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Elmer W. Ziebarth papers

Identifier: ua00271

Scope and Content

The collection is an excellent source for those wanting to know more about children’s television programming in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Materials in the collection include correspondence, committee minutes, publications, materials regarding closed circuit television and Russian travel seminars and personal papers. The collection does not contain any papers regarding Dr. Ziebarth's appointment with the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS).


  • 1954-1973


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Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Requests for permission to quote from the Elmer W. Ziebarth papers should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives head.

Biographical Sketch of Elmer W. Ziebarth (1910-2001)

Elmer William Ziebarth was born on October 4, 1910 in Columbus, Wisconsin. He earned his B.S. in 1933 and Ph.M. in 1934 from the University of Wisconsin. In 1948, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He began his career at the University of Minnesota in 1936 as an instructor in the speech department. He was appointed as program director for radio broadcasting in 1938 and acting manager in 1944. In 1945, Dr. Ziebarth resigned from the University to become the educational director and production manager of WCCO, the Minneapolis/St. Paul affiliate of CBS. He held this position until 1948, when he returned to the University of Minnesota as associate professor and chair of the speech department. He was promoted to professor in 1949.

In 1953, Dr. Ziebarth was named dean of the summer school and in 1962, he was named to the position of dean of the extension service. Beginning in 1963, Dr. Ziebarth was appointed as dean of the College of Liberal Arts. He resigned from this position in 1973 to return to his role as professor. In 1974, he was named as interim president of the University of Minnesota. After his five month interim appointment as president ended, Dr. Ziebarth was elected as vice president of the Twin City Area Educational Television Corporation; he was promoted to interim general manager in 1976. Dr. Ziebarth retired from the University of Minnesota as professor emeritus in the 1970s. Ziebarth died on February 27, 2001.


6.25 Cubic Feet (5 boxes)


Collection contains the papers of Elmer W. Ziebarth, professor emeritus, chair of the speech department, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and interim president of the University of Minnesota.


The papers are arranged into the following series:

  1. Administrative
  2. Correspondence
  3. Publications
  4. Radio and Television

Source of acquisition

The collection was deposited in University Archives in 1960. Additional deposits were made in 1961, 1973 and 1979.

Processing Information

An update to this collection guide was added in 2015, made possible by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.

Elmer W. Ziebarth papers, 1954-1973
Karen Spilman
April 2005
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