Department of Geography Collection

Collection Overview

Title: Department of Geography Collection

Record Series: 12/02/01

Creator: Department of Geography

Date: 1959-2013

Extent: 9 boxes (3.75 linear feet)

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives at Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language: Materials primarily in English; one item in Arabic[?]

Access and Use

Accessing the Collection:

Most materials are open for research. Materials related to the confidentiality of personnel, student, medical, and other legally protected records are CLOSED to researchers for 70 years from the date of creation. Consult the archivist with any questions or concerns.

 

Related Archival Materials:

Related archival materials can be found in 03/06 at Special Collections & University Archives at Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Sensitive Materials Statement:

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy or similar laws, and the Iowa Open Records Law (see Iowa Code § 22.7). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Northern Iowa assumes no responsibility.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], in the [Series Title] #[series number], [folder number or title when applicable], [Collection Name], Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

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Historical Note

The subject of Geography first appeared at ISNS/ISTC/UNI in 1892, as part of the History and Geography Department, before it became a standalone department from 1894-1896. Since 1969, the Department of Geography has been part of the university. Historically, it has covered many topics, such as urbanization, agriculture, population, economic behavior, and climates. Today, the department has built on those earlier subjects and also includes global warming, globalization, rural and economic development, and homeland security. Those in the department use technology in the course of their work to create maps and “interactive representations” of both people and Earth. For additional information, please visit the department website.

Arrangement

  • Series 1: Administrative Records
    • Subseries 1: Department Meeting Minutes
    • Department Review
  • Series 2: Correspondence
    • Subseries 1: General Correspondence & Documents
    • Subseries 2: Administrative Correspondence
  • Series 3: Programs & Ephemera
  • Series 4: Publications

Scope and Content

The first series, Administrative Records, consists of department minutes. Included are minutes and a few agendas from Department of Geography meetings ranging from 1966-1987. Primary subjects include course offerings and curriculum; the geography graduate program; staffing needs and open positions; budgetary and salary discussions; departmental equipment; and enrollment. Also included in this series is a 1989 Departmental Review, which has been kept in its original order.

The second series, Correspondence, is arranged into two subseries. Types of materials include correspondence, memos, and invoices. The first subseries, General Correspondence & Documents, 1963-1988, contains materials related to budgetary/salary matters; departmental issues, such as conferences, positions, open positions, and graduate assistantships; guest lecturers; discussions of journals/publications and textbooks; College of Business and Behavioral Sciences matters; and topics related to the Middle East. Much of the material is to/from department head Basheer K. Nijim. The second subseries, Administrative Correspondence, 1959-1970; 1981-1982 consists of correspondence pertaining to departmental position openings. Included are letters from various scholars applying or asking about jobs, sometimes with accompanying resumes and references. The subseries is arranged chronologically. Also included in this subseries is a grouping of materials focused specifically on the 1971-1972 search for the College of Business and Behavioral Sciences dean position. This subseries is restricted and closed to researchers.

The Programs & Ephemera series, 1969-2013, consists of brochures, flyers, pamphlets, and announcements related to the Department of Geography. These items advertise talks either presented or co-sponsored by the department as well as department seminars, colloquiums, course offerings, and programs. Topics represented in this series vary, ranging from local issues specific to Iowa, to international subjects, such as the Middle East.

The final series, Publications, consists of two department publications, The Iowa Geographer and Geographical Perspectives.

Inventory

Box 1

  • Folder 1: Department Minutes, 1966 [Series 1, Subseries 1]

  • Folder 2: Department Minutes, 1967-1968 [Series 1, Subseries 1]

  • Folder 3: Department Minutes, 1968-1969 [Series 1, Subseries 1]

  • Folder 4: Department Minutes, 1969-1970 [Series 1, Subseries 1]

  • Folder 5: Department Minutes, 1974-1975 [Series 1, Subseries 1]

  • Folder 6: Department Minutes, 1975-1976 [Series 1, Subseries 1]

  • Folder 7: Department Minutes, 1976-1977 [Series 1, Subseries 1]

  • Folder 8: Department Minutes, 1977-1978 [Series 1, Subseries 1]

  • Folder 9: Department Minutes, 1978-1979 [Series 1, Subseries 1]

  • Folder 10: Department Minutes, 1979-1980 [Series 1, Subseries 1]

  • Folder 11: Department Minutes, 1980-1981 [Series 1, Subseries 1]

  • Folder 12: Department Minutes, 1981 [Series 1, Subseries 1]

  • Folder 13: Department Minutes, 1982-1983 [Series 1, Subseries 1]

  • Folder 14: Department Minutes, 1983-1984 [Series 1, Subseries 1]

  • Folder 15: Department Minutes, 1984-1985 [Series 1, Subseries 1]

  • Folder 16: Department Minutes, 1985-1986 [Series, Subseries 1]

  • Folder 17: Department Minutes, 1986-1987 [Series 1, Subseries 1]

