Jonathan J. Lu. Papers, 1973-1993

Collection Overview

Title: Jonathan J. Lu. Papers, 1973-1993

Record Series: 12/02/02/01

Creator: Lu, Jonathan J.

Date: 1973-1993

Extent: 3 boxes (0.84 linear feet)

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

Language: This material is entirely in English.

Access and Use

Accessing the Collection:

Most materials are open for research. Materials related to the confidentiality of personnel, student, medical, and other legally protected records are CLOSED to researchers for 70 years from the date of creation. Consult the archivist with any questions or concerns.

Related Archival Materials:

Related materials can be found in 12/02/01 Department of Geography Collection at Special Collections & University Archives at Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

Sensitive Materials Statement:

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy or similar laws, and the Iowa Open Records Law (see Iowa Code § 22.7). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Northern Iowa assumes no responsibility.


Preferred Citation: [Identification of item] in the  Jonathan J. Lu Papers, 1973-1993, Archives Record Series 12/05/12, [box and folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

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Historical Note

Jonathan Jung-Hui Lu was born in Fukien, China, on May 5, 1927, later becoming a United States citizen. He received a Bachelor of Education degree in geography and history from the National Taiwan Normal University in 1954, a Bachelor of Didactics from the Asbury Theological Seminary, a Master of Arts in geography from Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Washington. He joined the University of Northern Iowa faculty in 1973 as an Associate Professor of Geography and in 1980, was granted full professorship. Lu served as the Acting Head of the Geography Department in the spring and summer of 1981, as well as from 1987-1989. In 1989, he became head of the department, a position he held until 1991. He retired from UNI in 1992.

Lu later became president of the Holy Light Theological Seminary in Taiwan.



The collection is arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content

The Jonathan J. Lu Papers consist of correspondence and documents related to Lu’s teaching and research while at the University of Northern Iowa. Included is correspondence with individuals in the Department of Geography, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the wider university, such as department head Basheer K. Nijim and dean Robert Morin. Other correspondents include people outside of UNI. The collection covers courses he taught, including syllabi, study guides and exams; book reviews; research proposals; grant applications; requests for funding; and applications for faculty research funds. Numerous research papers Lu wrote are also present, such as “The Dynamic U.S. Rice Industry: A Temporal-Spatial Analysis” and “The Geography That is in the Bible: A Definition of the Geography of the Bible.


Box 1

  • Folder 1: 1973-February 1975

  • Folder 2: February 1975-1976

  • Folder 3: 1977-June 1978

  • Folder 4: September 1978-1979

  • Folder 5: 1980-1982

  • Folder 6: 1983-April 1986

Box 2

  • Folder 1: April 1986-June 1991

  • Folder 2: July 1991-1993

Box 3

**Please note that  materials in this box are restricted from their date of creation plus 70 years**

  • Folder 1: 1977-1987

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Archivist Gerald Peterson. Updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, October 2017 and April 2018 and by Archival Processor Tessa Wakefield, March 2019. Linear feet updated August 28, 2017.

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