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Name Gordon Wilson Hall (WKU)
Details Other Names - Library
Date Built - 1927
Dedication - May 13, 1969
Cost of Construction - $200,000
Architects - Brinton Davis

Namesake:
Alexander Gordon Wilson, Sr. (1888-1970) was born in Calloway County, Kentucky. At 18, he enrolled at Clinton College in Clinton, Kentucky and after graduating he began teaching. In 1908, after being "dissatisfied with his limited training," he came to Bowling Green and enrolled in the Western Kentucky State Normal School. In 1912, he was asked to teach a few classes in English and Latin remaining until 1959. Wilson received his A.B. in 1919 from Indiana University, his M.A. in 1924 and his Ph.D. in 1930. He was a well-known folklorist and an English professor. In 1928 he became head for the English Department and remained there for 31 years until his retirement in 1959. Also in 1959, the "Gordon Wilson English Award" was established.

History:
Gordon Wilson Hall originally served as the university's library until 1965 when Margie Helm library was opened. The building's ten columns are taken from classic Greek architecture. The outside of the three-story building is constructed of Warren County white stone. The building has housed the Department of Journalism, and the Department of Theatre and Dance. The building was dedicated on May 13, 1969.

For information on University Libraries see also: Recitation Hall, Cedar House, Kentucky Building, Margie Helm Library and Cravens Graduate Center & Library.

Additions:
1929 - fountain added, designed by Henry Wright, portions donated by Perry Snell

1967 - air conditioning installed, study rooms, classrooms, offices, auditorium and stage added after library moved

1968 - general renovations

1970's - rear steel and glass stairway added

1997 - $10,000 for painting lobby

College Heights Herald:
1932 November 18, p. 1
1941 February 28, p. 1
1949 February 11, p. 1
1954 December 10 p. 7
1956 January 13, p.1
1958 July 18, p. 7
1960 February 19, p. 4 - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/
1961 April 28, p. 3 - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/
1968 September 19, p. 6 - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/
1969 February 13, p. 1; April 17, p. 9; October 24, p. 5 - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/
1973 May 1, p. 14
1985 February 5, p. 3
1986 October 7, p. 3
1989 August 22, p. 10A; September 7, p. 11
1994 April 19, p. 12

"Equipment for New Library is Now Purchased," Nov. 1927.

"New Library Building is Now Ready for Occupancy; Opening for New Semester," Jan. 1928.

"Renovation, Remodeling Set for Van Meter, Former Library," Oct. 26, 1967.

Tate, Jim. "Renovation to House Facilities for New Speech Department," April 4, 1968. - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/

Park City Daily News:
"Two WKU Buildings to Be Remodeled," Oct. 18, 1967.

Weaver, LaMar. "An Air-Raising Experience," photo, Aug. 23, 1989.

"Western Repainting Wilson Hall Lobbies," April 21, 1997.

Documents & Primary Sources:
UA1F Articles on Western Buildings - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/1827/

UA2 Board of Regents Meeting Minutes - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/bor/

1929 - November 16 - fountain - digitized
1968 - September 21 - building named - digitized

UA3/3/4 Kelly Thompson Construction File - inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/103/

UA30/1/1 Planning, Design & Construction - Blueprints, Drawings & Plans - inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/81

UA51/3/3 Library Special Collections Publications:
Historic Architecture at Western Kentucky University - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/1786/

Walk Talk - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/1785/

UA68/13/2 Journalism & Broadcasting - Reports & Meeting Minutes - inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/70/

UA68/13/5 Journalism & Broadcasting - Student Organizations - inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/73
Archives Entries 22
Library Entries 1
Object Entries 1
Photograph Entries 140

Associated Records

Image of UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 11. Collections Subseries 6. Leon Garrett Digital Collection - Garrett, Leon

UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 11. Collections Subseries 6. Leon Garrett Digital Collection - Garrett, Leon

A collection of fourteen digital images scanned from slides loaned to the University Archives by Leon Garrett. The images depict the stadium and colonnade, Cherry Hall, Gordon Wilson Hall, Kentucky Building and the Old Fort Bridge.

Image of UA30.1 Planning, Design & Construction Series 1. Blueprints, Drawings & Plans - Planning, Design & Construction (WKU)

UA30.1 Planning, Design & Construction Series 1. Blueprints, Drawings & Plans - Planning, Design & Construction (WKU)

Blueprints, drawings and plans of WKU buildings and campus created by the Department of Planning, Design & Construction.

Image of UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 11. Collections Subseries 7. Bill Lee Slide Collection - Lee, William C.

UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 11. Collections Subseries 7. Bill Lee Slide Collection - Lee, William C.

A collection of 203 slides of Ogden College related photographs and documents.

Image of UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 11. Collections. Subseries 15. W.H. Lowe - Lowe, William Herman, 1897-1987

UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 11. Collections. Subseries 15. W.H. Lowe - Lowe, William Herman, 1897-1987

Collection of slides photographs and negatives taken by W.H. Lowe of WKU campus, family and friends.

