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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.


  • 1956-02-03 - 1956-09-14


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.


1.0 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Papers of the former University of Alabama Dean of Men.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Joan Corson Stamp, 1996


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Guide to Louis D. Corson Papers
January 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266