Overview of the Collection
Special Collections & Archives
University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire
P.O. Box 4004
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
Reference Code: USGZE AS160
Accession Number: 13-027
Collection Number: Archives Series 160
Creators: Sutherland, Laura E.
Title: Laura Sutherland Papers
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 College at 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, Wisconsin, 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 College at 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. As of 2022, through the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation, a scholarship is named in her honor, the Laura Sutherland Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship awards $600. It is open to a senior education major who is a Wisconsin resident. Students must demonstrate general excellence and participate in community or university service activities.
This collection is divided into two series. Series one includes the chapters of Laura Sutherland’s manuscript of the history of the Wisconsin State College at Eau Claire, as well as comments made by her colleagues, including Dr. Richard Hibbard and Dr. Leonard Haas. Series two includes Miss Sutherland’s grade books from 1924-1958. This series of the collection is restricted.
- History of the Wisconsin State Universities, edited by Walker D. Wyman, 1968
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.
Processing Note: Reprocessed by Lark Keating-Hadlock in May 2013.
Arrangement: By series.
OCLC #: 859682669
Wisconsin State University–Eau Claire
Eau Claire State Normal School – Wisconsin – Eau Claire
Education – Wisconsin – History
Detailed List of Contents
Series 1: Manuscript and edits
Contains manuscript and edits for the history of the Wisconsin State College at Eau Claire that Sutherland was commissioned to research and write. 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.
Extent: .4 linear feet (1 archives box)
Manuscript and edits – Table of Contents, Chapter 1-15, Bibliographical Essay, Chapter draft “Wisconsin State College at Eau Claire 1916-1966” and related correspondence
Series 2: Grade and record books
Contains Miss Sutherland’s grade books from 1924-1958. This series of the collection is restricted.
Extent: .4 linear feet (1 archives box)
Grade books (32)