Emmett J. Cable. Papers, 1910-1963

Collection Overview

Title: Emmett J. Cable. Papers, 1910-1963

Record Series: 14/14/02/01

Creator: Emmit J. Cable

Date: 1910-1963

Extent: 1.04 linear feet, 3 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 Emmett J. Cable Papers, 1910-1963, Archives Record Series 15/04/19, [box and folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

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Historical Note

Emmett J. Cable (1877-1964) was a distinguished, long-time member of the faculty of the University of Northern Iowa.  He was born in Eldora, Iowa, on November 12, 1877.  He graduated from Hubbard (Iowa) High School and then received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Cornell College in 1894 and 1895, respectively.  He studied at the University of Chicago and then received his Ph. D. from the University of Iowa in 1917.

Professor Cable taught in rural schools and was superintendent of schools in Albion, Iowa, before joining the geography faculty of the Iowa State Normal School in 1905.  In 1917 he became head of the Department of Natural Science.  In 1935 he became head of the Department of Science, which combined the natural and physical sciences.  He served in that capacity until he assumed emeritus status in 1948 and became Curator of the Museum on a part-time service basis.  He resigned from that position in May 1963, due to poor health.  He died in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on February 20, 1964,

Professor Cable was a productive scholar, who published books and articles on a wide range of subjects.  His area of specialization was Iowa geology.  He also presented popular science programs on the radio for many years.

Scope and Content

Some of the papers in this collection accumulated gradually over the years in the University Archives: administrative correspondence, some news clippings, and personnel records. However, most of this collection came from the UNI Museum in 2010. This included correspondence between Professor Cable and Pauline Sauer, Cable's successor as head of the Museum; news clippings, publications. material associated with his interests and research; and material associated with the composition of his publications. Among the material associated with his publications is a large collection of photographs used as illustrations in his published work.  University Archivist Gerald Peterson decided to combine this material into one collection in order to enhance research possibilities.


Box 1

Biographical and personnel records

Maps and drawings

Presentations and publications

Radio talks

A field study in north central Iowa

Box 2

The Hampton tusk

The Physical Sciences--chapter outlines

The Physical Sciences--tests


Evolution of the Cephalopods


Geology and fossils

Science and religion

World calendars


Box 3


Processing Information

Collection processed by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson, June 2010. Updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, January 2018 and April 2018. Linear feet updated on September 15, 2017.

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