James William Maucker Papers, 1920-2000
Title: James William Maucker Papers, 1920-2000
Record Series: 02/05/01
Creator: Maucker, James William
Extent: 42 boxes (18.50 linear feet)
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.
Language: Materials entirely in English.
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James William Maucker was born in Rock Island, Illinois, on September 16, 1912. He graduated from Rock Island High School in 1929. He attended Augustana College and graduated from that institution in 1933. He received a master's degree (1936) and a Ph. D. (1940) from the University of Iowa, where he worked with E. F. Lindquist on educational measurement. Following military service during World War II, he served as Dean of the School of Education at Montana State University from 1946 through 1950.
Dr. Maucker became President of the Iowa State Teachers College (now University of Northern Iowa) on September 1, 1950, and served in that capacity until June 30, 1970. He then moved to Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, where he served in a variety of administrative positions. Following his retirement, he lived in the Nisswa, Minnesota, area.
Dr. Maucker married Helga Amelia Peterson in 1937. They had three children: Ann, James, and Robert. Helga Maucker died in 1989. Dr. Maucker married Doreen Weber in 1993. They returned to Cedar Falls in 1994.
Dr. Maucker died July 5, 2005.
Dr. Maucker presided over a period of extraordinary growth and development at the University of Northern Iowa. Enrollment nearly tripled during his administration. Many new buildings were constructed to accommodate this growth. The institution itself grew from a teachers college to a university with a graduate curriculum. And, at least for the last few years of his administration, the work was accomplished against the background of student protest and social upheaval.
Scope and Content
The arrangement of the papers reflects the incremental growth of the collection. There is a certain amount of redundancy to the arrangement, with material on the same topic located in two or three places. Consequently, researchers who are interested in a particular topic should be sure to look at the inventory of the entire collection.
This collection offers the opportunity to study Dr. Maucker in a professional, avocational, and personal light. He was involved in all of the major developments and occurrences at the University of Northern Iowa for two decades. He led the university during difficult, exciting, troublesome times that some faculty members still remember as a kind of Golden Age for the school. He left his personal stamp on much of the history of that period. But the papers in this collection from both before and after his administration offer a nice picture of his life out of the public eye.
Also included in this collection is a scrapbook titled, "Teachers from Foreign Lands," which was a gift to President Maucker. The scrapbook was from a group of visiting teachers who came to ISTC during the 1952-1953 school year through a joint sponsorship with the United States Department of State. The goal was to build better relations between and among foreign countries and the United States. The scrapbook contains a dedication to President Maucker and staff, written by J. Francisco Rodrigues, captioned photographs of the group's various activities, and the visiting teachers' signatures.
Box 1: Biographical information
Helga Peterson Maucker (wife)
Awards and honors National Education Association awards, 1954-1957
Memos to self (follow-up of meetings, discussions)
Faculty Men's Club speeches
Newspaper articles of miscellaneous Maucker views and activities
Conferences, meetings, and offices
Resignation, December 17, 1969
Maucker T.V. remarks, April 22, 1970 (7" audio reel)
Testimonial dinner, April 30, 1970
James Lechay portrait of Maucker
Boxes 2-3: Addresses and reports, 1951-1970
There is a separate finding aid available in Special Collections which lists titles and dates of Maucker's addresses and reports.
Boxes 4-6: Official memoranda, 1950-1970
Most of these memoranda were sent to faculty and staff of the university, but occasionally to administrators, students, the Board of Regents and others, announcing plans, policies, and decisions.
Boxes 7-9: Correspondence, 1950-1970
Correspondence both to and from President Maucker over a wide variety of topics from 1950 to 1970. Most of these letters address appointments, salaries, staffing, and routine business matters. Some may contain information related to subjects in other boxes in the collection.
Boxes 10-17: Administration
Boxes 10 and 11 contain minutes of the two advisory boards to President Maucker. The Coordinating Group consisted of the administrative officers of the university. The name of the Coordinating Group was changed to the President's Cabinet in July, 1968. The Panther Round Table held monthly dinner meetings to bring campus student leaders together with administrative and faculty officers for discussions with the President. Student members included student government officers, residence hall presidents, Greek officers, and student publication leaders.
Minutes of the Coordinating Group, 1951-1964
Minutes of the Coordinating Group, 1965-1968
Minutes of the President's Cabinet, 1968-1970
Minutes of the Panther Round Table, 1962-1970
Box 12: Interinstitutional
"Presidents and Provosts" meetings and correspondence (I.S.T.C., S.U.I., and I.S.C.), 1957-1959
Future development of the 3 Regents institutions: reports and correspondence
Report to Regents--Enrollment, Student Housing and Dining, 1959-1969
Messerly study of universities' financial operations, June, 1969
Committee to Study Regents Universities, 1969
Iowa Braille and Sight-Saving School, 1968-69
Vocational-Technical Education, 1962-68
Boxes 13-14: Budget
Budget reports to faculty, 1960-1970
Budget and legislative appropriations workbooks, 1953-1965: detailed appropriations requests of the State Board of Regents to the General Assembly.
