Historical Subject Files, 1923-2013

Collection Overview

Title: Historical Subject Files, 1923-2013

Record Series: 26/08/09

Creator: UNI Museums and Collections

Date: 1923-2013

Extent: 2.5 linear feet, 2 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    collection, Archives Record Series   , [box and folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

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Scope and Content

The UNI Museums and Collections sent a collection of material to the University Archives in early 2010.  This collection originally included personal and professional material related to Professors Melvin Franklin Arey, Emmett J. Cable, and Roy Abbott.  That material was moved to collections relating specifically to each of those UNI faculty members.  The collection also included newspaper clippings relating to the local community and the campus.  Those newspaper clippings were added to existing files on those matters in the University Archives.  This series is what remains after the material noted above was dispersed into other collections.

This collection provides a good overview of Museum operations from about 1964 through the early 1990s, with a small amount of material from 1923 and some from the mid-1990s through 2013.  It includes information about the very last years of the administration of the Museum by Professor Emmet J. Cable, and then the administrations of Professor Pauline Sauer and Ronald Wilson.  There is information about the Museum Advisory Committee and the Friends of the Museum.  The collection is strongest in records relating to Museum programming and the use of the Museum by the UNI community, school groups, and the general public. 


Box 1


  • Taxidermist Richard Schmidt


  • 1974-1983
  • 1996-2006 (3 folders)


  • 2002-2010

Attendance records

  • 1962-1984
  • 1980-1984
  • 1980-1988

Attendance records, group visits

  • 1962-1968

Attendance records, guest register

  • 1970-1973
  • 1973-2976
  • 1976-1980
  • 1980-1984
  • 1988-1989
  • 1988-1989
  • 1989-1990
  • 1990-1991
  • 1991-1993

Attendance records, registered groups

  • 1990-1991
  • 1991-1992

Attendance records, UNI classes

  • 1969-1981


  • Faculty Advisory Committee, 1969-1982
  • Form letters, 1972-1974
  • General, 1969-2007
  • Pauline Sauer, undated
  • Thank you letters from children, undated
  • Thank you letters from faculty, 1993

Box 2

Educational programs

  • 1987-1988
  • 1988-1989
  • 1989-1990

Faculty Advisory Committee minutes

  • 1963-1986 (with gaps)

Federal appropriations requests

  • 2001-2009

Licenses and permits

  • 1975-1982

Museum Committee

  • Notes and journal, 1923

Museum information

  • 1983-2006

Museum moves

  • 1964 and 1966


  • Fall 1969, v.1, no. 1
  • Spring 1970, v.1 no. 2

Newspaper clippings

  • Prior to 1960
  • 1967-1969
  • 1970-1979
  • 1980-1989
  • 1990-1999
  • 2000-2005 (2 folders)
  • 2006-2010 (2 folders)

Strategic plans

  • 1987-2013 (3 folders)

Processing Information

University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson processed this collection and wrote the finding aid in June 2010.  Library Associate Dave Hoing re-processed and added new material March 2016. Updated February 2018 (dh). Linear feet updated September 20, 2017.

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