  • Folder 18: Department Review, 1989 [Series 1]

  • Folder 19: General Correspondence & Documents, 1963; September 1969-May 1970 [Series 2, Subseries 1]

Box 2

  • Folder 1: General Correspondence & Documents, May 1970-August 1971 [Series 2, Subseries 1]

  • Folder 2: General Correspondence & Documents, August 1971-March 1972 [Series 2, Subseries 1]

  • Folder 3: General Correspondence & Documents, March 1972-1974 [Series 2, Subseries 1]

  • Folder 4: General Correspondence & Documents, 1975-September 1976 [Series 2, Subseries 1]

  • Folder 5: General Correspondence & Documents, September 1976-September 1977 [Series 2, Subseries 1]

  • Folder 6: General Correspondence & Documents, September 1977-1979; 1987-1988; 1990; 1994-1995; 1998; undated [Series 2, Subseries 1]

Box 3

  • Folder 1: Programs & Ephemera, 1969-1995 [Series 3]

  • Folder 2: Programs & Ephemera, 2008-2013; undated [Series 3]

  • Folder 3: The Iowa Geographer, Fall 1963-Spring 1965 [Series 4]

  • Folder 4: The Iowa Geographer, Fall 1965-Spring 1966 [Series 4]

  • Folder 5: The Iowa Geographer, Fall 1966-Spring 1967 [Series 4]

  • Folder 6: The Iowa Geographer, Fall 1967-Spring 1968 [Series 4]

Box 4

  • Folder 1: The Iowa Geographer, Spring 1969-Fall 1969 [Series 4]

  • Folder 2: The Iowa Geographer, Spring 1970-Fall 1971 [Series 4]

  • Folder 3: The Iowa Geographer, Fall 1972-Spring 1972 [Series 4]

  • Folder 4: The Iowa Geographer, Spring 1973-Fall 1974 [Series 4]

Box 5

  • Folder 1: Geographical Perspectives, Spring 1974-Fall 1974 [Series 4]

  • Folder 2: Geographical Perspectives, Spring 1975-Fall 1975 [Series 4]

  • Folder 3: Geographical Perspectives, Spring 1976-Fall 1976 [Series 4]

  • Folder 4: Geographical Perspectives, Spring 1977-Spring 1978 [Series 4]

  • Folder 5: Geographical Perspectives, Fall 1978-Fall 1979 [Series 4]

Box 6

  • Folder 1: Geographical Perspectives, Spring 1980-Fall 1980 [Series 4]

  • Folder 2: Geographical Perspectives, Spring 1981-Spring 1982 [Series 4]

  • Folder 3: Geographical Perspectives, Fall 1982-Fall 1983 [Series 4]

  • Folder 4: Geographical Perspectives, Spring 1984-Fall 1984 [Series 4]

  • Folder 5: Geographical Perspectives, Spring 1985-Fall 1985 [Series 4]

Box 7

  • Folder 1: Geographical Perspectives, Spring 1986-Spring 1987 [Series 4]

  • Folder 2: Geographical Perspectives, Fall 1987-Fall 1988 [Series 4]

  • Folder 3: Geographical Perspectives, Spring 1992; Spring 1993 [Series 4]

Box 8 - Restricted Materials

**Please note that materials in this box are restricted from their date of creation plus 70 years**

  • Folder 1: Administrative Correspondence, 1959-1963 [Series 2, Subseries 2]

  • Folder 2: Administrative Correspondence, 1964-1967 [Series 2, Subseries 2]

  • Folder 3: Administrative Correspondence, 1968-May 1969 [Series 2, Subseries 2]

  • Folder 4: Administrative Correspondence, May 1969-July 1969 [Series 2, Subseries 2]

  • Folder 5: Administrative Correspondence, July 1969-December 1969 [Series 2, Subseries 2]

Box 9 - Restricted Materials

**Please note that materials in this box are restricted from their date of creation plus 70 years**

  • Folder 1: Administrative Correspondence, 1970; 1981 [Series 2, Subseries 2]

  • Folder 2: Administrative Correspondence, 1981-1982 [Series 2, Subseries 2]

  • Folder 3: Administrative Correspondence, BBS Dean Search, 1971-1972 [Series 2, Subseries 2]

  • Folder 4: Administrative Correspondence, BBS Dean Search, 1971-1972 [Series 2, Subseries 2]

  • Folder 5: Administrative Correspondence, BBS Dean Search, 1971-1972 [Series 2, Subseries 2]

  • Folder 6: Administrative Correspondence, BBS Dean Search, 1971-1972 [Series 2, Subseries 2]

  • Folder 7: General Correspondence & Documents, 1969-1979 [Series 2, Subseries 1]

  • Folder 8: General Correspondence & Documents, 1982; undated [Series 2, Subseries 1]

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Library Associate Dave Hoing, July 2017 and Tessa Wakefield, March 2019. Updated December 2017 and April 2018 (dh). Linear feet updated August 28, 2017.

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