Roger Leavitt Papers, 1900-1936

Collection Overview

Title: Roger Leavitt Papers, 1900-1936

Record Series: 01/01/02/02

Record Group:

01/01/02 Faculty & Staff Papers

Creator: Roger Leavitt

Date: 1900-1936

Extent: 1 box (0.42 linear feet)

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

Language: Materials entirely in English.

Information for Users

Accessing the Collection:

No restrictions. Materials are open for research.

Physical Access: The material was photocopied to help preserve the originals and increase accessibility.

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 [Series Title] #[series number], [folder number or title when applicable], [Collection Name], Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa. 

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Historical Note

Roger Leavitt was an Iowa State Normal School (later UNI) board of trustees member (1900-1906); one of the first people on Iowa’s state board of education (1909-1915); and served as Iowa State Teachers College’s treasurer (1919-1937).

Scope and Content

A majority of the Roger Leavitt is glued to notebook sheets measuring 6” x 9.5” and consists of several hundred items. It was evidently assembled by Leavitt and is largely arranged chronologically. It consists of a variety of material types, including correspondence, clippings, pamphlets, and more. One particularly strong subject area relates to the 1912-1913 Coordination Controversy, which would have transitioned the Iowa State Teachers College to a two-year institution.


Box 1

  • Folder 1: Correspondence
  • Folder 2: News clippings
  • Folder 3: Programs
  • Folder 4: Reports
  • Folder 5: Pamphlets
  • Folder 6: Material relating to the history of UNI, including the Coordination Controversy. 


Processing Information

Updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, April 2017, October 2017 and February 2018. Updated by Archival Processor Tessa Wakefield, March 2020. Linear feet updated August 8, 2017.