William D. Gibbs, 1907-1912
(UA 2/1/2)

Size: 1 box

William Gibbs was born in Winchester, Illinois in 1869. He received his BS and MS degrees from the Agricultural College of the University of Illinois. He then worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and later taught at Ohio State. In 1902, he became a professor of agriculture at NHC, then left for a professorship at Texas A & M. He was chosen in 1903 to return to NHC and become its second president.

Although his training was strictly agriculture, he shared former President Murkland's vision of a broad curriculum, espousing the benefits of a college education for all young people, both men and women. Gibbs advocated a curriculum that was one-third culture studies, one-third pure science, and one-third vocational studies. In addition, he favored the establishment of a department of domestic science for young women. During his tenure, the college was reorganized into three divisions: Agricultural, Engineering, and Arts and Sciences. He also nearly tripled the student body size to 315, while the number of courses more than doubled. The library's book collection increased, and the number of buildings on campus totalled 15 by the end of his tenure. President Gibbs officially resigned on Sept. 1, 1912.

Scope and content:
Inactive files that were once stored in the attic of Thompson Hall were ruined when a leak in the roof went undetected. Many of the earliest presidents' papers were amount them. What remains of President Gibb's papers are a few pieces of correspondence and some materials on the student strike of 1912.

Box 1
F. 1 1907 Correspondence, Will of Mrs. Alice Hamilton Smith
F. 2 1911 Correspondence
F. 3 1911 Davis Park
F. 4 1912 Correspondence
F. 5 1912 Correspondence, Adm. R.E. Peary
F. 6 1912 Student Strike

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