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Hamilton Cravens papers

Identifier: RS 13/12/52

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Scope and Content

This collection consists of materials related to Hamilton Craven's research related to the history of science, specifically the history of child development and welfare. Included are reports of the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial fund, as well as a significant number of reports and other documents on child welfare from the early twentieth century that were used as primary sources in his research. Types of materials include correspondence, annual reports, articles, clippings, notes, and manuscripts.

The majority of the materials are in the original file folders. Some of the original folder titles include box numbers that do not match the box the materials are currently in. Names and organizations are abbreviated on the folder titles and the full names are listed on the finding aid.


  • 1874-1985

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Access Restrictions

Open for research. This collection is stored offsite. Please contact the department at least 3 working days in advance.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


Hamilton Cravens was born in Evanston, Illinois, on August 12,1938, the third child of Charles Turner Cravens and Flora Hamilton Cravens. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Washington and later earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of Iowa. After teaching at Ohio State University for several years, he accepted a position at Iowa State University in 1968. He taught in the Iowa State history department for the next 42 years and was named a distinguished scholar in arts and humanities in 2006. During his long professional career, he was awarded several Fulbright awards, serving as Fulbright professor in Germany at Goettingen University (1988-89) and at Bonn University and Max Planck Institute (1997). In 2007, he was a Distinguished Fulbright scholar at the Roosevelt Study Center in the Netherlands. Since moving to Minneapolis in 2011, he has been affiliated with the History of Science and Technology Department of the University of Minnesota. During his fifty-year professional career, he authored numerous books and articles and two of his books, The Triumph of Evolution and Before Head Start, are considered classics in his field. He passed away on November 24, 2015 at the age of 77.

Source: Obituary, November 29, 2015, Minneapolis Star-Tribune.


9.1 Linear Feet (17 records center cartons)

Physical Location

This collection is stored offsite. Please contact the Special Collections and University Archives at least three working days in advance.

Items in related collections

RS 13/12. Iowa State University. Department of History records

RS 13/12/52. Hamilton Cravens papers, 1874-1985
January 7, 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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