James William Maucker Papers

Archives Record Series: 02/05/01

James William Maucker, (1912-2005 ). Papers, 1920-2000.  21.5 linear feet.


James William Maucker was born in Rock Island, Illinois, on September 16, 1912.  He graduated from Rock Island High School in 1929.  He attended Augustana College and graduated from that institution in 1933.  He received a master's degree (1936) and a Ph. D. (1940) from the University of Iowa, where he worked with E. F. Lindquist on educational measurement.  Following military service during World War II, he served as Dean of the School of Education at Montana State University from 1946 through 1950.

Dr. Maucker became President of the Iowa State Teachers College (now University of Northern Iowa) on September 1, 1950, and served in that capacity until June 30, 1970.  He then moved to Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, where he served in a variety of administrative positions.  Follwing his retirement, he lived in the Nisswa, Minnesota, area.

Dr. Maucker married Helga Amelia Peterson in 1937.  They had three children: Ann, James, and Robert.  Helga Maucker died in 1989.  Dr. Maucker married Doreen Weber in 1993.  They returned to Cedar Falls in 1994.

Dr. Maucker died July 5, 2005.

Dr. Maucker presided over a period of extraordinary growth and development at the University of Northern Iowa.  Enrollment nearly tripled during his administration.  Many new buildings were constructed to accommodate this growth.  The institution itself grew from a teachers college to a university with a graduate curriculum.  And, at least for the last few years of his administration, the work was accomplished against the background of student protest and social upheaval.


This collection came to the University Archives in a number of installments.  Some papers were in the Archives by 1974.  Other batches arrived through the 1970s and 1980s.  These papers accumulated to fill Boxes 1-34.  Doreen Weber Maucker, Dr. Maucker's widow, gave the contents of Boxes 35-36 to the Archives in 2008.  Ann Maucker King, Dr. Maucker's daughter, gave the contents of Boxes 37-39 to the Archives in 2009.

The arrangement of the papers reflects the incremental growth of the collection.  There is a certain amount of redundancy to the arrangement, with material on the same topic located in two or three places.  Consequently, researchers who are interested in a particular topic should be sure to look at the inventory of the entire collection.

This collection offers the opportunity to study Dr. Maucker in a professional, avocational, and personal light.  He was involved in all of the major developments and occurences at the University of Northern Iowa for two decades.  He led the university during difficult, exciting, troublesome times that some faculty members still remember as a kind of Golden Age for the school.  He left his personal stamp on much of the history of that period.  But the papers in this collection from both before and after his administration offer a nice picture of his life out of the public eye.

Except for a few folders relating to personnel matters, this collection is open and available for public use.

Box 1 Biographical information

  • Appointment
  • Inauguration
  • Biographical sketches
  • Helga Peterson Maucker (wife)
  • Awards and honors National Education Association awards, 1954-1957
  • Memos to self (follow-up of meetings, discussions)
  • Faculty Men's Club speeches
  • Newspaper articles of miscellaneous Maucker views and activities
  • Conferences, meetings, and offices
  • Resignation, December 17, 1969
  • Maucker T.V. remarks, April 22, 1970 (7" audio reel)
  • Testimonial dinner, April 30, 1970
  • James Lechay portrait of Maucker

Boxes 2-3 Addresses and reports, 1951-1970

There is a separate finding aid available in Special Collections which lists titles and dates of Maucker's addresses and reports.

Boxes 4-6 Official memoranda, 1950-1970

Most of these memoranda were sent to faculty and staff of the university, but occasionally to administrators, students, the Board of Regents and others, announcing plans, policies, and decisions.

Boxes 7-9 Correspondence, 1950-1970

Correspondence both to and from President Maucker over a wide variety of topics from 1950 to 1970. Most of these letters address appointments, salaries, staffing, and routine business matters. Some may contain information related to subjects in other boxes in the collection.

Boxes 10-17 Administration

Boxes 10 and 11 contain minutes of the two advisory boards to President Maucker. The Coordinating Group consisted of the administrative officers of the university. The name of the Coordinating Group was changed to the President's Cabinet in July, 1968. The Panther Round Table held monthly dinner meetings to bring campus student leaders together with administrative and faculty officers for discussions with the President. Student members included student government officers, residence hall presidents, Greek officers, and student publication leaders.

