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Randall, William M. (William Madison), 1899-1984



Dr. William Madison Randall was the third president of Wilmington College (1958-1968). He was born in Michigan and earned his undergraduate degree (1921) and masters degree (1924)from the University of Michigan. In 1929, he graduated summa cum laude from the Hartford Theological Seminary with specialties in languages and library science. He was a committee member of The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace sent to reorganize the Vatican library in 1928. From 1929-1932 he was a consultant for the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Dr. Randall was also managing editor of "Library Quarterly" and assistant Dean of Students at University of Chicago. During World War II he was attached to the War Department and stationed in Cairo, Egypt. In 1947, he returned to academics becoming Director of Library at the University of Georgia. From 1948-1951, he held the position of Academic Dean to the United States Merchant Marine Academy. While recuperating from an automobile accident in Wilmington, Dr. Randall became part of the growing Wilmington College, first as a Dean and then as chief administrator. He is credited with the development of the seal and motto (discere aude - learn courageous), which is still used today. It was during his tenure that Wilmington College met requirements for accreditation as a four-year college. Among his numerous publications are "Principles of College Library Administration" and "The Acquisition and Cataloging of Books." It is an appropriate honor for the campus library to be named for Dr. William Randall.

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

Cardinal Eugene Tisserant Papers

Identifier: SC-MS-087
Scope and Contents

This collection contains a holiday card, Vatican library catalog card, and autographed photograph of Cardinal Eugene Tisserant from his friend and associate, William Madison Randall.

Dates: 1937, 1947, undated

Dr. William Madison Randall Papers

Identifier: SC-MS-100

This manuscript collection contains information related to Dr. William Madison Randall's family and career from 1899 to 1972. Included are documents, correspondence, publications, newspaper articles and clippings, photographs and ephemera related to Randall's childhood, military career, career at UNCW, interest in languages and other scholarly pursuits. The collection also includes a tool belt and his graduation robes.

Dates: 1920-1984

George Bernard Shaw Private Paper

Identifier: SC-MS-014
Scope and Contents This collection contains one postcard with a printed mini-essay on the value of a forty letter “alfabet” by Bernard Shaw; the address Ayot Saint Lawrence, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, is also printed at the end of the card. Added to this are further, handwritten arguments supporting the need for an expanded alphabet, which are dated December 26, 1947, and initialed “G.B.S.” The card is addressed to “William Russell M.S. Athens (Georgia) U.S. America.” The card bears an English stamp and is...
Dates: 1947

The Printer's Art Collection

Identifier: SC-MS-084

This collection consists of examples of illuminated works, which have been broken into six series: Early Printing and Engraving, Oriental Printing and Engraving, Examples of Paleography, Examples of Book Illumination, Ancient Bible Pages, and Parchment pages.

Dates: Undetermined

University of North Carolina Wilmington Presidents and Chancellors Records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-RG-03
Scope and Contents This collection consists of administrative files from the Presidents and Chancellors of the institution, including correspondence, accreditation reports, installation and inauguration programs, administrative materials, and biographical information.Topics from William Madison Randall's service as the last president of Wilmington College include the North Carolina Speaker Ban and the college's change from junior college to four-year school status. This collection also has records from Dr....
Dates: 1952-2023

Wayne Jackson Collection

Identifier: SC-MS-104
Scope and Contents This collection contains materials pertaining to the career of Wayne Jackson, a broadcaster for southeastern North Carolina NBC television affiliate WECT (formerly WMFD). In particular, this collection documents three important events in Wilmington College history including the first televised basketball game in the region (that of the Virgina-Carolina Athletic Conference Junior College Basketball Tournament championship game), a dinner held for the Seahawks baseball team following their...
Dates: 1954-1974, 1988