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C. Peter Magrath papers

Identifier: 1016; 2006-01

Scope and Content

Collection 1016 contains speeches, statements, and remarks from Magrath's tenure as President of the University of Minnesota.

Collection 2006-01 consists of documents from his posts prior to working at the University of Minnesota, papers and publications, travel information, and correspondence. The bulk of the material is speeches given by Magrath from 1962-2005.


  • 1959-2005


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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 C. Peter Magrath should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives head.

Biographical Sketch of C. Peter Magrath (b. 1933 )

Claude Peter Magrath was born on April 23, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of New Hampshire in 1955. Magrath began his career teaching political science at Brown University after earning his doctorate from Cornell University in 1961. There he rose from instructor to full professor in six years, and also served as an associate dean of the graduate school. He left Brown in 1968 to become dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska. He left the University of Nebraska as vice chancellor for academic affairs to become president of the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1972. He was named president of the University of Minnesota in September 1974. The University faced severe economic retrenchment during Magrath’s tenure and in response he developed policies and procedures for reallocation of resources. In spite of severe budget cuts and increases in tuition, the University maintained its ranking as one of the top ten public institutions in the nation. In 1984, he left the University of Minnesota and became president of the University of Missouri from 1985-1991. In 1992 Magrath was named president of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges. He left that position in 2005, and in 2006, he became Senior Advisor to the College Board.


11 boxes (13.75 linear feet)


The collection contains the papers of C. Peter Magrath including his tenure as President of the University of Minnesota.

Source of acquisition

Collection 1016 was deposited by the Office of the President. Collection 2006-01 donated by C. Peter Magrath in January 2006.

Related Materials in University Archives

Office of the President papers.

C. Peter Magrath papers, 1959-2005
Leslie Czechowski; revised by Amy Flessert and Stephanie Wolf
April 2006
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