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Title:William M. Fowler, Jr. papers
Dates:1976-2000
Location:60/4
Call Number:M119
Volume:1.5 cubic ft. (3 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:This collection documents William M. Fowler Jr.'s committee work at Northeastern University. Topics include the University Library Planning Committee, 75th Anniversary Coop Celebration, the Law Enforcement Committee, NCAA Certification planning and implementation, and Centennial Celebration planning. Major types of material include memos, meeting minutes, and notes regarding the various committees.
Historical Abstract:William Morgan Fowler, Jr. was born on July 25, 1944 in Clearwater, FL. He received his B.A. from Northeastern University in 1967, married Marilyn Louise Noble on August 11, 1968, and received a Master's degree in 1969 and a Ph. D. in 1971 from University of Notre Dame. Fowler was a history professor at Northeastern University from 1971 until 1998, when he resigned as the History Department Chair to become the Director of the Massachusetts Historical Society for 8 years. In 2006, he returned to Northeastern University as a Distinguished Professor of History. His area of expertise is New England Maritime History. Other areas of interest include the history of the French and Indian War, The Seven Years War and the Struggle for North America. During his career at Northeastern University, Fowler served on several important committees, including University Library Planning Committee, Centennial Celebration, and The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Steering Committee.
Arrangement:Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Fowler, William M., 1944-

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)--Faculty


Restrictions:Records are closed for 25 years from the date of their creation, unless researchers have written permission from the donor.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Stacy Pirog, March 2006

Historical Note

William Morgan Fowler, Jr. was born on July 25, 1944 in Clearwater, FL. He received his B.A. from Northeastern University in 1967, married Marilyn Louise Noble on August 11, 1968, and received a Master's degree in 1969 and a Ph. D. in 1971 from University of Notre Dame. In 2000, he was awarded an honorary degree from Northeastern University. Fowler became an assistant professor of history at Northeastern University in 1971 and was named Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1977. In 1988, he was named the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education. In 1993, he became the Chair of the Department of History, a position he held for four years. During Fowler's tenure as a professor at Northeastern University, he was also a member of several important committees, including University Library Planning Committee, Centennial Celebration Committee, and The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Steering Committee. In 1998, Fowler left Northeastern University to become the director of the Massachusetts Historical Society. He held the position for 8 years, resigning in January 2006 to return to Northeastern University as a Distinguished Professor of History.

Fowler is the author of a of a number of books dealing with American history including: Under Two Flags: The Navy in the Civil War; Silas Talbot Captain of the Old Ironsides; America and The Sea; William Ellery: A Rhode Island Politico and Lord of Admiralty; Rebels Under Sail: The Navy in the Revolution; Jack Tars and Commodores: The American Navy, 1783-1815; and Samuel Adams: Radical Puritan. Fowler's area of expertise is New England Maritime History. Other areas of interest include the history of the French and Indian War, The Seven Years War and the Struggle for North America. Fowler has taught courses at Northeastern University dealing with: the History of Boston, Maritime History, and the History of New England. He also teaches at Mystic Seaport Museum and has lectured at the Smithsonian Institution, the United States Naval War College, and the Sea Education Association. He is a trustee of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Association, The Paul Revere Memorial Association, and the Old North Church Foundation. He is a member of the Massachusetts State Archives Advisory Commission and an honorary member of the Boston Marine Society, as well as a Consulting Editor to The New England Quarterly.

Chronology
July 25, 1944William Morgan Fowler, Jr. is born in Clearwater, FL.
1967Fowler graduates from Northeastern University magna cum laude with a bachelor degree in History.
August 11, 1968Fowler marries Marilyn Louise Noble, an elementary teacher who he has two children with.
1969Fowler receives a Master's degree from the University of Notre Dame.
1971Fowler receives a Ph.D. from University of Notre Dame and becomes an assistant professor of history at Northeastern University.
1973Publishes William Ellery: A Rhode Island Politico and Lord Admiralty, Scarecrow (Metuchen, NJ).
1976Publishes Rebels under Sail: The American Navy during the Revolution, Scribner (New York City) for which he is highly praised and awarded.
1977Fowler is named Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and is named one of Boston's Top Best Teachers.
1979Fowler co-edits The American Revolution: Changing Perspectives, Northeastern University Press (Boston).
1980Publishes The Baron of Beacon Hill: A Biography of John Hancock, Houghton (Boston).
1984Publishes Jack Tars and Commodores: The American Navy, 1783-1815, Houghton (Boston).
1985Contributes to Command under Sail: Makers of Naval Traditions, Naval Institute Press (Annapolis, MD).
1988Fowler is named the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education.
1990Publishes Under Two Flags: The Navy in the Civil War, Norton (New York City).
1993Fowler is named the Chair of the Department of History; he holds this position for four years.
1995Publishes Silas Talbot Captain of the Old Ironsides, Mystic Seaport Museum (Mystic, CT).
1998Fowler becomes the Director of the MA Historical Society, a position he held for 8 years.
2006Fowler returns to Northeastern University as a Distinguished Professor of History.
Bibliography

