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Ira S. Condit Papers
Title: Ira S. Condit Papers
Record Series: 14/11/02/02
Creator: Condit, Ira S.
Extent: 2 boxes (0.83 linear feet)
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives at Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa
Language: Materials entirely in English.
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Ira S. Condit was born near Washington, Iowa, on November 18, 1867. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Parsons College in 1886 and 1889 respectively. Condit taught in both secondary schools and high schools prior to his employment at the Iowa State Teachers College (ISTC).
He began his career at ISTC in 1898 when he was hired as an assistant professor of mathematics. He later became head of the Department of Mathematics in 1909, a role he held until 1937.
Over the course of his career, Condit was involved in several organizations. He was elected the Chairman of the Mathematics section of the Central Association of Science Mathematics in 1912; was founder of Kappa Mu Epsilon's local chapter and was a national vice president for that organization; served two years on the Cedar Falls hospital board; was a member and president of the Cedar Falls Rotary Club; and was active in Masonry, serving as Master of Black Hawk Lodge, No. 65 A.F. & A.M. Additionally, he was the director of the Cedar Valley Building and Loan association and was a past president of the Cedar Falls Chamber of Commerce.
Condit passed away on November 7, 1947.
Series 1: Biographical Information
Series 2: Correspondence
Series 3: Association of Contributors to Iowa Education and History
Scope and Content
The collection is arranged into three series. The first, Biographical Information, contains newspaper clippings, biographical sketches, faculty records, and faculty meeting minutes. It also includs ephemeral material, such as the “Constitution of the Oratorical Association” and the “Iowa State Teachers College Lecture Bureau” booklet. Note: one news clipping was taped to its original folder and could not be removed. It was copied and the copy was placed in this collection.
The second series, Correspondence, dates from 1907-1940 and is the bulk of the collection. It contains a mix of handwritten and typed letters, both incoming and outgoing. The correspondence largely focuses on Condit’s duties as head of the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Mathematics and Commercial Department. Topics include staffing needs / considerations, scheduling, salary information, courses, letters of recommendation, and people reaching out asking about possible positions at ISTC. Examples of Condit’s correspondents include President O.R. Latham, President Homer Seerley, Benjamin Boardman, and Neva Henrietta Radell. Please note that bundles of letters were kept bundled according to their original order.
The final series, Association of Contributors to Iowa Education and History, contains correspondence and other materials related to that Association, which was founded in January 1909 with Condit (along with a few other ISTC educators) serving as an officer. The goal of the organization was “to give to the State of Iowa an organized means of collecting and preserving such facts, data, materials and objects as in any way relate to the origin, growth and development of education…” in Iowa. Much of the series focuses on membership and educational materials. Also included is a pageant script dated 1927 called “The Pioneers.” This series was kept in its original order.
Folder 1: Biographical Information [Series 1]
Folder 2: Correspondence, November 1909 - April 1915 [Series 2]
Folder 3: Correspondence, May 1915 - January 1917 [Series 2]
Folder 4: Correspondence, February 1917 - January 1920 [Series 2]
Folder 5: Correspondence, February 1920 - December 1922 [Series 2]
Folder 6: Correspondence, January 1923 - December 1925 [Series 2]
Folder 7: Correspondence, January 1926 - January 1929 [Series 2]
Folder 8: Correspondence, February 1929 - June 1930 [Series 2]
Folder 1: Correspondence, July 1930 - 1931 [Series 2]
Folder 2: Correspondence, January 1932 - December 1935 [Series 2]
Folder 3: Correspondence, April 1936 - April 1940; undated [Series 2]
Folder 4: Association of Contributors to Iowa Education & History, 1909; 1927; undated [Series 3]
Finding aid created by Library Associate Dave Hoing, August 2017. Updated January 2018 and April 2018 (dh). Updated by Archival Processor Tessa Wakefield, October 2019. Linear feet updated September 17, 2017.
Iowa State Teachers College, “The Alumnus, v17n4, October 1933” (1933). The Alumnus. 209. https://scholarworks.uni.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1209&context=alumnusnews.
“Faculty Notes.” The College Eye, January 17, 1912. https://indexuni.library.uni.edu/page-image/ni191100000112jpg.
“Professor Condit Dies Suddenly; Taught 60 Years.” The College Eye, November 14, 1947. https://indexuni.library.uni.edu/sites/default/files/ni/1947/00000063.jpg.
“Condit Going To National Math Fraternity Meet.” The College Eye, March 29, 1935. https://indexuni.library.uni.edu/sites/default/files/ni/1934/00000101.jpg.
- “Condit Resigns Position On Hospital Board.” The College Eye, April 14, 1925. https://indexuni.library.uni.edu/sites/default/files/ni/1924/00000246.jpg.