John Leonard Eiklor. Papers, 1935-1991.

Collection Overview

Title: John Leonard Eiklor. Papers, 1935-1991.

Record Series: 12/06/02/09

Creator: John Leonard Eiklor

Date: 1935-1991

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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Historical Note

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.



 Box 1

Biographical information

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, Ancient

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

Black Power

Camus, Albert

Cedar Falls, Iowa

Central Europe

Chicago cultural trips

Civil rights march, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 1964

Controversial speakers

Crete and the Minoans

Chung, Roy


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

Humanities images

Box 2

Inventories of books

Kensington runestone

Koloc, Bonnie

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

NDEA Institute--Germany

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

Renaissance, Italian

Review in "Erasmus"

St. Louis cultural trips

Schweitzer, Albert



Summer workshop proposal--Renaissance Arts and Ideas


Wiesenfeld, Julius--mathematics lecture

Parnasus--University of Wichita yearbooks, 1947, 1948 (two copies), 1949, and 1950

Box 3

Videotapes and photographic slides relating to Professor Eiklor's history and humanities classes

Photographic slides of Professor Eiklor and his family

Processing Information

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.

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