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UA 002A - Office of the President (Homer B. Williams) Records, 1910-1943

Introduction

Homer B. Williams (1865-1943), served as the first President of Bowling Green State University from 1912-1937 and interim president for part of 1938-1939.   When Williams retired as president, BGSU had grown from a normal school to a state university, with an original faculty of 15 to one numbering over 100, and a student enrollment of 153 to one of over 1,800.   The campus had also grown, from the original Administration Building to nine buildings.

Duplication of materials in this collection is permitted for the purposes of preservation and research. No restrictions exist on the use of this collection.  As described in the Visiting Researcher Application Form, researchers using this collection assume full responsibility for conforming to the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright.

Materials found in this collection may be duplicated in other University Archives collections including overlaps between this collection and the collection of President Offenhauer.  

Biographical Sketch

Homer Williams was born to John and Mary (Secrest) Williams on October 16, 1865, in Mt. Ephraim, Ohio. After graduating from high school, Williams entered Ohio Northern and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. He continued his education at Baldwin-Wallace and completed graduate degrees there and at Columbia University in New York City. While a student at Ohio Northern, Williams met his future wife, Cora Brewer. The two were married in 1890 and had four children: Lloyd, John, Elbert and Mary Elizabeth.

Williams’ career as a teacher started in 1885, in rural and village schools. He was superintendent of schools at Dunkirk, Ohio from 1887 to 1889. He served successively in similar capacities at other Ohio school districts, including Caldwell (1889-1892), Kenton (1892-1894) and Cambridge (1894-1898), before being appointed as superintendent at Sandusky.  In May 1912 he accepted the position of president of the newly organized normal college in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Williams remained president of BGSU until his retirement in 1937. He was then named as head of the Bureau of Alumni Relations and returned as interim president in 1938 when his successor, Roy Offenhauer, was killed in an automobile accident. He stepped down when President Frank Prout was hired in 1939.

Williams and his wife were actively involved in the Bowling Green community. Williams took a leadership role within the community, specifically the Methodist Church, Kiwanis, the Town and Gown Club, and the Chamber of Commerce.

Williams died on September 22, 1943 and his wife died September 5, 1954.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of annual reports, subject files on construction projects and other topics, and correspondence to and from Williams. 

The collection is arranged into two groups - Subject Files and Correspondence Files, each organized alphabetically.

Collection size: 12 legal sized manuscript boxes (6 cubic feet).

For related materials, see The Homer B. Williams Papers (MS 99)

Inventory

Box 1:

1: Annual Report of Bowling Green State Normal College, 1914-1916
2: Auditorium Bids/Electrical Work, 1937-1938
3: Auditorium Bids/Equipment, 1937
4: Auditorium Bids/Equipment, 1938
5: Auditorium Bids/Painting, 1937
6: Auditorium Bids/Pipe Organ, 1937-1938
7: Auditorium Bids/Stage Equipment, 1937-1938
8: Auditorium Construction, 1936
9: Auditorium Construction, 1937
10: Auditorium Construction, 1937
11: Auditorium Construction, 1937
12: Auditorium Construction, 1938
13: Auditorium Costs, Recreation Room and Stadium, 1938
14: Auditorium Periodical Estimates for Partial Payment, 1937-1938

Box 2:

1: Bliss, J. Edward-Correspondence, 1931, 1934
2: BG City Board of Education-Correspondence/Agreements, 1916-1936, n.d. (sc.)
3: Building Equipment-Correspondence/Lists, 1916-1922, n.d. (sc.)
4: Commission on Normal School Sites, Report, 1910
5: Correspondence, General, 1917-1937, n.d. (sc.)
6: Correspondence: S (mostly supply orders), 1929- 1933
7: Gas and Water Wells, Reports, 1914-1923
7a: Grade Point Averages, 1934/35, 1936/37
8: Grounds/Buildings Improvement, 1922, 1927
9: Grounds/Buildings Improvement, 1928
10: Grounds/Buildings Improvement, 1928, 1930-1931
11: Gymnasium Bids/Equipment, 1926-1927
12: Gymnasium Bids/Equipment, 1927
13: Gymnasium Floor, 1936
14: Estimates: Electrical Chimes, 1932
15: Estimates: General Repairs, 1936-1937 (sc.)
16: Estimates: Windows in Williams Hall, 1934
17: Financial Data Miscellaneous, 1910-1938 (sc.)
18: Fraternities/Sororities Correspondence, Constitutions, 1929-1936, n.d. (sc.)
19: Historical Data on University, 1923-1937, n.d. (sc.)
20: Historical Data: University Seal/Colors, 1922, 1947, n.d.
21: Inspection Reports: Bowling Green State Normal College, 1931, 1932

