Papers of Dr. Carl G. Ryant, professor of history at the University of Louisville. Includes oral history transcripts, correspondence, and material relating to his research, particularly on the subject of chain stores. There are also records relating to activity in professional organizations.
Carl G. Ryant, University of Louisville professor and historian, was born in Cleveland, Ohio on June 28, 1942. He graduated with a BA in Social Studies from Case-Western Reserve University, and later obtained a Master’s and PhD in History from the University of Wisconsin. Mr. Ryant went on to become a faculty member as a professor in the History department at the University of Louisville. He had a particular interest in oral history: a method of preserving history through the use of recorded interviews. He was the co-director or the University of Louisville Oral History Center as well as a chairman of the Oral History Association International Committee. He was a well-known authority on oral history, and his papers were presented both in the United States and worldwide. He also authored Profit’s Prophet, a biography of American entrepreneur Garet Garrett. He taught history at the university for 25 years, and he died on December 2, 1993 at the age of 51.