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Collection Number RG1063.AM
Collection Name RG1063 Wilson, Everett Pitt, 1868-1956
Identifier Personal papers
Size and Materials 1.5 cu.ft.; 3 boxes
Title Everett Pitt Wilson papers
Date or Date Span 1928-1944
Year Range from 1928
Year Range to 1944
Admin/Biographical History Everett Pitt Wilson was born on September 2, 1868 at Princeton Illinois and came to Nebraska in 1894 after attending Highland Park Normal. He received his BA degree at Lincoln Normal in 1896 and taught there from 1896-1898. From 1898 to 1911, he was superintendent of schools at Niobrara, Ponca, Wayne, and Chadron, Nebraska. In 1911 he became head of the history and social science department at Chadron State Teachers College and remained until 1947.

Mr. Wilson was a member of the Nebraska State Constitutional Convention in 1919-1920 and served from 1923-1931 as a Representative in the Nebraska Legislature. He was widely known for his historical research concerning this area. He served as a member of the State Historical Society Executive Board and headed the Society as President from 1934-1936. Mr. Wilson was also a minister in the Church of Christ for many years.

Mr. Wilson was secretary of the Dawes County Farm Bureau from 1913-1932 and the Chadron Hereford Show was organized in 1931 under his initiative and developed into an outstanding purebred Hereford show in the region. For many years he taught and wrote about the U.S. Constitution and following his retirement, wrote a final book, The Constitution of the United States, A Bulwark of Liberty, which was published in 1955. He was recognized as one of the outstanding authorities on the Constitution.

He married Cora Ellen Young at Oakland, Nebraska, in 1897. At this death he was survived by his wife and their five daughters. Everett Pitt Wilson died on November 21, 1956. He is buried next to his wife in the Greenwood Cemetery at Chadron, Nebraska.
Scope & Content This collection consists of 3 boxes of manuscript material arranged in five series: (1) Research Material, 1928-1934 (themes and manuscripts by students of Professor Wilson); (2) Correspondence, 1932-1944; (3) Addresses; (4) Pine Ridge Historical Association, 1938; and (5) Miscellany.

The bulk of this collection relates to research projects done by students in Everett P. Wilson's history class at Chadron State Teachers College, Chadron, Nebraska. Much of the material relates to Western Nebraska history. It includes information on the counties and cities of Nebraska, ranches, the cattle industry, and a large amount of pioneer reminiscences.
Creator Wilson, Everett Pitt, 1868-1956
Finding Aids Everett Pitt Wilson finding aid
Subjects Cattle ranches
Frontier & pioneer life
People Custer, George Armstrong, 1839-1876
McCanles, David Colbert, 1828-1861
Red Cloud, 1822-1909
Sandoz, Jules Ami, 1858-1928
Wilson, Everett Pitt, 1868-1956
Search Terms Cattle industry and trade -- Nebraska
Cities and towns -- Nebraska -- History
Educators -- Nebraska
Fort Niobrara (Neb.)
Fort Laramie (Wyo.)
Fort Phil Kearny (Wyo.)
Frontier and pioneer life -- Nebraska
Historians -- Nebraska
Pine Ridge Historical Association
Ranches -- Nebraska
Sandhills -- Nebraska