Norman Foerster Papers
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Scope and Contents
The Norman Foerster Papers concern the administration of the University of Iowa School of Letters, Foerster's role in College of Liberal Arts curriculum revision, and his resignation. Correspondents include W.R. Boyd (Finance Committee, State Board of Education), Roy C. Flickinger (classics), George K. Kay (liberal arts dean), and other Iowa faculty.
- Creation: 1930 - 1971
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1930 - 1944
- Foerster, Norman (Person)
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Biographical / Historical
Norman Foerster was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 14, 1887, and died in Palo Alto, California, on August 1, 1972. The last name is pronounced "Firster." His degrees were A.B., Harvard University, 1910; M.A., University of Wisconsin, 1912; Litt.D., University of the South, 1931; D.H.L., Grinnell College, 1946; and Litt.D., University of North Carolina, 1948. Foerster taught English at Wisconsin, North Carolina, Iowa, Duke, and other schools. At Iowa he was director of the School of Letters, 1930-1944, resigning in a dispute about curriculum revision. He was also a prominent member of the New Humanist movement of the early twentieth century. Foerster wrote or edited many books on American literature and higher education.
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Language of Materials
University of Iowa professor of English and instrumental in the founding of the UI School of Letters.
Method of Acquisition
These papers were transferred to the University of Iowa Libraries from Professor Foerster in 1965 and 1967. Processed by Earl M. Rogers in January 1997; guide posted to the Internet 2000; updated January 2008.
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