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Iowa State University. Department of History records

 Record Group — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 13/12

Scope and Content

This collection consists of materials related to the Department of History. Records include news clippings, annual reports, newsletters, brochures, subject files, biographical files, administrative records, Iowa National History Day records, and faculty papers.


  • undated

Language of Materials


Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


History courses were taught at Iowa State from 1880 to 1885 under the general classification of Philosophy. The Department of History was formally established in 1885. After 1896, the Department of English Literature and history emerged as a single department under the chairship of W.H. Wynn. A return to a single discipline occurred in 1898 when English literature courses were incorporated into the new Department of Literature and Rhetoric. In 1924, the Department was altered to become the Department of Economics, History and Sociology. The Department was reorganized into History and Government under the leadership of Louis B. Schmidt. In 1957, the Department of History and Government expanded to include Philosophy. The Department of History, Government and Philosophy remained as a single department until it was split into three separate units in 1968.


W.H. Wynn (1885-1886)

A. C. Barrows (1887-1894)

W.H. Wynn (1894-1900)

Orange H. Cessna (1900-1922)

Louis B. Schmidt (1930-1945)

Clarence H. Matterson (1945-1966)

Ross B. Talbot (1966-1969)

Walter Rundell (1969-1971)

Richard Kottman (1971-1972)

Louis G. Geiger (1972-1977)

Richard Lowitt (1977-1987)

Andreas Plakans (1987-1992)

George McJimsey (1999-2002)

Andreas Plakans (2002-2006)

Charlie Dobbs (2006-2010)

Pam Riney-Kehrberg (2010-2015)

Michael Bailey (2015-2016) Interim

Simon Cordery (2016- )


1 collection

Items in related collections

RS 13/12/54. Dorothy Schwieder papers, 1880-2014, undated RS 13/12/52. Hamilton Cravens papers, 1874-1985 RS 13/12/24. John T. Schlebecker papers, 1930-1991, undated

Processing Information

Released on 2019-04-19.

RS 13/12. Iowa State University. Department of History records
December 7, 2020
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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