Guide to the William Cannicott Olson Papers, 1956-1985


Graduate of Duke University and chair of the History Department at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Collection contains mainly papers pertaining to his work in the field of education. Prior to his position at Marist College, he taught history in Danville, Va. He was active in the Danville Education Assoc., and became the Virginia Education Association's president. In addition to professional correspondence, there is a great deal of personal correspondence with family and friends much of which relates to his life as a homosexual. Included also are financial papers, printed materials, clippings, addresses, writings (including a draft of his dissertation), and other records. There is some memorabilia from Olson's school days. Included among the volumes are diaries from his youth.

Descriptive Summary

David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Olson, William Cannicott.
William Cannicott Olson papers 1956-1985
Language of Material
7.8 Linear Feet, 7877 Items
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Contents of the Collection

Academic records, 1962-1970
Box 1
Clippings, 1974-1977
Box 1
Correspondence, 1961-1971
Box 1
Box 1
Correspondence, March 1970-1971
Box 2
Correspondence, 1972-1973
Box 3
Correspondence, 1974-15 April 1975
Box 4
Correspondence, 16 April 1975-July 1976
Box 5
Correspondence, August 1976-July 1977
Box 6
Correspondence, August 1977-December 1977
Box 7
Clippings and papers
Box 7
Salary committee
Box 8
Financial papers, 1959-1977
Box 8
Box 8
Legal papers, 1965-1972
Box 8
Miscellaneous papers, 1973-1977 and undated
Box 9
NEA: Clippings and printed materials
Box 9
Box 9
Theta Chi fraternity, 1962-1970
Box 10
Model UN materials
Box 10
Conventions, 1968-1969
Box 11
Local conferences, 1968
Box 11
Printed materials, 1966-1968
Box 11
Writings, including dissertations
Box 12
Box 13

Includes unsorted, unarranged materials such as correspondence, finances, and writings from an accession in 1986 as well as Acc. 1998-0214.

1986 and 1998 additions
Box 1-5

Historical Note

Chronology List

1965B.A., Political Science, Duke University
1965-1968Taught Social Studies at a high school
1968M.A., University of North Carolina
1974Ph.D., Latin American Studies, University of North Carolina
1970Professor, Marist College
1975Chairman of the History and Political Science Dept., Marist College

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William Cannicott Olson Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


The William Cannicott Olson Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1976, 1978, 1982, 1985, and 1988.

Processing Information

Processed by Meghan Lyon, May 2011

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, May 2011

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.