College of Science, Literature and the Arts papers
Scope and Content
This collection primarily consists of the papers accumulated by John Black Johnston during his years as dean of the College of Science, Literature and the Arts (1914-1937). A portion of the collection contains correspondence concerning Dean Johnston's activities in the testing field. He served on several local and national committees whose interests were in the field of mental testing. Included in the collection are reports and correspondence regarding his work with the American Council on Education Committee on Educational Testing, often referred to as the Sophomore culture tests. Dean Johnston was a pioneer in many phases of mental testing and people from the entire United States wrote to him for help and information. A sample of these requests and correspondence has been retained in the collection.
Apart from material relating to mental testing, the collection includes administrative papers relating to many SLA departments and activities, as well as records of committees to which Dean Johnston belonged.
- Creation: 1914-1945
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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 College of Science, Literature and the Arts papers should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives head.
The College of Science, Literature and the Arts (SLA) was established at the University of Minnesota in 1869 with nine faculty members. The college offered the vast majority of courses, including English, foreign languages, mathematics, geology, biology, literature, rhetoric, history and chemistry. The first dean of SLA was John F. Downey, who also served as professor of mathematics and astronomy. In 1914, John Black Johnston was appointed as dean of SLA. During Dean Johnston's 23 year tenure, the college streamlined admissions requirements and implemented standard admissions tests. In 1962, in an effort to strengthen the liberal arts education and to better integrate science and technology courses, SLA was reorganized. Departments in the physical sciences, including astronomy and geology were aligned with the Institute of Technology and SLA was renamed the College of Liberal Arts.
13 boxes (6.25 linear feet)
Collection consists primarily of papers accumulated by John Black Johnston during his years as dean of the College of Science, Literature and the Arts at the University of Minnesota.
Other Finding Aid Available
A finding aid with a contents list is available in University Archives.
Source of acquisition
The collection was transferred to University Archives from 1952-1958.
- College of Science, Literature and the Arts papers, 1914-1945
- Karen Spilman
- July 2005
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