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Name Thompson, E. Kelly, 1909-1993
Other Names Kelly Thompson
Birth Date 1/28/1909
Place of Birth Lebanon, KY
Death Date 8/14/1993
Place of Death Bowling Green, KY
Spouse Sarah Pearce
Children Hardin Thompson (1938 - 1963)
Kelly David Thompson
Pattye Thompson
Nationality American
Education BS WKU
MS WKU
Occupation WKU President 1955-1969
Publications Athletics at Western
How Now the North Atlantic Community
Today's Image of the Laboratory School
Archives Entries 96
Library Entries 18
Object Entries 0
Photo Entries 125
Notes Kelly Thompson Vertical File Part 1
Kelly Thompson Vertical File Part 2
Kelly Thompson Vertical File Part 3

Ryan, Ed. Kelly Thompson Shocks Regents, Resigns as President of Western, LCJ, 5/22/1969

Ryan, Ed. Western Students Pay Tribute to Resigning President, LCJ, 6/1969

Thompson Submits Resignation as WKU President, PCDN, 5/21/1969

Associated Records

Image of UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 3. Portraits Subseries 1. Administrators - WKU Archives

UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 3. Portraits Subseries 1. Administrators - WKU Archives

Images of administrators of Western Kentucky University and its founding institutions.

Image of Papers - Farley, Seth, 1917-1999

Papers - Farley, Seth, 1917-1999

Correspondence related to Seth Farley's varied educational, civic, religious, and political interests. The Henderson County native was a professor in the Educational Leadership Department, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Image of Papers - Neal, Mary Julia, 1905-1995

Papers - Neal, Mary Julia, 1905-1995

Correspondence, speeches, and writings of Shaker scholar and English professor, Mary Julia Neal, a native of Auburn, Kentucky. Neal served as director of the Kentucky Library & Museum at Western Kentucky University from 1964 to 1972. Includes photos and correspondence with twentieth century eastern Shakers.

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Papers - Canon, Ernest Hubert, 1887-1978

Correspondence related to Ernest Hubert Canon's positions as secreatry of the Kiwanis Club of bowlling Green, Kentucky and chiarman of the committee on Kiwanis Education for the Kentucky-Tennessee District.

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Series 2. Building File - Planning, Design & Construction (WKU)

UA30.1 Planning, Design & Construction Series 2. Building File - Planning, Design & Construction (WKU)

Records created during the construction and renovation of buildings at WKU.

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UA3 President's Office - President's Office (WKU)

Records created by and about the WKU President's Office. The record group is broken down into series and subseries based upon the administrations of the presidents. Series 1. Henry Hardin Cherry Series 2. Paul L. Garrett Series 3. Kelly Thompson Series 4. Dero Downing Series 5. John Minton Series 6. Donald Zacharias Series 7. Kern Alexander Series 8. Thomas Meredith Series 9. Gary Ransdell Series 10. Timothy Caboni

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Papers - Bell, Charles R., 1891-1976

Correspondence related to the selection of Kelly Thompson as president of Western Kentucky State College in 1955.

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Papers - Bell, Charles R., 1891-1976

Correspondence related to the selection of Kelly Thompson as president of Western Kentucky State College in 1955.

Image of Papers - Stickles, Arndt Mathis, 1872-1968

Papers - Stickles, Arndt Mathis, 1872-1968

Correspondence, both personal and professional, as well as research material related to books and articles published by Arndt Mathis Stickles, a native of Indiana and a professor of history at Western Kentucky University from 1908 to 1954. His most popular book was "Simon Bolivar Buckner: Borderland Knight."

Image of UA3 President's Office Series 3. Kelly Thompson - WKU President's Office - Thompson

UA3 President's Office Series 3. Kelly Thompson - WKU President's Office - Thompson

Records created by the President's Office during the Kelly Thompson administration. This series is broken down into the following series. Series 1. Subject/Correspondence File Series 2. Speeches Series 3. Awards Series 4. Construction File Series 5. Interviews/Oral History Series 6. Publications

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UA3 President's Office Series 3. Kelly Thompson 3. Awards - WKU President's Office - Thompson

Awards given to Kelly Thompson during the course of his career.

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Papers - Travelstead, Chester

Chiefly personal and professional correspondence, speeches, journal articles, reminiscences and news clippings of noted educator Chester Coleman Travelstead. Of particular interest are the materials related to his 1955 dismissal from the University of South Carolina owing to his stance on racial integration. Also includes correspondence and diaries of his mother Nelle (Gooch) Travelstead, long-time Western Kentucky University faculty member.

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UA19 Athletics Series 3. Football - Football (WKU)

Records created by football coaches regarding athletes, activities, conferences and tournaments. These men have served as football coaches: 1913-14 - Macon Leiper, Roy Manchester 1914-16 - J.L. Arthur 1917-19 - no team 1920-21 - L.T. Smith 1922-28 - E.A. Diddle 1929-30 - Carl "Swede" Anderson 1930-31 - James Elam 1932 - Ernie Miller 1932-33 - Jesse Thomas 1934-37 - Carl "Swede" Anderson 1938-41 - W.L. "Gander" Terry 1942-43 - Arnold Winkenhofer 1943-45 - no team 1945-47 - Jesse Thomas 1948-56 - Jack Clayton 1957-67 - Nick Denes 1968-83 - Jimmy Feix 1984-88 - Dave Roberts 1989-02 - Jack Harbaugh 2003-09 - David Elson 2010-12 - Willie Taggart 2013 - Bobby Petino 2014

Image of UA4 Academic Budgets & Administration Series 2 Correspondence/Subject File - Academic Budgets & Administration (WKU)

UA4 Academic Budgets & Administration Series 2 Correspondence/Subject File - Academic Budgets & Administration (WKU)

Correspondence and subject files created by the office of Academic Budgets & Administration and its reporting offices: Academic Budgets Manager of Academic Resources PIE Grants Coordinator

Image of UA3 President's Office Series 3. Kelly Thompson Subseries 1. Subject/Correspondence File - WKU President's Office - Thompson

UA3 President's Office Series 3. Kelly Thompson Subseries 1. Subject/Correspondence File - WKU President's Office - Thompson

Correspondence to and from Kelly Thompson regarding university administration and other issues, arranged alphabetically by subject and correspondent.

Image of UA3 President's Office Series 3. Kelly Thompson Subseries 4. Construction File - WKU President's Office - Thompson

UA3 President's Office Series 3. Kelly Thompson Subseries 4. Construction File - WKU President's Office - Thompson

Construction file regarding construction of new buildings, renovation of existing buildings and bond issues during Kelly Thompson's tenure as WKU President.

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UA1F WKU Archives Multimedia Resources / Vertical File - WKU Archives

Electronic and multimedia resources created by WKU Archives regarding Western Kentucky University departments and history. Non-WKU created ephemera related to WKU history.

Image of UA1B University Wide Committees/Events 1. Events 1. Rodes-Helm Lecture Series - Rodes-Helm Lecture Series (WKU)

UA1B University Wide Committees/Events 1. Events 1. Rodes-Helm Lecture Series - Rodes-Helm Lecture Series (WKU)

These records were created by and about the Rodes-Helm Lecture Series which invites distinguished, and prominent individuals from the spheres of politics, economics, and the arts, to lecture at the university. The records include programs, and recordings of lectures.

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Anna & Betty Cook Oral History - WKU Archives

Anna Jo Cook Pickens and Betty Jo Cook Gibson were twin cheerleaders at WKU in the 1940's.