Fred D. Cram. Papers, ca. 1920-1957

Collection Overview

Title: Fred D. Cram. Papers, ca. 1920-1957

Record Series: 22/10/12

Creator: Fred D. Cram

Date: ca. 1920-1957

Extent: 1.25 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 Fred D. Cram Papers, ca. 1920-1957, Archives Record Series 22/10/12, [box and folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

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Historical Note

Fred D. Cram (1880-1970) was born in Marshall County, and received his B. A. degree from the Iowa State Teachers College and his M. A. degree from University of Iowa. After serving in the public schools of Iowa, which included four years as superintendent of Cerro Gordo County, he joined the staff at Iowa State Teachers College in 1920 as Professor of Extension. He was advanced to the rank of Associate Professor of Education in 1935 and to the rank of Professor in 1949. After assuming emeritus status in 1950, he served on a part-time basis in the Extension Division and in the Archives until 1957.

Mr. Cram had been a member of the National Education Association, Iowa State Education Association, Educational Research Association, and State Historical Society of Iowa.

Scope and Content

This collection consists almost entirely of the writings of Fred Cram, including the typescripts of a scholarly book and two long essays, as well as several biographical sketches.


Box 1

History of Oratory and Debate at the Iowa State Teachers College, typescript, 244 pages plus tables

Box 2

Folder 1: Literary Societies, typescript, 99 pages

Folder 2: Religious Education at the Normal School and Teachers College, typescript, 69 pages plus index

Box 3 - Personal Evaluations (Biographical Sketches)

Folder 1: Myra Eudora Call (7 pages)

Folder 2: Laura E. Falkler (9 pages)

Folder 3: Karl Frederick Geiser (10 pages)

Folder 4: Eva L. Gregg (10 pages)

Folder 5: Samuel Freeman Hersey (5 pages)

Folder 6: John Baptist Knoepfler (8 pages)

Folder 7: George W. Newton (10 pages)

Folder 8: Carrie B. Parker (5 pages)

Folder 9: Sara Findlay Rice (8 pages)

Folder 10: Arthur William Rich (9 pages, plus 7 page sketch by Ira S. Condit)

Folder 11: Laura S. Seals (7 pages)

Folder 12: George Washington Samson, Sr. (12 pages)

Folder 13: Thomas W. Todd (10 pages)

Folder 14: Gus Washington Walters (16 pages)

Folder 15: David Sands Wright (16 pages)

Folder 16: William Wesley Gist (16 pages)

Folder 17: Miscellaneous newspaper clippings, correspondence, and publications

Folder 18: Building with the People (74 page typescript sketch about President Homer Seerley)

Processing Information

Finding aid updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, April 2017, October, 2017, and April 2018. Linear feet updated on September 20, 2017.

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