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Carl Wheeless Papers

Identifier: GTM-160309

Scope and Contents

The Carl Wheeless Papers represent the research files created by Carl Wheeless for his book "Landmarks of American Presidents: A Traveler's Guide," published in 1996. Included are manuscripts, photographs, and promotional material relating to writing and publication of the book. Also contained is his autobiography "Steps to the Goal and Beyond to the Calling" from 2001.


  • 1990 - 2001

Conditions Governing Access

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Biographical Note

Carl Wheeless was a historian, foreign service official, and college professor. He was from Anamosa, Iowa. Wheeless graduated from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa in 1941 with a B.A. in history and political science. In 1948, he received an M.A. in political science from the University of Tennessee. In 1951, Wheeless won a Fulbright scholarship to study political science at Ankara University in Turkey. He received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University in 1957. Wheeless served as a foreign affairs analyst in the U.S. State Department and U.S. Navy Department in Washington, D.C. As a Methodist lay minister, he taught at Forman Christian College in Lahore, Pakistan from 1957 to 1970. In 1996, Wheeless published a book entitled, "Landmarks of American Presidents: A Traveler's Guide." He also wrote an autobiography titled, "Steps to the Goal and Beyond to the Calling." Carl Wheeless is married to the former Mary Headrick.

[Source: Printed materials in curatorial file for Carl Wheeless papers].


18.9 Linear Feet (20 boxes)

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Custodial History

Gift of Letha Wheeless Schriver, 2017 May

Carl Wheeless Papers
Scott S. Taylor
2018 March
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057