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Wilfred E. Binkley papers

 Collection
Identifier: 0008

Scope and Contents

The Wilfred E. Binkley contain historical materials that document aspects of his life as a student, public school teacher, university professor, public servant, and renowned scholar on American politics and government, as well as parts of his personal life. Significant portions of material include daily diaries from later in Binkley’s life (1952-1965), student notes, correspondence, manuscripts documenting his writing and research, and publications.

Some of the more extensive correspondence series in the collection include Binkley’s communications with historian Charles A. Beard and correspondence documenting Binkley’s accusation of appropriation of intellectual work against Harold J. Laski. The collection also contains a limited amount of materials that document different stages of Binkley’s teaching career, including completed assignments by Binkley from coursework on high school teaching methods with the University of Chicago’s Extension Division (circa 1919), as well as his Oxford University lecture notes (1949-1950).

There are also a number of manuscripts and publications in the collection that were authored by Binkley, including manuscripts and notes for two unfinished books, The Republican Party – Its Historic Tradition and a history of Ohio Northern University. Finally, the collection also contains a small number of items that document aspects of Binkley’s personal life, including scrapbooks, books from Binkley’s library with his annotations, a small number of photographs.

Dates

  • 1848-1965
  • Majority of material found within 1908-1965

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research. Note: In compliance with University Policy 6.1 if the user is affiliated with a media organization, or if the intended outcome for archival work is create a product that wil be featured by the media, then the user should first contact ONU's Communication and Marketing Office to coordinate their archival research/media request.

Conditions Governing Use

Where applicable, copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Users are responsible for determining the appropriate use and reuse of materials.

Biographical Note

Wilfred E. Binkley was born on July 29, 1883 in Allen County, Ohio to George and Nancy Binkley. After graduating from Lafayette High School, he began teaching in the Lafayette public schools in September, 1900 and from 1907-1909 he served as the Superintendent of Schools in Lafayette, Ohio. Binkley later earned a B.S. from Ohio Northern University (ONU) in 1908, an A.B. from Antioch College in 1910, and was awarded a one-year fellowship to Harvard University in 1911.

Upon returning to Ohio, Binkley taught at Lima Central High School from 1911-1921, and then in 1921 he began teaching fulltime at ONU as a professor of economics, history, and political science. While teaching at the University, he was awarded his master’s degree (1926) and Ph.D. (1936) from Ohio State University. In addition to his work at ONU, Binkley provided summer instruction at other universities, including Ohio State University (1927), Bowling Green State University (1941-1943), and the Teachers College at Columbia University (1947-1952). In 1949 he lectured on politics at Oxford University after being awarded a Fulbright Grant. Throughout his academic career Binkley authored or co-authored a number of books, including Problems and Exercises in American Government: National, State, Municipal and Local; Powers of the President: Problems of American Democracy; American Political Parties, their Natural History; Grammar of American Politics: The National Government; President and Congress; and The Man in the White House: His Powers and Duties.

In 1911, Binkley married Dora Nancy Stotts, and together they raised three children (Lowell, Ludwell, and Robert Binkley). Binkley was also actively involved in local politics, and served on the Ada Municipal Council for 14 years, and as Ada Mayor in 1952-1953. In October of 1960, ONU hosted the Wilfred E. Binkley Political Science Convocation in his honor. On December 9, 1965 Wilfred Binkley passed away while walking to proctor an exam.

Extent

3 Linear Feet (6 containers)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Wilfred E. Binkley Papers document various aspects of the life of former ONU Professor Wilfred E. Binkley including his life as a student, public school teacher, university professor, public servant, and renowned scholar on American politics and government. Significant portions of material include daily diaries from later in Binkley’s life, student notes, correspondence, manuscripts documenting his writing and research, and publications.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Ohio Northern University history manuscripts were transferred to the ONU Archives from university storage in 1986. Wilfred Binkley's scrapbooks were donated by Brian Brown in 2001 and his diaries were donated by Ludwell Binkley in 2011.

Appraisal

Books from Binkley's personal library that did not contain significant annotations were removed from the collection during the 2019 processing.

General

As an academic archives that strives to advance historical research and understanding of our shared histories, the ONU Archives is committed to preserving and making accessible original, historic materials. This commitment to preserving materials in an uncensored form means that collections may contain offensive text, images, or recordings.

Processing Information

Collection was processed in 2019. As a part of the processing two scrapbooks were transferred from the ONU scrapbook collection to the Binkley papers. Additionally, donor correspondence and other documents related to collection management were separated from the papers and placed into a collection control folder.
Title
Wilfred E. Binkley Papers, 1848-1965 (bulk 1908-1965)
Status
Completed
Date
2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Ohio Northern University Archives Repository

Contact:
Heterick Memorial Library
525 South Main Street
Ada Ohio 45810 United States