Overview

Title: Records of the President of the University of Nevada, Leon W. Hartman
Creator(s): Hartman, Leon Wilson, 1876-1943
Collection Number: AC 0612
Dates (inclusive): 1930-1945
Physical Extent: 1.25 cubic feet (2 boxes)
Preferred Citation: Records of the President of the University of Nevada, Leon W. Hartman; AC 0612. University Archives, University Libraries; University of Nevada, Reno.
Repository: University of Nevada, Reno. University Archives
Permanent Link: http://dewey.library.unr.edu/xtf/view?docId=ead/AC 0612-ead.xml

Biographical Note

Dr. Leon Wilson Hartman was born in Downsville, New York, on June 18, 1876. He obtained his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees from Cornell University in 1898 and 1899, respectively. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1903, where he was a Fraser Fellow and a Tyndale Fellow in Physics. He taught physics at the Kansas Agricultural College, Cornell University, and the University of Utah before becoming Professor of Physics at the University of Nevada in 1909. When President Walter E. Clark resigned in 1938, Hartman served as acting President. He was inaugurated as President on December 15, 1939, serving in that capacity until his death on August 27, 1943, in Palo Alto, California. His presidential portrait was unveiled on May 7, 1945.

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Scope and Content

The records are composed of biographical material, correspondence, a monograph about electrical engineering written by Dr. Hartman while he was a member of the Physics Department faculty, programs for his presidential inauguration ceremony and the unveiling of his portrait, and journals he kept during his administration.

Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

DeLaMare Library Director Glee Willis transferred the copy of "An Introduction to Electrical Measurements" by Dr. Hartman to Archives in 1999. The inauguration program was found among unprocessed archival material after the move to the Knowledge Center in 2008. Some material transferred from the Archives Biographical File in 2015. Dr. Hartman's journals donated to Archives in 2015 by his family.

Related Materials

See also: NC 782 Leon W. Hartman Papers, 1891-1914;

AC 0001/1 and AC 0019 University of Nevada, Office of the President Records.

AC 0194 Engineer's Day Collection.

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Arrangement

  • Arranged in three series: 1) Biographical Material; 2) Correspondence; 3) Journals.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog of the University Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno. Researchers wishing to find related materials are encouraged to use the following index terms:

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Administrative Information

Collection processed by Betty Glass, May 27, 2015. Finding aid prepared by Betty Glass, May 27, 2015. Revised by Betty Glass, 10/6/2016. This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on May 22, 2017.

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Detailed Description of the Records

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1930-1945 (4 folders)

Series 1 consists of biographical information, including programs for his inauguration and the posthumous unveiling of his portrait, along with one of his scientific publications.

Box
Folder
Contents
1
1
Biographical Information & State Board of Education Resolution, 1939-1944
1
2
Inauguration of Leon Wilson Hartman as President of the University of Nevada (program & newspaper clipping), 1939 December 15
1
3
An Introduction to Electrical Measurements by Leon Wilson Hartman, Professor of Physics., 1930
1
4
Unveiling of the Portrait of Leon Wilson Hartman, President of the University of Nevada, 1939-1943 (program)., 1945 May 7

Series 2: Correspondence, 1914-1939 (2 folders)

Series 2 consists of correspondence from September 1914, when Dr. Hartman was the contact person for a University project gathering data about Nevada high schools, along with correspondence from 1939, the year he was inaugurated as University President.

Box
Folder
Contents
1
1
, September 1914
1
2
, 1939

Series 3: Journals, 1938-1943 (10 folders)

Series 3 consists of ten hand-written journals Dr. Hartman kept during his administration, until about six weeks before his death in 1943.

Box
Folder
Contents
2
1
Book #I, September 24, 1938-March 22, 1939
2
2
Book #II, March 23 - September 5, 1939
2
3
Book #III, September 6, 1939-February 14, 1940
2
4
Book IV, February 15-August 26, 1940
2
5
Book V, August 26, 1940-January 19, 1941
2
6
Book VI, January 20-August 3, 1941
2
7
Book VII, August 4, 1941-February 4, 1942
2
8
Book VIII, February 4-August 23, 1942
2
9
Book IX, August 24, 1942-March 16, 1943
2
10
Book X, March 16-July 9, 1943