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Iowa State University. Department of Statistics records

 Record Group — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 13/24

Scope and Content

The collection consists of materials related to the Department of Statistics. Records include news clippings, annual reports, newsletters, brochures, publications, Master Sample of Agriculture records, subject files, biographical files, contracts and projects records, Cyclone Computer records, course materials, and faculty papers.

Dates

  • undated

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives

Biography/Profile

The Department of Statistics was formed in 1947, but the study and teaching of statistics began at Iowa State soon after Professor George W. Snedecor came to Iowa State in 1913. Snedecor first taught statistics in 1915 through the Department of Mathematics. This first course in statistics was called the "Mathematical Theory of Statistics." Early in his career at Iowa State, Snedecor became interested in statistics, particularly as the subject applied to agricultural research. He collaborated with Henry A. Wallace and instituted weekly seminars during the winter and spring of 1924 which were the beginning of a specialized interest in statistical research at Iowa State.



Growing demand for statistical services caused Iowa State to create the Mathematics Statistical Service in the Department of Mathematics in 1927 with Snedecor in charge. In 1933, Snedecor organized the Statistical Laboratory at Iowa State College and became the Laboratory's first Director (1933-1947). The first of its kind in the nation, the Statistical Laboratory provides consulting work and promotes statistical research. The Statistical Laboratory grew to become one of the most prominent statistical labs in the country. The Statistical Laboratory continues to be a research service institute which conducts research in statistical theory and methodology and promotes and fosters the use of sound statistical methods in University research through on-campus consulting.



The Statistics Section of the Iowa Agricultural Experiment Station began in 1935, and the Department of Statistics was formed in 1947. The department has since offered major work for the B.S., M.S., and the Ph.D. degrees in statistics and minor work to students taking major work in other departments. A co-major program has also been offered jointly with other departments.



Department Heads:



Raymond J. Jensen (Acting) (1947-1950)

Theodore A. Bancroft (1950-1972)

Herbert A. David (1972-1984)

Dean Isaacson (1984-2002)

Kenneth Koehler (Interim) (2002-2003)

Kenneth Koehler (2003- )

Extent

1 collection

Abstract

The Department of Statistics was not formed until 1947, but the study and teaching of statistics began at Iowa State in 1915 when a statistics course was taught by Professor George Snedecor through the Department of Mathematics. In 1933 Snedecor organized the Statistical Laboratory at Iowa State College, the first of its kind in the nation. The Statistical Laboratory provides consulting work and promotes statistical research. The Department of Statistics was formed in 1947 and has since offered major work for the B.S., M.S., and the Ph.D. degrees in statistics and minor work to students taking major work in other departments. This collection contains annual reports of the Statistical Laboratory and the Department of Statistics. The annual reports include information on statistics work in other areas of the university including the Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station, Industrial Science Research Institute (later called the Engineering Research Institute), Statistics Computing Section, and the research field office of the Statistical Standards Division, Statistical Reporting Service, United States Department of Agriculture. The collection includes news clippings, annual reports, newsletters, brochures, publications, Master Sample of Agriculture records, subject files, biographical files, contracts and projects records, Cyclone Computer records, course materials, and faculty papers.

Physical Location

Part of this collection (RS 13/24/0/5) is stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives at least 3 working days in advance.

Items in related collections

RS 13/24/52. Oscar Kempthorne papers, 1819-1995, undated RS 13/24/54. Emil Henry Jebe papers, 1931-1996, undated RS 13/24/11. Theodore Alfonso Bancroft papers, 1944-2005 RS 13/24/12. Herbert Aron David papers, 1933-2009, undated RS 13/24/13. Dean L. Isaacson papers, 1968-2009, undated RS 13/24/51. George Waddel Snedecor papers, 1925-1978, undated RS 13/24/53. Dorothy St. John Cooke papers, 1948-1977 RS 13/24/55. Jauvanta M. Walker papers, 1939-2007, undated RS 13/24/57. Cox, David Frame papers, 1953-1994, undated RS 13/24/58. Alexander McFarlane Mood papers, 1939-2008, undated RS 13/24/59. Herman Otto Hartley papers, 1934-1980, undated

Processing Information

Released on 2019-04-09.

Title
RS 13/24. Iowa State University. Department of Statistics records
Date
February 8, 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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