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WKU Hilltopper Heritage

WKU Hilltopper Heritage is a set of links to sources regarding the history of the university including biographies of faculty, staff and alumni, photographs and departmental histories. Some of the sites are maintained by other departments on campus and may not provide a link back to this site. In that event, use the BACK button on your browser, if you wish to return to this site.

For more information regarding the history of Western Kentucky University please contact the WKU Archives.


Administration Faculty & Staff
Alumni Photographs
Athletics Special Events
Buildings & Grounds Student Organizations
Collection Inventories WKU Traditions & Memories 

  Administration

Academic Departments & Colleges

A Century of Spirit - full-text searchable

Academics
Impact & Education
Integration

Agriculture - Collection Inventory
Allied Health

Publications - Collection Inventory

Consumer & Family Sciences

Consumer & Family Sciences, 1981-2001 - Collection Inventory
Consumer & Family Sciences, 2001-present - Collection Inventory
Fashion Show Programs

1981-1990, 1991-1999

Home Economics & Family Living, 1911-1969 - Collection Inventory
Linkages - full-text searchable

1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999
2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Spring Update, 2001 - full-text searchable

Dean of Students

Alfred Crabb Personal Papers - Collection Inventory  

Division of Extended Learning & Outreach - DELO

Summer School Publications - Collection Inventory

Education & Behavioral Sciences

Student Teacher Placement Cards - digitized

A Surnames 
B-H Surnames  
H Surnames
  
J-K Surnames 
L Surnames  
M Surnames  
N Surnames 
O Surnames
P Surnames  
Q-R Surnames  
SA-SM Surnames
U-V Surnames 
WA-WI Surnames 
WI-WY Surnames   
Y-Z Surnames 

English

Publications - Collection Inventory
Student Organizations - Collection Inventory

Graduate School

Annual Reports - Collection Inventory
Cravens Graduate Center - Bibliography
Graduate Council - Collection Inventory
Theses - Collection Inventory

History

Oral History Committee - Collection Inventory
Publications
- Collection Inventory

Industrial Education & Technology

Readout, newsletter

Vol. 1, No. 1, Vol. 2, No. 1, Vol. 3, No. 1, Vol. 4, No. 1 

Vertical File, available upon request

Journalism & Broadcasting

Bibliography
Programs
- Collection Inventory
Publications - Collection Inventory
Reports & Meeting Minutes - Collection Inventory
Self-Studies
- Collection Inventory
Student Organizations - Collection Inventory

Modern Languages

Publications - Collection Inventory

Music

Administrative File - Collection Inventory
Bowling Green Western Choral Society - Collection Inventory
Bowling Green-Western Symphony Orchestra - Collection Inventory
Curriculum - Collection Inventory
Founders Day Concert Program
Iolanthe Program, 1927 - digitized
Marching Band - Collection Inventory
Music Hall - Bibliography
Musical Festival Review, 1916 - digitized
Musical Theatre Program, 1947 - digitized
Publications - Collection Inventory
Western Minstrel - full-text searchable

1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989 1996
 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Ogden College of Science & Engineering - Collection Inventory

Report to Board of Regents, 1981 - digitized

Provost

Academic Council - Collection Inventory
Council of Academic Deans - Collection Inventory
Faculty Research Committee - Collection Inventory
Publications - Collection Inventory

Theatre & Dance

Midsummer Night's Dream Cast Photograph - digitized
Publications
- Collection Inventory

Training School / College High

Administration - Collection Inventory
Departments - Collection Inventory
Memorabilia - Collection Inventory
Parent Teacher Association - Collection Inventory

Scrapbook 1, 1952 - digitized
Scrapbook 2, 1951 - digitized
Scrapbook 3, 1945 - digitized
Scrapbook 4, 1954 - digitized
Scrapbook 5, 1955 - digitized

Publications - Collection Inventory

University Libraries

Administration

Annual Report, 1909 - digitized
Annual Report
, 1916 - digitized
Gordon Wilson Hall - Bibliography
Helm Library - Bibliography
Librarian's Notebook
, 1909-1930 - digitized
Scrapbook 1
- digitized
Scrapbook 2 - digitized

