John M. Dobson papers
Scope and Content
This collection (1972-1999) contains materials mostly related to Dr. Dobson’s years as Associate Vice Provost. The collection includes correspondence, reports, and general information on the Ames Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, the ISU Bioethics Institute, the Center for Transportation Research and Education at ISU, the Iowa Department of Transportation, conflict of interest policies and issues, and other topics related to activities of the ISU Graduate College. The collection also contains biographical information on Dr. Dobson.
- Dobson, John M. (Person)
Language of Materials
Open for research.
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John McCullough Dobson was born to Donald and Carolyn Dobson on July 20, 1940, in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He received his B.S. (1962) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in humanities and sciences and his M.S. (1964) and Ph.D. (1966) from the University of Wisconsin in American history.
Upon graduation, Dr. Dobson became Assistant Professor (1966-1967) at California State University at Chico, California, and then served as Foreign Service Officer (1967-1968) in the United States Department of State. Dr. Dobson joined the staff at Iowa State University as Assistant Professor (1968-1972) in the Department of History. He was promoted to Associate Professor (1972-1978) and Professor (1978-1999). Dr. Dobson also served the University in an administrative capacity as Assistant Dean of the Graduate College (1988-1991), Assistant Vice Provost for Research and Advanced Studies (1990-1991), Interim Vice Provost for Research and Interim Graduate Dean (1991-1992), Associate Vice Provost for Research and Associate Graduate Dean (1991-1999), and Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (1998-1999). He retired from the University in 1999.
Dr. Dobson actively pursued his research interests in American history. He wrote four books on the subject: America’s Ascent (call no. E661.7 D62), Politics in the Gilded Age (call no. E661 D6), A History of American Enterprise (call no. HF3021 D6 1988), and Reticent Expansionism: the Foreign Policy of William McKinley (call no. E713 D63 1988). Dr. Dobson also wrote Two Centuries of Tariffs (call no. HF1753 D6) for the United States International Trade Commission which documents the history of the Commission.
Dr. Dobson served on numerous University committees and had membership in several professional societies. He served on the Faculty Council (1981-1984), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Strategic Planning Committee (1987-1988), President’s Cabinet (1991-1992) and many others. He had membership in the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.
Dr. Dobson married Cynthia Davis of Redwood City, California. Cynthia Dobson is an Emeritus Professor of the Iowa State University Library. Together they have two children: David and Daniel.
3.02 Linear Feet (2 records center cartons and 1 document box)
The collection is organized Alphabetically.
Released on 2018-11-01.
- Ames Laboratory
- Biography files Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Correspondence Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Dobson, John M.
- History Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Iowa State University--Administration Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Iowa State University. Department of History--Faculty Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Iowa State University. Graduate College
- Iowa State University. Graduate College--Faculty Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Reports Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- RS 6/1/52. John M. Dobson papers, 1972-1999
- April 22, 2019
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