Northeastern University Department of History website: http://www.history.neu.edu/

Northeastern University Alumni Website: http://www.northeastern.edu/alumni/awardwinners.html

Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2006. Reproduced in Biographical Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale. 2006. http://galegroup.com/servlet/BioRC
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BoxTitleDate
1Athletic Advisory Committee1993
Boston 350
1Brochures [1980?]
1Bylaws of the City Conservation League1976
1Desegregation of Public Education1977
1Hattie D. Cooper Community Center1976-1977
1Jubilee Agenda1979
1Meeting Minutes1977-1979
1Memos1977-1979
1Newspaper Articles1977-1979
1Century Fund1987-1988
Centennial Celebration Committee
1100 Fund 1997
11998 Commencement Site1996
1Administrator/Staff Advisory Committee1994
1Alumni Advisory Committee1994
1Budget1994-1998
1Candidates for Committee1993
1Centennial Athletic Committee1995
1Centennial Path1994
1Chairs of Committees1994, 1997-1998
1Closing Celebration1995-1996
1Commemorative Stamp1992-1997
1Coop Convention1994
1Cultural Activities Subcommittee1995
1Dean Ellen S. Jackson Archive1993-1997
1Exhibits Committee Memos1994-1995
1Exhibits Committee Minutes1994-1995
1Exhibit of Larry Gardner1990
1Freedom House Archive1990
1Graduation Honors1995
1History of Northeastern University1991, 1995
1Honorary Committee1995
1Liaisons with various Colleges1995
1Memorabilia Committee1994-1995
1Meeting Minutes 1995-1996
1Memos 1995
1Northeastern University Calendar for Centennial Year1995
1Opening Convocation1996
1Oral History 1995, 1997
1Organization for Centennial Subcommittees1993
1Post Cards and Banners1994, 1997
1Preliminary Research of Other College Centennial Celebrations1955-1993
1Preliminary Research Memos1992
1Public Relations1995
1Publication Proposals1995
1Report Prepared for Dr. Freeland1996
1Requests for Information1990
1Status ReportJun 22, 1995
1Student Advisory Committee1994
1Subcommittees1995
1Unsolicited Celebration Suggestions 1994
1YMCA1994
1Class of 1902 Research Project Data Sheet[1998?]
1Coop Celebration 75th Anniversary1984
1Frank Palmer Speare's Biographyn.d.
1Law Enforcement Committee (LEN) 1985
National Historic Registry
1Boston Locations1996-1997
1Nominated Property Applicationn.d.
NCAA Steering Committee
1Academic Integrity 1995-1996
1Certification Report Plan1995-1996
1Certification Self-Study ReportMar 1996
2Equity1995-1996
2Financial Aid1996
2Fiscal Integrity 1992-1996
2Governance and Compliance Committee1995
2History of Women's Athletics1996
2Meeting Minutes1995-1997
2Memos1994-1997
2Northeastern University Review and Evaluation by Bob Marcum, UMASS1994
2Peer Review Team's Report1996
2ReportFeb 19, 1996
2Self-Study Instrument on Fiscal IntegrityJun 1995
2Self-Study Report: Chapter ThreeSep 1995
2Strategic Plan1996-2000
2Northeastern University Student-Athlete Handbook[1996] 1996
2Team Visit1995-1996
3Ryder Ceremonies1986
University Library Planning Committee
3Comparative Library Studiesn.d.
3Library Organization Development Study1981
3Meeting Minutes1981-1982
3Memos1981-1982
3Proposal for Phase I1980, 1981
3Recommendations1980-1981
3Request for Proposals1981
3Space Needs Committee1980
3Working Draft1981, 1985