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Guide to the Guilford M. Wiley Papers, 1908-1954 MSS 084

Guide to the Guilford M. Wiley Papers, 1908-1954

MSS 084

Summary Information

Abstract
Guilford M. Wiley served as the principal of La Crosse Central High School from 1921-1926 and as the La Crosse Superintendent of Schools from 1926-1942. Wiley later became involved in politics and served from 1946-1950 in the Wisconsin State Legislature as Republican member of the Assembly from Trempealeau County. In 1952, he was an unsuccessful candidate for lieutenant governor. Wiley passed away in 1955. Materials in the collection include correspondence (1931-1933; 1945-1954), scattered issues of the La Crosse Central High Tribune (1922; 1928), miscellaneous materials (ca. 1938-1954), materials from the National Council of Presbyterian Men (1943-1954), newspaper clippings arranged by topic (1939-1954), materials from Wiley's political career (1949-1954), twenty photographic postcards depicting the evangelist Reverend Billy Sunday (ca. 1908), and a newspaper clipping scrapbook (1938-1939) containing articles pertaining to the La Crosse public schools.
Collection Title
Guilford M. Wiley Papers
Date of Materials
1908-1954
Creator
Wiley, Guilford M., 1880-1955
Call Number
MSS 084
Amount
0.6 cubic feet
Physical Description
1 archives box, 1 bound volume
Language of Materials
English
Repository
La Crosse Public Library Archives

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Guilford M. Wiley Papers, MSS 084, La Crosse Public Library Archives, La Crosse, WI

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Biographical Note

Guilford M. Wiley was born on July 10, 1880, in Whiteland, Indiana. He studied at Franklin College in Indiana, Indiana University, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. He was principal of Central High School in La Crosse, Wisconsin, from 1921-1926, and then served as superintendent of the La Crosse schools until 1942.

Wiley served his community in other ways as well. He was president of the La Crosse Kiwanis Club, member of the board of directors of the La Crosse YMCA, and president and secretary of the Western Wisconsin Teachers Association. He also served as field secretary for the National Council of Presbyterian Men.

Wiley became involved in politics and served from 1946-1950 in the Wisconsin State Legislature as Republican member of the Assembly from Trempealeau County. In 1952, he was an unsuccessful candidate for lieutenant governor. Wiley passed away in 1955.

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of records generated or accumulated during the educational and political careers of Guilford M. Wiley. Materials include correspondence (1931-1933; 1945-1954), scattered issues of the La Crosse Central High Tribune (1922; 1928), miscellaneous materials (circa 1938-1954), materials from the National Council of Presbyterian Men (1943-1954), and loose newspaper clippings grouped by topic (1939-1954).

Many of the newspaper clippings pertain to information about the La Crosse School District, although other topics are covered as well. Other materials include items from Wiley's political career (1949-1954), and twenty photographic postcards depicting the evangelist Reverend Billy Sunday (1908). An indexed newspaper clipping scrapbook (1938-1939) containing articles pertaining to the La Crosse public schools is also included.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

La Crosse Public Library Archives 2005

800 Main St.
La Crosse, Wisconsin, 54601
(608) 789-7136
archives@lacrosselibrary.org

Access to Materials

Materials in this collection are available for patron use.

Acquisitions Information

(Accession no. 2005.044) Donated by the La Crosse County Historical Society, May 2005.

Processing Information

Processed by Christine Stolz, 2005

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Central High School (La Crosse, Wis.).
  • La Crosse (Wis.). Board of Education.
  • Republican Party (Wis.).

Geographic Name(s)

  • Wisconsin--Politics and government

Personal Name(s)

  • Sunday, Billy, 1862-1935
  • Wiley, Guilford M., 1880-1955

Subject(s)

  • High school principals--Wisconsin--La Crosse
  • Public schools--Wisconsin--La Crosse
  • School superintendents--Wisconsin--La Crosse

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Collection Inventory

Correspondence 

Box Folder

 1931-1933 

1 1

 1945-1951 

1 2

 1952 

1 3

 1953-1954 

1 4
Box Folder

La Crosse Central High Tribune, 1922, 1928 

1 5

Miscellaneous, circa 1938-1954 

1 6

National Council of Presbyterian Men, 1943-1954 

1 7

Newspaper clippings 

Box Folder

Alumni, 1939 

1 8

Board of Education, 1939-1940 

1 9

Budget, 1939-1940 

1 10

Building repair and construction, 1939-1940 

1 11

Central High School publicity, 1939-1940 

1 12

Commencements, 1940 

1 13

Dedications, 1940 

1 14

Dulles grave history project, 1954 

1 15

Editorials, 1939-1940 

1 16

Enrollment and attendance, 1939-1940 

1 17

Galesville Founder's Day, 1954 

1 18

Health, 1940 

1 19

Junior programs, 1939-1940 

1 20

Logan High School publicity, 1939-1940 

1 21

Miscellaneous, 1940, 1947 

1 22

Music, 1940 

1 23

Parent organizations, 1939-1940 

1 24

Red Cross, 1939-1940 

1 25

Safety, 1939-1940 

1 26

School district boundaries, 1939 

1 27

Sports and recreation, 1939-1940 

1 28

Teachers, 1939-1940 

1 29

Tenure, 1939-1940 

1 30

Wiley, Guiford M. 

Box Folder

Biographical, 1942-1951 

1 31

Political career 1947-1950 

1 32
Box Folder

Wisconsin GOP Convention, 1952 

1 33
Box Folder

Political career, 1949-1954 

1 34

Postcards of Rev. Billy Sunday, circa 1908 

1 35
Volume

Newspaper clipping scrapbook, 1938-1939 

1