Special Collections / Kentucky Library & Museum

Awards - Collection Inventory
Events - Collection Inventory
Fanlight - full-text searchable

Vol. 1, No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, 1983-84
Vol. 2, No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, 1984-85
Vol. 3, No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, No. 5, No. 6, 1985-86
Vol. 4, No. 1, No 2., No. 3, No. 4, 1987
Vol. 5, No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, 1988
Vol. 6, No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, 1989-90
Vol. 7, No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, 1990-91
Vol. 8, No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 & 4, 1991-92
Vol. 9, No. 1, No. 2 & 3, No. 4, 1993-94

Kentucky Building - Bibliography
The Vinegar Hill Echo
- 1983-1989- full-text searchable

Women's Studies & Support Program

Awards - Collection Inventory
Publications
- Collection Inventory

Administrative Offices

A Century of Spirit - full-text searchable

Gifts
Leadership & Community
Philanthropy

Academic Budgets & Administration

Correspondence / Subject File - Collection Inventory
Reports  - Collection Inventory
Tuition - Bibliography 

Athletics
College Heights Foundation - Collection Inventory
Counseling & Testing Center

2010 Newsletters, September, October

Educational Telecommunications - Collection Inventory
Equal Opportunity
 - Collection Inventory
General Counsel

Case File - Collection Inventory
Committee File - Collection Inventory
Property File - Collection Inventory

Hilltopper Athletic Foundation - Collection Inventory
Institutional Research

Administration File - Collection Inventory
Correspondence / Subject File - Collection Inventory
Publications - Collection Inventory
Reports - Collection Inventory

Master Plan Committee - Collection Inventory

Master Plan, 1973 - digitized

Planning, Design & Construction - see Buildings & Grounds
Registrar

Commencement File - Collection Inventory
County Delegation Presidents Club - Collection Inventory
Course Schedules - Collection Inventory
Degree File - Collection Inventory
Enrollment Figures
Graduate Catalogs - Collection Inventory
Statistical File - Collection Inventory
Student Registers - Collection Inventory

Student Register 1907-1912 - digitized

Tuition - Bibliography 
Undergraduate Catalogs - Collection Inventory

University Relations

Photographs - Collection Inventory
Photographs - digitized
Publications
- Collection Inventory
Western - Calendar of Events - digitized

1973 - Feb., Sept., Oct., Dec.
1974 - Feb., March, April, May, Oct., Nov.
1975 - March, April, May, Oct., Nov., Dec./Jan.

University Wide Committees - Collection Inventory

WKU Police - Collection inventory

Bibliography
Security Reports - full-text searchable

2008, 2009, 2010

Allied Organizations

Lost River Cave

Photographs - Collection Inventory
Photographs - digitized

Mammoth Cave International Center for Science & Learning - Collection Inventory
WKU Small Business Development Center  - Collection Inventory

Newsletters, 2007-2010 - full-text searchable

Faculty / University Senate 

Collection Inventory
Committees - full-text searchable
Curriculum Committee - Collection Inventory
Legislation - full-text searchable
Meetings, Memos, Etc. - full-text searchable

Publications - Collection Inventory 
Salary Increase Press Release - Audio - Index

Faculty / Staff 

Faculty/Staff List 
Group Photos - digitized

1912, 1916, 1961, 1965

Founding Institutions

Bowling Green Business University (1906-1963)

J. Lewie Harman and Bibliography  
Sources 

Glasgow Normal School (1875-1890)

Alumni 
Collection Inventory

Historical Facts of Glasgow Normal School

Ogden College (1877-1927)

Collection Inventory
Sources

Pleasant J. Potter College (1889-1909)

Potter College Graduates 

Southern Normal School & Bowling Green Business College (1884-1906)

Collection Inventory
Henry Cherry - Collection Inventory
Joseph Dickey

Sources

Multimedia

Dero Downing Interviews - Audio - Collection Inventory
Donald Zacharias Interviews - Audio - Collection Inventory
John Minton Interviews - Audio - Collection Inventory
Kelly Thompson Interviews
- Audio - Collection Inventory
Kern Alexander Interviews - Audio - Collection Inventory
On Campus Interviews
- Audio - Collection Inventory
Salary Increase Press Conference - Audio - Index
Thomas Meredith Interviews - Audio - Collection Inventory

