Guide to the Donald T. Carlson Papers

Daniel Hartwig
Stanford University Library Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford, California
October 2010
Copyright © 2011 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

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Overview

Call Number: SC0539
Creator: Carlson, Donald T.
Title: Donald T. Carlson papers
Dates: 1952-1995
Physical Description: 2.75 Linear feet
Summary: These papers contain correspondence files and subject files. The correspondence, with Stanford officials, alumni, and colleagues at other colleges, pertains to alumni relations, donor relations, campus events making national news, and other aspects of his public relations work; correspondents include Stanford president J. E. Wallace Sterling, Fred Glover, Lyle Nelson, Elinor V. Cogswell, Stanford trustee Richard E. Guggenhime, and Robert E. Kennedy of Cal-Poly. There is also some correspondence with friends and family. The subject files contain correspondence, clippings, reports, memoranda, text for talks, articles, photographs, and other items pertaining to campus events, student publications, the history of university relations at Stanford, and fellow administrative staff, especially their retirement parties for which Carlson often composed song parodies. Of note are files on the guest professorship for Angela Davis in 1976, sponsored by the Associated Students of Stanford University; the 1962 Stanford Summer Institute in Germany; the career of J. E. Wallace Sterling; a report on the University of Sonora (Mexico) by Santiago Cota de la Torre, 1971; and THE ORAL HISTORY OF DAVID S. JACOBSON, which includes the 1978 SOHP transcript, a supplement by Jacobson done in 1985, and additional materials prepared by his family.
Language(s): In English.
Repository: Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford University Libraries
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
Phone: (650) 725-1022
URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html

Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Donald Carlson, 1997.

Information about Access

This collection is open for research.

Ownership & Copyright

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Cite As

Donald T. Carlson Papers (SC0539). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

Carlson earned his A.B. in journalism and social sciences at Stanford in 1947. He was executive secretary of college relations at Oregon State College, as well as instructor in journalism, before returning to Stanford in 1951 as assistant director of information. In 1954 he was appointed assistant to the president in charge of the University's Southern California office. After 5 years in Southern California he returned to the main campus, where he continued as assistant to the president. In 1962 he was appointed Associate Director of University Relations, and Director in 1978. He retired in 1986.

Description of the Collection

These papers contain correspondence files and subject files. The correspondence, with Stanford officials, alumni, and colleagues at other colleges, pertains to alumni relations, donor relations, campus events making national news, and other aspects of his public relations work; correspondents include Stanford president J. E. Wallace Sterling, Fred Glover, Lyle Nelson, Elinor V. Cogswell, Stanford trustee Richard E. Guggenhime, and Robert E. Kennedy of Cal-Poly. There is also some correspondence with friends and family. The subject files contain correspondence, clippings, reports, memoranda, text for talks, articles, photographs, and other items pertaining to campus events, student publications, the history of university relations at Stanford, and fellow administrative staff, especially their retirement parties for which Carlson often composed song parodies. Of note are files on the guest professorship for Angela Davis in 1976, sponsored by the Associated Students of Stanford University; the 1962 Stanford Summer Institute in Germany; the career of J. E. Wallace Sterling; a report on the University of Sonora (Mexico) by Santiago Cota de la Torre, 1971; and THE ORAL HISTORY OF DAVID S. JACOBSON, which includes the 1978 SOHP transcript, a supplement by Jacobson done in 1985, and additional materials prepared by his family.

Access Terms

Carlson, Donald T.
Cogswell, Elinor.
Davis, Angela Yvonne, 1944-
Glover, Frederic O.
Jacobson, David S.
Kennedy, Robert Edwin.
Munford, James Kenneth.
Nelson, Lyle M.
Stanford University--Alumni.
Stanford University--Presidents.
Stanford University--Public relations..
Stanford University--Students.
Sterling, J. E. Wallace, (John Ewart Wallace), 1906-1985
Educational fund raising.
Public relations--Universities and colleges.


