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Dwight B. Waldo papers

Identifier: MSS-321

Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of photocopies of portions of the Dwight B. Waldo Papers held by Western Michigan University. It documents his time spent as the first principal of Northern State Normal School (now Northern Michigan University). It includes correspondence and letters of reference which cover the 1899-1904 period which Waldo spent at Northern. Also included are a 1939 obituary and eulogy for Waldo.

Processed April 1995


  • 1899 - 1939


Conditions Governing Access note

No restrictions. Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from the Dwight B. Waldo papers, MSS-321, must be obtained from the University Archivist. The University Archivist may be reached by phone at 906-227-1225, or e-mail, The University Archivist may also be reached in Room 126 of the Learning Resource Center, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI.

Biographical/Historical note

Dwight B. Waldo was born June 13, 1864, in Arcade, New York. He attended Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) and received his M.A. from Albion College. He also studied American history and economics at Harvard. He taught at Beloit College and Albion.

In 1899 he became the first principal of Northern State Normal School (now Northern Michigan University). During his tenure as Principal from 1899 to 1904, Waldo expanded the student body and faculty of the new school and built South Hall (later called Longyear Hall) and the Peter White Hall of Science. He was also the first history professor at Northern.

Waldo left Northern to become the Principal of Western State Normal School (now Western Michigan University) in 1904 and remained there until his retirement in 1936. He died October 29, 1939.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

In 1994, Dr. Russell Magnaghi, professor of history at Northern Michigan University, visited the University Archives at Western Michigan University. He reviewed the Dwight Waldo papers and requested photocopies of the material directly related to Waldo's time at Northern. This collection is comprised of those photocopies. The originals remain at Western Michigan University.

General note

This collection was formerly Univ Series-067. When it became MSS-321, a new finding aid was created.

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Revision Statements

  • 7/28/2014: Annika Peterson

Repository Details

Part of the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives Repository

Harden Learning Resources Center 126
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette 49855 United States
906-227-1333 (Fax)


This collection guide includes collections from member organizations of UPLINK (the Upper Peninsula Digital Network) as well as the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives. UPLINK collections document the history of the Upper Peninsula broadly, while the Central UP & NMU Archives focuses on such topics as Northern Michigan University history, the local iron mining industry, and the politics, economics, religion, environment, and culture of the Central Upper Peninsula region.

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