Paul C. Kelso Papers

Archives Record Series: 04/14/20

Paul C. Kelso, (1919 -1985). Papers, (1949-1978). 2 linear feet.


Paul C. Kelso joined the UNI faculty in 1948 as an Extension instructor in elementary mathematics. He then served as Director of the Counseling Center from 1949 through 1978. He served as Coordinator of Student Research from 1978 until his death in 1985.



Paul Kelso's papers provide a detailed look at the history of counseling, orientation, and advising services at the university from 1949 through 1978. The strength of this collection, accumulated by the director of these services, cannot be overstated. The long run of staff meeting minutes gives a nearly day-to-day picture of staffing, services, and changing emphases. The extensive collection of material used for academic advising and orientation programs illustrates the services that students received in these areas.

Dr. Kelso's widow, Dorothy, initially gave the papers to David Towle, Director of the Counseling Center, in July 1999. Dr. Towle then passed on the collection to Rod Library Special Collections in May 2000.


Container Inventory

Box 1

Counseling staff meeting minutes, 1964-1978: included with these minutes are occasional memos, duplicated forms and information sheets, and correspondence relating to topics discussed at the meetings


Box 2

Counseling Center News and Notes: a small collection of the Counseling Center newsletter with some notes relating to the newsletter; early documents relating to the establishment and purposes of the Counseling Center; Profile of the Student Body, 1970; Counseling Center annual reports, 1971-1978; orientation notes, memos, and publications


Box 3

Packets of information distributed to people associated with new student orientation including student counselors, new faculty, transfer students, and faculty advisors; orientation schedules for new students, 1952-1969


Box 4

Notes for Dr. Kelso's presentation to academic advisors, April 8, 1951; faculty advising material, including lists of advisors and information distributed to advisors, 1949-1970

Material processed and finding aid prepared by Gerald L. Peterson in August 2000.

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