Department of Psychology Collection

Collection Overview

Title: Department of Psychology Collection

Record Series: 12/03/01

Creator: Department of Psychology

Date: 1971-1998

Extent: 2 boxes (0.42 linear feet)

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

Language: Materials entirely in English.

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.

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 Department of Psychology Collection, Record Series 12/03/01, [folder number or title when applicable], Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

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Historical Note

The Department of Psychology first became a standalone subject in 1968 after moving from the Education and Psychology Department. In 1969, with UNI's new university status, it fell under the College of Business and Behavioral Sciences from 1969-1980 and has been part of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences since 1980. Today, the department is one of the largest majors at UNI and through its course offerings, research opportunities, and co-curricular activities provides its students with "a broad understanding of human psychological processes." See the department website for more information.


  • Series 1: Administrative Records
  • Series 2: Correspondence
  • Series 3: Programs & Ephemera

Scope and Content

The collection is arranged into three series. The first, Administrative Records, includes a variety of memos about position openings, position descriptions, course offerings from assorted years, a handful of documents concerning departmental research focuses and testing, and a 1981 external review of the department. Also included in this series is a 1976 progress report for the Iowa Gerontology Project. The series dates from 1971-1981 and 1992-1998.

Series 2, Correspondence, consists of topics largely concerning department goals, including the masters program and other course offerings, staffing needs and considerations, and a 1990 affirmative action plan. The series is arranged chronologically and runs from 1980-1998. The final series, Programs & Ephemera, includes brochures, flyers, and pamphlets featuring lectures sponsored by the department; course advertisements, including for a Gerontology Certificate Program; information about the department; and information about the newly offered Masters of Arts Degree in Psychology.


Box 1

  • Folder 1: Administrative Records, 1971-1981; 1992-1998 [Series 1]
  • Folder 2: Iowa Gerontology Project, 1976 [Series 1]
  • Folder 3: Correspondence, 1980-1998 [Series 2]
  • Folder 4: Programs & Ephemera, 1971-1981; 1991; undated [Series 3]

Box 2

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

  • Folder 1: Correspondence, 1987-1992 [Series 2]

Processing Information

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

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