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President Linnaeus Neal Hines records

Identifier: uar1.2.4
The Linnaeus N. Hines Papers are comprised largely of correspondence, with some printed materials, reports, and photographs dating from 1921 to 1934. In addition to the papers from the Office of the President, there are a few items which date from his term as State Superintendent of Public Instruction and his years as Director of Extension and Placement at Indiana State Teachers College.


  • Created: 1921-1934



2.00 boxes

Biographical or Historical Information

Linnaeus Neal Hines, fourth president of the Indiana State Normal School, was born on February 12, 1871 in Carthage, Missouri. He grew up and was educated in Noblesville, Indiana. An 1894 graduate of Indiana University, Hines taught high school mathematics for seven years in Evansville and Indianapolis. The subsequent eighteen years were spent as superintendent of city schools in Union City, Hartford City, and Crawfordsville, Indiana. He earned a masters degree from Indiana University 1908. Linnaeus Hines served in the position of State Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1918 until he assumed the position of president of the Indiana State Normal School on October 1, 1921. He succeeded president William Wood Parsons to this office. As president of the State Normal School at Terre Haute and its Eastern Division at Muncie, Linnaeus Hines pursued various programs of importance to the growth and development of the institution. He fostered development of the rural training schools department at each institution, and to further expand the training school at Terre Haute and establish one at Muncie. During Hines' tenure as president the institution grew to become the Indiana State Teachers College and the Eastern Division was chartered as the Ball State Teachers College in 1929. Strengthening the faculty and academic programs of Indiana State produced accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges in March, 1930. Linnaeus Hines served Indiana State as president for twelve years, resigning in June of 1933. After his retirement, he continued his service to the college as the institution's Director of Extension and Placement. Linnaeus Neal Hines died in Terre Haute, Indiana on July 14, 1936.

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Arrangement Note

General Correspondence The series is comprised of incoming and copies of related outgoing correspondence from the office of the President. A wide range of materials is contained in the general series, including: application letters, job offers, correspondence with faculty, and correspondence dealing with a myriad of institutional concerns. State Schools Correspondence with other state institutions has been arranged by school, then by correspondent. The series includes materials from the Eastern Division and the Ball State Teachers College, Indiana University, and Purdue University. State of Indiana Linnaeus Hines worked closely with state offices and officials on matters of concern to the Normal School and education in the State of Indiana in general. This series contains correspondence with state offices and officials. It is arranged alphabetically by branch, office or department, then by correspondent. Indiana State Normal School The series is a catch-all for miscellaneous items dealing with the school. It includes Hines' statements, speeches, letter of resignation, budget materials, faculty and attendance materials. Topical arrangements of a previous processor have been placed in this series. These include: junior college, new training school, public relations, and smoke abatement. The series also contains miscellaneous reports and materials.

Source of Acquisition

Neal O. Hines

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Processing Information

The collection is not in its original order having been arranged and rearranged at times prior to this processing. The materials were arranged into four series and correspondence filed alphabetically, and then chronologically when possible. Incoming correspondence and related copies of outgoing correspondence have been filed together, as has related printed matter. Several miscellaneous subject headings were created to accommodate random items.
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Theresa J. Quick
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  • 09099999: Transcribed into Archon 11-2-2012

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

Cunningham Memorial Library
510 N. 6 1/2 Street
Terre Haute 47809- US