Clark D. Ahlberg Papers

Collection Summary

Title: Clark D. Ahlberg Papers
Call Number: MS 89-16
Size: 138.5 linear feet
Acquisition: Transferred from university offices
Processed by: MTK and RTL, 2-15-1990; JEF, 7-12-1999; MN, 9-30-2013
Restrictions: None

Literary Rights

Literary rights were granted to Wichita State University. When permission is granted to examine the manuscripts, it is not an authorization to publish them. Manuscripts cannot be used for publication without regard for common law literary rights, copyright laws and the laws of libel. It is the responsibility of the researcher and his/her publisher, to obtain permission to publish. Scholars and students who eventually plan to have their work published are urged to make inquiry regarding overall restrictions on publication before initial research.

Content Note

This collection consists of materials acquired by Dr. Clark D. Ahlberg during his tenure as President of Wichita State University from 1968 to 1983. Included in this collection are a large number of official documents relating to almost every aspect of the University's administration. Additionally, the collection contains correspondence, publications, and a large amount of material on the airplane crash that occurred on October 2, 1970, ending the lives of many players, coaches, staff and supporters of the Wichita State University football team.


The second alumnus to be appointed president, Dr. Clark D. Ahlberg (1918-2007) began leading Wichita State University in 1968. He oversaw nearly all of the University’s phenomenal growth over the first two decades as a state university. Enrollment increased from less than 7,000 in 1963 to over 17,000 in the early 1980s, with a rapid growth in the number of graduate student enrollments. Undergraduate programs in women’s and minority studies were added to the curriculum as well as computer science and entrepreneurship. Other additions during the period were the College of Health Professions, the Elliott School of Communications, the Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs, and the National Institute of Aviation Research. The physical appearance underwent profound change during this period as well, with the addition of over one million square feet of new buildings, a new perimeter roads system, development of the former Crestview Country Club, and the addition of the Martin H. Bush outdoor sculpture collection.

Detailed Description: Series Listing

Series 1 Box 1-Box 6 Accreditation and Administration. Contains documents regarding accreditation for various agencies and institutions on national, state and local levels. Also includes administrative policies and procedures for various offices and departments at Wichita State University.
Series 2 Box 7-8 Airplane Crash. Contains correspondence, gift acknowledgements, documents concerning memorial services and other items related to the airplane crash involving the Wichita State University football team.
Series 3 Box 9-26 Associations and Organizations. Contains documents regarding various associations and organizations on national, state, city and university levels.
Series 4 Box 27-Box 30 FF 19 Athletics. Contains documents regarding athletics at Wichita State University. Includes football from 1969 to 1982 as well as other men's and women's sports.
Series 5 Box 30 FF 20- Box 31 FF 12 Awards and Honors. Contains documents regarding academic and athletic awards, fellowships, scholarships and honors.
Series 6 Box 31 FF 13-Box 35 Buildings and Grounds. Contains documents regarding various buildings and grounds on the campus of Wichita State University.
Series 7 Box 35A Calendars and Schedules. Contains the schedule of classes as well as other calendars and schedules for fiscal years 1968-1981.
Series 8 Box 36-51 Colleges of the University. Contains documents regarding the various colleges at Wichita State University. The colleges include: Business Administration, Continuing Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Graduate School, Health Related Professions, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Summer School and University College.
Series 9 Box 52-63 Committees and Councils. Contains documents regarding various Kansas and Wichita State University committees and councils.
Series 10 Box 64-69 Correspondence. Contains various correspondence arranged alphabetically.
Series 11 Box 70-71 Curriculum, Directories and Lists. Contains aviation curriculum as well as departmental directories, mailing lists, committee and council members and other related items.
Series 12 Box 72-74 Events and Programs. Contains documents regarding various events at Wichita State University including Commencement, Homecoming, Honors Convocation, Orientation and Parent's Day
Series 13 Box 75-79 Foundations and Agencies. Contains documents regarding various foundations such as Kellogg Foundation, Danforth Foundation, Higher Education Assistance Foundation, National Science Foundation as well as many others. Also contains city, county, state and national foundations and agencies.
Series 14 Box 80-101 Governing Boards. Contains documents regarding various governing boards on national, state, city and university levels.
Series 15 Box 102 FF 1-6 Institutes and Conferences. Contains various documents concerning institutes and conferences.
Series 16 Box 102 FF 7-Box 113 FF 9 Office of the University. Contains documents regarding departmental and various offices at Wichita State University.
Series 17 Box 113 FF 10-Box 115 FF 22 Personnel. Contains documents regarding classified and unclassified personnel.
Series 18 Box 115 FF 23-Box 116 FF 13 Policies. Contains various documents regarding the policies and procedures at Wichita State University.
Series 19 Box 116 FF 14-29 Questionnaires. Contains various questionnaires dating from 1969 to 1981.
Series 20 Box 117-Box 123 FF 5 Reading Files. Contains reading files arranged alphabetically and chronologically dating from 1979 to 1983.
Series 21 Box 123 FF 6-Box 125 Reports and Studies
Series 22 Box 126-127 Schools and Institutions. Contains documents regarding various schools and institutions in Kansas as well as in other states.
Series 23 Box 128-Box 129 FF 31 Speeches. Contains various speeches and materials regarding the following events: commencement, dedications and openings, faculty meetings, honors convocation and memorial services for the football team.
Series 24 Box 129 FF 32-Box 130 FF 11 Students. Contains various documents pertaining to student life at Wichita State University. Included are documents regarding housing and organizations.
Series 25 Box 130 FF 12-19 Trips
Series 26 Box 130 FF 20-23 University General
Series 27 Box 130 FF 24-29 Publications
Series 28 Box 131-135 Index to Dr. Ahlberg's Filing System

Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing

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