Wayland Fuller Dunaway Papers, 1901-1945

PSUA 244

Collection Overview

Title:
Wayland Fuller Dunaway papers
Dates (Inclusive):
1901-1945
Creator:
Dunaway, Wayland Fuller, 1875-1956
Abstract:
Wayland Fuller Dunaway joined Penn State history faculty in 1920, became full professor of American History in 1926, and continued in this position until his retirement in 1944. He wrote numerous books on Pennsylvania history and in 1941, was named Penn State college historian.
Abstract:
The collection consists of manuscript research material, sermons, correspondence, and business and administrative records. Research notes and original manuscripts for both The History of the James River and Kanawha Company, and History of Pennsylvania State College are prominent in the collection. Biographical material on a number of prominent men from Pennsylvania State College is found within the collection's reference material.
Collection Number:
PSUA 244
Size:
2 Cubic Feet
Location:
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Special Collections Library  library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical Note

Wayland F. Dunaway was born in Kilmarnock, Virginia on May 22, 1875. He attended Richmond College to obtain his Bachelor's Degree from 1890-1894. In 1898, he returned to school at the Crozier Seminary and became and ordained Baptist Minister in 1901. He received his Master's Degree from Richmond College in 1904. Dunaway served as a Baptist Minister at a number of churches throughout Virginia and West Virginia during the years 1901-1916. During this time he also served as a Professor and a Principal at a number of schools in the area. On April 27, 1911, he married Mary May. They had three children, Wayland Jr., Annie and May. After his retirement from the Ministry, Dunaway returned to school at the University of Chicago, from which he received a second Master's in 1917. From February to June of 1919, he served as head of the History Department at Columbia University from which he received his Doctorate. In 1920, Dunaway was given a position at the Pennsylvania State College as an Assistant Professor of European History. He was then made a full professor of American History in 1926 and continued in this position until his retirement in 1944. In 1941, he was appointed the College Historian for the Pennsylvania State College. Dunaway was also one of the founders of the Pennsylvania Historical Association in 1934. Throughout his career, Dunaway wrote numerous articles and books mostly dealing with Pennsylvania history. While College Historian, he wrote A History of Pennsylvania State College published in 1946, which covers the first 90 years of the school's history. He also wrote A History of Pennsylvania, and The History of the James River and the Kanawha Company, to mention only a few. At the time of his death in 1956, he was working on a book dealing with Frontier Forts of Pennsylvania.

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Collection Overview

The papers of Wayland Fuller Dunaway cover the years from 1901 to 1945. Mostly consisting of research material used to write the history of the Pennsylvania State College, the majority of the papers were generated during his years as the official college historian, from 1941 to 1945. Included in the collection are a number of sermons of Dunaway's from his years as a Baptist minister. These sermons are handwritten and include the date and the location of each use, spanning the years 1901 to 1913. Dunaway's papers from his years as college historian are also included. The majority of these papers are receipts from payments he made for clerical services. However, correspondence and other business and administrative records can also be found here. Two of Dunaway's manuscripts have been incorporated into his papers. The original manuscript of The History of the James River and Kanawha Company with his notes is the first of the two. The second manuscript is  The History of Pennsylvania State College divided into folders containing several revised copies of each chapter and his notes concerning the final copy. The majority of the Dunaway papers consist of reference material for his history of the college. Included in this material are several brief historical sketches of the history of the Pennsylvania State College. Notes on a number of administrative records are also included, containing the Executive Committee Minutes from January 17, 1874 to November 28, 1941; the Faculty Minutes and brief sketches of the early faculty during the years October 8, 1875 to May 20, 1920; the Trustees Minutes from June 14, 1855 to June 7, 1941; and the Annual Reports of the Pennsylvania State College encompassing the reports of the Pennsylvania State Agricultural Society from February 18, 1854 to 1870 and reports of the trustees of the Agricultural College of Pennsylvania from 1864 to June 1941. This reference material also includes catalogue material containing information on student life and on the college itself. Material concerning departments of the college can also be found within, including references to the Agricultural Department; the Department of Forestry, the majority of which is taken from  The Penn State Farmer; and the Department of Home Economics. Articles from the Pennsylvania State College publications include articles from  The Alumni News,  The State Collegian, and  The Free Lance. Material from the Literary Society of Pennsylvania State College is also contained within. Biographical material on a number of prominent men from the Pennsylvania State College is also found in the reference material. Included are such men as Dr. Evan Pugh, Dr. Edwin Sparks, James McKee, James Irvin, William Frear, George Gilbert Pond, Professor Benjamin Gill, Dr. William Buckhout, Thomas Henry Burrowes, Oswald Boucke, James A. Beaver, and William Day Crockett. Outlines of the content of other books on the history of colleges throughout the United States are included among the papers. Finally, several manuscripts concerning the history of Centre County can also be found among the Dunaway collection.

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Collection Arrangement

Series: Organized into 4 subseries. Arranged by form of material.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Wayland Fuller Dunaway Papers (244), Penn State University Archives, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff.

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