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University Provost Payson S. Wild, General Files

Identifier: 5/1

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Scope and Contents

Addition, Box 19 The Addition, which fills one box, comprises 13 folders of general flies and correspondence of University Provost Payson S. Wild, which date from 1949 through 1974. Included as well are nine folders concerning Northwestern University: A History 1850-1975, co-authored by Wild with Harold F. Williamson (1976). These Latter files, all of which date from 1974, include notes and files used by Wild in preparation of the book and four folders of copies of manuscripts of the text.

Addition, Box 20 The addition includes copies of correspondence between Wild and John F. Kennedy (the originals are in the John F. Kennedy Library), and letters between Wild and various correspondents concerning Kennedy and the Kennedy Library; invitations to the inaugural ceremonies of Kennedy and Lyndon Baines Johnson; a privately printed commemorative volume, edited by John F. Kennedy, the subject of which is his older brother, Joseph; and copies of some of Kennedy's class materials from a course he took from Wild at Harvard. In addition, there is Wilds' 1926 BA thesis from University of Wisconsin.


  • 1949-1974


Conditions Governing Access

Access to the original manuscript chapters of Northwestern University - A History and to the folder "Personal (P. S. Wild)" is by written permission of Payson S. Wild or the University provost until May 12, 1981. Access to the remaining materials in this series is by written permission of Payson S. Wild or the University Provost until May 12, 1986.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored at a remote campus location 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.


20.00 Boxes

Language of Materials



The materials are in a series of alphabetically-arranged topical folders.

Guide to the University Provost Payson S. Wild, General Files
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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