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Hunter R. Rawlings III Papers

Identifier: RG05.0001.016

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of three series: Correspondence, Publications, and Speeches and Articles. The Correspondence series is closed to research 30 years after date of creation. The Publications and Speeches/Articles series are open for research.


  • Creation: 1988 - 1994


Conditions Governing Access

The Correspondence Series is closed to research until 2025 January 1. The remaining series (Publications, Speeches and Articles) are open for research.

This collection is stored at an off-site location. Please allow 2-3 business days for retrieval and arrival to the main library.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Biographical / Historical

Hunter R. Rawlings III served as the seventeenth president of the University of Iowa, from 1988 to 1995.

A classics scholar, Rawlings was a noted author and editor as well as professor when he was named university president in 1988. His book, The Structure of Thucydides' History, was published in 1981.

Rawlings is a 1966 graduate of Haverford College, with honors in classics. He received a Ph.D. in 1970 from Princeton University, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and National Defense Education Act Fellow.

In 1970 Rawlings joined the classics faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder and, in 1978, became department chair. He was named full professor in 1980 and served as associate vice chancellor for instruction from 1980 to 1984. He received the University of Colorado Teaching Excellence Award in 1979.

While president at Iowa, Rawlings chaired the Governor's Commission on Foreign Language Studies and International Education for the State of Iowa from 1988 to 1991. In 1995 as he completed his presidency, he was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. During the same year he was named president of Cornell University.

Rawlings was born in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1944 and is married to Elizabeth Trapnell Rawlings. They have four children.


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Method of Acquisition

These materials were transferred to the University Archives from the Office of the President in 1996. Preliminary container list prepared April 4, 1997. Guide posted to the Internet December 2006.

Related Materials

Biographical file in Faculty and Staff Vertical Files, University Archives

Rawlings, Hunter R. "The University and the Public." Iowa City: The University of Iowa, 1992.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242