MS 995 - Charles E. Perry Collection
|MS 995 - Charles E. Perry Collection
|BGSU Centennial History
Charles E. Perry or "Chuck" to most everybody, was a student, an athlete, an administrator, a fundraiser and a great friend of Bowling Green State University (BGSU) for over forty years beginning in the 1950's until his death in 1999.
This collection, donated by his wife, Betty Perry, in July 2000 and April 2010, documents his academic life, career, and involvement with athletics' fundraising at BGSU in the 1990's and the naming of the BGSU Field House in his honor in May 1998.
The collection, spanning the dates 1954 to 2008, is comprised of approximately 5 cubic feet of correspondence, files, literary productions, printed materials, certificates, resolutions, photographs, plaques, sports-related clothing and textiles as well as various trophies and artifacts from the very active life of Charles E. Perry.
No restrictions have been placed upon the use of this collection for scholarly research purposes. The finding aid was prepared by Eric Honneffer in December 2004 and expanded in September 2010.
From the Charles E. Perry Field House plaque:
Charles "Chuck" Perry was an alumnus of BGSU and a member of the champion football teams of the 1950s. Chuck has had a distinguished and successful career as a higher education administrator, government official and business executive. From 1959 through 1967, he served Bowling Green State University as Admissions Counselor, Director of Admissions, Director of Development and Assistant to the President. He has also created several important athletic related fundraising and support programs for BGSU, including the Falcon Club (1964) and the University Athletic Endowment.
In September 1969 Chuck was named Founding President of Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida. This gave him the distinction of being the youngest state university president in the country at that time.
After seven years as President of FIU Chuck embarked upon a seventeen year business career which included being President and Publisher of Family Weekly Magazine, President and CEO of Golden Bear International (Jack Nicklaus' business partner), Chairman and CEO of Worldvest, President and CEO of the Friedkin Companies, and Chairman and CEO of Western Trading and Management.
In 1992 Chuck "retired" to become founder/owner of Buffalo Creek Golf Club and Dean of the Graduate School of Management at the University of Dallas (known for granting the largest number of MBA's in the southwest).
On May 29, 1998 the BGSU Field House was named in Chuck's honor. He died a year later.
|Scope and Content
The Charles E. Perry Collection is comprised of correspondence, files, literary productions, printed materials, articles, clippings, photographs, awards and sports-related memorabilia pertaining to Chuck's academic life, career, and involvement with fundraising for athletics at BGSU and the dedication of the university's Field House in his honor in May 1998.
The prestigious public relations tribute - the Silver Anvil Award - was presented to BGSU and Chuck Perry in 1964. It is among the collection's more notable artifacts and is displayed at the Perry Field House.
Almost half of this collection concentrates upon Perry’s career planning and academic preparation to serve administratively at the university level first at BGSU and then in Florida as Governor Kirk’s Education Aide and as first president and founder of Florida International University. Further documentation shifts the focus to the business world when Perry oversaw the Charter Company’s Family Weekly publication and Jack Nicklaus’ Golden Bear organization. The other half of the collection concentrates upon Perry’s involvement with fundraising for BGSU athletics and the dedication of BGSU’s Field House in his honor. Details are extensively represented in the collection’s correspondence, printed materials, and photographs.
This collection contains a number of examples of sports apparel dating from both 1959 and the mid 1990’s. These include a 1959 MAC blanket, a letter jacket and sweaters from the same time period. Polo shirts and t-shirts mostly affiliated with BGSU are included from the mid 1990’s.
Most elements of the collection pay tribute to an incredible career and a remarkable talent for success.
DISSERTATION RESEARCH FILES
NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS AND ARTICLES
Box 2: Correspondence
Box 4: General Files
Box 5: Class files – Assignments, term papers, notes
Box 6: Dissertation Research Files
Box 9: C. Perry articles and clippings
Box 11: Golf course brochures
Box 12: Jack Nicklaus articles and golf publications
Box 15: Artifacts
Oversize Box 2: Plaques
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Oversize Box 4
Oversize Box 5
Oversize Box 6
Oversize Box 7