Robert Dean Talbott Papers, ca. 1950-1996

Collection Overview

Title: Robert Dean Talbott Papers, ca. 1950-1996

Record Series: 12/06/02/08

Record Group:

12/06/02 Faculty & Staff Papers

Creator: Talbott, Robert Dean

Date: ca. 1950-1996

Extent: 2 boxes (2.5 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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Robert Dean Talbott gave these papers to SC&UA upon his retirement in May 1996.

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Historical Note

Robert Dean Talbott joined the UNI faculty in 1967 as Assistant Professor of Latin American history. In 1970 he became an associate professor, and in 1974 he earned the rank of professor. He retired from UNI in 1996.

Scope and Content

Robert Dean Talbott's papers are divided into two parts. The first and smaller part includes some of his professional writing as well as records relating to his work with the UNI Museum. The second part relates to his professional experience with Latin American studies. The UNI Museum files include correspondence, reports, policies, and minutes relating to Museum programs, services, collections, and accreditation. The Latin American files include conference proceedings, conference papers, UNI Latin American and Interamerican curricular and committee material. Talbott was a long-term and key participant in matters relating to Latin American studies at UNI. Prominent among Talbott's professional associations is the Midwest Association for Latin American Studies. He also donated minutes and other papers relating specifically to the Department of History which have been interfiled with existing Department of History series. 


Box 1

  • Book Reviews by Talbott
  • A History of Valparaiso, Chile, Talbott's M.A. thesis, 1950
  • UNI Museum committee work, reports, policies
  • Latin American Studies committee and curricular work at UNI

Box 2

  • Midwest Association for Latin American Studies conference programs, proceedings, and papers

Processing Information

Papers processed and finding aid prepared by Susan Witthoft and Gerald Peterson, July, September 1996. Updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, December 2017 and April 2018. Linear Feet updated August 28, 2017.