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RG 2/7 - Ernest Hatch Wilkins (1880-1966)
Scope and Content

Still holding its initial arrangement and description completed in 1967, this collection is arranged in three main categories: a general file (1927-1946) with subseries, a faculty file (1927-1953), and a war service correspondence (1941-1946). The general file is organized around the following nine series: 1) alphabetical correspondence; 2) special matters, Oberlin, 1928-1941, and elsewhere, 1928-1945; 3) miscellaneous, 1936-1946; 4) Peace Institute, 1936-1937; 5) Commission on the Coordination of Efforts for Peace, 1928-1933; 6) appointment books; 7) talks and writings; 8) old buildings files, 1926- 1943; 9) building files; and Peace Organizations, printed materials 1914-1947. Included in the 85 boxes of incoming and outgoing correspondence are letters from and about the following individuals and organizations of the day: Arthur Vandenberg, Robert M. Hutchins, Julian Huxley, Cass Gilbert, Clayton, K. Fauver, R.A. Millikan-Robert, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., the American Association of University Women, and the American Social Hygiene Association. Among the topics covered are scholarships, alumni questionnaires, Chapel attendance, organiza-tional reports, black education, coeducation, smoking, and the composition of the student population. The administration's handling of minority students and Jews is covered. Institutional papers include memoranda concerning the building of the women's gymnasium (Hales), the General Faculty's revision of rules for women, confidential reports to Wilkins from various members of the College community, and curriculum reviews. The War Service Correspondence contains incoming and outgoing letters between Wilkins and men and women in the armed services; this correspondence discusses education, peace, and other world events.

Files are arranged in the following groups:

Correspondence (Boxes 1-85)
Special Matters, Oberlin (Boxes 86-91)
Special Matters, Elsewhere (Boxes 91-94)
Miscellaneous (Boxes 94-95)
Peace Institute, 1936-37 (Boxes 95-96)
Commission on the Coordination of Efforts for Peace, 1928-33 (Boxes 97-105)
Appointment Books (Box 106)
Talks & Writings (Boxes 107-108A)
"Old Building Files" (Boxes 109-111)
"Building Files (Boxes 112-15)
Peace Organizations printed matter (Boxes 117-26)
Carnegie Corp. Library Group (Box 127)
Hall Auditorium and Misc. (Box 128)
Other (Box 129)

Series Descriptions
This collection's categories do not have separate descriptions.
The papers of Ernest Hatch Wilkins were received from the Office of the President in three accessions in 1967, 1977, and 1978. Wilkin's files on Peace organizations and efforts were received from the Oberlin College Library in 1969. Mary Venn's "Bibliography of Ernest Hatch Wilkins" was transferred from the Oberlin College Library, Special Collections, in 2001.
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