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John J. Kamerick Papers

Identifier: 02/06/01

Scope and Contents

This collection is strong concerning administrative aspects of Dr. Kamerick's administration. It also contains UNI's policies and procedures manual from 1974, 1979, and 1989, with updates to certain regulations from 2013, in addition to ephemeral content produced by the Office of the President at this time.


  • c. 1968-1983


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

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Sensitive Materials Statement

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy or similar laws, and the Iowa Open Records Law (see Iowa Code ยง 22.7). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Northern Iowa assumes no responsibility.

Biographical / Historical

John J. Kamerick was born in Ottumwa, Iowa, in December 1919. He attended St. Ambrose University, majoring in philosophy and general science. e earned his master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and received honorary doctorates from Loras College and St. Ambrose University. Kamerick also served in the United States Navy aboard a mine-sweeper. During World War II, he was in the Pacific theatre and later "received the Victory Medal and one Battle Star for the Philippine Liberation, and six Battle Stars for the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign.

Kamerick was dean of Lewis College of Science (Lockport, Illinois), academic vice president and provost at Kent State University, and was president of North Texas State University. From 1970-1983, Kamerick was the president of the University of Northern Iowa. During his administration, campus expanded through the construction of the Communications/Art Center, Schindler Education Center, Industrial Technology Center, Physical Education Center, and the UNI-Dome. The Kamerick Art Center is named after him. He resigned the presidency in 1983 and became a history professor at UNI. He was also the chairman of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and President of the Iowa College Association. He retired in 1987.

Kamerick and his wife, Elaine, had six children. He passed away in April 2015.


16.51 Linear Feet (32 boxes and 1 oversize folder)


Processing Information

Finding aid created by University Archivist Gerald Peterson. Updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, April 2017, October 2017, and February 2018; Archival Processor Tessa Wakefield, March 2020, March 2021, and September 2021. Linear feet updated August 8, 2017.

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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository