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Guide to the Wilson C. Riles papers, 1918-1983
MSS 2003/09  
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Description
Collection consists of speeches, articles, reports, subject files, and personal files pertaining to Wilson C. Riles, the first African American to be elected as state superintendent of schools in California.
Background
Born in Elizabeth, Louisiana in 1917, Wilson Riles was orphaned at a young age. Family friends stepped forward to act as his foster parents. Encouraged to pursue his education byhis foster parents, teachers, and the members of his church, Riles worked his way through J.W. Hoffman Junior High School and McDonogh No. 35 Senior High School in New Orleans by delivering milk in the early mornings. Soon after his graduation, his foster parents relocated to Arizona. Riles joined them, enrolling in Arizona State Teachers College (now Northern Arizona State University), in 1936. By working a number of odd jobs he was able to pay his college expenses and graduate in 1940 with a major in education and a minor in history.
Extent
103.75 Linear feet (79 record cartons, 6 manuscript boxes and oversize)
Restrictions
Copyright is protected by the copyright law, Chapter 17 of the U.S. Code. Requests for permission to publish, quote, or reproduce from collections must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives. Permission for publication is given on the behalf of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, The Library, California State University, Sacramento as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.
Availability
For information about this collection, contact the Head of the Department of Special Collections & University Archives.