Donald E. Shepardson Papers

Collection Overview

Title: Donald E. Shepardson Papers

Record Series: 12/06/02/01

Record Group:

12/06/02 Faculty & Staff Papers

Creator: Shepardson, Donald E., 1936-2017

Date: 1970s-2016

Extent: 5 boxes (5 linear feet)

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

Language: Materials entirely in English.

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Historical Note

Donald E. Shepardson was born on May 14, 1936, in Port Huron, Michigan. He graduated with his bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University in 1961 and earned his masters and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1964 and 1970 respectively. He also was a United States Air Force veteran, having served in Korea.

Before coming to the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), Shepardson taught at Western Illinois University, Bowling Green State University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He began his nearly 50 year career at UNI in 1970.

Shepardson's research interests included Modern European, Modern Diplomatic, and Modern Military History. Courses he taught included Humanities, General History, History of 19th and 20th century Europe, and Diplomatic and Military History. He also published works such as Rosa Luxemburg and the Noble Dream (1996) and Conflict and Diplomacy from the Great War to the Cold War (1999). He was recognized for his teaching in 1995 when he received the UNI College of Social and Behavioral Science Outstanding Teaching award as well as in 1999, when he was a recipient of the Iowa Regent's Award for Faculty Excellence.

Shepardson taught until his death in March 2017.


  • Series 1: Personal Materials
  • Series 2: Correspondence
  • Series 3: Publications
  • Series 4: Classroom Materials

Scope and Content

The collection has been arranged into four series. The first, Personal Materials, dates from the 1970s-2000s and includes three groupings. Shepardson's Photographs consist of assorted images of people as well as what appear to be various war / battle reenactments. The second grouping, Ephemera, includes newspaper articles authored by Shepardson concerning history and international affairs; materials related to West Point; and assorted magazines, recognition certificates from UNI, UNI ROTC, and the Department of the Army. The final grouping in Series 1, Miscellaneous, is comprised of one page of Shepardson genealogy and several partial essays / papers possibly written by Shepardson that are focused largely on European history and the World Wars. It is not clear if Shepardson authored these items, which is why they are not in the publications series of this collection.

Series 2, Correspondence, dates from 1976-1980 and 1994-1996. Much of it focuses on Shepardson's efforts to have his "A Faraway Country" script picked up for television production. Also included are letters with Peter Lang Publishing Inc. (1994-1996) concerning publication of Rosa Luxemburg and the Noble Dream, as well as a 1979 letter from UNI President John Kamerick.

The third series, Publications, contains partial copies, drafts, and completed versions of some of Shepardson's publications. Please see the inventory for a complete list. Additionally, there are a few miscellaneous publication-related material including setting text instructions, preparing artwork instructions, and a two page biography.

The final series in the collection, Classroom Materials, makes up the bulk of the collection. Included are syllabi and documents detailing the course's topic. Please consult the inventory for more information. The majority of this series consists of transparencies, presumably used in Shepardson's teaching. These feature various historical figures and events, such as battles, maps, and more.


Box 1

  • Folder 1: Personal Materials - Photographs [Series 1]
  • Folder 2: Personal Materials - Ephemera, 1970s-2000s [Series 1]
  • Folder 3: Personal Materials - Ephemera, undated [Series 1]
  • Folder 4: Personal Materials - Ephemera, 1989; 2009 [Series 1]
  • Folder 5: Personal Materials - Miscellaneous, undated [Series 1]
  • Folder 6: Correspondence, 1976-1980; 1994-1996 [Series 2]
  • Folder 7: Publications - "A Faraway Country" [Series 3]

Box 2

  • Folder 1: Publications - Ph.D. thesis, "The Daily Telegraph Affair," 1970 [Series 3]
  • Folder 2: Publications - Rosa Luxemburg, Chapter Two [Series 3]
  • Folder 3: Publications - Somewhere in Between [Series 3]
  • Folder 4: Publications - Miscellaneous [Series 3]
  • Folder 5: Classroom Materials - French Revolution to World War I [Series 4]
  • Folder 6: Classroom Materials - French Revolution to World War I [Series 4]
  • Folder 7: Classroom Materials - French Revolution to World War I [Series 4]
  • Folder 8: Classroom Materials - History of Western Civilization [Series 4]
  • Folder 9: Classroom Materials - Imperialism [Series 4]
  • Folder 10: Classroom Materials - Munich Plus 40 [Series 4]
  • Folder 11: Classroom Materials - Munich Plus 40 [Series 4]
  • Folder 12: Classroom Materials - World War I to Present [Series 4]
  • Folder 13: Classroom Materials - World War I to Present [Series 4]
  • Folder 14: Classroom Materials - World War I to Present [Series 4]

Box 3

  • Folder 1: Classroom Materials - Humanities II [Series 4]
  • Folder 2: Classroom Materials - Military History [Series 4]
  • Folder 3: Classroom Materials - Military History [Series 4]
  • Folder 4: Classroom Materials - Great Power Diplomacy [Series 4]

Box 4

  • Classroom Materials - Transparencies [Series 4]

Box 5

  • Classroom Materials - Transparencies [Series 4]

Box 6

  • Classroom Materials - Transparencies [Series 4]



Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid written by Archival Processor Tessa Wakefield, May 2019.