Series 1 - Dean's Office Files: Joseph F. Wall

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US US-store Archives/RG-D-1

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Dean's Office Files: Joseph F. Wall


  • 1960-1973 (Creation)


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Contains minutes of committee meetings and office files related to Dean Wall's tenure as Dean.

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These records may contain confidential material and may not be examined by any but authorized persons until 2023. The archivist may determine some items non-sensitive or may obtain permission from the Dean's Office for a researcher to examine selected folders prior to 2023.

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Joseph Frazier Wall was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1920 and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Grinnell College in 1941.  He received his M.A. at Harvard University and his Ph.D. from Columbia University, both in American history.  He joined the Grinnell faculty in 1947 and served as Chair of the Faculty from 1966-1970 and as Dean of the College from 1969-1973 under President Leggett.  After a few years aqway from Grinnell, Wall returned in 1980 as the first Rosenfield Professor and as Director of the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs.  He retired as professor emeritus of history in 1990.

Wall was a noted author; among his best-known books were Andrew Carnegie (1970); Iowa: a history (1978); and Alfred I. DuPont (1990).  At the time of his death in 1995 he was writing a comprehensive history of Grinnell College as part of the College's Sesquicentennial celebration; the book was posthumously published in 1997.

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