Box 10

Minutes of the Coordinating Group, 1951-1964

Box 11

  • Minutes of the Coordinating Group, 1965-1968
  • Minutes of the President's Cabinet, 1968-1970
  • Minutes of the Panther Round Table, 1962-1970

Box 12 Interinstitutional

  • "Presidents and Provosts" meetings and correspondence (I.S.T.C., S.U.I., and I.S.C.), 1957-1959
  • Future development of the 3 Regents institutions: reports and correspondence
  • Report to Regents--Enrollment, Student Housing and Dining, 1959-1969
  • Messerly study of universities' financial operations, June, 1969
  • Committee to Study Regents Universities, 1969
  • Iowa Braille and Sight-Saving School, 1968-69
  • Vocational-Technical Education, 1962-68

Boxes 13-14 Budget

Box 13

Budget reports to faculty, 1960-1970

Budget and legislative appropriations workbooks, 1953-1965: detailed appropriations requests of the State Board of Regents to the General Assembly.

Box 14

Budget and legislative appropriations workbooks, 1965-1970: detailed appropriations requests of the State Board of Regents to the General Assembly

Boxes 15-17 Organization

Including material about the history of the university, particularly related to the changes in name and status (I.S.N.S., I.S.T.C., S.C.I., and U.N.I.)

Box 15

  • State support of higher education in Iowa
  • Chronological outline of legislative appropriations acts
  • The Governors of Iowa as educational leaders
  • The Founding of the College
  • Financial History of I.S.T.C. by Benjamin Boardman
  • Growth and progress at U.N.I.
  • Image of I.S.T.C. by G. H. Holmes, January 26, 1960
  • Attitudes of Cedar Falls community toward U.N.I., 1969

Box 16

  • Committee on Standards and Directions, 1958-1962
  • Committee on Administrative Reorganization, 1964-68
  • Administrative reorganization, 1954-1965

Box 17

  • Status change -- I.S.N.S. to I.S.T.C.
  • Status change -- I.S.T.C. to S.C.I. (1959)
  • Status change -- S.C.I. to U.N.I. (1965-1967)
  • Advisory Committee on Future Development minutes, 1965- 1966
  • Suggestions for name of new university, 1966-67
  • Social Science Department reorganization, 1969

Boxes 18-31 Faculty, Staff, Students

Box 18

  • Advertising in journals
  • Campus food services policies
  • Committee appointments, 1954-1970
  • Committee on Institutional Ego
  • Committee on Faculty Rank, 1968-1969
  • Confidentiality of student records, October, 1968
  • Curriculum items
  • Disability insurance plan, 1962
  • Doud Loyalty Oath
  • Epsilon Pi Tau controversy, 1956
  • Flags, Display of
  • Holiday policies
  • Non-discrimination in off-campus houses, 1961
  • Open meetings policy
  • Other policies and procedures
  • Radio-television
  • Retirement/insurance policies and plans
  • Salary schedules and regulations
  • Scheduling of events Sex differences in high school class rank, 1963
  • Socio-economic status of students at SCI, 1963
  • Solicitation policy
  • Student discipline policy
  • Student fees and student aid scholarships, 1961
  • Student-teacher ratio, 1961-62
  • Student volunteer services to community agencies
  • Tenure recommendations, 1959-1967

Boxes 19-22 Class Load Studies

Material used in preparing studies of semester class loads. Also included are memos and correspondence to and from President Maucker, Assistant to the President Pendergraft, Vice-President Lang, Assistant to the President Stansbury, and department heads concerning staff load.

Box 19

Class Load Studies, Fall, 1957 - Summer, 1962

Box 20

Class Load Studies, Fall, 1962 - Fall, 1964

Box 21

Class Load Studies, Fall, 1965 - Fall, 1967

Box 22

Class Load Studies, Fall, 1967 - Fall, 1969

Box 23

  • Class size, 1928-1965
  • I.S.T.C. Analysis of teaching loads, 1957 and 1958
  • Comparative study of instructional loads, 1963
  • Faculty workload study, revised September 1972
  • Faculty turnover, 1947-1969
  • Employment status of married faculty
  • Military duty--faculty status
  • Policy for faculty members taking graduate work
  • Faculty evaluation
  • Faculty meetings
  • Faculty handbook
  • Report on faculty morale questionnaire, June 7, 1961
  • Professional Development Leaves, 1965-1973
  • Bibliography of faculty publications, 1960-1970
  • Establishment of merit system, 1967
  • Collective bargaining--withholding of union dues

Box 24

  • Faculty research applications, 1958-1962
  • Research experimentation applications, 1957-1962
  • Ford Foundation reports, 1966-67; 1967-68
  • Projects supported by federal government and private foundations

Box 25

  • Faculty dismissal and grievance, 1951-1966
  • Grievance--Marjorie Campbell
  • Grievance--John Walton

Box 26

  • Colombian Exchange, 1961-1971
  • Exchange program, South Carolina State College, 1970
  • Cooperative doctorate with SUI and Drake
  • Sioux Empire College--merger request, 1968
  • Navy training program--survey, 1950
  • Grand View College proposal--three-year plan

Box 27

  • Academic freedom, 1952-1970: Policy for on-campus speakers and programs, 1964; 1968
  • Edward Hoffmanns case, October 1967
  • Hoffmanns case--Maucker's personal notes and memos
  • Hoffmanns case--Northern Iowan articles and policy statement
  • Hoffmanns case--news articles and editorials Maucker statement on academic freedom, October 1967
  • Community response
  • Faculty response
  • Student response
  • Student demonstration, October 19, 1967
  • Ad hoc advisory committee, November 1967
  • Chicago Area Draft Resisters (CADRE) 1968
  • Regents resolution on academic freedom (Carl Childress English assignment), January 19, 1970
  • Edward Voldseth "no-confidence" referendum, April 1970

Box 28

  • Minority Group Education (general), 1968-70
  • Minority Group Education (curriculum), 1968-70
  • Minority Group Education (students)
  • Minority Group Education (Waterloo center), 1968-70
  • UNI-CUE demolition, 1974
  • Committee on University Responsibility for Minority Group Education, 1969-1970
  • Afro-American Society--Key Hole Room, Union, 1969
  • Afro-American Society--"Black Student Demands," 1969
  • Ethnic Minority Cultural and Education Center, 1969-70

Box 29

Student sit-in at President's Home, March 16 & 17, 1970

Tape recordings of Advisory Committee discussing hearing procedures concerning student discipline related to sit-in at President's Home (2 7" audio reels, taped May 2, 1970)

Box 30

  • Teacher Education Conference (first Prospective Teachers Day), 1952
  • Colloquia on Teacher Education, 1952-1968
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education: reports and letters
  • Accreditation in teacher education: letters, Maucker reviews of articles on accreditation
  • Outline of reports to NCA
  • Survey of graduate students completing MA in Ed, 1964, on satisfaction with graduate programs/course work
  • Request for specialist program for superintendents, 1960
  • Council of Graduate Schools in U.S.:letters of application for membership
  • Central States Universities: letters

Box 31

  • All-college convocations
  • Founders Day--75th anniversary, May 1, 1952
  • Birthday party for UNI, July 1, 1969
  • Martin Luther King memorial service, April 8, 1968
  • Kent State memorial service, May 20, 1970

Boxes 32 and 33 Campus Planning and Development

Box 32

  • Room utilization report, 1956
  • Campus grounds planning, 1960-1968
  • Policy on use of campus facilities by outside groups, March 3, 1960
  • Caudill, Rowlett, and Scott, Consultant Architects for Campus Development, 1967-1968: correspondence, reports of interviews and questionnaires on campus development
  • Naming and renaming of buildings on campus
  • Naming of buildings--Regents Complex
  • Naming of buildings--Russell Hall
  • Naming of buildings--Sabin Hall and Wright Hall
  • Naming of buildings--Tower Complex (Dancer & Bender)
  • Naming of streets, 1956
  • Campanile--addition of bells, 1965
  • Museum building, 1965-66
  • Civil Defense: fall-out shelter plan, 1963
  • Student Dormitories, Inc., 1967-68
  • Central Hall fire, July 22, 1965
  • Biology Annex fire, March 11, 1970
  • Dutch Elm Disease, 1957-1966

Box 33

New buildings and works of art

  • McCollum Science Hall--John Schulze mural, 1968-70
  • Maucker Union Lounge--Hu Hung-Shu light-relief, 1967-70
  • Maucker Union--Bob Lorr sculpture, 1969-70
  • Regents Dining Center--Edmund Whiting sculpture, 1965
  • Donald O. Rod Library, 1962-1964
  • Donald O. Rod Library--Ted Egri sculpture, 1963-65
  • Donald O. Rod Library--Ralph Haskell sculpture, 1963-64
  • Russell Music Hall--Donald Finegan sculpture and David Delafield mosaic, 1960-62
  • Towers Complex--Dale Eldred sculpture, 1970

Box 34

Film: "College President's Forum, SUI, ISC, ISTC" 1958

Box 35

  • Roy Behrens correspondence
  • Cullen Lakes Property Owners Association
  •  Lower Cullen Lake cabin
  • Emeritus Association
  • Family addresses
  • James Hearst
  • Robert Maucker (brother of James William Maucker)
  • Notes
  • Imperatives for excellence in teacher education, Third Charles W. Hunt Lecture, 1962
  • "A vigor whose uncoiling," in Frontiers in teacher education, Illinois State Normal School, Normal, Illinois, 1957
  • "Statement of the theme," presidential address of Strength through Appraisal, AACTE annual meeting yearbook, 1963

Box 36

  • Maucker family correspondence
  • Longevity study
  • Museum
  • Martin J. Nelson
  • John and Merle Peterson
  • Remarks to Class of 1960 reunion, 2000
  • Maucker Union remarks, 1998
  • Ross Nielsen memorial service remarks
  • Oppenheim sculpture remarks, 2000
  • Ted Soteroplos
  • Symposium Club
  • Tenure ideas
  • Thomas Thompson
  • Emporia tornado, 1974
  • Travel
  • UNI strategic plan, 1997
  • A second course in algebra, New York, Macmillan Company, 1957
  • Gavel

Box 37

  • Newsclippings
  • Tributes and presentations to and by James William Maucker
  • Last will and testament, 1985
  • Photographs
  • Elementary school and high school report cards
  • Rock Island High School Class of 1929 reunion, 1989
  • Journal, 1938
  • Wedding booklet, J. W. Maucker and Helga Peterson
  • Helga Peterson Maucker
  • Income tax form, 1943
  • Military service
  • Maucker portrait by Lechay
  • Addresses and statements, especially relating to academic freedom and professional ethics
  • Meiklejohn Award, 1968

Box 38

  • Correspondence--professional
  • Correspondence--Emporia State University
  • Correspondence and reports--Cullen Lakes
  • UNI Foundation
  • Correspondence--personal
  • Letters to family, 1988-2000
  • Christmas plans
  • Family history
  • Family poetry and recipes

Box 39

  • "Prediction of success in Advanced Officer Training Programs," in Personnel research, Princeton, New Jersey, Princeton University Press, 1947.
  • Educational measurement, Washington, D. C., American Council on Education, 1950.
  • A first course in algebra, New York, Macmillan Company, 1955.
  • Answer book for A first course in algebra. New York, Macmillan Company.
  • Teachers' handbook to accompany A first course in algebra. New York, Macmillan Company.
  • E. F. Lindquist, "The Iowa testing programs; a retrospective view," Education, volume 81, number 1. (reprint)
  • "Implications of in-service education programs for teacher education institutions," in In-Service Education, Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1957

Box 40

  • Rockety-I annual publication of the Junior Class, Augustana College and Theological Seminary, 1933; James William Maucker, managing editor
  • Measurement and evaluation of high school students' understanding of modern society.  Dissertation of James William Maucker, University of Iowa.  August 1940

Box 41

  • Alexander Meiklejohn Award, April 26, 1968


Portions of finding aid prepared by Library Assistant Joyce Alberts, 1993; additional processing and finding aid development by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson, 2008, 2009. Additions prepared by Library Assistant Joy Lynn, 2014.

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