Len Froyen Papers

Collection Overview

Title: Len Froyen Papers

Record Series: 13/03/02/04

Creator: Froyen, Len

Date: 1998-2005

Extent: 2 boxes (0.63 linear feet)

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives at Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language: This material is entirely in English.

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Historical Note

Len Froyen was born July 1, 1934, in Freeport, Illinois. Upon his high school graduation, Froyen attended Iowa State Teachers College (later the University of Northern Iowa). He was active in a variety of activities and was elected president of a few different organizations, including the Student League Board, Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity, and the regional Association of Residence Halls. While at ISTC, Froyen lived in Stadium Hall, located underneath Latham Stadium, and also worked as a resident assistant. Froyen graduated from ISTC in 1957. He married fellow ISTC graduate Gail Froyen, who later worked as a Price Lab School librarian.

Froyen then attended Michigan State University, graduating in 1958 with a master's degree in Guidance and Counseling Psychology. From 1958-1960, he served as an Instructor in Teaching at the Price Lab School, where he taught social studies. He then worked as the Director of Guidance in Independence in Independence Public Schools from 1960-1963 before joining the ISTC College of Education faculty in 1963. With the exception of a one year absence during which he completed his Ed.D. at Indiana University (1970), Froyen remained at UNI for the remainder of his career, which included a period serving as head of the Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations. Research topics he pursued included classroom management and Iowa Schools and "current concerns in school disciplines>

Froyen retired from UNI in 1994 but remained connected to campus, serving as a deacon at St. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center. Additionally, he worked on the inaugural teacher education convocation, coordinated the Stadium Hall reunion, and led the campaign to renovate the Lang Hall / Old Aud. He received the Alumni Service Award in 2009.


The collection is arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content

The collection's original order was retained after its arrival at Rod Library, with the exception of the "Miscellaneous" folder, which was created by SCUA staff. The material are arranged alphabetically and date from c. 1998-2005, with the exception of Box 2, which contains three books. The majority of the collection is about the Lang Hall / Old Aud restoration project, which was led by Froyen. Included are letters from the fundraising campaign; information about the Lang Society; draft campaign materials; and other materials pertaining to fundraising efforts. One folder concerns the Stadium Hall reunion and contains correspondence, logistical information, and historical material about Stadium Hall. Box 2 contains three books: Continuity and Change: President Constantine Curris' Annual Address to the Faculty, 1983-1993Turning Points: An Autobiography by Leland L. Sage; and A History of Iowa by Leland L. Sage. All are signed by the authors and addressed to Froyen and his wife, Gail.


Box 1

  • Folder 1: Lang Hall - Rededication, 2001
  • Folder 2: Lang Project / Wm. Lang Historical
  • Folder 3: Lang Society - Fundraising, 1998-2002; undated
  • Folder 4: Lang Society - Planning Committee, 1998-2000; undated
  • Folder 5: "Save 'Old Aud'" - Board of Regents, 1998
  • Folder 6: "Save 'Old Aud'" - News Accounts
  • Folder 7: Miscellaneous
  • Folder 8: Stadium Committee, c. 2005

Box 2

  • Continuity and Change: President Constantine Curris' Annual Address to the Faculty, 1983-1993
  • Turning Points: An Autobiography
  • A History of Iowa

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid created by Archival Processor Tessa Wakefield, June 2019.


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