Charles M. Thompson Papers, 1892-1963
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Brief Description: Papers of Charles M. Thompson (1877-1963) A.B. '09, A.M. '10, Ph.D. '13, Dean of the College of Commerce & Business Administration (1919-1943), including correspondence; reports, clippings; manuscripts for articles, speeches & books (1921-59); publications; texts used in schools and colleges (1892-1912); and photographs relating to appointments (1914-38), Lincoln Way investigation (1911-14), Red Grange (1925), possible appointment as Secretary of Commerce (1928); the Chicago Traction settlement (1929), University presidency (1929-34), Urbana chamber of Commerce distinguished citizenship award (1934), Illinois Central educational program (1937), economics department chairman (1938), Illinois State Council of Defense (1942), retirement (1942-43), Illinois Post-War Planning Commission (1942-43), synthetic rubber program (1942), Commerce faculty rating sheets (1942-43), Veterans' Education Appeals Board (1950-57), and articles on economics & historical topics.  The series contains a 295-page autobiography about Southern Illinois family, village life, Spanish-American War military service, bakery work, school teaching, study at Illinois & Harvard, academic advancement, friends, students, philosophy of life, public & community service organizations, finances, the academic mind, public speaking, public service, political activities & university affairs; support by former students, businessman & commerce deans for the presidency (4-6/1933) & copies of Economic Overtones (1953-62), Thompson's monthly newsletter on his economic philosophy of "individualistic free enterprise".
Held at:
University of Illinois Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0798
Fax: (217) 333-2868
Email: illiarch [at]
Record Series Number: 9/1/20
Created by: Thompson, Charles Manfred (1877-1963)
Volume: 4.6 cubic feet
Acquired: 01/09/1963. 5/7/64; 2/24/66; 3/1/89
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Arrangement: Chronological
Subject Index
Business Archives
Chicago Traction
Commerce, United States Department of
Commerce and Business Administration, College of
Free Enterprise
Harvard University
Historical Fiction
Illinois, Southern
Illinois Post-War Planning Committee
Illinois State Council of Defense
Illinois Veterans' Education Appeals Board
Lincoln Way
Presidents, University
Rotary Club
School Teaching
Spanish American War
University Administration
Urbana Association of Commerce
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]