Edward W. Goetch Papers

Collection Overview

Title: Edward W. Goetch Papers

Record Series: 04/10/10

Creator: Goetch, Edward W.

Date: 1910-1925

Extent: 4 boxes (1.25 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:

No restrictions. Materials are open for research.

Physical Access: The photographs in Box 3 are fragile and researchers must use gloves while handling.

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 Edward W. Goetch Papers, 04/10/10, [box and folder number], Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

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Historical Note

Dr. Edward Goetch (1881-1968) was born in Cresco, Iowa. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D from the University of Iowa.

Goetch worked as a rural school teacher, elementary and secondary school principal, and was superintendent of schools in Bedford and Spencer, Iowa, before joining the Iowa State Teachers College faculty in 1918 as a Professor of Education. He held this position until 1928 when he became Director of the Placement Bureau, a capacity in which he served until 1951. From 1951 to 1963, he assumed emeritus status while also serving as Placement Consultant at ISTC and the State College of Iowa.

Goetch also contributed to the broader Cedar Falls community. He served as President of the Rotary Club from 1944-1945, engaged actively with the Methodist Church and Wesley Foundation, and was involved in Masonic organizations such as the Knights Templar, Shrine, and Eastern Star.


  • Series 1: Notes
  • Series 2: Writings
  • Series 3: Programs & Ephemera
  • Series 4: Miscellaneous Documents
  • Series V: Photographs
  • Series VI: Clippings

Scope and Content

The Edward W. Goetch Papers contains articles, notebooks (with both handwritten and typed content), bulletins, and lecture notes written by or about Goetch. These items were written early in his career, with some written during his time at the University of Iowa, and others from his early years at the Iowa State Teachers College. The materials date from roughly 1910 to 1930. The collection contains two copies of his masters thesis, "Status on the Normal Training High School of Iowa," as well as articles he wrote about education, particularly regarding the implementation of Kindergarten as an educative tool for young children.

Series 1, Notes, contains a variety of materials written by Goetch in the course of his academic career. Included are lecture notes on topics such as morale in teaching and population. There are also assorted notebooks containing notes on various topics like sociology, physics, and educational psychology. These items looks to be Goetch's notes, some from his time at the University of Iowa.

The second series in the collection, Writings, consists of works and pieces written by Goetch. Included are two copies of his dissertation as well as a copy of his two-part thesis regarding kindergarten. Also included are reviews and a few articles.

Series 3, Programs & Ephemera, is comprised of materials related to a variety of topics, such as banquets, conventions, and books. Types of materials include programs, flyers, and booklets. Also included is a 1916 calendar with poems, located in Box 4. Items of note:

  • "Basic Text Books in Use in the Spencer Public Schools 1917-18"
  • "Outline of Courses of Study, Spencer High School"
  • "Physiology and Hygiene"

The fourth series, Miscellaneous Documents, contains materials that, for the most part, concern education, including "Democracy and Education," establishing a curriculum, and public schools. Additionally, there is a handful of poems, a "History of American Education" true/false quiz, a synopsis of a National Superintendents Meeting, and a copy of a guide for the course, "Exploring the Teaching Profession."

The fifth series, Photographs, is comprised of three photographs. Two are of summer schools ISTC sponsored in 1920 and 1921, as well as one of the ISTC student body in the fall of 1922. Note: These photographs are fragile and must be handled with caution.

The final series, Clippings, consists of photocopied articles from Goetch's time working in the Bedford and Spencer schools, as well as his time at the University of Iowa. Also included are a few articles about the Iowa State Teachers College and President Seerley, education legislation, and race relations. The items generally dates from the early 20th century.

**Researchers should note that Box 2 of this collection contains documents about population management and eugenics, which involves language relating to race relations**


Box 1

  • Item 1: Journal labeled "Sociology" [Series 1]
  • Item 2: Outline and References in School Management [Series 1]
  • Item 3: Senate Compositions [Series 1]
  • Item 4: National Simplex Journal [Series 1]
  • Item 5: The National Notebook for use in the National Notebook System [Series 1]
  • Item 6: Laboratory Record [Series 1]
  • Folder 1: "The Polish Peasant in Europe and America" lecture notes [Series 1]
  • Folder 2: "Keeping up the Morale in Teaching" lecture notes [Series 1]
  • Folder 3: "The Problem of Population" lecture notes [Series 1]
  • Folder 4: Miscellaneous lecture notes [Series 1]

Box 2

  • Folder 1: Goetch thesis, "Status on the Normal Training High School of Iowa," Copy 1 [Series 2]
  • Folder 2: Goetch thesis, "Status on the Normal Training High School of Iowa," Copy 2 [Series 2]
  • Folder 3: Kindergarten Survey (part of dissertation) [Series 2]
  • Folder 4: Dissertation Part 1 (Kindergarten) [Series 2]
  • Folder 5: Dissertation Part 2 (Kindergarten) [Series 2]
  • Folder 6: Review, "Race, Nations, and Classes" [Series 2]
  • Folder 7: "Reminiscences at the Homecoming" [Series 2]
  • Folder 8: "Population and Eugenics" [Series 2]
  • Folder 9: Programs & Ephemera [Series 3]
  • Folder 10: Miscellaneous Documents [Series 4]

Box 3

  • 3 photographs [Series 5]

Box 4

  • Folder 1: Clippings [Series 6]
  • Folder 2: Programs & Ephemera [Series 3]

Processing Information

Processed by Jacob Bartlett and Adam Nielson, October 2017. Updated by Research Assistant Keegan Little, June 2018 and Tessa Wakefield, February 2019.

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