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Iowa. State Board of Regents

 Organization

Biography

On February 25, 1847, the First General Assembly of the State of Iowa established the State University of Iowa at Iowa City. The law provided for a 15-member Board of Trustees. With little initial financial support, the Board's early business was confined to land selection for the new institution. By 1855, the first year of classes, however, the Board became fully engaged in the business of managing a small but growing public university. In 1870 the Board of Trustees was reorganized as the Board of Regents.

In 1909, the Iowa State Board of Education was organized to administer the state's three public institutions of higher learning: The State University of Iowa at Iowa City (in 1964 its name was shortened to The University of Iowa for common use); Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts at Ames (renamed Iowa State University of Science and Technology in 1959); and the Iowa State Teachers College at Cedar Falls (renamed the State College of Iowa in 1961 and the University of Northern Iowa in 1967). The state board succeeded the functions of these individual institutions' governing bodies in 1909.

The state Board of Education was renamed the Iowa State Board of Regents in 1954.

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Iowa State Board of Education / Board of Regents Records

 Collection
Identifier: RG04.0002.001
Scope and Contents

The Records of the Iowa State Board of Education and Board of Regents, 1909-1982, consist of seven series: Board Minutes, Reports and Other Printed Matter, Administrative, Legislative Relations, Committees, Finance and Budget, and Regents Member Files.

Dates: 1909 - 1982

John Cantwell Reid Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MsC0436
Abstract

Cedar Rapids, Iowa businessman; president of the National Oats Company; member of the Iowa State Board of Regents. Correspondence and memoranda relating to his term on the Board of Regents and his friendship with Grant Wood.

Dates: 1933-1962; Majority of material found within 1933-1942

Mary Louise Petersen Papers

 Collection
Identifier: IWA0309
Abstract

Member and president of Iowa State Board of Regents.

Dates: 1947-1996

State University of Iowa Board of Trustees and Board of Regents Records

 Collection
Identifier: RG04.0001.001
Scope and Contents

The Records of the State University of Iowa Board of Trustees and Board of Regents, 1847-1909, consist of seven series: Building Committee, Executive Committee, Reports, Office of the Secretary, Minutes, Record Books, and Indexes. William J. Haddock served as secretary to the regents from 1865 until 1902, a tenure that is largely reflected in this collection.

Dates: 1847 - 1909

W. Earl Hall Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MsC0193
Abstract

Editor and publisher of the Mason City Globe Gazette. Papers relating to his career and civic activities. Subject files, correspondence, speeches, and editorials reflect his work for such organizations as the Red Cross, Radio Free Europe, and the Iowa State Board of Regents.

Dates: 1917-1969