Leland Livingston Sage.  Papers, ca. 1927-1980

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Title: Leland Livingston Sage.  Papers, ca. 1927-1980

Record Series: 12/06/02/04

Creator: Leland Sage  

Date: ca. 1927-1980

Extent: 4.59 linear feet, 6 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 Leland l. Sage collection, ca. 1927-1980, Archives Record Series 12/06/06, [box and folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa  

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Historical Note

Leland Livingston Sage was born on April 23, 1899, in Magnolia, Arkansas. He earned his B.A. degree in history at Vanderbilt University in 1922 before attending the University of Illinois-Urbana, receiving his M.A. (1928) and Ph.D. (1932) degrees. He then taught for three years at high schools in Camden, Arkansas, and Taylorville, Illinois. From 1928-1930, he taught history at Depauw University, Indiana. It was there he met his wife, Margaret Pearson, who taught music at the university.

Sage began teaching at Iowa State Teachers College (later the University of Northern Iowa) in 1932. He offered various courses in European history but developed a strong field in Iowa's history. Two of his books focused on Iowa history, William Boyd Allison: A Study in Practical Politics and A History of Iowa were well received, with each gaining national recognition in the form of the Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History. He retired in 1967 but remained active, frequently offering a history course until 1981.

Sage was also active otuside of the university. He and his wife were well-known for their vocal music performances in the community. He also served as President of the Cedar Falls Rotary Club and President of the Cedar Falls Historical Society. From 1977-1981, he served on the Iowa State Historical Board, which included a term as its president. In 1985, he was given an award from Governor Terry Branstad recognizing his services and achievements.

Sage passed away on February 16, 1989.

Further information can be found here.

Scope and Content

Following Professor Sage's death, Professor Donald Whitnah, head of the Department of History, brought this collection of papers to the University of Northern Iowa Archives. 


Box 1

Daybooks and travel logs kept by Margaret Sage, 1927-1980, with gaps; Europe, the eastern United States, the Midwest United States

Box 2

Notes on research projects, including a biographical history of Iowa, Gilbert, Haugen, Dvorzak, and the Iowa State Historical Department. This material consists primarily of photocopied articles and correspondence with occasional marginal notes by Professor Sage.

Box 3

Publications by Professor Sage

Box 4

Genealogy, including correspondence, charts, government records, and news clippings

Box 5

Correspondence, family documents, news clippings, and honors

Box 6

Academic regalia, including Professor Sage's gown, cape, and caps

Processing Information

Collection processed by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson; updated, July 25, 2013 (GP). Updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, December 2017 and April 2018. Linear Feet updated August 28, 2017.

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