John Howard Jennett Papers

Archives Record Series: 13/06/24

John Howard Jennett (February 6, 1930- ). Papers, 1959-1972. .4 linear feet.


John H. Jennett

John Howard (Jack) Jennett was born February 6, 1930, in Breda, Iowa. He received a B. A. in 1953 and an M. A. in 1959, both from Drake University. He taught at Lake City High School, 1954-1955; Morningside College, 1955-1961; and Buena Vista College, 1961-1962.

Professor Jennett joined the faculty of the State College of Iowa in September 1962 as an instructor and head coach of the track and cross country teams. He advanced in professorial rank to assistant professor in 1965 and associate professor in 1971. Professor Jennett attended the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. He resigned from the faculty in 1976 to enter private business. During his tenure at the University of Northern Iowa, Professor Jennett fielded strong teams and strengthened the university's track and cross country programs..


Professor Jennett donated these papers to the University Archives in December 2007. While the collection is small, it does provide at least a glimpse at the coaching of track and field in the late 1960s. There is also a small amount of material relating to the 1968 Summer Olympics.

Container Inventory

Box 1

  • Notes and clippings from safety education classes
  • Student papers from training classes
  • Published papers and notes from track and field clinics
  • Publications and notes relating to the Olympics
  • Track and field periodicals

Box 2

  • Books on track and field training
  • Films on track and field training, including one short clip on the Fosbury Flop

Papers processed by Gerald L. Peterson, Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist; finding aid prepared by Gerald L. Peterson, February 2008.

Last modified: February 4, 2008 (GP)

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