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Administrative records, 1907-2006, undated, bulk: `973 - 2006

 Sub-Group — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 13/11/1

Description of Material

This collection (1907-2006, undated) contains administrative records such as departmental meeting minutes, policy handbooks, memos, newsletters, correspondence, study abroad information, and a self-study report. Additionally, a significant number of teaching materials for Spanish and Portuguese language courses are included. Many of these files belonged to Joanna Courteau, former Professor of Spanish and Portuguese.


  • 1907-2006, undated
  • Majority of material found within `973 - 2006

Language of Materials

English, Portuguese

Access Restrictions

Open for research.


Foreign language studies began at Iowa State with the founding of the College. Lillie Beaumont, President Welch's sister-in-law, was the first instructor teaching French and German (1868-1870). Thereafter, several professors taught foreign languages and curriculum changes occurred almost yearly. This situation changed when the Department of Modern Languages was organized in 1899 with Lizzie May Allis as its first head and only faculty member. During Allis's tenure, Spanish was added to the curriculum in 1906 and by 1909 the department totaled seven members and one student assistant.

The Department has changed names multiple times throughout its existence. It was known as Modern Languages (1899-1910; 1921-1967), Modern Language (1910-1921), Foreign Languages (1967-1977), Foreign Languages and Literatures (1977-2006), and World Languages and Cultures (2006-current). In recent years, the Department expanded its original focus on teaching languages to include the teaching and study of world cultures.


2.10 Linear Feet (5 document boxes)

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

403 Parks Library
701 Morrill Road
Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
(515) 294-6672