Frank Vilmain. Papers, 1975-1988

Collection Overview

Title: Frank Vilmain. Papers, 1975-1988

Record Series: 14/17/02/03

Creator: Frank Vilmain  

Date: 1975-1988

Extent: 0.417 linear feet, 1 box

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 Frank Vilmain Papers, 1975-1988, Archives Record Series 15/07/12, [folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

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Historical Note

Francis "Frank" Dominic Vilmain was born May 4, 1923, in Eagle Grove, Iowa. He served in the United States Navy during World War II and received his education at Iowa State University, the Iowa State Teachers College, the University of Wyoming, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

Vilmain taught physics at Rodman High School in Rodman, Iowa, and West High School in Waterloo, Iowa. He joined the faculty of the University of Northern Iowa Physics Department in 1965, serving in that capacity until his retirement in 1988. He became an Associate Professor in 1974 and was honored as Teacher of the Year in 1987.

Additionally, Vilmain introduced the first computer to UNI in the late 1960s and UNI's first internet server was named "Frank" in his honor.

Outside of UNI, Vilmain was a member of Sigma Pi Sigma, the Knights of Columbus, and the Lions Club. He passed away in March 2005. Additional information can be found here.


Scope and Content

These papers concern modifications to the Physics Building during the 1970s and 1980s as well as a limited amount of information about the Physics Club, especially their spring trips.

Special Collections received these papers form Professor Verner Jensen in 1998. Because of preservation concerns, most building plans were moved from the collection and added to the Landscape and Building Plans series. 


Box 1

Physics Awards Dinner, 1979 - 1987.

Physics Building: Remodeling, 1975; Elevator installation, 1980; Tuckpointing, 1983; Window modification, 1983; Space usage planning, 1980s.

Physics Club: Constitution; Spring Trips, 1977 - 1988.

Processing Information

Papers processed and finding aid created by Gerald L. Peterson, September 1998. Finding aid marked up by Susan Basye, September 1998. Updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, January 2018 and April 2018. Linear Feet updated September 17, 2017.

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