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John Leonard Eiklor. Papers, 1935-1991.
Title: John Leonard Eiklor. Papers, 1935-1991.
Record Series: 12/06/02/09
Creator: John Leonard Eiklor
Extent: 3.75 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 John Leonard Eiklor Papers, 1935-1991, Archives Record Series 12/06/26, [box and folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa
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John Leonard Eiklor was born in Chicago in 1927 and grew up in New York City. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Wichita in 1951. He received his master's degree and his doctorate from Northwestern University in 1953 and 1963, respectively. He taught overseas for many years and joined the history faculty of the State College of Iowa, now the University of Northern Iowa, in 1963. Professor Eiklor distinguished himself as a professor of history and the humanities. He won local and state awards for his teaching. He died in 1992.
Scope and Content
Professor Eiklor's papers consist primarily of material associated with preparing and delivering instruction in history and the humanities. The papers include lecture notes, book and article summaries, cultural heritage illustrations, and newsclippings. There is also a small amount of material relating to his personal life. In the summer of 2009, Professor Eiklor's daughter Lisa asked if the University Archives would be interested in adding some of her father's papers to its collections. University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson picked up the material that resulted in the contents of Boxes 1, 2, and most of 3 in July 2009. The Archives received the remainder of the contents of Box 3 in 2010. Some of the material was loose when it arrived in the Archives; some was organized into broad subject categories. The processor of the material followed the broad subject heading pattern in putting the whole collection together. Material in each folder might include a wide range of information and information formats, such as essays by Professor Eiklor, newsclippings, photographs, lecture notes, and correspondence. Researchers should be ready to consult a number of folders in order to be sure that they have seen all relevant information. The greatest value of this collection is that it provides a glimpse of a master teacher, who had a passion for studying and teaching all facets and all eras of Western cultural heritage. One notable Eiklor correspondent is Peter C. Hoffmann, who was a member of the UNI history faculty from 1965 through 1971, and then went on to McGill University. Professor Hoffman is probably the foremost expert on the July 20, 1944 plot to kill Adolf Hitler. There is a small number of letters from Professor Hoffman to Professor Eiklor in this collection.
Academic records, including school report
Academic appointments and salaries
American Foreign Relations lecture notes
Book and article synopses
Bavaria, the Landtag, and the War of 1866 (Eiklor dissertation)
Cultural theory in the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche (Eiklor essay)
American Political Theory
Ancient Near East
Art lecture for Man and Materials course, 1966
Battered women conference essays, including work by Professor Eiklor and his UNI colleagues, Professors Fred Hallberg and Lora Lee Rackstraw
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Chicago cultural trips
Civil rights march, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 1964
Crete and the Minoans
Diplomatic history of Europe, 19th century, Eiklor class notes
European History, class notes
German Jews, 1750-1814 (Eikor essay), 1954
Gross, H. R.
History of Political Theory lectures
Hoffman, Peter C.
Humanities I, syllabus, 1982
Humanities II, examinations
Humanities II, correspondence course syllabus
Humanities course preparation notes and articles
Humanities telecourse syllabus
Inventories of books
Ku Klux Klan
Lechay portrait of UNI President James Maucker
Life and philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche (Eiklor essay)
Marx and Lenin lecture
Minneapolis cultural trip
NEH seminar, summer 1974
NEH seminar, summer 1977--Ancient Egypt, Hans Goedicke
Origins of mankind, 68:21
Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
Professional Development Leave, 1972
Recent Political Theory
Review in "Erasmus"
St. Louis cultural trips
Summer workshop proposal--Renaissance Arts and Ideas
Wiesenfeld, Julius--mathematics lecture
Parnasus--University of Wichita yearbooks, 1947, 1948 (two copies), 1949, and 1950
Videotapes and photographic slides relating to Professor Eiklor's history and humanities classes
Photographic slides of Professor Eiklor and his family
Papers processed and finding aid prepared by University Archivist Gerald Peterson, August 2009; Updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, December 2017 and April 2018. Linear Feet updated August 28, 2017.