Stageberg Linguistics Collection

The Stageberg Collection is the professional linguistics collection of Professor Norman C. Stageberg, a long-time member of the University of Northern Iowa English faculty. Included in this collection are important early editions of several grammars and dictionaries as well as later publications. Material in this collection is listed in OneSearch! with the location designation SPEC COLL S.

Stageberg Collection
Stageberg Collection

The Stageberg Collection was donated to the Rod Library under the terms of the will of Norman C. Stageberg, long-time professor in the UNI Department of English Language and Literature, who died in 1984. This collection, focused on linguistics and language, includes a substantial number of old, rare, and valuable titles. However, most of the 1250 volume collection is composed of twentieth century monographs, dictionaries, and essays. The primary function of the Stageberg Collection is to provide students and faculty with a professional linguistics reference collection with a special strength in historical linguistics.

Norman C. StagebergNorman Stageberg joined the UNI faculty in 1946 as Assistant Professor of English. He retired in 1972 with the rank of professor, which he achieved in 1960.

Professor Stageberg was born April 7, 1905, at Owatonna, Minnesota. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota in 1926, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 1932, and a Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1946.

StagebergBefore coming to UNI, Professor Stageberg was a teacher at Valley Springs, Minnesota, from 1926 through 1929, and the head of the English department at Faribault, Minnesota, High School from 1929 through 1939. From 1942 through 1946 he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He again served in the military from 1951 through 1953 with the Air Force as an instructor at Air University and the University of Alabama.

Teaching EnglishProfessor Stageberg founded the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) program at UNI. The program was offered to students beginning in the spring of 1964. The pamphlet illustrated on the left announces and describes the new TEFL program in 1963.

He led the Modern Language Department in its infancy, and was a recognized scholar and author in literature, grammar, ambiguity, and meaning.




Professor Stageberg with student Jeanne
Morris in the late 1940s.

June Suzuki Stageberg worked as a library associate in the Cataloging Department of the Rod Library from 1974 through 1986. Her generous gift in honor of her late husband, Professor Norman C. Stageberg, was used to refurbish the Special Collections reading room.

Special Collections reading room
Special Collections Reading Room

On April 18, 1997, at 3:30 p.m., a dedication ceremony was held in the Special Collections and University Archives reading room to recognize Norman Stageberg and June Suzuki Stageberg for their generous donations. Speakers at the event included Dr. Herbert D. Safford, Director of Library Services, who welcomed the guests, Professor Emeritus Charlene Eblen who shared memories of Professor Stageberg, and Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson, who expressed his thanks for the Stageberg donation

Actual exhibit and web version prepared by Library Assistant Susan A. Basye; April, June 1997; last modified, February 10, 2015 (GP).

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