Overview of the Collection
Special Collections & Archives
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
P.O. Box 4004
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702 – 4004
Reference Code: USGZE AS249
Accession Number: 10-007, 14-020
Collection Number: AS249
Creators: McPhee, Eugene R.
Title: Eugene R. McPhee Papers
Dates: 1923-1966, 2003-2004
Quantity: .8 linear feet (2 archives boxes)
Location of Collection: D10/1c
Languages: Collection materials are in English and Italian.
Summary: After service in WWII, McPhee became director of teacher training at Eau Claire until leaving for Madison in 1948. Contains personal and professional papers of McPhee’s military career in the United States as well as while he was stationed in Italy. McPhee’s thesis and other documents from his educational career. There are early University of Wisconsin -- Eau Claire financial documents regarding scholarships, memorials and other aspects of the university.
Biographical / Historical Note
Eugene R. McPhee was born in Chippewa Falls, Wis. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the Eau Claire State Normal School in 1923 and his Masters of Arts from the University of Minnesota in 1932. McPhee was superintendent of schools in Winter and Elk Mound, Wis. prior to serving as Director of Teacher Training at the then Eau Claire State Teachers College from 1932 to 1941. McPhee served during World War II in North Africa and Italy as a Reserved Major. When the war ended, McPhee was promoted to Colonel. In April 1948, Mr. McPhee was appointed acting secretary of the Board of Regents of State Normal Schools. Later in 1948, he was made director of the Board and served this position until 1970.
In 1971, the WSU merged with the University of Wisconsin system and McPhee became a consultant and associate secretary of the new merged education board. McPhee died on May 10, 1975.
This collection is divided into two series: personal and professional papers and early University of Wisconsin -- Eau Claire financial documents.
Acquisition Information: Donated to Special Collections & Archives prior to March 2006. ACC# 10-007
Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public.
Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright of Series 1 not owned by the University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire.
Preferred Citation: Eugene R. McPhee Papers, 1923-1966, 2003-2004. AS249 Special Collections & Archives. McIntyre Library. University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire. Eau Claire, WI.
Processing Note: Processed by Bridget Krejci in August, 2009.
Arrangement: By series
Personal Names: McPhee, Eugene R. – Correspondence.
Corporate Names: Eau Claire State Normal School -- History.
Education – Wisconsin – History.
Veterans – Wisconsin – History.
Detailed List of Contents
Series 1: Personal and professional papers
Contains lectures notes, Italian correspondence regarding military honors and immigration to the United States. McPhee’s thesis and other personal and professional documents. Located in Box/Folder 1/6 is an article written by McPhee titled “A veteran speaks his mind,” which talks about McPhee impression of the poor quality of education available to veterans.
Dates: 1927-1948, 2003-2004
Extent: .4 linear feet (1 archives boxes)
Italian translation guide
List of social situations mention in four manuals for high school students
The School of Military Government the third class and fourth class
Standards for teachers
Honorary citizenship to Genoa, Italy
Series 2: Early University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire financial documents
Contains early financial documents including various scholarship and memorial fund files as well as the Articles of Incorporation of the Wisconsin State Teachers College at Eau Claire Foundation, Inc.
Extent: .4 linear feet (1 archives boxes)
Agreements, contracts, warranties
Arthur T. Thorson Scholarship Fund
Article- McPhee watched WSU grow up
Articles of Incorporation Wisconsin State Teachers College at Eau Claire Foundation, Inc.
Bonds and securities
Bronze plaque memorial to alumni who served in World War II
Clara Mae Ward Memorial
Class donation fund
Class of 1921 student loan fund letter
Cornerstone men’s dormitory
Eau Claire State Teachers College endowment fund
Eau Claire State Teachers College scholarship trust fund
Eau Claire State Teachers College seal
J.T. Ames Memorial Fund
Ledger forensic honor club
Major appliances for Wisconsin State College
Monroe B. Milliren Scholarship Fund
Real estate purchases, insurance and appraisals
Request for allocation. Federal Works Agency. WPA Art Program
Rights for broadcasting the plays “Studio and school radio” plays
United States Defense Savings Bonds