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Norman Wilson Sr. papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9595

Scope and Contents

Contains papers of Norman Wilson Sr. and his family, including the memorial service program for Wilson, a publication by Wilson on multiple correlation in mathematics, photographs, ephemera, and a diary kept by Norman Wilson Sr.'s wife, Ernestine Dalby Wilson, in 1942. Materials are dated from 1942 to 1997.


  • approximately 1942-1997


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Norman Wilson Sr. was born January 27, 1913, in Gibsland, Louisiana to Leon P. Wilson and Flavia Matthews. He graduated high school from Coleman College and attended Leland College in Atlanta, Georgia, for a year. Wilson received his bachelor of arts in 1935 from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. On September 3, 1937, he married Ernestine Darby. They had two children. Desiring to pursue a master's degree, he rode freight trains across the country for two weeks to Brigham Young University, a historically white university, where he became the first Black student to receive a degree. Wilson graduated with his master's degree in agricultural economics in 1938, moved on to advanced studies in economics at Harvard University from 1944 to 1946, and earned a doctorate at the University of Missouri in 1960. Wilson taught at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina for thirteen years, and in 1960, began working at Southern University in New Orleans, Louisiana. At Southern University, Wilson founded the Business Economic Department, retiring in 1983. Norman Wilson Sr. passed away February 12, 1997, in New Orleans, Louisiana.


5 folders (0.05 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Heidi M. Vessel in August 2022.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Heidi M. Vessel; August 2022.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Karen Glenn; November 2022.

Register of Norman Wilson, Sr. papers
In Progress
Karen Glenn
2022 November 9
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States