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Iowa State University. Office of Admissions records

 Record Group — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 7/2

Scope and Content

The collection consists of materials related to the Office of Admissions. The records include news clippings, annual reports, newsletters, brochures, publications, admissions and courses of instruction records, subject files, biographical files, enrollment figures, admissions reports, and new student program records.


  • 1893-2016

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


The Recorder's Office, renamed the Office of the Registrar in 1906, was established in 1886 as part of the Treasurer's Office. For many years the roles of Treasurer and Recorder/Registrar were held by one man, Herman Knapp. However, beginning in 1920 the Registrar became a full-time position with the appointment of J. R. Sage. During this time, the Office of the Registrar oversaw student admissions, academic records and transcripts, class scheduling, and graduation requirements. A separate Admissions Office, under the oversight of the Registrar, was established in Beardshear Hall in 1943.

In 1959, Registrar Arthur Gowan added Director of Admissions to his title to emphasize the growing importance of the admissions operation. By 1963 the Office of the Registrar was absorbed into the newly organized Office of Admissions and Records and the title of Director changed to Dean in 1965. Also at that time, the position of Assistant Director of Admissions became Director of Admissions. In 1988, the position of Dean of Admissions and Records was eliminated and the Office of Admissions and the Office of the Registrar became independent units under the oversight of the Vice President for Student Affairs. Both offices were relocated to the Enrollment Services Center (formerly Alumni Hall) at that time.

The position of Assistant Vice President for Enrollment was established in 1996 to oversee and coordinate admissions, campus visits, new student orientation, student financial aid and other related operations. As of 2012, all of these activities are organized under the Office of Admissions.

Heads of Admissions:


James L. Geddes, (1886-1887), Recorder

Herman Knapp, (1887-1906), Recorder

Herman Knapp, (1906-1920), Recorder and Registrar

J. R. Sage, (1920-1922), Acting Registrar

J. R. Sage, (1922-1951), Registrar

Arthur M. Gowan, (1951-1959), Registrar and Examiner

Arthur M. Gowan, (1959-1963), Director of Admissions and Registrar

Arthur M. Gowan, (1963-1965), Director of Admissions and Records

Wayne DeVaul, (1965-1972), Director of Admissions

Karsten Smedal, (1972-1975), Acting Director of Admissions

Karsten Smedal, (1975-1996), Director of Admissions

Marc Harding, (1997-2012), Director of Admissions

Darin Wohlgemuth, (2012- ), Interim Director of Admissions


38.3 Linear Feet (4 half-document boxes, 83 document boxes, 2 record center carton)

Items in related collections

RS 7/9. Iowa State University. Office of the Registrar records, 1871-2016 RS 7/2/11. Arthur M. Gowan records, 1932-1991

Related collection materials

Related collections in the Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library include:

· Annual Statistical Reports are cataloged and available in the University Archives (call nos. LD2532.9 I57x, LD2532.9 I571x, LD2532.9 I573x, LD2532.9 I5731, LD2532.9 I57311, LD2532.9 I573111, and LD2532.9 I5732x)

· Student Profile (call no. LD2546 S78x) published by Iowa State’s Office of Institutional Research

Processing Information

Released on 2018-06-28.

RS 7/2. Iowa State University. Office of Admissions records, 1893-2016
February 12, 2020
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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