Certificates and Diplomas, 1871-

Collection Overview

Title: Certificates and Diplomas, 1871-

Record Series: 04/16/19

Creator: UNI

Date: 1871-

Extent: 8.75 linear feet, 5 boxes

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

Language: This material is entirely in English.

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Preferred Citation: [Identification of item] in the Certificates and Diplomas collection, 1871-    , Archives Record Series 04/16/19, [box and folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

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Scope and Content

This collection of material consists primarily of certificates and diplomas used by the University of Northern Iowa to signify the completion of courses of study.  There are also a few diplomas and certificates from other institutions and government agencies.

This collection consists of documents from two sources.  First, there are diplomas and certificates that were actually issued to particular students.  Most of these documents drifted into the University Archives one-by-one, or as parts of small alumni collections, over the years.  These documents are in Boxes 1 and 5.

Second, in Boxes 2 and 3, there are diplomas and certificates that were never issued.  The University Archives received most of these documents from the Registrar's Office in March 2006.  Many of these documents are blank, some are spoiled or defective, and some are signed completely or in part by school authorities.  A few have names of particular students entered on them. Perhaps these documents were defective in some way or perhaps these students did not finish their courses of study.  There are multiple copies of many of these documents.

Some of these documents, especially the early ones, are large and handsome, with calligraphic embellishment.  The early documents are also interesting in that they include the signatures of the entire faculty and the governing board of the institution.

There is a small collection of diploma cases in Box 4.

Inventory

Box 1

Diplomas and certificates awarded

  • Alpha Literary Society, Marie Bell, June 18, 1895
  • Bachelor of Liberal Arts; David S. Wright; September 1871; National Normal School of Lebanon, Ohio
  • Master of Liberal Arts; D. S. Wright; July 1874; National Normal School of Lebanon, Ohio
  • Didactic Course of Study; Eliza Rawstern; June 24, 1880; Iowa State Normal School
  • Life Diploma; David S. Wright; June 20, 1890; State of Iowa
  • Bachelor of Didactics; May E. Helphrey; June 10, 1891; Iowa State Normal School
  • Bachelor of Didactics; Thomas B. Platt, June 10, 1891; Iowa State Normal School
  • Second Lieutenant, Company "B," Cadet Battalion; Jacob Otto Belz; June 19, 1893; Iowa State Normal School
  • Bachelor of Didactics; Maria Adell Andrews; June 21, 1893; Iowa State Normal School
  • Master of Didactics; Jacob Otto Belz; June 21, 1893; Iowa State Normal School
  • Five Year Teaching Certificate; Jacob Otto Belz; August 24, 1894; State of Iowa
  • Bachelor of Didactics; Elsie Fabrick; June 15, 1898; Iowa State Normal School
  • Bachelor of Didactics; Nellie M. Rownd; June 14, 1899; Iowa State Normal School
  • Certificate of Scholarship at Graduation; Bachelor of Didactics; Valeda Madson; June 14, 1899; Iowa State Normal School
  • Certificate of Scholarship at Graduation; Nellie M. Rownd; June 14, 1899; Iowa State Normal School
  • Certificate for Practice in Teaching; Nellie M. Rownd; 1899; Iowa State Normal School, Training School Department
  • Five Year Teaching Certificate; Jacob Otto Belz; July 1, 1899; State of Iowa
  • Master of Didactics; M. Adell Andrews; July 27, 1900; Iowa State Normal School
  • Master of Didactics; Nellie M. Rownd; June 12, 1901; Iowa State Normal School
  • Certificate of Scholarship at Graduation; Nellie M. Rownd; June 12, 1901; Iowa State Normal School
  • Certificate for Practice in Teaching; Nellie M. Rownd; 1901; Iowa State Normal School, Training School Department
  • Teaching Certificate; Nellie M. Rownd; August 1, 1902; State of Iowa
  • Captain, Company "B," Cadet Battalion; Joe Clay; September 22, 1902; Governor Albert B. Cummins, State of Iowa
  • Bachelor of Didactics; Joseph B. Clay; June 10, 1903; Iowa State Normal School
  • Master of Didactics; Elsie Fabrick; July 21, 1904; Iowa State Normal School
  • Master of Didactics; Clyde Orval Ruggles; July 7, 1905; Iowa State Normal School
  • Bachelor of Didactics; Fay Maud Strawn; July 20, 1905; Iowa State Normal School
  • Teaching Certificate; Fay Maud Strawn; August 15, 1905; State of Iowa
  • Bachelor of Arts; Clyde Orval Ruggles; July 26, 1906; Iowa State Normal School
  • Director of Domestic Science; Grace Kroesen; June 12, 1907; Iowa State Normal School of Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • Teaching Certificate: Nellie M. Rownd; August 1, 1907; State of Iowa
  • Five Year Teaching Certificate; Clyde Orval Ruggles; August 1, 1907; State of Iowa
  • Master of Didactics; Maude Shelton; July 23, 1908; Iowa State Normal School
  • Master of Didactics; Fred D. Cram; June 10, 1908; Iowa State Normal School (on display in Special Collections Reading Room)
  • Certificate for Practice in Teaching; Maude Shelton; July 23, 1908; Iowa State Normal School, Training School Department
  • Primary Teacher; Pearl C. Harris; July 22, 1909; Iowa State Teachers College
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education; Maude Shelton; July 26, 1912; Iowa State Teachers College
  • Primary Education; Thirza Ivy; June 2, 1925; Iowa State Teachers College
  • An Approved Member; Nellie M. Rownd; April 15, 1926; The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Elementary Education; Irma Fay Freshwaters; June 5, 1928; Iowa State Teachers College
  • Primary Education; Gladys S. Nielson; August 23, 1928; Iowa State Teachers College
  • Bachelor of Science in Education; Irene G. Higgins; 1928; Iowa State Teachers College
  • Elementary Education; Katherine Adell Stone, May 29, 1933
  • Bachelor of Arts; Katherine Adell Stone, August 19, 1943
  • Certificate for Practice in Teaching, Iowa State Normal School, Training Department, Delpha Stephens, 1893?
  • Bachelor of Didactics, Mary Louise Muhs, June 17, 1896, Iowa State Normal School
  • Bachelor of Didactics, Roberta Muhs, December 18, 1895, Iowa State Normal School
  • Record of attainment in scholarship and training, Laura Muhs, July 21, 1911, Iowa State Teachers College
  • Certificate for Honorary Membership in Literary Society, Mary Muhs, June 16, 1896, Iowa State Normal School
  • Certificate of Scholarship at Graduation, Roberta Muhs, December 18, 1895, Iowa State Normal School
  • Certificate of Scholarship at Graduation, Mary Louise Muhs, June 17, 1896, Iowa State Normal School
  • Certificate for Practice in Teaching, Mary Louise Muhs, 1896, Iowa State Normal School
  • Certificate for Practice in Teaching, Winifred Muhs, June 13, 1906, Iowa State Normal School
  • Professional Teachers Certificate, Mary Muhs, August 31, 1901, Story County, Iowa, Superintendent of Schools
  • Director of Physical Training, Winifred Muhs, June 13, 1906, Iowa State Normal School
  • Teacher of Piano, Laura Muhs, July 21, 1911, Iowa State Teachers College
  • Certificate for Honorary Membership in Literary Society, Roberta Muhs, undated, Iowa State Normal School
  • Certificate to Teach, Mary Louise Muhs, July 1, 1896, State of Iowa
  • Certificate to Teach, Margaret Roberta Muhs, January 1, 1896, State of Iowa
  • Certificate to Teach, Margaret Roberta Muhs, July 2, 1900, State of Iowa
  • Primary Education, Ruth Jean Souter, June 6, 1918, Iowa State Teachers College
  • Bachelor of Arts, Viva Mary Gribben, March 7, 1935, Iowa State Teachers College
  • Primary Education certificate, Viva Mary Gribben, August 18, 1932, Iowa State Teachers College

