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Herman B Wells biography

 Please join us this Wednesday, April 18, from 5-6:30 in the Wells Library lobby to celebrate the release of Professor James Capshew’s Herman B Wells: The Promise of the American University.

Further information about the event can be found here. As mentioned in the press release, Dr. Capshew heavily utilized our collection for his research, so we have been asked to help with the event! If you visit the Wells Library lobby, you will see that we have already installed exhibits in both the East and West cases. The West case features a chronological exhibit of Dr. Wells, while the East case has “‘Thank God for Herman B Wells: Wells and the Student Touch,” highlighting the special relationship Dr. Wells had with students through the entirety of his career. In addition to photographs from our collection, we have also included selections from Wells’ presidential and chancellor’s records, speeches and writings, as well as oral histories from former students. Additionally, Archives intern Whitney Olthoff helped develop a looping slide show of Wells images for the lobby flat screens, posters for the pillars, and tent cards for the tables featuring Wells trivia!

He had an astounding memory, but additionally, he was phenomenally human. He had the capacity to share the moment with anybody, it seemed like.
-John Harrold, Class of 1961, in a 2008 oral history

Chancellor Wells speaking with member of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), 1969.

The reception is open to the public, so please join us for “Wells-themed” hors d’oeuvres (fried chicken! green beans! Dr. Wells’ favorite cake!) will be served. Copies of the biography will be available for purchase and Dr. Capshew will be on hand to sign them.

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