William W. Scranton papers
William Warren Scranton, 38th Governor of Pennsylvania, led an extraordinary life of public service. He was born July 19, 1917, into a founding family of Scranton, Pennsylvania, and educated at Yale University (B.A., 1939) and Yale Law School (LL.B., 1946). In 1942 he married Mary Lowe Chamberlin. During World War II, Scranton served as an Air Transport Command pilot in the U.S. Army Air Force.

Highlights of Scranton’s career include his service as Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of State (1959-1960), Congressional member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1961-1963), and Governor of Pennsylvania (1963-1967). In 1964, Scranton campaigned as a candidate in the Republican presidential primaries. From 1967 to 1977, Scranton continued to serve in diplomatic and advisory capacities. Among his many influential appointments was his Chairmanship of the President’s Commission on Campus Unrest (1970) with its resultant “Scranton Report.” From 1976 to 1977 William Scranton served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

The William W. Scranton Papers housed at The Pennsylvania State University selectively document Scranton’s stellar career in public service as well as in business, civic, and educational arenas. Gathered from his several offices, the papers supplement official state records at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and consist of 181.6 cubic feet of textual records and approximately 2,715 photographs, moving images, and audio tape recordings. Notable among the materials, the 2004 WVIA documentary In a Clear Light uses historic photographs from the papers to profile the life and career of William Scranton, as statesman, family man, and friend and adviser to five Presidents.

The images in this online exhibition celebrate Scranton’s remarkable career.

Curator: Jeannette Sabre.
Metadata consultant: G. Johns.

For more information, please contact James Quigel, Historical Collections and Labor Archives at jpq1@psu.edu or 814-863-3181

Repository: Penn State Special Collections, University Park, PA, USA.
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