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

Identifier: RG04.0001.001

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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.


  • Creation: 1847 - 1909


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

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.

The State University of Iowa Board of Trustees and Board of Regents records, 1847-1909, document oversight activity of the University's governing boards prior to the state's reorganization of its Regents institutions in 1909. Prior to that time, each of Iowa's public institutions of higher learning was governed locally by an autonomous board, independent of other institutions. Establishment of the Iowa State Board of Education in 1909 (later re-named the Iowa State Board of Regents in 1954) brought a coordinated, state level of authority to the institutions at Iowa City, Ames, and Cedar Falls.


9.50 Linear Feet

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Method of Acquisition

These materials were transferred to the University Archives at various times, mainly during 1931-1935. Guide posted to the Internet October 2006; finding aid completed December 2008.

Related Materials

Fogdall, Vergil S. "History of the State University of Iowa: The Governing Boards, 1847-1947." Ph.D. dissertation, University of Iowa, 1947.

Mahan, Bruce E. "University of Iowa." The Palimpsest LII, 2: p. 33-129. (February 1971). Des Moines: State Historical Society of Iowa.

Manuscript File Collection on Early University History (RG01.0001.001)

Records of the Iowa State Board of Education and Board of Regents, 1909-1981 (RG04.0002.001)

Springer, John. "William J. Haddock." Iowa Alumnus 3 (March 1906).

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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