William A. Reid World War II correspondence, A1128
Scope and Contents
This collection consists mostly of correspondence between Colgate University Athletic Director William A. Reid and Colgate alumni serving in the armed forces during World War II. Reid generally provided updates on life at Colgate, while the servicemen and their families gave updates on their lives in the armed forces. Also included are a significant number of clippings. In addition to letters addressed to Bill Reid, boxes 3 and 4 also contain letters to Everett Barnes, often referred to as Eppie.
- Creation: 1940 - 1948
- Reid, William A., 1893-1955 (Person)
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Collection is open for research.
William A. Reid was a longtime administrator and coach at Colgate University. Following his graduation from Colgate in 1918, he served in Europe during World War I. He spent a brief time as athletic director at the University of Detroit and then returned to Colgate, where he was graduate manager of athletics from 1919-1935. He became Athletic Director in 1935 and served in that role until his death in 1955 at the age of 62. He also coached baseball from 1920-1939 and basketball from 1920-1929. Reid served as mayor of Hamilton from 1933-1945. During World War II, he corresponded with Colgate alumni serving in the armed forces and produced a newsletter called "Colgate at War" that was sent to alumni serving around the world.
Clipping, "William A. Reid '18 is dead; Served Colgate Ably and Loyally for Thirty-six years," Colgate Alumni News, November-December, 1955, William A. Reid biographical file, Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries.
Everett Barnes graduated from Colgate in 1922 and played professional baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1925-1927. In 1939, he returned to Colgate as a baseball coach and assistant director of athletics. He was appointed Director of Athletics in 1955 and served in that role until his retirement in 1968. During his career, he also held positions with organizations such as the National Collegiate Athletic Association and U.S. Baseball Federation.
"Eppy Barnes dead at 79," 1980, Everett D. Barnes biographical file, Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries.
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- Guide to the William A. Reid World War II correspondence
- Lisa King and Allyson Smally
- January 7, 2016
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