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.

Image of UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 11. Collections. Subseries 29. Franklin Studios Collection - Franklin Studio

UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 11. Collections. Subseries 29. Franklin Studios Collection - Franklin Studio

Photographs created by Franklin Studios arranged in numerical order. Images are generally numbered and duplicates are found throughout the WKU Archives Photograph Collections, especially for individual buildings. See container list for list of images in other locations.

Image of UA1B2/1/8 Owen Lawson Oral History Interview Part I - Western Kentucky University

UA1B2/1/8 Owen Lawson Oral History Interview Part I - Western Kentucky University

Interview conducted by Paul Trafton with Owen Lawson former WKU Physical Plant director.

Image of UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 2. Buildings - WKU Archives

UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 2. Buildings - WKU Archives

Photographs, negatives, postcards, drawings, slides and digital images of Western Kentucky University buildings. Includes buildings of founding institutions. Subseries 1. Academic Athletic Performance Center / Diddle Arena Subseries 2. Academic Complex Subseries 3. Agricultural Exposition Center Subseries 4. Proposed Buildings Subseries 5. Barnes-Campbell Subseries 6. Barracks Subseries 7. Bates-Runner Subseries 8. Bemis Lawrence Subseries 9. Cabell Hall Subseries 10. Cedar House aka Faculty House Subseries 11. West Hall Subseries 12. Unidentified Subseries 13. Cherry Hall, 1937+ Subseries 14. Glasgow Normal School Subseries

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 81, No. 30 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3678">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3678</a> issue is misnumbered. WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Articles in this issue: Paul, Corey. Alpha Gamma Rhos Apologize for Unbecoming Activities McNamara, Andrew. Cards May Replace Keys on Campus McNamara, Andrew. Inspections Test Food Services Bosken, Nina. Gospel Music Fills Downing University Center Theater McNamara, Andrew. Parking Solution Unresolved New Program a Plus - Homeland Security Science Osborne, Jenni. Get Tough on Animal Abusers Newton, Pa

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. XV, No. 9 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3807">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3807</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Alumni News Athletics Club Notes Decade Ago on College Heights Musical Morsels Payoff with Pay Personals Society This issue contains articles: Western's Concert Band to Present Program over WSM. March 31st English Teachers to Meet Here Next Week Faculty Reception Held in Gym Friday Night Kentucky Building Continues; Finish Seen for Summer Today's Books - We Suggest . . . S

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 17, No. 10 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3838">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3838</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Alumni Flashes Athletics Club - Notes Engagements - Weddings Faculty Notes Hilltopics Looking Backward Society - Personals Sports Spotlight This issue contains articles: Western Players Select A.A. Milne's Farce for Spring Show - Mr. Pim Paul Rutledge to Speak in State Oratorical Graduate Work Organization Complete for Summer Term Trophy Display Site Selected Toppers May

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 20, No. 12 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4505">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4505</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Hilltopics Looking Backward The Chapel Hour Alumni Flashes Weddings - Engagements Personals Music Notes Daily Doings The Service Column Spikes, Cleats & Sneakers This issue contains articles: Nila Magidoff of Russia to Speak at Chapel Book Drive of World Student Service Fund Continues Gwen Billings, Bob Holdsworth Do Graduate Work April Fool's Day to be Theme of

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 21, No. 13 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4527">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4527</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Hilltopics Faculty Notes Alumni Notes Society - Personals Spikes Cleats & Sneakers The Service Column Alumni Flashes The Chapel Hour Sharps & Flats Accidentals Looking Backward Kentucky Building News Book Marks This issue contains articles: Western Offers Numerous Opportunities Talisman and Military Queens are Crowned Malcolm Arnett Speaks Students

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 22, No. 13 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4547">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4547</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Book Marks Rural School Notes Faculty Notes Kentucky Building News Society Page From the Press Box The Service Column Alumni Flashes Hilltopics This issue contains articles: Grise, Finley. Dean Lauds Western's Educational Standards Avalon Wins Future Farmers of America Field Day Mitchell Davis to Assist in Education Department Talisman Sent to Engraver Registrar

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 40, No. 7 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4629">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4629</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Book Marks Religious News Hilltopics Musical Notes Social Activities Calendar Faculty Facts Society Looking Backward ROTC News Kentucky Building This issue contains articles: President Kelly Thompson Speaks to Committee Science Foundation Grant Brings Total to $232,110 Anne Shaver Wins First Place in American Association of University Women Plans for New Men's Dormitory Get Underw

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Western Kentucky University - Maupin, John

Campus master plan showing existing and proposed buildings published in the College Heights Herald. Larger version available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4702">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4702</a>.

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 47, No. 7, misnumbered, available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4725">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4725</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: Homecoming - '67 Style - Begins Gubernatorial Mock Election Slated Tuesday After Debates Dr. Cleo Smith Booked as Next WKU Lecture Opera Theater to Offer Productions Four Tops to Perform Here November 7 Renovation, Remodeling Set for Van Meter, Former Library - Gordon Wils

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

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