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Guide to the William Henry Glasson Papers, 1891 - 1946 and undated

Abstract

William Henry Glasson (1874-1946) was Professor of Political Economy and Social Science at Trinity College and Duke University from 1902-1940, and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences from 1926-1938. Glasson was instrumental in the growth of the Department of Economics and the Graduate School. Glasson specialized in U.S. pension systems. He was secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Society for the South Atlantic district; editor of the South Atlantic Quarterly; and a member of the Durham Board of Education. Collection includes personal and professional correspondence, manuscripts, research notes, scrapbooks, diaries, account books, postcards, and photographs pertaining to Glasson's family, career, and interests. Major subjects found in the collection are the growth of the Department of Economics and the Graduate School, Trinity's efforts to obtain a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, and Duke University's contract with the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America.

Descriptive Summary

Title
William Henry Glasson papers 1891 - 1946 and undated
Creator
Glasson, William Henry, 1874-1946.
Extent
4.7 Linear Feet , 3000 Items
Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult University Archives, Duke University.
Language
English.

Collection Overview

Collection includes personal and professional correspondence, manuscripts, research notes, scrapbooks, diaries, diplomas, baptismal certificate, account books, postcards, and photographs pertaining to Glasson's family, career, and interests. Major subjects found in the collection are the growth of the Department of Economics and the Graduate School, Trinity's efforts to obtain a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, and Duke University's contract with the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association 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 U.S. 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. There are 10 diaries (1898-1944), 3 family account books (1900-1937) including one that details Glasson's daughters' expenses while students at Duke, and scrapbooks of clippings, photographs of Glasson as a young man, poems, and photographs of Cornell University.

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Contents of the Collection

Correspondence centers around Glasson's involvement in the Dept. of Economics and the Graduate School at Trinity College and Duke University, and his interest in pension systems. 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 U.S. Commissioner of Pensions.

1891-1906
Box 1 Folder 1
1907-1912
Box 1 Folder 2
1913-1915
Box 1 Folder 3
1916-1919
Box 1 Folder 4
1920-1925
Box 1 Folder 5
1926-1936
Box 1 Folder 6
1937-1945
Box 1 Folder 7

Writings include class notebooks kept while Glasson was a student, manuscripts, lecture notes, diaries, account books, and personal reflections captured in poems and prose. Included are recollections of Trinity and Duke, a variety of writings and lectures on money and banking, pension systems, and Durham's charter of incorporation. There are 10 diaries (1898-1944), 3 family account books (1900-1937) including one that details Glasson's daughters' expenses while students at Duke, copies of poems, and letters to the editor written to local newspapers.

Notes on lectures on economics taken at Cornell University, 1893
Folder 8
Notes on the lectures given by Professor Cheyney on English economic and social history, 1897
Folder 9
Notes on the lectures given by Professor Edwin R. A. Seligman on the science of finance and the history of political economy, 1899-1900
Folder 10
Publication: The South's Care for Her Veterans, The American Review of Reviews, July, 1907
Box 2 Folder 11
"Commission Government in American Cities," [1914]
Box 2 Folder 12
"Price Inflation: Its Beneficiaries and Its Victims," [1919]
Box 2 Folder 13
"The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences," [1927]
Box 2 Folder 14
"The Average Man's Savings," 1930
Box 2 Folder 15
"The Modern University and Its Functions," Dec. 11, 1931
Box 2 Folder 16
"Civil War Pensions: A Retrospective," Jan. 1, 1937
Box 2 Folder 17
"Memoirs of Duke University and Trinity College," 1938.

Includes correspondence.

