correspondence and subject correspondence.

The committee files record Tillman’s participation as a member of various Northwestern University faculty committees and professional organizations. They contain correspondence to and from Tillman, meeting notes, and materials reviewed or generated by the respective committees.

The teaching files consist mainly of course syllabi, reading lists, and lecture notes.

Lecture materials are arranged in two groups: lectures within the School of Speech, and other lectures (including lectures for other parts of Northwestern University). There are also two folders of lectures Tillman gave while a member of the faculty of the University of Oklahoma.

The research files include materials relating to Tillman’s grant from the National Institutes of Health, as well as graphs and charts resulting from hearing tests administered at Northwestern.

There are three boxes of speeches, addresses, and papers. Conference dates and locations, if known, are indicated in the inventory. Within each folder, the materials are organized in the following order: correspondence, program of the conference (if available), research materials and notes, drafts, and the final version.

The publication files, consisting of article reprints and a prologue, are arranged alphabetically by title. Materials in the article reprints files are arranged chronologically by date.


  • 1949-2000


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection. Access is restricted on the following records: Box 1, Folder 2; Box 5, Folder 11; Box 6, Folder 12; Box 7, and Folder 11. For these records, consultation with University Archivist is required prior to use.


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twelve boxes, span the dates 1949-2000 and include biographical materials, education files, general correspondence, subject correspondence, committee files, teaching files, research files, speeches/addresses/papers, and publications.


The Tillman papers are divided into biographical materials, education files (arranged chronologically by year, and then alphabetically by course name or folder title), general correspondence (arranged by date), subject correspondence (arranged alphabetically by correspondent’s surname, by organization, or by topic, and within each folder chronologically by date), committee files (arranged alphabetically by committee name, beginning with committees associated with Northwestern University; the contents of each folder are organized chronologically), teaching files (School of Speech lectures are organized by class number, others are arranged alphabetically), research files (organized alphabetically by title of project or study), speeches/addresses/papers (arranged alphabetically by title), and publications (articles are arranged alphabetically by title, reprints by date).

Method of Acquisition

The Tom W. Tillman Papers were donated to the Northwestern University Archives by Professor Tillman in two accessions: Accession #89-143 on August 10, 1989 and Accession #90-129 on August 21, 1990.

Related Materials

Alumni Biographical Files, Series 51/14, Box 588.

Separated Materials

Seventeen inches of duplicates and extraneous materials were discarded. One half-size archival box of material pertaining to Professor Raymond Carhart was transferred to the Raymond Carhart Papers, Series 20/13. One folder and several boxes of slides, and one VHS videotape of the 1990 School of Speech Honors Convocation, were transferred to the University Archives Audio-visual Collection.

Processing Information

Morgen MacIntosh, May/June 1998

Guide to the Tom W. Tillman (1931-2000) Papers
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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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