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Phyllis Wong papers

 Collection — Box: 24-07-01
Identifier: MSS-299

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photographs, newsclippings, and memorabilia of various events that Phyllis Wong participated in while at Northern Michigan University.

The photograph file contains pictures of various events to include:

Izzo-Mariucci Golf Classic (July 1, 2005) with 2 photos of Les and Phyllis Wong with Tom Izzo and Steve Mariucci University Garden Club (December 2005) Phyllis Wong with USOEC athelete William Farley (August 26, 2005) NMU Mascot Wildcat Willy with Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm at the UP State Fair (August 19, 2005) Phyllis Wong with Wildcat Willy and Governor Jennifer Granholm at the UP State Fair (August 19, 2005) Photographs received from Jianping Ma Photographs received from Phyllis Reynolds Photographs of various Sister City events Photographs from Ruth Bishop Photographs of Special Olympics and Trim a Tree 2004

The Road to Turino file contains two 8x10 color photos of Dr. Les Wong with the US Short Track Olympic Team that includes Apollo Ohno (2005-2006).


  • 2004 - 2012


Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions. Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Phyllis Wong papers, MSS-299, must be obtained from the University Archivist. The University Archivist may be reached by phone at 906-227-1225, or e-mail, The University Archivist may also be reached in Room 126 of the Learning Resource Center, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI.


Phyllis Wong is the wife of past Northern Michigan University President Dr. Les Wong. Les and Phyllis met in high school when they were 16 but decided to go their separate ways in college - he to Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, and she to the Drexel Institute of Technology (now Drexel University) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the end of Les Wong’s junior year of college, they decided to get married. They exchanged vows the week after Wong graduated. The couple celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary in 2014. They have three sons: Isaac, Nathan, and Brian.

After Les and Phyllis were married, Phyllis transferred to The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where she received a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with an emphasis in literature and history. She then went on to earn a master’s degree in American history and American literature from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.

Phyllis helped develop land trusts in Washington and North Dakota, and was co-president of a garden club. Professionally, Phyllis has taught in both physical and virtual classrooms. Prior to moving to Marquette, she was the director of online learning at Valley City State University in North Dakota.

Information in this biographical note came from Northern Michigan University Marketing and Communications (


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Language of Materials

Multiple languages

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The materials in this collection were donated by Phyllis Wong to the Beaumier Heritage Center. Daniel Truckey transferred them to the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives in 2014.

Separated Materials

The four audiocassettes and the two CD-Rs are separated from the rest of the collection and maintained in storage cabinet number 3.

Phyllis Wong papers
Glenda K. Ward
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Repository Details

Part of the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives Repository

Harden Learning Resources Center 126
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette 49855 United States
906-227-1333 (Fax)


This collection guide includes collections from member organizations of UPLINK (the Upper Peninsula Digital Network) as well as the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives. UPLINK collections document the history of the Upper Peninsula broadly, while the Central UP & NMU Archives focuses on such topics as Northern Michigan University history, the local iron mining industry, and the politics, economics, religion, environment, and culture of the Central Upper Peninsula region.

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