William R. Ringer papers: 1920-1922
Summary Information
Title: William R. Ringer papers
Creator: Ringer, William Raimond, 1898-1973
Dates: 1920-1922
Extent: 0.3 linear feet
William R. Ringer was a student at the University of Michigan Law School from 1920 to 1922. Collection consists of three volumes of detailed diary entries interspersed with ephemera collected while a student.
Call number: 2012119 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
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Finding aid created by Brian Williams, August 2012

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was received in January 2012 (donor no. 10708).

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research without restriction.

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Copyright is held by the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright is not held. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, William R. Ringer papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


William Raimond Ringer was born August 11, 1898, in Williamsport, Indiana, to Victor and Alice Thomas Ringer. He graduated as the valedictorian of Williamsport High School in 1916. He entered Indiana University in 1916 and graduated in 1920 magna cum laude with an AB in philosophy. While at Indiana he was a private in the United States Students' Army Training Corps (SATC).

Ringer entered the University of Michigan Law School in September 1920 and graduated in June 1922 with a JD degree. His brother Horace was also studying at the University of Michigan (AB 1924, LLB 1926). Ringer practiced law in Williamsport with his father Victor H. Ringer, an 1894 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, as Ringer and Ringer from 1922 to 1926. He moved to Indianapolis in 1926 and was in private practice from 1926 to 1929. From 1929 to 1931 he served as the Trial Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Criminal Court in Marion County Indiana before returning to private practice. In 1937 Ringer joined the National Labor Relations Board as a Trial Examiner. He was Chief Trial Examiner from 1942 until his retirement in 1963.

Ringer was married to Gladys Well on August 7, 1924. Gladys graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1923. They had one daughter, Barbara Alice Ringer.

William Ringer died October 4, 1973, in Washington, D.C. He is buried in Clinton, North Carolina.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The William R. Ringer papers document his time as a law student at the University of Michigan from September 1920 to June 1922. The papers are organized into two series Diaries and Background.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Diaries.
  • Photographs.
  • Ringer, William Raimond, 1898-1973.
  • University of Michigan -- Law School.
  • University of Michigan -- Students -- Social life and customs -- 1911-1920.
  • University of Michigan -- Students -- Social life and customs -- 1921-1930.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Background [series]

Material in the Background series includes genealogical and biographical information supplied by the donor (a friend of Ringer's daughter) pertaining to William Ringer, his wife Gladys Wells, his brother Horace Thomas Ringer and his father Victor Howard Ringer. Five copy prints (sent by the donor as digital e-mail attachments) feature photographs of Ringer, his wife, and his brothers.

Box   1  
Box   1  
Diaries [series]

The Diaries series consists of three volumes used by Ringer as a combination diary and scrapbook. Ringer's diary entries are lengthy and well written containing observations of his impressions of the campus and town, course work, fellow students, social life and notable campus events. The entries are richest starting with his trip to Ann Arbor on September 27-28, 1920, and continuing through to February 25, 1922. Scrapbook-type content includes newspaper clippings, tickets, programs, mementoes and some letters and official university documents tipped in alongside the corresponding diary entries. One particularly noteworthy item is the ticket for a "modern poets" lecture series appearance by poet Carl Sandberg on April 5, 1922, along with clippings concerning Sandberg's appearance. (Other poets in the series on the ticket include Padraic Collum, Lewis Untermeyer, Amy Lowell and Vachel Lindsay).

Box   1  
Volume 10 (partial) September 27, 1920-March 8, 1921
Box   1  
Volume 11 March 9-December 6, 1921
Box   1  
Volume 12 December 8, 1921-June 1922
Additional Descriptive Data
Related Material

Ringer numbered each of his diary volumes. The volumes covering the University of Michigan contain part of volume 10 and volumes 11 and 12. Volumes 1-9 and the first part of volume 10 were donated to Indiana University in Bloomington. The earlier Ringer volumes and some additional content are part of the holdings of the Indiana University Archives. The finding aid for the content at Indiana may be accessed at this link: http://purl.dlib.indiana.edu/iudl/findingaids/archives/InU-Ar-VAC1729 (link accessed 3 August 2012).