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Ruth Elizabeth Eckert papers

Identifier: ua-00370

Scope and Content

The collection includes biographical materials, a list of her publications with some reprints, teaching materials, University of Minnesota committee reports and studies including some from the Senate Committee on Education, the Senate Committee on Institutional Research, the Senate Committee on Planning, the AAUP (University Chapter), and from the College of Education, Graduate School and the All-University Committees. Also included are files of correspondence with University officers, College of Education documents and a collection of higher education state-wide planning documents.


  • Creation: 1930-1973


Language of Materials

Collection materials in English

Use of Materials

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


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Biographical Sketch of Ruth Elizabeth Eckert (1905-1987)

Ruth Eckert, B.A. (1930), M.A. (1932), University of Buffalo; Ed.D. (1937) Harvard University. Professor of education at the University of Minnesota (1938-1973). Pioneer in the field of higher education as an academic discipline.

Ruth Elizabeth Eckert was born in Buffalo, NY in 1905. She came to the University of Minnesota in 1938 as an associate professor in the College of Education, becoming a full professor in 1945. She taught courses on higher education in the Foundations of Education Department (now the Education Policy and Administration Department). Eckert published more than 100 books and journal articles on the subject of education and served on several state and national committees and commissions on higher education. In 1972, she was the first women to be named a regents' professor, the highest honor bestowed upon the faculty at the University of Minnesota. She retired in 1973, and died in 1987 in New York.


2.5 Cubic Feet (2 boxes)


Collection contains the papers of Ruth Elizabeth Eckert, regents' professor emeritus of education at the University of Minnesota.

Source of acquisition

The collection was deposited by Ruth Eckert in 1973.

Ruth Elizabeth Eckert papers, 1930-1973
Karen Klinkenberg; revised by Guy Peterson
March 2006
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Finding aid written in English

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