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Victor Lawhead papers

Identifier: RG-04-01-06

Scope and Contents

This collection contains material from the personal life and professional career of Victor B. Lawhead. Professional documents include materials on the Carmichael Project, Freshman Orientation, the Honors College, and University Day, as well as copies of Lawhead’s published articles, speeches, and talks. It also includes materials from North Central Association accreditation visits, education conferences, correspondence, and other materials related to his years as a Professor of Education and as the Dean of Undergraduate Programs. Personal materials include records from Lawhead’s military career and Kiwanis Club membership, and biographical materials from his time as a student. The collection also holds transparencies for presentations, audio recordings of conference addresses and talks, and a sample of selected readings from Lawhead’s education courses as well as complete bibliography of these publications.


  • Creation: 1928-2013

Language of Materials

Materials primarily in English. Chinese education monograph, Chinese and Japanese language guides, Japanese calendar, and currency.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note / Historical Note / Administrative History

Victor Lawhead was born on February 26, 1919 in Vincennes, IN. Lawhead married Dorris (Barber) Lawhead on July 11, 1953. He began his education at DePauw University where he earned a B.A. in history in 1940. From 1940 to 1943, he taught social studies at Washington Jr. High School in Kokomo, Indiana. In 1943, Lawhead joined the United States Navy serving in the Pacific Theater as a lieutenant until 1946. After the war, he returned to his position at Washington Jr. High while also working on his M.A. in Administration at The Ohio State University which he received in 1947. From 1948 to 1950, Lawhead worked as a University Fellow at The Ohio State University and received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in 1950. He was hired as an Assistant Professor of Education in 1950 and was promoted to Associate Professor of Education in 1954 and Professor of Education in 1959. From 1958 to 1963, he served as an assistant and associate dean before becoming Dean of Undergraduate Programs in 1963, a position he held until his retirement in 1984. In addition, Lawhead served as Director of the Honors Program at Ball State from 1964 to 1967. Lawhead remained at Ball State University as Dean Emeritus of Undergraduate Programs and Professor Emeritus of Higher Education and Curriculum until his death on June 11, 2013. During his time at Ball State, Lawhead published dozens of articles on education, worked as a North Central Association accreditation consultant, and served as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) representative for the United States.


56.8 Cubic Feet (63 boxes)


Victor Lawhead Papers:

This collection is arranged in the following series and subseries:

Series 1: Administrative records, 1928-2013

Subseries 1.1: University Day records, 1968-1975

Subseries 1.2: Grant proposals, 1964-1985

Subseries 1.3: Carmichael Project materials, 1970-1981

Subseries 1.4: North Central Association materials, 1963-1984

Subseries 1.5: Student Orientation Planning materials, 1928-1982

Subseries 1.6: General Studies Program materials, 1953-1982

Subseries 1.7: Honors College materials, 1963-2012

Subseries 1.8: Women's Studies Program materials, 1975-1982

Subseries 1.9: WIPB materials, 1972-1980

Subseries 1.10: Faculty and Student recommendations, 1952-1998

Subseries 1.11: Cooperative Education materials, 1970-1980

Subseries 1.12: General Education Models materials, 1978-1981

Subseries 1.13: Higher Education materials, 1961-1982

Subseries 1.14: Undergraduate Programs materials, 1961-1982

Subseries 1.15: Undergraduate Curriculum materials, 1961-1985

Subseries 1.16: University materials, 1964 -1984

Subseries 1.17: Committee materials, 1961-1984

Subseries 1.18: Teacher Education materials, 1952-1988

Subseries 1.19: Administrative materials, 1953-2010

Series 2: Teaching and Faculty records, 1938-2009

Subseries 2.1: Education General 390 materials, 1964-2009

Subseries 2.2: Conference materials, 1953-1986

Subseries 2.3: Core Curriculum materials, 1947-1973

Subseries 2.4: Personal publications and talks, 1947-1981

Subseries 2.5: Sabbatical and Personal Leave materials, 1964-1984

Subseries 2.6: Teaching materials, 1938-2000

Series 3: Selected Readings, 1947-2006

Subseries 3.1: Academic Standards in Jeopardy, 1968-1983

Subseries 3.2: Aging in the Educational Context, 1974-1982

Subseries 3.3: Aims in Education, 1969-1971

Subseries 3.4: Assessment of Education, 1969-1975

Subseries 3.5: Athletics and Academics, 1992

Subseries 3.6: Behavior Modification, 1962-1975

Subseries 3.7: Censorship and Education, undated

Subseries 3.8: Church and State Issues in Education, 1963-2002

Subseries 3.9: Creativity and Education, 1960-1982

Subseries 3.10: Crisis of Confidence, 1947-1969

Subseries 3.11: Current Controversial Issues, 1965-1983

Subseries 3.12: Cultural Diversity, 1966-2003

Subseries 3.13: Education For Individuality, 1969-1982

Subseries 3.14: Educational Responses to Sex Differences, 1960-1986

Subseries 3.15: Ferment in Higher Education, 1968-1976

Subseries 3.16: The Futurist and Education, 1967-1997

Subseries 3.17: Gender Issues in Education, 1972-2003

Subseries 3.18: General and Specialized Education, March 6, 1961

Subseries 3.19: Education for the Gifted, 1993-2003

Subseries 3.20: Holocaust Studies, 1983

Subseries 3.21: Iconoclastic Views on Education, 1971

Subseries 3.22: Improving Elementary and Secondary Education, 1970-1990

Subseries 3.23: Life-Long Education, 1968-1977

Subseries 3.24: Mass Communication, 1962-1975

Subseries 3.25: Minorities and the Schools, 1953-1993

Subseries 3.26: New Approaches to Teaching, 1970-1974

Subseries 3.27: Policy and Operational Issues, 1993-2003

Subseries 3.28: Public versus Private Education, 1981-1990

Subseries 3.29: Science and the Humanities, 1979-2004

Subseries 3.30: Standardized Testins, 1997-2006

Subseries 3.31: Student Unrest, 1965-1999

Subseries 3.32: Sub-Culture of the Adolescent, 1967-1978

Subseries 3.33: Teacher-Student Relations, 1983-1999

Subseries 3.34: Two Cultures, 1963-1978

Subseries 3.35: Urban Crisis in Education, 1966-1974

Subseries 3.36: Values, 1963-2003

Series 4: Subject Files, 1941-2006

Series 5: Biographical materials, 1937-2012

Subseries 5.1: Military records, 1940-2007

Subseries 5.2: Kiwanis Club materials, 1970-2008

Subseries 5.3: Personal materials, 1937-2012

Subseries 5.4: Realia, 1999-2013

Series 6: Correspondence, 1944-2010

Subseries 6.1: Personal correspondence, 1944-2007

Subseries 6.2: Professional correspondence, 1955-2010

Series 7: Audio recordings, 1961-1982

Series 8: Professional bibliography

Subseries 8.1: Biographical Cards A through Z

Subseries 8.2: Selected Readings bibliography organized by topic

Subseries 8.3: Selected Readings bibliography organized by author

Subseries 8.4: Selected Readings bibliography organized by title

Subseries 8.5: Additional Readings organized by topic

Subseries 8.6: Additional bibliography

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Victor Lawhead on 1998/06/15, 2007/02/09, 2007/06/12, 2010/08/31, 2013/06/04, 2014/05/23, 2014/05/29.

Existence and Location of Box 11

Box 11 is temporarily located on the black table in 208A, until Star Press boxes have been relocated to 478.

Processing Information

Collection addition processing completed 2014/06/13 by Ryan Frick.

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Repository Details

Part of the Ball State University Archives Repository

Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana 47306 USA