William Sutton papers
Scope and Contents
This collection includes correspondence, news clippings, manuscripts, research materials, photographs, and other files from William Sutton ranging from 1874 to 1980 regarding Sutton's career as a faculty member in the English Department at Ball State University. Of particular note is the series Famous Writers correspondence, that contains letters exchanged between Sutton and several well-known authors or their family members.
Language of Materials
Materials in English.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Archives and Special Collections.
William A. Sutton, English professor and Republican city councilman, was born in Cleveland, Ohio on December 2, 1915. His father, Leonard Sutton, emigrated from England in 1911.
In 1936 Sutton received his B.A. degree from Western Reserve University, and went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Ohio State University in 1937 and 1943, respectively. Sutton taught English at Ohio State University, Muskingum College, and the University of Tennessee before joining the faculty of the Ball State University English department in 1947.
An active member of the First United Presbyterian Church, Sutton helped organize the Delaware County Council of United Church Men. He also was responsible for the formation of the Delaware County Safety Council, and served as president of the council for two years. In addition to these two organizations, Sutton was also a member of the Executive Committee of the Delaware Council of the Boy Scouts Association, member and president of the Muncie City Council, chairman of the Delaware County Republican Central Committee, and a precinct committeeman.
Dr. Sutton retired from Ball State University on November 24, 1980.
6.8 Cubic Feet (10 Boxes)
Arranged in the following series:
Series 1: Affirmative Action files
Series 2: Authors files
Series 3: Communist Countries clippings
Series 4: General correspondence
Series 5: Departmental Matters files
Series 6: "Manglish" files
Series 7: Manuscripts written by others
Series 8: Subject files
Series 9: Poems files
Series 10: Rhymes files
Series 11: Sexual Fairness files
Series 12: Other Projects files
Series 13: Famous Writers correspondence
Series 14: Manuscripts written by Sutton and others
Series 15: Robert Frost photographs
Series 16: Margaret Bourke-White correspondence
Series 17: Carl Sandburg files
This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a gift from Dr. William Sutton in several transfers from 1979 to 1980.
No further additions are expected.
EAD finding aid created 2012/03/21 by Lisa Barney.
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