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George Edgar Vincent papers

Identifier: ua-00796

Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence regarding Vincent's election as University president, and later, president of the Rockefeller Foundation. There is also a folder of information regarding President Ford, collected by Vincent. The collection contains manuscripts, including one entitled Laughter and the Nations. There is also memorabilia, published papers, and newspaper clippings. Also included is a copy of Solon J. Buck’s "William Watts Folwell," inscribed to Vincent from Guy Stanton Ford.


  • 1904-1940


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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 George Edgar Vincent 1864-1941

George E. Vincent was born in Rockford, Illinois, March 21, 1864. After completion of his formal education at the University of Chicago, he was associated with the Chautauqua system in various active capacities from 1886-1915. He was honorary President of the Chautauqua from 1915-1937. He held various academic positions at the University of Chicago from 1892-1911, serving as dean of the Faculties of Art, Literature and Science from 1907-1911. He served as president of the University of Minnesota from 1911-1917, resigning this position to become President of the Rockefeller Foundation. He was with the Rockefeller Foundation from 1917-1929, when he retired. He died February 1, 1941.

Vincent’s accomplishments as president at the University of Minnesota included creation of the General Extension Division, University Senate, All-University Student Council and a formal budget for the University. He reorganized several programs including the Medical School, Law School, Graduate School, College of Education and the Agricultural Extension Division. Vincent believed research programs would give the University greater academic standing and worked to accomplish their establishment.


0.2 Cubic Feet (1 hollinger)


The collection contains personal papers of George Edgar Vincent, president of the University of Minnesota, 1911-1917.

Source of acquisition

This collection was received May 9, 1949 from Louise Vincent, wife of George Edgar Vincent.

Related Material

Office of the President records, University of Minnesota Archives

George Edgar Vincent papers, 1904-1940
University Archives staff
June 2006
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