Photographs

Cherry Family Photos - Colletion Inventory
Cherry Family Photos - digitized
Departmental Photos
- Collection Inventory
Departmental Photos - digitized
Groups & Associations
- Collection Inventory
Groups & Associations - digitized
Portraits - Collection Inventory
Portraits - digitized

Administrators
Faculty/Staff

Presidents

Henry Hardin Cherry

Correspondence - Collection Inventory
Henry Cherry Educator-Politician - full-text searchable
Personal Papers - Collection Inventory

1915 Governer's Race Clippings

Photograph Collection - Collection Inventory
Photographs - digitized
Speech File
- Collection Inventory
  

Volume 5, part 1 - digitized
Volume 5, part 2 - digitized
Volume 5, part 3 - digitized

Vertical File

1906-2002 - digitized
1932-1986
- digitized

Paul Garrett

Awards - Collection Inventory
Photographs - digitized
Vertical File

Part 1 - digitized
Part 2 - digitized

Kelly Thompson

Awards - Collection Inventory
Construction File - Collection Inventory
Interviews / Oral Histories - Collection Inventory
Photographs - Digitized

Speech File - Collection Inventory
Subject/Correspondence - Collection Inventory
Vertical File

Part 1 - digitized
Part 2 - digitized
Part 3 - digitized

Dero Downing

Construction File - Collection Inventory
Interviews / Oral Histories - Collection File

Personnel File - Collection Inventory
Photographs - Digitized
Speech File - Collection Inventory
Subject File - Collection Inventory
Vertical File

Part 1 - digitized
Part 2 - digitized
Part 3 - digitized
Part 4 - digitized

John Minton

Interviews / Oral Histories - Collection Inventory
Photographs - Collection Inventory
Photographs - Digitized
Vertical File

Part 1 - digitized
Part 2 - digitized

Donald Zacharias

Interviews / Oral Histories - Collection Inventory
Photographs - Digitized

Speech File - Collection Inventory

A Time for Commitment & Change - full-text searchable 

Vertical File

Part 1 - digitized
Part 2 - digitized
Part 3 - digitized

Kern Alexander

Minority Support
Interviews / Oral Histories - Collection Inventory
Photographs - Digitized
Speech File - Collection Inventory 
Vertical File

Part 1 - digitized
Part 2 - digitized

Thomas Meredith

CHE Checks Affirmative Action Goals
Interviews / Oral Histories - Collection Inventory

Minority Vita Bank
Photographs - digitized
Speech File - Collection Inventory 
Vertical File

Part 1 - digitized
Part 2 - digitized
Part 3 - digitized
Part 4 - digitized

Gary Ransdell

Personal Papers - Collection Inventory
Photographs - Digitized

Board of Regents

Appointments - Collection Inventory
Biographical File
- Collection Inventory

Meeting Minutes - Collection Inventory
Meeting Minutes - full-text searchable

Regents Name Facilities - digitized 

Student Government Association

Constitution
Documents
Legislation
Meetings

Student Life

Student Life - A Century of Spirit

A college is not its campus, its walks, its buildings. A college is an ideal, a spirit, a long tradition, a zeal for more life and more knowledge.  It is more than its president, more than its board of control, more than its faculty and students of a single year.  A college represents the friendships and the achievements of all the known and unknown people who have made it possible, who have given it a distinct stamp, who have extended it material and moral support, who have interpreted its spirit into useful lives.

Believing as Western does that what is good for one is good for all and what is good for all is good for one, makes its work universal, puts service and continuity into its programs, and keeps its goal as far ahead of it as it was when it made its humble beginning.  

~Henry Cherry

Click on image to find more information on each president.

Henry Cherry

 

Paul Garrett

Kelly Thompson, Helen Stinnett & Yogi Hardin

Dero Downing Talking with Students

 

Hughlyne Wilson & John Minton

Donald Zacharias at Homecoming

 Kern Alexander

Thomas Meredith with unidentified student

Gary Ransdell

WKU Regents

Paul Cook

Barbara Burch

 Last Modified 9/13/13