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Department of History records

Identifier: ua00464

Scope and Content

The Department of History records date from 1944-2007. The collection consists of meeting minutes, correspondence files, and committee documents, many created during Clarke Chambers' tenure as department head. The collection also includes various publications, such as newsletters and correspondence produced by the department during the tenure of department chairs August Krey and Guy Stanton Ford. The collection also includes a series of staff photographs and scrapbooks compiled by department employees.


  • 1944-2007


Language of Materials

Collection material 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.

Historical Note

Courses in history were first taught at the University of Minnesota in 1869 by the university's first president, William Watts Folwell. The first faculty in history was appointed in 1874, and in 1885 the department of history was established with Harry P. Judson named as chair. Areas of specialization for the department include African History, Ancient History, Asian History, Medieval European History, Latin American History, Early and Modern U.S. History, and Comparative Women's History.

Department chairs through 2003:

  1. Harry P. Judson, 1885-1892
  2. Willis M. West, 1892-1912
  3. Frank M. Anderson, 1912-1913
  4. Guy Stanton Ford, 1913-1931
  5. Lester B. Shippee, 1931-1939
  6. George M. Stephenson, 1940-1941
  7. Lester B. Shippee, 1941-1944
  8. August C. Krey, 1944-1954
  9. Herbert Heaton, 1954-1958
  10. John Bowditch, 1958-1960
  11. Harold C. Deutsch, 1960-1966
  12. Robert S. Hoyt, 1966-1971
  13. Clarke A. Chambers, 1971-1976
  14. Stuart Schwarz, 1976-1979
  15. Stanford Lehmberg, 1979-1985
  16. Russell R. Menard, 1985-1988
  17. James D. Tracy, 1988-1991
  18. Sara M. Evans, 1991-1994
  19. Kinley Brauer, 1994-2000
  20. David F. Good, 2000-2003


11.25 Cubic Feet (9 boxes)


Collection contains correspondence, meeting minutes, teaching materials, publications, and photographs produced by the Department of History at the University of Minnesota.


The collection is arranged into six series:

  1. Committees
  2. Correspondence
  3. Meetings
  4. Publications
  5. Teaching Materials
  6. Subject Files
  7. Photographs and Scrapbooks
Department of History records
Karen Spilman
September 2010
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • December 2018: Photographs and scrapbooks added from 2018 accession

Collecting Area Details

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