Collection includes extensive
correspondence with leaders in the pioneer field of higher education, administrative papers
from Cowley's various positions in college administrations, materials on the history,
administration and taxonomy of higher education, outlines from lectures given at Stanford,
and a series of research notebooks kept by Cowley on the subject of higher education. The
collection also includes published and unpublished articles, papers, speeches, and
WW.H. (Hal) Cowley was born in Petersburg, Virginia on May 28, 1899. Shortly thereafter his
family moved to New. York City where he lived until the age of twenty-one. He graduated from
Dartmouth College in 1924, and received his Ph. D. in 1930 from the University of Chicago.
Although he took his advanced degree in Psychology, an interest in higher education (which
had been growing since his undergraduate days at Dartmouth) led to a succession of jobs in
college administration: as Assistant to the President and Head of Placement Services,
briefly, at the University of Chicago, as a professor of Psychology with the Educational
Research Bureau at Ohio State University from 1931 through 1937, and as President of
Hamilton College from 1938 to 1944.
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