William Henry Glasson papers, 1891-1946

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Glasson, William Henry, 1874-1946
William Henry Glasson (1874-1946) was Professor of Political Economy and Social Science at Trinity College and Duke University and dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. This collection primarily documents his professional life through his correspondence, writings, and research. It forms parts of the Economists' Papers Archive.
5.0 Linear Feet (Seven boxes and two oversize folders.)
Material in English.
Collection ID:
University Archives Record Group:
29 -- Papers of Faculty, Staff, and Associates
29 -- Papers of Faculty, Staff, and Associates > 02 -- Individuals


Scope and content:

This collection includes personal and professional correspondence, manuscripts, research notes, scrapbooks, diaries, diplomas, a baptismal certificate, account books, postcards, and photographs pertaining to Glasson's family, career, and interests. The major subjects are the growth of the Department of Economics and the Graduate School at Duke University, Trinity College's efforts to obtain a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, and Duke University's contract with the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association (TIAA) of America.

Correspondence includes a letter to William P. Few (February 22, 1934) signed by 24 faculty members praising Duke's record on academic freedom, reports directed to University administrators, and copies of family genealogical material. A significant correspondent is H. Clay Evans, the US Commissioner of Pensions.

In 1934, Glasson and Dean Wannamaker were among a group of academics who travelled to Germany on a Carl Schurz Tour to see the effects of Hitler's rise to power. The scrapbooks include maps, clippings, postcards, notes, and an itinerary from this trip.

Glasson's manuscripts include recollections of Trinity and Duke, a variety of writings and lectures on money and banking, pension systems, and Durham's charter of incorporation. Also in the collection are ten diaries (1898-1944); three family account books (1900-1937), including one that details Glasson's daughters' expenses while students at Duke; scrapbooks of clippings; photographs of Glasson as a young man; poems; and photographs of Cornell University.

Biographical / historical:

William Henry Glasson (1874-1946) was a white American academic economist and administrator who was born in Troy, New York. He received a PhB from Cornell University in 1896 and a PhD from Columbia University in 1900. He was head of the Department of History and Civics at the George School (Newton, PA) from 1899-1902 and came to Trinity College after. During this tenure at Trinity and Duke University, he was instrumental in the development of the Department of Economics and the Graduate School. He was Professor of Political Economy and Social Science from 1902-1940; appointed in charge of the establishment of the retirement annuity plan for the faculty and administration; the head of the Department of Economics and Business Administration; chairman of the faculty committee on graduate instruction; and dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences from 1926-1938. He was secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Society for the South Atlantic district; editor of the South Atlantic Quarterly from 1905-1909; and a member of the Durham Board of Education.

Acquisition information:
The William Henry Glasson papers were received by the University Archives as gifts between 1954-1955.
Processing information:

Processed by Linda Daniel, October 2003.

Updated by Sherrie Bowser, January, 2007; Tracy Jackson, December 2018 (oversize items rehoused; collection notes to current standards).

Accessions described in this collection guide: A48-1942 and A48-2022.

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[Identification of item], William Henry Glasson papers, University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University.