Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Wilson Room Collection, 1493, 1592-1908

Biographical Note

Born in Racine, Wisconsin and raised in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, Norman W. Wilson (1900-1996) moved to Oregon in 1922 to begin his studies at Linfield College. It was at Linfield that Norman met Glenville Starr, a descendent of the pioneer Starr family. A former high school administrator, Norman joined the Oregon State College faculty in 1947, teaching English composition and literature until his retirement in 1968. Glenville worked for the USDA Forest Service Siuslaw District office in Corvallis for 20 years.

The Wilsons spent many years traveling in England and in the Pacific Northwest. During their travels, they capitalized on their ever-increasing interest in 18th and 19th century British history, collecting antiques, artifacts and volumes contemporary to that period.

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