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Charles Edwin Friley papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 2/9

Scope and Content

This collection (1925-1969, undated) contains biographical information, Friley family history, and materials relating to the operation of Iowa State College (University). The university records include addresses and speeches, committee meeting and minutes, divisional information, correspondence, budgets, enrollment reports, celebration materials for Friley's inauguration and Iowa State's 90th anniversary, and student activities during World War II and afterward. A large part of the collection consists of correspondence related to ISU's participation in national organizations, such as the Association of Land-Grant College and the North Central Association. Of special interest is the correspondence and memorandum documenting ISU's radio and television station, WOI (RS 5/6), and a World War II survey of staff educational qualifications.

Dates

  • 1891-1969, undated

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

Open for research. Some records are closed for 100 years from date of creation due to privacy restrictions; please consult the department for more information.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives

Biography/Profile

Born in Louisiana to William Christopher and Ellen Douglas Friley, Charles E. Friley attended Sam Houston Teachers College (1905) and Baylor University (1905-1907), and received his B.S. (1912) from Texas A & M University and his M.S. (1923) from Columbia University. Friley was awarded several honorary degrees throughout his career and received an honorary doctorate (1958) from Iowa State University.



After three years of teaching in the public schools in Louisiana and Texas, Friley served as Registrar (1912-1924) and Dean of the School of Arts and Science (1924-1932) at Texas A&M. In 1932, Friley was appointed Dean of the Division of Science at Iowa State College (University) and was named Vice-President of the College in 1935. He succeeded Raymond M. Hughes as president of Iowa State in 1936 after serving as interim for five months. He was named President Emeritus following his retirement in 1953.



His 17-year term was the longest of Iowa State's first 11 presidents, and spanned higher education's most turbulent era, from the closing phase of the Depression through World War II and into the post-war "educational revolution." It was an administration characterized by emergency efforts, the most notable among them Iowa State's participation in the Manhattan Project. Friley was directly responsible for Iowa State's establishment of the nation's first educationally-owned and operated television station, WOI-TV.



He was a Mason and a Fellow of the Iowa Academy of Science and was a member of numerous organizations and societies, including the National Council of Presbyterian Men, Iowa State Fair Board, Iowa Geological Survey, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Mu Alpha.



He was married three times. In 1913, he married his first wife, Nina Lynn Wood, who died in 1918. They had two sons, Charles Edwin, Jr. and William Alva. Friley married his second wife, Vera Foreman in 1921, who died in 1947. They had one daughter, Frances Foreman (Kuyper). In 1951, he married Magdalen Ranney. Friley died in 1958.

Extent

22.71 Linear Feet (17 records center cartons, 1 half document box, and 1 map case folder)

Abstract

Charles Friley was President (1936-1953) of Iowa State College (University). In 1953, he was named President Emeritus after retirement. This collection (1925-1969, undated) includes biographical information, Friley family history, and materials relating to the operation of Iowa State College (University). The university records include addresses and speeches, committee meeting and minutes, divisional information, correspondence, budgets, enrollment reports, celebration materials for Friley's inauguration and Iowa State's 90th anniversary, and student activities during World War II and afterward. A large part of the collection consists of correspondence related to ISU's participation in national organizations, such as the Association of Land-Grant College and the North Central Association. Included is the correspondence and a memorandum documenting ISU's radio and television station, WOI, and a World War II survey of staff educational qualifications.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into five series:

Series 1, Biographical Information, (1932-1968) (chronological)

Series 2, Addresses, (1925-1953, undated) (chronological)

Series 3, Correspondence, (1939-1956) (alphabetical)

Series 4, Campus Affairs, (1891-1969, undated) (alphabetical)

Series 5, External Affairs, (1934-1956, undated) (alphabetical)

Items in related collections

RS 2/0. Iowa State University. Office of the President records, 1959-2014 RS 5/6. Iowa State University. WOI Radio and Television records, 1911-2012, undated

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

Title
RS 2/9. Charles Edwin Friley papers, 1891-1969, undated
Date
February 21, 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

Contact:
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