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T. Anne Cleary papers

Identifier: IWA0200

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Scope and Contents

The T. Anne Cleary papers date from 1964 to 2001 and measure 16 linear inches. They are arranged in the following series: Personal, Correspondence, Professional Activities, Speeches, Evaluation and Examination Services Department, Research, Publications, and Photographs.

The Personal series include per includes information about Cleary and her family, including papers regarding her care for her father Frank.

The Correspondence series includes personal correspondence to Cleary from friends and family, along with professional correspondence documenting her work at the University of Wisconsin, Evaluation and Examination Services, the University of Iowa, and various professional organizations.

The Professional Activities series contains materials from Cleary's trip to the Yucatan in Mexico and her executive responsibilities for the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research Association.

The Speeches series contains presentation slides and the text of a presentations Cleary made at a variety of venues.

The Evaluation and Examination Services Department series includes Cleary's reports, course materials, advising information, and departmental reviews from her position at the University of Iowa.

Cleary's Research series includes her statistical analyses of University of Iowa student enrollment and academic performance records.

The collection's Publications include papers and articles Cleary composed for professional conferences and academic publications. Photographs of Cleary with friends and family complete the collection.


  • Creation: 1964-2001


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Theresa Anne Cleary was born on December 12, 1935 in Shanghai, China. She attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and received a B.S. in Psychology in 1958. She proceeded to the University of Minnesota for her M.A. in Developmental Psychology and completed her Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Illinois in 1964.

Cleary served on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1966 to1972. In 1971, she became the Executive director of Examinations for The College Board in New York City. She remained with The College Board until 1978, serving as chief of its programming services division, vice president of planning and research, and as a research consultant, respectively. In 1979, Cleary was appointed director of Evaluation and Examinations Service and Professor of Educational Measurement and Statistics at the University of Iowa. She was later named Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. Throughout the 1980s, Cleary was active in the American Educational Research Association, where she served as vice president from 1982 to 1984. In addition, she served as president of the American Psychological Association from 1984 to 1985 and from 1986 to 1987.

In 1983, Cleary's father Frank Cleary was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and moved to Iowa City from Canada to be under her care. T. Anne Cleary was among the six shooting victims of disgruntled University of Iowa graduate student, Gang Lu on November 1, 1991. She died the following day at age 56.


16.00 linear inches

Photographs in Box 4. boxes

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University of Iowa Vice President of Academic Affairs, American Psychological Association president, and expert in educational testing.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 587) were donated by Joyce Moore in 1999.

Heather Stecklein, 2002.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
319-335-5900 (Fax)