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Charles W. Ingler Papers

Identifier: MS-374

Scope and Content

The Charles W. Ingler Papers scan the career and life of an important leader of not only Wright State University but of the Great Dayton Area. These papers will be beneficial to individuals chronically the life of Charles W. Ingler, those interested in the history of Wright State University and the education within the greater Miami Valley.

Series I: Personal Papers The Personal Papers of Charles W. Ingler include information regarding his personal and professional life before and during his time in the Dayton area. It is full of school documents, newspaper articles, resumes and biographical sketches of the late Charles W. Ingler. Also included within this series is the first draft of an unpublished manuscript written by Ingler.

Series II: Correspondences The correspondences within this series span a great distance of years, beginning in 1975 and ending in 2003, right before the death of Charles Ingler. These are personal and professional correspondences between friends, family and members of the community regarding achievements in the life of Ingler. Most of the correspondences have a copy of the letter from the recipient and a copy of the letter Ingler initially sent. These correspondences allow the researcher to have a greater insight to the life of Ingler.

Series III: Written Works This series contains both published and unpublished documents that Charles W. Ingler either wrote himself or participated in the writing of. The series contains school documents from his Masters Program at the University of Oklahoma, handwritten versions of later published works, research studies regarding Montgomery County and its education situation during the 1960s and metropolitan studies of Dayton, Ohio.

Series IV: Photographs This series contains many black and white photographs documenting Charles W. Ingler's career as an important figure for Wright State University. Many of the photographs were taken during the Inaugural groundbreaking of WSU in 1961, the opening of Allyn Hall at WSU in 1967 and during his days as a supporter of the Presidential Candidate Nelson Rockefeller during 1964 and 1968.


  • Creation: 1937-2004
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1960-1999


Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on accessing this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biography of Charles W. Ingler

Charles W. Ingler, or Bill helped develop plans for what is now Wright State University beginning in 1961. Ingler was born in Springfield, Missouri on January 22, 1922. Ingler was an UFAR First Lieutenant from 1943 until 1946 where he was an observation pilot during World War II and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1947 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He later finished his Masters in Political Science in 1951 at Northwestern University where he was also a teaching assistant during his two year stay.

Ingler came to Ohio in 1954 where he served as the Assistant Director and later as Director of the Ohio Legislative Series Commission until 1959. Later that year he moved to Dayton and served as the Director of the Community Research, Inc., a non-profit foundation founded by the Urban Studies Bureau until 1961. In 1961 he left Community Research to serve as the Director of Public Affairs at National Cash Register Company (NCR) until 1971. During his stay at NCR he was Secretary of the Board of Trustees for Sinclair Community College (1961-1966) and then served as the Secretary for the Board of Trustees for Wright State University (1966-1971). In 1971, Ingler left Dayton, working as Associate Chancellor at the State University of New York and Vice President of Kent State.

Ingler was very passionate with the furthering of education in all communities, not just Dayton. He was awarded for his achievements in the field of education many times, even given the Special Award for Public Service to the Dayton Metropolitan Area in 1967 and many citations for meritorious services.

Ingler returned to Dayton after retirement in 1983. During retirement he served on the Carillon Historical Park governing board and volunteered on the Dayton Public Education Fund and Lower Great Miami Basin Council committees. He was active in the community until his death on December 13th, 2003.


2 linear feet

Language of Materials



Ingler was one of the individuals responsible for Wright State University's groundbreaking in 1961 and was an important figure in Dayton. He wrote a book on Wright State University's history titled Founding and Fulfillment, published in 1987. These papers chronicle the life of Ingler, and provide insight into the history of Wright State University and education in state institutions within the greater Miami Valley. This collection contains correspondence, photographs, news clippings, original writings, books written by Ingler, reports conducted by Ingler, information regarding the development of Wright State University, and biographical documents.

Statement of Arrangement

The collection is arranged into four series:

  1. Series I: Personal Papers
  2. Series II: Correspondences
  3. Series III: Written Works
  4. Series IV: Photographs

Acquisition Information

The Charles W. Ingler Papers were donated to the Wright State University Special Collection and Archives on July 14th 2004 by Mr. Ingler's daughter, Mary Lynn Ingler.

Guide to the Charles W. Ingler Papers (MS-374)
Finding aid prepared by Jennifer Haney, Winter 2008
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA