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Lotus Delta Coffman papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: ua01022

Scope and Content

Contents include mimeographed material issued by the Educational Policies Commission 1936-1938, transcripts of hearings of the Commission of Inquiry of Public Service Personnel 1934, correspondence, president’s reports, bibliography of Coffman’s publications 1907-1921, speeches, clippings, and Coffman’s obituary notices.


  • 1907-1939


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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 Lotus Delta Coffman 1875-1938

Lotus Delta Coffman was born in Salem, Indiana in 1875. He graduated from Indiana University AB 1905, MA 1910 and Columbia University Ph.D. 1911. He was a professor of education at Columbia from 1912-1915. He came to the University of Minnesota in 1915 as dean of the College of Education, became president of the University in 1920, and served until his death on September 22, 1938. His presidency was marked by widespread expansion of the University including the creation of the General College, University College, the Center for Continuation Study, the University Art Gallery and the first University-based radio station. Coffman wrote several books, such as The State University , andFreedom Through Education, on the subjects of the social, cultural and recreational needs of university students, faculty and staff.


20 Cubic Feet (16 boxes (15 Paige; 1 oversize flat))


Collection contains the papers of Lotus Delta Coffman, president of the University of Minnesota from 1920-1938

Source of acquisition

The bulk of the collection was deposited in 1957 by William M. Coffman and Mrs. Earl A. Catharine Knudtson.

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Lotus Delta Coffman papers
In Progress
University Archives Staff; revised by Guy Peterson
March 2006
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Revision Statements

  • 2019: Accessions combined; contents list created

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