The Tom W. Tillman Papers documenting Tillman’s career at Northwestern, and his professional activities, fill twelve boxes, including one half-size box. The papers span the dates 1949-2000 and are arranged in eight categories: education files, general correspondence, subject 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. The folders are arranged chronologically by year, and then alphabetically by course name or folder title.
General correspondence is arranged chronologically by date; subject correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent’s surname, by organization, or by topic, and within each folder chronologically by date.
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 folders are arranged alphabetically by committee name, beginning with committees associated with Northwestern University. The contents of each folder are organized chronologically by date.
The teaching files consist mainly of course syllabi, reading lists, and lecture notes.
Lecture materials from classes Tillman taught in the School of Speech at Northwestern are organized by class number, while materials relating to lectures he gave in departments outside the School of Speech are arranged alphabetically. 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. These files are organized alphabetically by title of project or study.
There are three boxes of speeches, addresses, and papers arranged alphabetically by title. Conference dates and locations, if known, are indicated on the container list. 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.