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Albert Crossley Wildman Papers

Identifier: DC0242s

Scope and Contents

During his collegiate years at Davidson, Wildman kept a scrapbook of his experiences. On pages 12-13, one will find inscriptions by four women, stating their names, birthdate, residence and "happy thought." On page 37, one will find a photograph of the college nurse in 1922. During his college years, Wildman was invited to a number of social events -- these invitations are included on page 45. Wildman, who eventually becamse a minister, must have missed Sunday School several days because his scrapbook includes several "Sunday School Absence cards" on page 52-53. A large collection of postcards are found on pages 59-66. In the file folder marked "Photographs," you will find several photographs of male students frolicking on the grass; a photograph of three men seated on some steps with a skelton between them; a photograph of a baby in a chair; a photograph of an African-American man; several family group photographs; a photograph of a girl and boy in a Model T car; several military camp photographs; several photographs of girls in mens' clothing; and a photograph of the interior of a bike store (you see four men, two who are standing behind the counter, and two small black children, possibly servants, surrounded by bicycles). In the file folder marked "Miscellaneous," you will find a letter from Albert Wildman's mother; a certificate for the Woodrow Wilson Foundation; a beautiful Valentine's Day card; a Western Union telegram receipt; and several commencement brochures.


  • Creation: 1920 - 1928


Biographical / Historical

Albert Crossley Wildman graduated from Davidson College in 1924 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He was originally from Parmele, North Carolina. While at Davidson, Wildman was a member of Theta Upsilon Omega, Delta Pi Kppa, Wearer of the golden Quill, the Reporters' Club, and the Davidsonian. Wildman was a First Lieutenant in R.O.T.C. at Davidson and was Treasurer of the Eumenean Literary Society. After graduating from Davidson College, Wildman attended the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Southern baptist Theological Seminary. He then was the organizing pastor of Prestonia Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He then accepted a call to Boonville, Kentucky to organize and serve the Owsley County Larger Parish. He was called into active duty in 1941 as an Army Chaplain, where he served during WWII in 5 major campaigns including the Normandy Invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. During the Korean Conflict, Chaplain Wildman served in 6 major campaigns. He received eleven medals including the Bronze Star for service in WWII and the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster in Korean. Wildman retired as a colonel. Following his military retirement, Wildman served as the Associate Secretary for Chaplains and Military Personnel for the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., and then on the staff of the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church in Maryland.


3 folders (3 folders + 1 scrapbook)