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Chauncey P. Colegrove. Papers, ca. 1898-1944.


Title: Chauncey P. Colegrove. Papers, ca. 1898-1944.

Archives Record Series: 26/01/11

Creator: Chauncey P. Colgrove

Date: ca. 1898-1944

Extent: 0.209 linear feet, 1 box, 3 folders

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Northern Iowa

Language: Materials entirely in English.

Access and Use: No restrictions. Materials are open for research.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Chauncey P. Colgrove Papers, ca. 1898-1944, Archives Record Series 26/01/11, [number or title of folder], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

Scope and Content: The Chauncey P. Colegrove papers consist primarily of Dr. Colgrove’s writings, as well as three letters written to or by his wife Emma.

Historical note:

     Chauncey Colegrove

Chauncey P. Colegrove (1855-1936) was the first head of the Department of Education, first head of the Extension Division and former vice president of Iowa State Teachers College. Famed nationally as lecturer and author, Dr. Colgrove became well known as an Iowa educator at ISTC before he left in 1914 to become president of Upper Iowa University in Fayette.

Having graduated from Upper Iowa in 1882 with an A.B. degree, he became principle of the Normal and Preparatory Department at Upper Iowa from 1882-1886, principle of the Waukon Public Schools from 1886-1891, and president of Nora Springs Seminary from 1891-1895. In 1895 he received his A.M. degree from Chicago University.  Coming to Iowa State Normal School in 1896, Dr. Colgrove was president of psychology and didactics for twenty years, became vice president of the college and chairman of the Department of Education when that department was founded in 1908 and first head of the Extension Division when that department became separately organized in 1915.

He married Emma Ridley in 1899, and they had five children. She died in 1951.

His book The Teacher and the School was widely read by educators all over the nation. Also, for the Iowa Department of Public Instruction Dr. Colgrove wrote a Course of Study and Manual of Methods for the elementary schools in Iowa.

It is unknown when or by whom Dr. Colgrove’s papers were donated to Special Collections and University Archives. The papers have been kept in the order in which they were received.


Folder A: Paper, "The Teacher's Personality," presumably written by Dr. Colgrove.

Folder B:

  • Brief biography publicity flier about Dr. Colegrove
  • Booklet, Life and Works of Jesus the Christ, undated
  • Booklet, Heroes and Prophets of the Old Testament, undated
  • Booklet, Outline of School Management (with Macy Campbell), 1914
  • Booklet, The Founding of the Christian Church and the Letters of Paul, undated
  • Paper, "Fifty Years of Educational Progress in the United States," undated, but ca. 1915
  • Address, "Washington's Part in the World's Struggle for Liberty," February 22, 1907
  • Paper, "The Right Conditions of Good Results in Primary Grades," December 28, 1898
  • Sermon(?), "The Gospel Message," undated
  • Address, "The Teacher at Work," October 21, 1898
  • Correspondence
    • From Emma Colegrove (Dr. Colegrove's wife) to a Mr. Fuller, February 2, 1944
    • From Irving Hart to Emma Colegrove, February 22, 1944
    • To Irving Hart from Emma Colegrove, July 31, 1923

Folder C: Books by Dr. Colegrove

  • The Teacher and the School, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1911
  • The Making of a Teacher, Matt Parrott & Sons, Waterloo Iowa, 1908

Collection processed by Library Associate Dave Hoing, September 2017. Updated February 2918 (dh).

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University of Northern Iowa 
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613-3675 
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