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Louis D. Corson Papers

Identifier: MSS-0360

Scope and Contents

The collection contains the papers of Louis D. Corson, Dean of Men at The University of Alabama from August 1955 through December 1957. Included are correspondence, documents, newspaper and magazine articles, as well as photographs concerning the on-campus riots on February 3-6, 1956. There are also copies of articles and magazines dealing with the state of college and university education and integration across the country.

The collection also includes a variety of University event programs and publications.


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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Due to thenature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access to certain materials may require additional advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are responsible for using the materials in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any copyright claimants in collection materials. Copyright for official University records is held by The University of Alabama. The library claims only physical ownership of many manuscript collections. Anyone wishing to broadcast or publish this material must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of literary property rights or copyrights. Please contact Special Collections ( with questions regarding specific manuscript collections.For more information about copyright policy, please visit: Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals without the consent of those individuals may have legal implications, for which The University of Alabama assumes no responsibility.

Biographical / Historical

Louis D. Corson, son of Ada M. Strickland (Mrs. Oscar I.), was born on July 30, 1915 in Wheeling, West Virginia. He graduated from West Virginia University in 1937 (he wrote and composed the school's alma mater in 1936) with a bachelor's degree in history. He also received a master's degree in history from West Virginia University; he received his doctorate in higher education from Stanford University.

He served as a commissioned officer in the Army Air Corps during World War II and with the Air Force in the Korean War.

He married Joan Adelaide Stifel of Wheeling in 1947; the couple had two daughters. Corson died in September 1982.


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Language of Materials



Papers of the former University of Alabama Dean of Men.


Gift of Joan Corson Stamp, 1996


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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266