Budget and legislative appropriations workbooks, 1965-1970: detailed appropriations requests of the State Board of Regents to the General Assembly
Boxes 15: Organization
Including material about the history of the university, particularly related to the changes in name and status (I.S.N.S., I.S.T.C., S.C.I., and U.N.I.)
State support of higher education in Iowa
Chronological outline of legislative appropriations acts
The Governors of Iowa as educational leaders
The Founding of the College
Financial History of I.S.T.C. by Benjamin Boardman
Growth and progress at U.N.I.
Image of I.S.T.C. by G. H. Holmes, January 26, 1960
Attitudes of Cedar Falls community toward U.N.I., 1969
Box 16: Organization
Committee on Standards and Directions, 1958-1962
Committee on Administrative Reorganization, 1964-68
Administrative reorganization, 1954-1965
Box 17: Organization
Status change -- I.S.N.S. to I.S.T.C.
Status change -- I.S.T.C. to S.C.I. (1959)
Status change -- S.C.I. to U.N.I. (1965-1967)
Advisory Committee on Future Development minutes, 1965- 1966
Suggestions for name of new university, 1966-67
Social Science Department reorganization, 1969
Boxes 18-31: Faculty, Staff, Students
Advertising in journals
Campus food services policies
Committee appointments, 1954-1970
Committee on Institutional Ego
Committee on Faculty Rank, 1968-1969
Confidentiality of student records, October, 1968
Disability insurance plan, 1962
Doud Loyalty Oath
Epsilon Pi Tau controversy, 1956
Flags, Display of
Non-discrimination in off-campus houses, 1961
Open meetings policy
Other policies and procedures
Retirement/insurance policies and plans
Salary schedules and regulations
Scheduling of events Sex differences in high school class rank, 1963
Socio-economic status of students at SCI, 1963
Student discipline policy
Student fees and student aid scholarships, 1961
Student-teacher ratio, 1961-62
Student volunteer services to community agencies
Tenure recommendations, 1959-1967
Boxes 19: Class Load Studies
Material used in preparing studies of semester class loads. Also included are memos and correspondence to and from President Maucker, Assistant to the President Pendergraft, Vice-President Lang, Assistant to the President Stansbury, and department heads concerning staff load.
Class Load Studies, Fall, 1957 - Summer, 1962
Box 20: Class Load Studies
Class Load Studies, Fall, 1962 - Fall, 1964
Box 21: Class Load Studies
Class Load Studies, Fall, 1965 - Fall, 1967
Box 22: Class Load Studies
Class Load Studies, Fall, 1967 - Fall, 1969
Class size, 1928-1965
I.S.T.C. Analysis of teaching loads, 1957 and 1958
Comparative study of instructional loads, 1963
Faculty workload study, revised September 1972
Faculty turnover, 1947-1969
Employment status of married faculty
Military duty--faculty status
Policy for faculty members taking graduate work
Report on faculty morale questionnaire, June 7, 1961
Professional Development Leaves, 1965-1973
Bibliography of faculty publications, 1960-1970
Establishment of merit system, 1967
Collective bargaining--withholding of union dues
Faculty research applications, 1958-1962
Research experimentation applications, 1957-1962
Ford Foundation reports, 1966-67; 1967-68
Projects supported by federal government and private foundations
Box 25 - RESTRICTED
Faculty dismissal and grievance, 1951-1966
Colombian Exchange, 1961-1971
Exchange program, South Carolina State College, 1970
Cooperative doctorate with SUI and Drake
Sioux Empire College--merger request, 1968
Navy training program--survey, 1950
Grand View College proposal--three-year plan
Academic freedom, 1952-1970: Policy for on-campus speakers and programs, 1964; 1968
Edward Hoffmanns case, October 1967
Hoffmanns case--Maucker's personal notes and memos
Hoffmanns case--Northern Iowan articles and policy statement
Hoffmanns case--news articles and editorials Maucker statement on academic freedom, October 1967
Student demonstration, October 19, 1967
Ad hoc advisory committee, November 1967
Chicago Area Draft Resisters (CADRE) 1968
Regents resolution on academic freedom (Carl Childress English assignment), January 19, 1970
Edward Voldseth "no-confidence" referendum, April 1970
Minority Group Education (general), 1968-70
Minority Group Education (curriculum), 1968-70
Minority Group Education (students)
Minority Group Education (Waterloo center), 1968-70
UNI-CUE demolition, 1974
Committee on University Responsibility for Minority Group Education, 1969-1970
Afro-American Society--Key Hole Room, Union, 1969
Afro-American Society--"Black Student Demands," 1969
Ethnic Minority Cultural and Education Center, 1969-70
Student sit-in at President's Home, March 16 & 17, 1970
Tape recordings of Advisory Committee discussing hearing procedures concerning student discipline related to sit-in at President's Home (2 7" audio reels, taped May 2, 1970)
Teacher Education Conference (first Prospective Teachers Day), 1952
Colloquia on Teacher Education, 1952-1968
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education: reports and letters
Accreditation in teacher education: letters, Maucker reviews of articles on accreditation
