ATG Star of the Week: Wesley W. Wilson, DePauw University

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Wesley W. Wilson
Coordinator of Archives and Special Collections
DePauw University Archives
11 E. Larabee St.
Greencastle, IN 46135
Phone (765)658-4406
Fax (765)658-4423

BORN AND LIVED: Born in Columbus, Ohio. Lived in Ohio until 1984, when I moved to Indiana.

EARLY LIFE: BA from The Ohio State University (Anthropology & Photography), MSLS from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES: Following three years at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland as a photographic archivist, have been at DePauw University for 27 years managing a joint archives of both university and Indiana United Methodist collections.

FAMILY: My wife of 29 years is a first grade teacher and we are the parents of three children, Sarah a graduate of DePauw University, Benjamin, a junior history major at Hope College, Holland, Mich., and Abigail, a high school sophomore.

IN MY SPARE TIME:  Old house renovation, camping, fishing, hunting, hiking and target shooting.

FAVORITE BOOKS: The Conspiracy of Pontiac, Daniel Webster: the Man and His Time and The Magnificent Ambersons.

PET PEEVES: Over-use of popular phrases; the most recent being “talk off-line” to mean a discussion outside the current meeting.

PHILOSOPHY: Trust the people who work for you and lead by serving others.

MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT: Election as president of the Society of Indiana Archivists.

GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW: To complete the conversion of our legacy finding aids to EAD and adding them to the DePauw Digital Library

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS: Federated searching of library catalogs will be the norm and will include archival  collections  and  finding  aids  that  were  formerly  omitted.  Library of Congress cataloging will become irrelevant.

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