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Willis Dunbar Collection

Identifier: RH-A-40

Scope and Contents

Dunbar papers include information on his career as an educator, author, historian, radio programming director, and civic leader. Collection reflects Dunbar's varied interests in Kalamazoo and Michigan including files from his radio programs, ca. 1943-1951, material relating to the House of David, Benton Harbor, Michigan, American Expeditionary Forces (Polar Bears), correspondence regarding the Michigan Centennial Commission, Michigan Constitutional Convention material, 1961-1962, scrapbook on Colonel Frederick W. Curtenius, who served with the Michigan 6th Infantry during the Civil War, material concerning Michigan railroads including maps.


  • Creation: 1929-1970


Biographical / Historical

Willis Frederick Dunbar (1902-1970) served as a faculty member and dean at Kalamazoo College, 1929-1942 and a faculty member and department chairperson at Western Michigan University, 1941-1970. Dunbar also served as the vice mayor of Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1951-1953, 1955-1957. He was program director and director of public affairs at WKZO a Kalamazoo, Michigan, radio station, 1943-1951. He served as President of the Michigan Historical Society and the Michigan Historical Commission.


101 boxes

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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490