Outline of reports to NCA
Survey of graduate students completing MA in Ed, 1964, on satisfaction with graduate programs/course work
Request for specialist program for superintendents, 1960
Council of Graduate Schools in U.S.:letters of application for membership
Central States Universities: letters
Founders Day--75th anniversary, May 1, 1952
Birthday party for UNI, July 1, 1969
Martin Luther King memorial service, April 8, 1968
Kent State memorial service, May 20, 1970
Boxes 32: Campus Planning and Development
Room utilization report, 1956
Campus grounds planning, 1960-1968
Policy on use of campus facilities by outside groups, March 3, 1960
Caudill, Rowlett, and Scott, Consultant Architects for Campus Development, 1967-1968: correspondence, reports of interviews and questionnaires on campus development
Naming and renaming of buildings on campus
Naming of buildings--Regents Complex
Naming of buildings--Russell Hall
Naming of buildings--Sabin Hall and Wright Hall
Naming of buildings--Tower Complex (Dancer & Bender)
Naming of streets, 1956
Campanile--addition of bells, 1965
Museum building, 1965-66
Civil Defense: fall-out shelter plan, 1963
Student Dormitories, Inc., 1967-68
Central Hall fire, July 22, 1965
Biology Annex fire, March 11, 1970
Dutch Elm Disease, 1957-1966
Box 33: New buildings and works of art
McCollum Science Hall--John Schulze mural, 1968-70
Maucker Union Lounge--Hu Hung-Shu light-relief, 1967-70
Maucker Union--Bob Lorr sculpture, 1969-70
Regents Dining Center--Edmund Whiting sculpture, 1965
Donald O. Rod Library, 1962-1964
Donald O. Rod Library--Ted Egri sculpture, 1963-65
Donald O. Rod Library--Ralph Haskell sculpture, 1963-64
Russell Music Hall--Donald Finegan sculpture and David Delafield mosaic, 1960-62
Towers Complex--Dale Eldred sculpture, 1970
Film: "College President's Forum, SUI, ISC, ISTC" 1958
Roy Behrens correspondence
Cullen Lakes Property Owners Association
Lower Cullen Lake cabin
Robert Maucker (brother of James William Maucker)
Imperatives for excellence in teacher education, Third Charles W. Hunt Lecture, 1962
"A vigor whose uncoiling," in Frontiers in teacher education, Illinois State Normal School, Normal, Illinois, 1957
"Statement of the theme," presidential address of Strength through Appraisal, AACTE annual meeting yearbook, 1963
Maucker family correspondence
Martin J. Nelson
John and Merle Peterson
Remarks to Class of 1960 reunion, 2000
Maucker Union remarks, 1998
Ross Nielsen memorial service remarks
Oppenheim sculpture remarks, 2000
Emporia tornado, 1974
UNI strategic plan, 1997
A second course in algebra, New York, Macmillan Company, 1957
Tributes and presentations to and by James William Maucker
Last will and testament, 1985
Elementary school and high school report cards
Rock Island High School Class of 1929 reunion, 1989
Wedding booklet, J. W. Maucker and Helga Peterson
Helga Peterson Maucker
Income tax form, 1943
Maucker portrait by Lechay
Addresses and statements, especially relating to academic freedom and professional ethics
Meiklejohn Award, 1968
Correspondence--Emporia State University
Correspondence and reports--Cullen Lakes
Letters to family, 1988-2000
Family poetry and recipes
"Prediction of success in Advanced Officer Training Programs," in Personnel research, Princeton, New Jersey, Princeton University Press, 1947.
Educational measurement, Washington, D. C., American Council on Education, 1950.
A first course in algebra, New York, Macmillan Company, 1955.
Answer book for A first course in algebra. New York, Macmillan Company.
Teachers' handbook to accompany A first course in algebra. New York, Macmillan Company.
E. F. Lindquist, "The Iowa testing programs; a retrospective view," Education, volume 81, number 1. (reprint)
"Implications of in-service education programs for teacher education institutions," in In-Service Education, Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1957
Rockety-I annual publication of the Junior Class, Augustana College and Theological Seminary, 1933; James William Maucker, managing editor
Measurement and evaluation of high school students' understanding of modern society. Dissertation of James William Maucker, University of Iowa. August 1940
Alexander Meiklejohn Award, April 26, 1968
"Teachers from Foreign Lands" scrapbook, 1952
Appraisal, Destruction, and Scheduling Information
The "Teachers from Foreign Lands" scrapbook was transferred from RG 23 Photograph Collection to the James Maucker Papers in May 2021.
- 1953 Old Gold, in the Annuals series, 17/01/02, University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa. https://scholarworks.uni.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1046&context=un....
Portions of finding aid prepared by Library Assistant Joyce Alberts, 1993; additional processing and finding aid development by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson, 2008, 2009. Additions prepared by Library Assistant Joy Lynn, 2014. Updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, October 2017 and February 2018, and Archival Processor Tessa Wakefield, May 2021. Linear Feet updated August 8, 2017.