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The Papers of Charles R. Van Hise

(Microfilm Edition)

State Historical Society of Wisconsin

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The papers of Charles R. Van Hise (1857-1918), geologist, conservationist, the president of the University of Wisconsin (1903-1918), whose interests extended to vocational education, civil service, legislative reform, and progressive politics. In 1904, as president of the university, he declared that "I shall never be content until the beneficent influence of the university reaches every family of the state," later articulated as the "Wisconsin Idea."

This edition is part of a series of the papers of five major reformers in the “Progressive Era,” 1850–1950: Richard T. Ely, Edward A. Ross, Charles McCarthy, John R. Commons, and Charles R. Van Hise. Each collection is available separately.

63 reels, 70-page guide


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Chars R. Van Hise in 1903. Courtesy University of Wisconsin, Madison


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