Box 3:

1: Landscaping Bids, 1918-1926, n.d. (sc.)
2: Legislation, 1929-1935 (sc.)
3: Library Bids/Equipment, 1926
4: Library Bids/Equipment, 1926-1927
5: "The Orange and Brown", lyrics by J.W. Carmichael, n.d.
6: Practical Arts Building Bids/Equipment, 1925, 1929-1930
7: Practical Arts Building Bids/Equipment, 1931
8: Practical Arts Building Bids/Equipment, 1931
9: Practical Arts Building Bids/Equipment, 1932
10: Public Works Administration (PWA)- Applications for Construction, 1935-1936
11: Public Works Administration (PWA)- Applications for Construction, 1937
12: Radio Station Program-"College Night", (1931-1932)
13: Regulations, Miscellaneous, n.d.
14: School Visitations: Recruiting, 1934
15: Secretary of State, 1916-1933 (sc.)
16: Sewage Rates for College, (1934)
17: Shatzel Hall Bids/Equipment, 1922-1923
18: Shatzel Hall Bids/Equipment, 1924
19: Shatzel Hall Bids/Equipment, 1925-1925, n.d.
20: Soule Art Publishing Company, 1915

Box 4:

1: Stadium Construction, 1936-1937
2: Stadium Construction, 1937
3: Stadium Construction, 1937
4: Stadium Construction, 1937
5: State Auditor, 1914-1916 (sc.)
6: State Auditor, 1917-1918 (sc.)
7: State Auditor, 1921-1922
8: State Auditor, 1923-1924
9: State Auditor, 1925-1927
10: State Auditor, 1927-1933
11: State Auditor, 1933-1938
12: State Attorney General, 1916-1918
13: State Attorney General, 1919-1920
14: State Attorney General, 1921-1932 (sc.)

Box 5:

1: State Budget Commission, 1915-1918
2: State Budget Commission, 1919-1921
3: State Budget Commission, 1923-1929
4: State Budget Commission, 1930-1933
5: State Budget Commission, 1934-1938
6: State Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation, 1930-1933
7: State Civilian Rehabilitation Service , 1924-1927
8: State Civilian Rehabilitation Service, 1928-1929, n.d.
9: State Civil Service Commission, 1914-1916
10: State Civil Service Commission, 1917-1918
11: State Civil Service Commission, 1919-1920
12: State Civil Service Commission, 1921-1924
13: State Civil Service Commission, 1925-1927

Box 6:

1: State Civil Service Commission, 1928-1930
2: State Civil Service Commission, 1931
3: State Civil Service Commission, 1932-1934
4: State Civil Service Commission, 1935-1938
5: State Department of Education, 1919
6: State Department of Education, 1920-1921
7: State Department of Education, 1921-1922
8: State Department of Education, 1922-1923
9: State Department of Education, 1923-1924
10: State Department of Education, 1925

Box 7:

1: State Department of Education, 1926-1927
2: State Department of Education, 1928-1930
3: State Department of Education, 1930-1933
4: State Department of Education, 1934-1937
5: State Department of Finance, 1921-1922
6: State Department of Finance, 1923-1926
7: State Department of Finance, 1927-1929
8: State Department of Finance, 1930
9: State Department of Finance, 1931
10: State Department of Finance, 1932
11: State Department of Finance, 1933

Box 8:

1: State Department of Finance, 1934-1935
2: State Department of Finance, 1936-1937
3: State Department of Finance, 1938, 1942, n.d.
4: State Department of Health, 1921, 1922
5: State Department of Highways and Public Works, 1921-1922
6: State Department of Highways and Public Works, 1923
7: State Department of Highways and Public Works, 1924
8: State Department of Highways and Public Works, 1925
9: State Department of Highways and Public Works, 1925
10: State Department of Highways and Public Works, 1926
11: State Department of Highways and Public Works, 1926

Box 9:

1: State Department of Highways and Public Works, 1927
2: State Department of Highways and Public Works, 1927-1928
3: State Department of Highways and Public Works, 1929-1930
4: State Department of Highways and Public Works, 1930-1931
5: State Department of Highways and Public Works, 1932-1933
6: State Department of Highways and Public Works, 1934-1938 (sc.)
7: State Department of Industrial Relations, 1921-1939 (sc.)
8: State Department of Public Instruction, 1916-1918
9: State Department of Public Instruction, 1920-1921
10: State Governor, 1915-1921 (sc.)
11: State Governor, 1923-1936 (sc.)
12: State Industrial Commission, 1915-1928 (sc.)
13: State Library, 1918-1920
14: State Motor Vehicle Bureau, 1930-1931 (sc.)
15: State Purchasing Office, 1930-1931 (sc.)

Box 10:

1: State Reformatory (Mansfield), 1915-1918
2: State Reformatory (Mansfield), 1922-1925
3: State Reformatory (Mansfield), 1926-1927
4: State Relief Commission-Ohio Emergency Administration Establishment of Emergency Classes on Junior College Level, 1934
5: State Teachers Retirement System, 1920-1927
6: State Teachers Retirement System, 1928-1930
7: State Treasurer, 1918, 1923-1938 (sc.)
8: State Utilities Commission, 1917, 1918, 1920, 1930 (sc.)
9: State Welfare Department, 1931-1933 (sc.)
10: Steinle Construction Company, 1918-1919, 1921 (sc.)
11: Students: Miscellaneous Statistical Reports, 1934-1937
12: Walker, E.G.: Correspondence/Reports, 1919-1921 (sc.)
13: Williams: Portrait and Eulogy, 1936, n.d.
14: Winslow, Leon - Correspondence, 1921, 1941-1943

Box 11

1. Correspondence (A), 1937-1938
2. Correspondence (A), 1939-1940
3. Alumni Lists, Allen County through Putnam County, 1941-1942
4. Alumni Lists, Sandusky County through Wyandot County, 1941-1943
5. Alumni Relations, 1937-1938
6. Correspondence (Ba-Be), 1937-1938
7. Correspondence (Ba-Be), 1939-1940
8. Correspondence (Bi-Bo), 1937-1938
9. Correspondence (Bi-Bo), 1939-1940
10. Correspondence (Br-By), 1937-1938
11. Correspondence (Br-By), 1939-1940
12. Budget for Alumni Relations 1939-1940, October 20, 1938
13. Correspondence (Ca-Cl), 1937-1938
14. Correspondence (Co-Cu), 1937-1938
15. Correspondence (D), 1937-1938
16. Dormitory Statistics, Regional Colleges, February 18, 1939
17. Correspondence (E), 1937-1938
18. Correspondence (F), 1937-1940
19. Correspondence (G), 1937-1940
20. Correspondence (Ha), 1938-1940
21. Correspondence (He-Hi), 1938-1940
22. Correspondence (Ho-Hy), 1937-1938

Box 12

1. Correspondence (I), 1938
2. Inauguration of President Roy E. Offenhauer, April 13, 1938
3. Inauguration of President Frank J. Prout, October 21, 1939
4. Correspondence (J), 1937-1938
5. Correspondence (K), 1937-1938
6. Kohl Hall, Residents Listings, 1940-1941
7. Correspondence (La-Le), 1937-1938
8. Correspondence (Li-Lu), 1937-1940
9. Correspondence (Ma-Mc), 1937-1940
10. Correspondence (Me-My), 1937-1940
11. Correspondence (N), 1937-1938
12. NYA (National Youth Administration) Student Requests [from staff], 1939-1940
13. Correspondence (O), 1937-1938
14. Memorial Program for President Offenhauer and correspondence, March 1939
15. Correspondence (Pa-Pe), 1938
16. Correspondence (Pf-Pu), 1937-1940
17. Correspondence (Ra-Re), 1937-1940
18. Correspondence (Ri-Ru), 1937-1940
19. Correspondence (Sa-Se), 1937-1938
20. Correspondence (Sh-Sl), 1937-1940
21. Correspondence (Sm-Sp), 1937-1938
22. Correspondence (St-Sw), 1937-1940
23. Silver Anniversary Celebration, June 3-4, 1939
24. Correspondence (Wa), 1937-1938
25. Correspondence (We-Wi), 1937-1940
26. Correspondence (Wo-Wr), 1937-1938
27. Williams, Homer B. – Tribute by President Frank J. Prout, September 25, 1943