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Patricia Swan papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 6/1/15

Scope and Content

The collection (1974-2003) includes biographical material and records relating to Dr. Swan’s administrative efforts at Iowa State University. The CURIA (Council of University Research Institute Administration) records consists of Dr. Ray Woodrow’s report and summary (1984) of Iowa State University’s success in CURIA, meeting minutes and agendas, correspondence, mission statement, financial records, flyers and brochures, news clippings, proposals, publications, and research materials. Materials related to the Biotechnology Council include correspondence, minutes, and reports. The collection also includes general correspondence, Iowa Ethics Board Personal Financial Disclosure forms, personnel activity reports, and a mail log. Records related to the Employee Activity Summary of Effort (EASE) and Radiation Safety Committee are also included in the collection.


  • 1974-2000

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


Patricia Swan earned a Bachelor of Science degree (1959) from North Carolina at Greensboro; and her Master of Science (1961) and Doctor of Philosophy degrees (1964) from the University of Wisconsin. Upon graduation, Swan joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota where she became a professor in the department of Food Science and Nutrition. She also served as Dean of the Graduate School until 1989 when she left to become the Vice Provost for Research and Advanced Studies and Dean of the Graduate College at Iowa State University. She held these positions and administered the biotechnology program where she is a professor until 1999, when she retired from all administrative duties.

Swan has served on numerous professional societies and committees as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Advisory Committee on the National Research Initiative and as a member of the National Research Council's Board on Agriculture. She has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Alternative Agricultural Research and Commercialization Center, as a member of the National Agricultural Biotechnology Council, and as president of the Iowa Research Council.

Swan was the Iowa State University Graduate College member of CURIA (Council of University Research Institute Administration). Dr. Daniel J. Zaffarano, Vice President of Research and Dean of the Graduate College initiated CURIA (1974) at Iowa State University. Dr. Ray Woodrow of Princeton University introduced the concept of CURIA to Iowa State University. Woodrow lectured occasionally between the years of 1974 and 1984 at Iowa State University on his research of Iowa State University’s implementation of the CURIA program.


3.57 Linear Feet (8 document boxes and 1 half-document box)


The collection is organized into five series:

Series 1, CURIA (Council of University Research Institute Administration) records, 1974-1984 (chronological)

Series 2, Biotechnology Council records, 1987-1996 (chronological)

Series 3, Correspondence, 1989-1995 (chronological)

Series 4, Employee Activity Summary of Effort (EASE) reports and Radiation Safety Committee records, 1983-1984 (chronological)

Series 5, Biographical information, 1988-2003 (alphabetical)

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

RS 6/1/15. Patricia Swan papers, 1974-2000
January 24, 2019
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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