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Wilbur L. Layton papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 7/1/11

Scope and Content

This collection (1959-1988) contains articles, memos, correspondence, and reports from primarily from his tenure as Vice President for Student Affairs. In addition to documenting the administration of the Division of Student Affairs during his tenure, these files also contain information on student unrest during the 1960s and 1970s, the implementation of the first coeducational residence halls, and the early development of programs specifically designed to support students of color at Iowa State.

Dates

  • 1959-1988

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives

Biography/Profile

Wilbur L. Layton was born to Charles E. and Helen Dorsey Layton in Atlantic, Iowa, on March 26, 1922. He received his B.S. (1943) in Zoology from Iowa State University (1943). During World War II, Layton served in the U.S. Army ground and air forces. Layton received his M.A. (1947) and Ph.D. (1950) from Ohio State University. He also received an honorary degree from the Governor's Advisory Committee on Mental Health.

Layton joined the Iowa State University faculty as Professor (1959-1990) and Head (1959-1967) of the Department of Psychology. He was named Iowa State’s first Vice President for Student Affairs (1967-1976) overseeing a growing staff and rapid changes in student life. During his tenure, rules for women living in dormitories were relaxed, the first coeducational dormitories were introduced, and programs specifically designed to support, recruit, and retain students of color were implemented. Layton resigned from this position after nine years and returned to the Department of Psychology, where he continued to conduct research, teach, and, again, serve as Head (1984-1989). He retired in 1990.

Layton was an expert in the areas of counseling psychology, aptitude testing, and student interest. He was the author of three books on counseling and vocational testing. Layton was a diplomate of the American Board of Examiners in Professional Psychology and a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Layton married Gloria Madsen, an Iowa State graduate in Home Economics (1944) and together they had three children: Gregory, Patricia, and Charles. Layton passed away on April 14, 2017.

Extent

1.68 Linear Feet (4 document boxes)

Abstract

Wilbur L. Layton was Professor of Psychology at Iowa State University and also served as Head of the Department of Psychology and Vice President for Student Affairs. This collection contains articles, memos, correspondence, and reports from primarily from his tenure as Vice President for Student Affairs. In addition to documenting the administration of the Division of Student Affairs during his tenure, these files also contain information on student unrest during the 1960s and 1970s, the implementation of the first coeducational residence halls, and the early development of programs specifically designed to support students of color at Iowa State.

Arrangement

This collection is organized alphabetically.

Title
RS 7/1/11. Wilbur L. Layton papers, 1959-1988
Date
May 9, 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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