Wilkes University will honor Harold Cox, professor emeritus of history and archivist, when it dedicates the Harold Cox Archives Room. The ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21. on the third floor of the Eugene S. Farley Library, located at the corner of South Franklin and West South Streets in Wilkes-Barre.
Cox joined the history department faculty at Wilkes in 1963, serving until 2003, when he became the university’s archivist. Throughout the 1960s until the early 1980s, Cox spent his summers helping develop and test training programs for the Department of the Army, where he served as a reserve command sergeant major.
He has held numerous positions at Wilkes, including coordinator of graduate education, chair of the history department, faculty advisor to the president, and most recently as a member of the creative writing graduate program faculty. Cox earned his doctorate in history from the University of Virginia and his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary.
The Wilkes University Archives selects, preserves, and makes available records that document the programs, people, and history of Wilkes University and the Wyoming Valley. The Archives also seeks to educate members of the Wilkes community and the public about the university’s history, by providing access to the collections and contributing to campus cultural events and publications. The Archives provides educational opportunities for students so that they can learn the research process and develop skills that will prepare them to enter the workforce.
The collection currently consists of Wilkes University publications and the papers of Wilkes faculty, staff, administration, and board members. Highlights include papers from the Flood Recovery Task Force, the Wilkes University Institute of Regional Affairs, and the Gilbert McClintock Collection, which includes records documenting the early history of the Wyoming Valley and the Revolutionary War.