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Raymond M. Hughes papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 2/8

Scope and Content

This collection (1910-1967, undated) includes biographical information, Hughes family history, correspondence, minutes, financial records, addresses and speeches, press releases, reports to the Iowa State Board of Education, information relating to students and other activities at Iowa State College (University), and Hughes’ survey of U.S. universities and the number of doctorates produced in the early 1930s.

Dates

  • 1923-1972, undated

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

Original materials are restricted. Use copies (box 19) are available for researcher use.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives

Biography/Profile

Raymond Mollyneaux Hughes (1873-1958) was born in Atlantic, Iowa, but grew up in southwestern Ohio. He graduated from his father’s alma mater, Miami (Ohio) University (1893) in Oxford and received a master’s degree in chemistry from Ohio State University (1897).



After further studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he returned to Miami as a professor of physics and chemistry (1898-1904). He became Dean of the College of Liberal Arts (1908-1911) and was named President of Miami University (1911-1927). He was appointed to the presidency of Iowa State College (University) in 1927 and served till his retirement in 1936.



During his time at Iowa State, Hughes guided the college through the difficult Depression years, he brought Iowa State into a more harmonious relationship with sister institutions in the state system; promoted the enrichment of technical curricula; broadened research to focus on problems involving interdivisional efforts; established several research and service supporting agencies, most notably the Statistical Laboratory; and instituted the development of placement and student counseling services.



Hughes received honorary doctorate degrees from Miami University (1927), Coe Collage (1928) and Iowa State (1936). After his retirement, he named President Emeritus and continued to teach and conduct research in Ames. He also remained active in national organizations.



Hughes married Ella Rogers in 1908, and after her death in 1933, he married Helen Richardson Isardi in 1938.

Extent

4.15 Linear Feet (6 document boxes, 1 oversize box)

Abstract

Raymond Hughes, born in 1873, was President (1927-1936) of Iowa State College (University). Serving as President during the Depression, he helped lead the college. This collection contains biographical information, Hughes family history, correspondence, minutes, financial records, addresses and speeches, press releases, reports to the Iowa State Board of Education, information relating to students and other activities at Iowa State College (University), and Hughes’ survey of U.S. universities and the number of doctorates produced in the early 1930s.

Items in related collections

RS 2/0. Iowa State University. Office of the President records, 1959-2014

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

Title
RS 2/8. Raymond M. Hughes papers, 1923-1972, undated
Date
January 22, 2019
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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