Ernest C. Fossum Papers, 1948-1954

Collection Overview

Title: Ernest C. Fossum Papers, 1948-1954

Record Series: 14/08/02/02

Record Group:

14/08/02 Faculty & Staff Papers

Creator: Fossum, Ernest C.

Date: 1948-1954

Extent: 1 box (0.42 linear feet)

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

Language: Materials entirely in English.

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Historical Note

Ernest C. Fossum (June 22-1905-May 21, 1989) was hired as an Assistant Professor of Speech in 1943.  During the 1950-1951 school year, he became an Associate Professor in the department.  He held this position until he joined the Placement Bureau in 1958 on a temporary basis.  He was the Assistant to the Director of Placement for 4 years before becoming Director in 1962, a position he held until his retirement in 1973.

Scope and Content

The E. C. Fossum Papers focus on his radio program, Mend Your Speech, which began in 1948.  Included in the collection are scripts of the program from 1948 and 1950-1951; newspaper clippings from 1945-1946 and 1972; a 1953 booklet on speech correctionists in schools; and an article published in a The Journal of Education in 1954 entitled “Cooperating with the Speech Correctionist.”


Box 1

  • Scripts of the program from 1948 and 1950-1951
  • Newspaper clippings from 1945-1946 and 1972
  • 1953 booklet on speech correctionists in schools
  • “Cooperating with the Speech Correctionist.”

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid created by Susan Witthoft, Special Collections Assistant, December 1996; updated and prepared for the web by Assistant Archivist Dustin S. Witsman, February 2015. Updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, January 2018 and April 2018. Linear feet updated on September 14, 2017.