Willis H. Wagner Papers 1941-1983

Collection Overview

Title: Willis H. Wagner Papers 1941-1983

Record Series: 14/15/02/04

Record Group:

14/15/02 Faculty & Staff Papers

Creator: Wagner, Willis H.

Date: 1941-1983

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.

Custodial History:

This collection had been gathered by Professor Wagner's son as he cleaned out his father's house located at the corner of Hudson Road and 31st Street in Cedar Falls.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Professor Ronald Bro, a Department of Industrial Technology colleague of Professor Wagner, brought this collection to SC&UA in October 2007.

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Historical Note

Willis H. Wagner (1913-2007) joined the UNI faculty as an instructor in the Department of Industrial Arts in 1945. He enjoyed a distinguished career that included many well-known publications, service in professional associations, and aid work in Viet Nam. He retired as a Professor of Industrial Technology in 1978, though he continued as a part-time faculty member for several years thereafter.


Scope and Content

This collection includes material associated with the preparation of Professor Wagner's publications; correspondence dealing with professional associations; records relating to his Extension Service work; material associated with his aid work in Viet Nam, and a limited number of his publications.



Box 1

  • Correspondence, 1957-1958
  • Illustrations for publications
  • Industrial Arts and Vocational Education, March 1948 (includes Wagner article)
  • Industrial Arts and Vocational Education, March 1954 (includes two Wagner articles)
  • Industrial Arts for Secondary Schools--Iowa Curriculum Guide, 1948
  • Standards of Attainment in Industrial Arts Teaching, 1929
  • Viet Nam experiences
  • Publications
  • Department of Industrial Arts and Technology, Long Range Planning Committee, report, 1967
  • Extension Service work, 1945-1947, 1951, 1955, 1957
  • American Industrial Arts Association, Chicago meeting, 1952
  • American Industrial Arts Association, Kansas City meeting, 1957
  • American Industrial Arts Association, History and Archives Committee, 1983
  • American Industrial Arts Association, International Relations Committee, 1972
  • Iowa Industrial Education Association, Convention Committee

Processing Information

Material processed and finding aid prepared by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson in October 2007. Updated by Gerald Peterson, October 25, 2007 and Library Associate Dave Hoing, January 2018 and April 2018. Linear feet updated on September 15, 2017.