Box 2

Diplomas and certificates not awarded

  • Iowa State Normal School, no subject specified
  • Iowa State Normal School, Master of Didactics
  • Iowa State Normal School, Bachelor of Didactics
  • Iowa State Normal School, Bachelor of Science
  • Iowa State Normal School, Primary Teacher
  • Iowa State Normal School, Teacher of Kindergarten
  • Iowa State Normal School, Special Course for Primary Teachers
  • Iowa State Normal School, Music Department Certificate, four year course of study

Box 3

Diplomas and certificates not awarded, continued

  • Iowa State Teachers College, no subject specified
  • Iowa State Teachers College, Master of Didactics
  • Iowa State Teachers College, Bachelor of Didactics
  • Iowa State Teachers College, Bachelor of Arts
  • Iowa State Teachers College, Bachelor of Arts in Education
  • Iowa State Teachers College, Teacher of Kindergarten
  • Iowa State Teachers College, Primary Education
  • Iowa State Teachers College, Elementary Teacher
  • Iowa State Teachers College, Elementary Education
  • Iowa State Teachers College, Primary Teacher
  • Iowa State Teachers College, Kindergarten Teacher
  • Iowa State Teachers College, Kindergarten Education
  • Iowa State Teachers College, Teacher of Public School Music
  • Iowa State Teachers College, Pubic School Music Education
  • Iowa State Teachers College, Home Economics Education
  • Iowa State Teachers College, Manual Arts Education
  • Iowa State Teachers College, Teacher of Rural Schools
  • Iowa State Teachers College, Rural Education
  • Iowa State Teachers College, Consolidated School Education
  • Iowa State Teachers College, Certificate for international educators
  • Iowa State Teachers College, High School Department
  • State College of Iowa, enrollment certificate
  • Teachers College High School, diploma

Box 4

  • Iowa State Teachers College, diploma cases
  • University of Northern Iowa diploma case

Box 5

Diplomas and certificates awarded--Oversized box

  • Master of Didactics, Ruby Elizabeth Calderwood, June 16, 1897, Iowa State Normal School (framed)
  • Teacher of Home Economics, Anna Marie Jepsen, May 25, 1915, Iowa State Teachers College (framed)

Processing Information

Material processed and finding aid prepared by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson, June 2006; modified:  March 29, 2016 (GP). Updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, November 2017 and March 2018. Linear Feet updated August 17, 2017.

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