1904 Born in Kansas City, Kansas on December 6. 1927 B.S. in Journalism, Kansas State Agricultural College. 1927-1928 Newspaper reporter. 1928 Married Emily Sheppeard, June 29. 1928-1932 Instructor at Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science. 1932 M.S. Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science. 1932-1935 Assistant professor in Journalism, K-State. 1933-1935 Revived and edited Kansas Magazine. 1935-1936 Reporter with Associated Press. 1937 Legal correspondent in Jefferson City, Mo. 1937-1940 Assistant professor, University of Minnesota. Part-time graduate work. 1940-1943 Edited Kansas Magazine. 1940-1944 Professor and Head of Journalism Department, K-State. 1943-1944 United States Naval Reserves. 1944-1947 Dean of Administration, K-State. 1947-1970 National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges. 1949 National 4-H Club foundation. 1951-1956 Chairman of policy committee, Washington International Center. 1960 John F. Kennedy Task Force on Education. 1970 Director Emeritus, National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges. Free-lance author. 1971 Published, The Future of the State University, Illinois Press. 1990 Died in Manhattan, Kansas on March 11. Honorary Degrees and Awards 1955 LL.D. University of New Hampshire and University of Maine. 1959 LL.D. University of Arkansas. 1961 LL.D. Kansas State University. DH.L. University of Delaware. 1965 Michigan State University. 1969 Presidential award of American College Public Relations Association. 1970 University of Wisconsin and University of Vermont. National Press Club. Sigma Delta Chi. Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Scabbard and Blade. Contemporary Authors, V. 37-40. 1st. Revision.
The papers of Russell I. Thackrey were transferred from three file cabinet drawers into three boxes. Original order of the collection seems to have been alphabetical, although some parts appear to be out of sequence. The files have been placed in the boxes in the same order they were received.
The papers reflect the post-retirement activities of Russell I. Thackrey. Most of the material is dated after 1970, although a few exceptions do exist. Earlier material consists of a few letters and articles between 1965 and 1970, and some letters with earlier dates filed in reference to a subject he was writing on. An example of such is within the Friends of Art File, in which letters and invoices concerning art bought in 1935 were filed among more recent materials. During their retirement years, Russell and his wife, Emily, relocated from Washington D.C. to Manhattan Kansas. From this location, he wrote numerous letters and manuscripts. The details of his career prior to 1970, which are not included in the collection, can be found in the Contemporary Authors, Volumes 37-40.
The material present includes magazine articles, newspaper clippings, manuscripts, speeches, incoming and outgoing correspondence. Those represented in the collection were journalists, editors, members of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, of which Thackrey was Director emeritus, personal acquaintances, and Government personnel. A few included in the collection were Bob Dole, Nancy Kassebaum, Jim Slattery, and John Carlin. Letters to Duane Acker, President of Kansas State University, 1975-1986 were also found. Thackrey had worked on an article about former Kansas State University President Milton Eisenhower (1943-1950), and parts of the manuscript were found.
The main emphasis of Thackrey's work was education. He was extremely concerned with the rising cost of college, and the problems associated with students finding financial assistance. He also kept files on desegregation, educational organizations and Government generated ideas. His commentary on the Bennett plan is an example of his concern for Government plans. He advocated the lowering of tuition.
Two photographs were removed from the collection and placed under the heading of Russell I. Thackrey. One was of himself, and the other photograph was of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges meeting.
