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Guide to the Laura Sutherland Papers,​ 1924-​1963

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Overview of the Collection

Special Collections & Archives
McIntyre Library
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
P.O. Box 4004
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702 – 4004
(715) 836-2739

Reference Code: USGZE AS160

Accession Number: 13-027

Collection Number: Archives Series 160

Creators: Sutherland, Laura E.

Title: Laura Sutherland Papers

Dates: 1924-1964

Quantity: 0.8 linear feet (2 archives boxes)

Location of Collection: D6/1e

Languages: Collection materials are in English.

Summary: Professor emeritus Laura Sutherland, an Eau Claire Normal School graduate and professor of history from 1921-1959, was commissioned to research and write a history of Wisconsin State University-Eau Claire in anticipation of the Golden Jubilee of WSU-EC in 1965-1966. This collection includes the chapters of her manuscript and reviewer comments, including comments by Dr. Richard Hibbard and Dr. Leonard Haas.

Biographical / Historical Note

Laura E. Sutherland was born in Eau Claire, the daughter of an Eau Claire lawyer and a graduate of the Eau Claire State Normal School. After graduation, Miss Sutherland taught at Eau Claire High School and also taught English history for the first quarter at the Eau Claire Normal School when the school first opened in 1916-1917. She joined the staff at the Normal School in 1921 at the invitation of President Harvey Schofield. She was a professor of history from 1921-1959. She was called back to teach one more year on a part time basis during 1961-1962 school year. Miss Sutherland administered the National Youth Administration program for female students from 1934-1942 and served as dean of women from 1939-1947. She established the Eau Claire chapter of Kappa Delta Pi in 1943 and served as faculty advisor. She was also instrumental in organizing an Eau Claire chapter of the American Association of University Women. As distinguished professor emeritus of history, Miss Sutherland was commissioned to research and write the history of the Wisconsin State University-Eau Claire. She had essentially completed writing this history when she died in a car accident in May 1964. Her research was used by Hilda Richardson Carter for a chapter entitled “Fifty Years of Higher Education at Eau Claire,” published in 1968 as A History of the Wisconsin State Universities.

Content Description

This collection includes the chapters of Laura Sutherland’s manuscript of the history of the Wisconsin State University-Eau Claire as well as comments made by her colleagues, including Dr. Richard Hibbard and Dr. Leonard Haas. Also included in this collection are Miss Sutherland’s grade books from 1924-1958. This section of the collection is restricted.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: Transferred to the University Archives by prior to January 2011.

Access Restrictions: Box 1 is open to the public. For access to Box 2, please consult the archivist.

Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright owned by the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.

Preferred Citation: Laura Sutherland Papers, 1924-1964. AS160 Special Collections & Archives. McIntyre Library. University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Eau Claire, WI.

Processing Note: Reprocessed by Lark Keating-Hadlock in May 2013.

Arrangement: By series.


Personal Names: Sutherland, Laura.

Corporate Names:
Wisconsin State University-Eau Claire.
Eau Claire State Normal School – Wisconsin – Eau Claire.

Subject Terms: Education – Wisconsin – History.

Detailed List of Contents

Series 1: Manuscript and edits

Contains manuscript and edits for

Dates: 1963-1964

Extent: .4 linear feet (1 archives boxes)

Box 1

Manuscript and edits for the “Fifty Years of Higher Education at Eau Claire:


Series 2: Grade and record books


Dates: 1924-1958

Extent: .4 linear feet (1 archives boxes)

Box 2Grade Books1924-1958

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