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Iowa State Board of Education / Board of Regents Records

Identifier: RG04.0002.001

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Scope and Contents

The Records of the Iowa State Board of Education and Board of Regents, 1909-1989, consist of seven series: Board Minutes, Reports and Other Printed Matter, Administrative, Legislative Relations, Committees, Finance and Budget, and Regents Member Files.


  • Creation: 1909 - 1989


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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.

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.


47.00 Linear Feet

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Method of Acquisition

These records have been transferred to the University Archives at various times. Guide posted to the Internet October 2006; updated February 2009.

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.

Records of the Board of Trustees and Board of Regents, 1847-1909 (RG04.0001.001)

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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