Box Folder Drawer 1 01 Loose papers: NASULGC memo. Triple A auto club. 01 A.C.E., American Council on Education. American Can Company. 02 Army, role of blacks - 1973. 03 Atlantic - Silber: reviews of article. 04 Harper's piece and reply. 05 Sports reforms: athletic reforms in 1986. 06 Kansas Regents study. Attorney General Stephan's suit against. 07 Articles, Russell I. Thackrey, 1965-1983. 08 Academy of Independent Scholars. 09 Newman Report. 10 Book reviews. 11 Brookings (Think Tank). 12 A.C.T. Project. 13 Resegregation and Black Colleges. 14 Attrition- student drop out rate. 15 Benezet. 16 Bankhead-Jones Study USDA. 17 Manilla Envelope H. Boozer, Corp. 18 Carnegie Commission. 19 Colloquium Change Cost per student Council on Liberal Arts Colloquium 1972-1978 20 Church and State. Loose Papers: Book review on the New Deal. Newspaper clippings. 21 K.S. Davis, correspondence. 22 K.S. Davis, memos. 23 Manilla Envelope Brookings Study. 24 Desegregation, 1974-1977. 25 Future of State Universities project, research. 26 G.I. Bill. 27 Involvement in learning. Loose papers: College Enrollment. Personal letters. Report on drug use on Campuses. 28 H. Durham, Corp. 29 M. Eisenhower. "Remembering the Milton Eisenhower Years." Loose papers: "English Speaking Union" members. 30 Finance. Loose papers: Los Angeles Times, 1970. Bob Dole: Central American Conflict, 1987. 31 Desegegation: North Carolina Lawsuit. 32 U. of D.C. 33 Eisenhower, M.S. (Book) 34 Desegregation, Prince Edwards County. 35 Discussion Group, 1982-1983 36 Affirmative Desegregation. 37 Education Commission. 38 Drugs/Narcotics, University of Michigan Study. 39 Carter. Loose papers: Church and State magazine. Manhattan Country Club. Commission for Higher Education, State of Indiana. 40 Figures, number of colleges. 41 Finance - Mundel 02 01 Finance - PAYE Ed OP Bank. Loose papers: PAYE Letters concerning students financing college. 02 Finance Boweh. Loose papers: Veterans Educational Program. 03 Thoughts in Financing. 04 Illinois - Archives. 05 Illinois, original drafts of "Future of the State University." 06 Carnegie Commission. Newman report II. 07 Journalism Advisory Council. 08 KSU Historical Folder. 09 Jencks. 10 Higher Education Act of 1972 (Brademas). 11 Kansas Magazine. C.E. Rogers. Loose papers: Education as the Open Frontier, speech, 1961. Higher Education group, Washington D.C., speech, 1969. Drawer 2 Loose papers: Land Grant Colleges brocheres. Proposal for Art Museum at KSU. 12 Bennett and New Republic. 13 Income Contingent Loans. Loose papers: Admission of Women to the Rotary Club. Rotary Club certificate, 1987. Education Vouchers Report. 14 Land Grant Colleges. 15 Friends of Art - KSU. Loose papers: Outgoing correspondance. 16 Bennett and Voucher. 17 KSU general. 18 Media: Evans and Novak. 19 J.F. and Ted Kennedy. 20 Knopp. 21 J. L. Morrill. 22 History of K-State (?) Purple K-State folder containing articles on James Morrill, 1st Kansas Geologist, and Landgrant history. 23 Rhodes. 24 North Carolina, 1970. 25 NAACP. 26 NASULGC. 27 AA NASULGC. 28 Popham (seminar). 29 Press. 30 Manilla Envelop Open Meeting. 31 Peterson - Ted. 32 Productivity. 33 Progessive. 34 University Presidency. 35 Charles E. Rogers. 1942. Loose papers: Booklets, Toward a Long - Range Plan for Federal Support for Higher Education. A report to the President. 1969. Registration form for the Popham seminar and a letter declining the invitation. 36 Compilation. 37 Ted Peterson. 38 Penn. State. 39 Private College Numbers. 40 Residence Council Minutes. 41 ROTC. 42 Regents. 03 01 Tax Credit, Misc. 02 Statistics, Phi Delta Kappa. 03 Tuition. 04 Veterans, G.I. Bill. 05 Selective Service. 06 Richards. 07 Vermont. 08 War Service - College Students. 09 Washington Star. Loose papers: Outgoing Correspondence. 10 Wharton. 11 Personal Papers. Drawer 3 12 Letters from Russell I. Thackrey 13 Letters to Russell I. Thackrey 14 Materials related to the Russell I. Thackrey letters. 15 Manilla folder. From Kansas Senate. Loose papers: Outgoing correspondence. 16 D.D. Henry, correspondence. 17 General correspondence. 18 Vouchers. 19 Russell I. Thackrey, current correspondence. 20 Wisconsin. 21 Letters. 22 Clips NPB. 23 Newman repb. Loose papers: General Material