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Reception honors Dan Glickman for donating his papers to Wichita State

Dan Glickman and son, Jonathan.
Among those attending the reception at Ablah Library was Dan Glickman’s son, Jonathan, who is president of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Film Division.

About 100 people attended a reception on May 19 recognizing former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman for donating his professional papers to the Special Collections division of University Libraries at Wichita State. 

    The WSU Foundation and University Libraries hosted the event in Ablah Library, decorated with sunflowers to honor our “Kansas Son Flower.” Glickman grew up in Wichita and represented the 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House for 18 years. 

    Among those making remarks at the reception were WSU President John Bardo, University Libraries Dean Don Gilstrap, WSU Foundation President and CEO Elizabeth King and retired Cessna Aircraft Chairman Russ Meyer. 

    Glickman donated thousands of items that include correspondence, legislative bills, news clippings, press releases, photos, official documents and more.

“(My papers) represent a good piece of history from the time that I was in public life.” 

- Dan Glickman

    Among some of the personal mementos with historical value are nine scrapbooks created by his mother, Gladys, that follow press coverage of Glickman from the mid-1970s until her death in late 1999. 

    Glickman donated $20,000 to help University Libraries process the collection and begin digitization, which will allow scholars and researchers worldwide to access the materials online. 

    That process is vital to making the collection as useful as possible. The WSU Foundation will continue efforts to raise money for the digitization project. 

    Glickman said he hopes researchers will find the papers valuable and enlightening.

    “They represent a good piece of history from the time that I was in public life, a period of time when a lot was happening in Kansas and in Washington,” he said. 

    In addition to supplementing the collection with more papers from his tenure as Agriculture Secretary, Glickman also intends to donate papers associated with his stint as chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America from 2004 to 2010. 

    He was U.S. Agriculture Secretary from 1995 to 2001. Today, he serves as a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center and also is executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Congressional Program.


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