Albert Boynton Storms papers
Scope and Content
The collection (1902-1983, undated) contains reports, addresses, publications, correspondence, biographical information, subject files, information regarding Storms’ inauguration, and family information. The collection is organized in seven topical areas.
The reports, 1903-1909, consist of reports to Storms from the Iowa State College (University) department heads and reports to the Board of Trustees from Storms.
The addresses and publications, 1902-1910, contains the speeches and writings of A.B. Storms. Subjects covered include modern chivalry, moral uses of history, and civic enthusiasm.
The biographical material, 1903-1933, includes news clippings, obituaries, memorials, and information regarding Storm’s resignation from Iowa State.
The correspondence, 1903-1910, contains letters to and from members of the Board of Trustees for the State of Iowa and the faculty, staff, and students of Iowa State College (University) regarding various topics, including finances, faculty appointments, and the campus. There is also correspondence between Storms and leaders of other institutions throughout the country.
The subject files, 1904-1910, consist of news clippings, ephemera, and correspondence relating to a variety of issues, which include the Board of Control, Iowa State College’s (University) and the Higgins theft case that involved a rash of thefts from campus buildings during 1908, and Iowa State’s association with Pinkerton Detectives to solve the case.
The inauguration files, 1904, include the invitation, lists of guests, correspondence, and Storms’ inaugural address, “Outlook”.
The family history materials, 1916-1983, contain information regarding two of his daughters, Lillian Storms Coover and Laura Storms Knapp.
- Creation: 1902-1983, undated
Language of Materials
Open for research.
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Albert Boynton Storms was born on April 1, 1860 in Lima Center, Michigan. He received an A.B. (1884) and an M.A. (1893) from the University of Michigan, a Ph.D. in Divinity (1903) from Lawrence University, and a Ph.D. in law (1905) from Drake University. Storms became a Methodist minister in 1884 and held pastorates in Detroit, Michigan and Madison, Wisconsin before coming to Des Moines in 1900 to be the pastor of the First Methodist Church.
In 1903, A.B. Storms was appointed as the sixth president of Iowa State College (University). During his tenure, Iowa State began the Agricultural Extension Service, acquired hundreds of acres of land, developed a plan for campus landscaping and modernization of utilities, and erected eighteen new buildings. Iowa State also organized academic departments under the direction of deans and increased the number and type of courses and degrees offered. In addition, the college lifted the ban on fraternities and sororities as well as loosened other policies regarding the students’ social activities. It was also during this time that the State of Iowa established the State Board of Education. Storms’ strong opposition to the newly created board led to his resignation from Iowa State in 1910.
After leaving Iowa State College (University), Storms returned to the ministry. He became a pastor in Indianapolis and in 1915 was appointed superintendent of the Indianapolis District of the Methodist Church. In 1918, he became president of Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. He remained there until his death on July 1, 1933.
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Albert Storms, born on April 1, 1860, was the sixth President (1903-1910) of Iowa State College (University). During his tenure, Iowa State began the Agricultural Extension Service, acquired hundreds of acres of land, developed a plan for campus landscaping and modernization of utilities, and erected eighteen new buildings. This collection (1902-1983, undated) includes reports, addresses, publications, correspondence, biographical information, subject files, information regarding Storms’ inauguration, and family information.
Collection is arranged according to predetermined topic, then either chronologically or alphabetically.
Released on 2018-11-01.
- RS 2/6. Albert Boynton Storms papers, 1902-1983, undated
- February 21, 2019
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