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Virgil Lagomarcino papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 10/1/11

Scope and Content

The collection (1920-2008, undated) contains biographical information, correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, printed materials, and photographs. The collection includes subject files relating to education in Iowa including school consolidation and post high school education. There are also materials related to Lagomarcino’s work with the Iowa Department of Public Instruction including reports (1955) documenting education in every county in Iowa. The collection contains documentation regarding his work with State of Iowa and Iowa State University committees and taskforces. In addition, the papers include records of the College of Education from Lagamarcino’s tenure as Dean of the College. These records consist of materials from the formation of the College of Education in 1968, accreditation information, strategic plans, correspondence, committee information, and reports. There are papers relating to Lagomarcino’s efforts to secure funding for the remodeling of the Veterinary Quadrangle (Lagomarcino Hall) for the College Education. The materials include Lagomarcino’s presentations to the Board of Regents, correspondence, and numerous photographs and news clippings of the renovation and dedication of Lagomarcino Hall.


  • 1920-2009, undated


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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


Virgil Seth Lagomarcino was born to John and Cora Scott Lagomarcino on March 23, 1921, in Plainfield, Iowa. He received his B.A. (1943) in political science from Coe College, M.S. (1948) in education administration from Drake University, and Ph.D. (1955) in education from Iowa State College (University).

Lagomarcino began his career as a teacher (1943-1945) as the instructor of economics and government at the high school in Vinton, Iowa. He became the Superintendent (1945-1949) of the Keystone (Iowa) Consolidated Schools and Superintendent (1949-1951) of Anamosa (Iowa) Public Schools. Later, he was a Regional Consultant (1951-1953) for the Iowa Department of Public Instruction. Lagomarcino worked as a Research Assistant (1953-1954) in the Department of Vocational Education at Iowa State University. He returned to the Iowa Department of Public Instruction (1954-1955) as the Director of Curriculum and Supervision and Director of Public Junior Colleges. He joined the faculty at Iowa State as an Assistant Professor (1955-1957) in the Department of Vocational Education and was promoted to Associate Professor (1957-1959) and Professor (1959-1990). Lagomarcino was named Director (1961-1968) of Teacher Education at Iowa State University; he later became the first Dean (1968-1990) of the College of Education (the College of Human Sciences as of 2005). Upon his retirement in 1990, he was made Professor Emeritus. Dr. Lagomarcino married Neva Dorothy Baird and they have three children, Mary, Mark, and Martha. He passed away July 21, 2009.


18.48 Linear Feet (44 document boxes)


The collection is arranged into six series:

Series 1: Biographical Information, 1959-2009, undated

Series 2: Iowa State University, College of Education, 1920-1990, undated

Series 3: Lagomarcino Hall, 1975-1986, undated

Series 4: State of Iowa, Department of Public Instruction,1955, undated

Series 5: Task Forces and Committees, 1952-1989, undated

Series 6: Education Subject Files, 1936-1968, undated

Items in related collections

RS 10/1. Iowa State University. College of Education records, 1931-2012

Related collection materials

There is an oral history interview with Dr. Lagomarcino available in the Iowa State University Sesquicentennial Oral History Collection (RS 0/11/7).

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

RS 10/1/11. Virgil Lagomarcino papers, 1920-2009, undated
January 22, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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701 Morrill Road
Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
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