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University of Northern Colorado, President George Willard Frasier records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RG002-S004

Collection Scope and Contents

This collection contains records pertaining to President George Willard Frasier. Records include inauguration invitations, a guestbook, correspondence, speeches, clippings, and audio recordings, including a recording of Frasier's funeral service. Publications the Teachers Journal and Abstracts.

The collection includes a substantial amount of biographical information, including clippings about Frasier's resignation, his obituary, and letters written by his daughter Jane Frasier Smith reminiscing about her childhood. Additionally, Frasier's 1937-1947 and 1948-1958 diaries are available through Digital UNC.


  • 1924 - 2001
  • Majority of material found within 1924 - 1948


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. User is responsible for all copyright compliance. Pleace contact the Unviersity Archives and Special Collections Department for further information.

Organizational History

More than any other leader, George Willard Frasier (1890-1958) promoted the academic excellence that turned what had become the Colorado State College of Education into a national force in teacher education. During Frasier's tenure (1924-1947), the school became known as the "Columbia of the West". Faculty research, publications and textbooks were highly regarded throughout the nation. Chosen as president at the age of 33 after serving 15 months on the college faculty, Frasier was a remarkable leader, who believed learning should center on students and should stress the experiences they will encounter in the outside world. He was an advocate of progressive education, which became popular in the 1930s.


9.7 Linear Feet (12 boxes)

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This collection contains records pertaining to President George Willard Frasier. Records include inauguration materials, speeches, journals, correspondence, clippings, audio recordings, and Frasier's diaries.

Digital Materials Available

Frasier's 1937-1947 and 1948-1958 diaries are available on Digital UNC at Two reel-to-reel audio tapes have been digitized and will be made available in Digital UNC at

Related Materials

See also: Rhetorical Study of the Public Speaking of George Willard Frasier by Donald League Holley, LB1840 G744 1961 H61.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Northern Colorado Repository

University Libraries
James A. Michener Library L119
Campus Box 48
Greeley CO 80639