Collection Contents

 

Papers

Note

The following file has been pulled and is restricted until September 2009:
  1. Beyers, Robert and Stanford News Service, 1989-90 [filed with other restricted folders from SC collections in GW 403].
Items removed from collection:
  1. The Teaching of Religion at Stanford, ca. 1953.
  2. SLAC, brochure prepared in honor of H. E. Mr. Georges Pompidou on his visit to SLAC, Feb. 27, 1970.
  3. Friedman, Milton. Why Government is the Problem. Hoover Institution. Essays in Public Policy, 1993.
  4. SLAC News, Vol. 1, No. 1, Feb. 26, 1970. [Pompidou visit].
  5. Stanford University. Administrative Manual. Sixth Edition, 1958.
  6. Techniques, Vol. 4, No. 1, Jan/Feb. 1969 [pub of American College Public Relations Association]
  7. Chaparral. Big Game Issue, November 1950.
  8. Sandstone and Tile, Vol. 9, No. 4, Summer 1985 [Sterling article].
  9. Campus Report, issues of April 24, 1974, July 3, 1985, and April 16, 1986.
  10. Stanford Observer, July 1985.
Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence, 1952-59

Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence, 1962-63

Box 1, Folder 3

Correspondence, 1964-66

Box 1, Folder 4

Correspondence, 1967 Jan. – June

Box 1, Folder 5

Correspondence, 1967 July – Sept.

Box 1, Folder 6

Correspondence, 1967 Oct. – Dec.

Box 1, Folder 7

Correspondence, 1968 Jan. – April

Box 1, Folder 8

Correspondence, 1968 May – Oct.

Box 1, Folder 9

Correspondence, 1968 Nov. – Dec.

Box 1, Folder 10

Correspondence, 1969 Jan. – May

Box 1, Folder 11

Correspondence, 1969 June – Nov.

Box 1, Folder 12

Correspondence, 1970

Box 1, Folder 13

Correspondence, 1971

Box 1, Folder 14

Correspondence, 1972-73

Box 1, Folder 15

Correspondence, 1974

Box 1, Folder 16

Correspondence, 1975

Box 1, Folder 17

Correspondence, 1976

Box 1, Folder 18

Correspondence, 1977

Box 1, Folder 19

Correspondence, 1978

Box 2, Folder 1

Correspondence, 1979 Jan. – April

Box 2, Folder 2

Correspondence, 1979 June – Dec.

Box 2, Folder 3

Correspondence, 1980

Box 2, Folder 4

Correspondence, 1981

Box 2, Folder 5

Correspondence, 1982

Box 2, Folder 6

Correspondence, 1983-84

Box 2, Folder 7

Correspondence, 1985 Jan. – May

Box 2, Folder 8

Correspondence, 1985 June – Dec.

Box 2, Folder 9

Correspondence, 1986-95

Box 2, Folder 10

Correspondence: undated note from Wallace Stegner

Box 2, Folder 11

ACPRA meeting, Jan. 29, 1970 (text of remarks by Carlson and others)

Box 2, Folder 12

ACPRA meeting, 1974 (text of remarks by Carlson)

Box 2, Folder 13

Allen, Pete – party for, 1976

Box 2, Folder 14

ASSU guest professorship for Angela Davis, April 1976

Box 2, Folder 15

ASSU guest professorship for Angela Davis, April 1976

Box 2, Folder 16

Bing, Peter, Remarks to University Fellows, June 4, 1981

Box 2, Folder 17

Biographical material on Carlson

Box 2, Folder 18

Bliven, Bruce (text of talk on Bliven by Carlson)

Box 3, Folder 1

Cal Poly, 1974-80

Box 3, Folder 2

Campaign for Stanford – draft plan for public relations, 1972

Box 3, Folder 3

Carlson, "A New Look at Old Ways," based on comments to class representations at the Annual Fund Conference, Sept. 16, 1967

Box 3, Folder 4

Carlson, "A Sketch of the University Relations Operations under the Vice President for Public Affairs," June 6, 1975

Box 3, Folder 5

Chaparral, correspondence regarding, 1969-81

Box 3, Folder 6

Dormitories at other institutions, 1952-53

Box 3, Folder 7

Fagan, Elmer – hoax newspaper story, 1961, and obituary, ca. 1971

Box 3, Folder 8

Fredlund family history

Box 3, Folder 9

Glover, Fred – oral history transcript

Box 3, Folder 10

Humphrey, Vice President Hubert – visit of, 1967

Box 3, Folder 11

Jacobson, David – oral history transcript

Box 3, Folder 12

Kennedy, Donald, inauguration – historical text by Carlson, 1980

Box 3, Folder 13

"Liberated documents" Published by the Underground Press, Stanford, May 1969

Box 3, Folder 14

Middleton, Tex – tribute to by D. Jacobson, 1979

Box 3, Folder 15

Miscellaneous clippings

Box 3, Folder 16

Newell, Thomas – Carlson's remarks at farewell dinner, 1977, and obituary, 1981

Box 3, Folder 17

Newman, Frank – party for

Box 3, Folder 18

Notes for a talk to high school newspaper staff on public relations

Box 3, Folder 19

Oregon State University (brochures and publications) Panel for Newcomers [to Stanford], Nov. 14, 1967

Box 3, Folder 20

Photographs

Box 3, Folder 21

Pitzer, Kenneth – dinner in honor of, 1978

Box 3, Folder 22

Retirement party for Carlson, 1986

Box 3, Folder 23

Rose Bowl, 1971-72, 1975

Box 3, Folder 24

Song parodies

Box 3, Folder 1

Stanford Associates, 50th Anniversary, 1985

Box 3, Folder 2

Stanford Associates, reports and miscellany

Box 3, Folder 3

Stanford Daily - correspondence, clippings, 1971-74; includes "A Report on the use of a Search Warrant Against the Stanford Daily," by Dick Fogel (Sigma Delta Chi)

Box 3, Folder 4

Stanford memorabilia

Box 3, Folder 5

Stanford Summer Institute, Germany, 1962

Box 3, Folder 6

Stanford Summer Institute, Germany, 1962

Box 3, Folder 7

Stanford University, general information

Box 3, Folder 8

Sterling, J. E. Wallace – Syntex dedication, 1967

Box 3, Folder 9

Sterling, J. E. Wallace – office fire, July 5, 1968

Box 3, Folder 10

Sterling, J. E. Wallace – Faculty club show, 1968

Box 3, Folder 11

Sterling, J. E. Wallace – 25th Anniversary celebration, 1974

Box 3, Folder 12

Sterling, J. E. Wallace – proposed article for Stanford Magazine, 1977 [not published]

Box 3, Folder 13

Sterling, J. E. Wallace – biographical articles

Box 3, Folder 14

Sterling, J. E. Wallace – session on Wally 1985 (transcripts)

Box 3, Folder 15

Sterling, J. E. Wallace – session on Wally 1985 (transcripts)

Box 3, Folder 16

Sterling, J. E. Wallace – memorial booklet, possible text

Box 5, Folder 1

Taylor, Chuck – biographical material

Box 5, Folder 2

Travel and expense records

Box 5, Folder 3

Tulane University School of Medicine, report on public relations by Carlson, 1969

Box 5, Folder 4

University of Sonora: Some Problems, Some Solutions, by Santiago Cota de la Torre, 1971

Box 5, Folder 5

University relations, Carlson's history at Stanford 1961-85

Box 5, Folder 6

University relations at Stanford, miscellaneous items

Box 5, Folder 7

University Relations Report to the Long-Range Planning Committee, 1965

Box 5, Folder 8

Vickers, Judge Joe, oral history transcript and related correspondence, 1984

Box 5, Folder 9

Watkins, James – tribute to, 1982

Box 5, Folder 10

Weigle, Clifford, obituary 1981

Box 5, Folder 11

Winbigler, H. Donald, "Leland Stanford Jr., a Centennial Lecture" adapted for Campus Report by Don Carlson, 1984

Box 5, Folder 12

"Words Worth a Second Thought," miscellaneous text

Box 6

Address book (M-Z)

Box 6

Slides (9) pertaining to Stanford (includes Sterling and Kennedy in academic dress, Stanford Indian head 1975, Fred Glover, copy of image of the first library, Stanford Band at football game 1975)

Box 6

Slides from a trip? (winter scenes in the west)

Box 6

Audio cassette (tape is labeled "background tape for the "Lyman Years" May, 1980; cassette box is labeled Songs by Harry Dec. 1992 / Christmas morning with Harry Dec. 1991)

Box 6

Copy of "A Session on Wally" 1985

Box 6

Bound copy of The Oral History of David S. Jacobson, which includes the 1978 SOHP transcript, a supplement by Jacobson done in 1985, and additional materials prepared by his family (photographs and Jacobson's columns from alumni publications)