Box 2 Folder 18
"History of the Department of Economics and business Administration," ca. 1938
Box 2 Folder 19
"Economic Effects of the World War," undated
Box 2 Folder 20
"The European War's Economic Effects Upon the U.S.," undated
Box 2 Folder 21
"Military Pensions and Soldiers' Insurance in the U.S.," undated
Box 2 Folder 22
"Optional City Charter and Municipal Finance Laws in N.C.," undated
Box 2 Folder 23
"Recent Progress in Municipal Government," undated
Box 2 Folder 24
"The South's Pension and Relief Provisions for the Soldiers of the Confederacy," undated
Box 2 Folder 25
"William Preston Few," undated
Box 2 Folder 26
Lecture notes for Economics 203, [Money and Banking], 1938-1940.
Box 2 Folder 27-29
"Military Pensions in American Public Finance and Politics," undated

Five lectures delivered at Johns Hopkins University.

Box 3 Folder 30
Notes and research materials, undated
Box 3 Folder 31
1898
Box 3 Folder 32
1900-1902
Box 3 Folder 33
1935
Box 3 Folder 34
1936
Box 3 Folder 35
1937
Box 4 Folder 36
1938
Box 4 Folder 37
1939
Box 4 Folder 38
1940
Box 4 Folder 39
1941
Box 4 Folder 40
1942
Box 4 Folder 41
1944
Box 5 Folder 42
Accounts kept at the George School, Bucks County, Pa., 1900-1901
Box 5 Folder 43
Record book of stocks owned by William H. Glasson and Mary P. Glasson, 1907-1945
Box 5 Folder 44
College expenses for Lucy P. Glasson and Mary E. Glasson, 1922-1933
Box 5 Folder 45
Small book of poems and prose, 1944-1945
Box 5 Folder 46
Six poems, undated
Box 5 Folder 47
Phi Beta Kappa, 1911-1929
Folder 48
Trinity College finances, [1912]-1920
Folder 49
Pensions, 1916-1935
Folder 50
Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America, 1918-1925
Folder 51
Minutes of the meeting of the Commission on University Organization, Jan. 26, 1925
Folder 52
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 1925-1938
Folder 53
Carl Shurz tour of American professors and students to Germany, July-Aug.1934
Folder 54
South Atlantic Quarterly, undated
Folder 55
Photographs of family and friends, undated
Box 6 Folder 56-57
Travel photographs taken in Florida, Colorado, and Venezuela and Italy, undated
Box 6 Folder 58
Photographs of Cornell University and Ithaca, NY, [ca.1900]
Box 6 Folder 59
[Postcards collected on Carl Schurz tour in Germany], [1934]
Box 6 Folder 60
Still life, 1900
Box 6 Folder 61
1897-1946
Folder 62
1899-1946
Folder 63
Trinity and Duke, 1920-1939
Folder 64
Programs, placecards, and invitations, 1892-1929
Folder 65
Trinity College, 1903-1926.

Includes commencement and graduation exercises, and a copy of Alexander Hamilton's Report on Manufactures presented to Dr. Glasson by John Franklin Crowell.

Folder 66

Included are drafts and copies of the city of Durham's charter and act to incorporate, Glasson's diplomas, and scrapbooks kept while Glasson was on the 1934 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.

Proposed charter and act to incorporate the city of Durham, 1915-1921
Folder 67
1896-1939
Folder 68
[ca.1900]-1941
Folder 69
Diplomas and Baptismal certificate, 1874-1939
Oversize 8

Historical Note

William Henry Glasson was born in Troy, NY. on July 26, 1874. He received his Ph.B. from Cornell University in 1896 and his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1900. Glasson was head of the Dept. of History and Civics at the George School (Newton, Pa.) from 1899-1902. He came to Trinity College in 1902. During this tenure at Trinity and Duke University, Glasson was instrumental in the development of the Dept. 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. Glasson 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.

Subject Headings

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Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

The William Henry Glasson Papers was received by the University Archives as a gift in 1954 (A48-1942) and in 1955 (A48-2022).

Processing Information

Processed by Linda Daniel

Completed October 10, 2003

Encoded by Linda Daniel, October 6, 2003

Updated by Sherrie Bowser, January, 2007

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.