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Inauguration of Alfred Atkinson as president of The University of Arizona April 12, 1938

AZ 057

Collection Summary

Creator: University of Arizona
Collection Name: Inauguration of Alfred Atkinson as president of The University of Arizona
Inclusive Dates: April 12, 1938
Physical Description:.70 linear ft.
Abstract:Collection includes; correspondence, invitations, programs and film of Alfred Atkinson inauguration as University of Arizona President.
Collection Number:AZ 057
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733

Biographical Note

Alfred Atkinson served as the 12th president of The University of Arizona, 1937-1947. He was the president of Montana State College, now Montana State University, for 18 years before he became the University of Arizona’s president.

Alfred Atkinson was born on a farm in Ontario, Canada, in 1879 of Scot-Irish parents, he was the youngest of seven children. He became a U.S. citizen in 1911. Atkinson received a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University, a Master of Science degree from Cornell University, and a doctorate from Iowa State University.

During Atkinson’s presidency at the University of Arizona, the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research (1937) and the Radio Bureau (1939) were established; the School of Business and Public Administration became a college (1943), and fundraising began for the construction of the Student Union.

After Atkinson's retirement, the Arizona board of regents appointed him executive advisor in budgetary and financial matters, a part-time position he held until July 1955 when he was made President Emeritus. He died in Tucson on May 16, 1958.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains programs, lists of delegates, printed invitations, invitational lists, correspondence from academic groups and individuals, and film footage from the Inauguration. This Collection is organized into 6 volumes.


This collection is organized into 6 volumes
Volume 1: Programs, invitations, addresses, etc
Volume 2: Letters, A-F.
Volume 3: Letters, G-Q
Volume 4: Letters, R-Z, index to letters.
Volume 5: Oversize letters.
Volume 6: Miscellaneous correspondence and invitation list.
Inauguration film



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Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Atkinson, Alfred--1879-1958.


Administrative Information

Credit Line

Inauguration of Alfred Atkinson as president of The University of Arizona, (AZ 087). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Container List

Volume I: Programs, invitations, addresses, etc no date
Volume II: Letters, A-F. no date
Volume III: Letters, G-Q no date
Volume IV: Letters, R-Z, index to letters. no date
Volume V: Oversize letters. no date
Volume VI: Miscellaneous correspondence and invitation list. no date
Inauguration film 16 mm