Albert Boynton Storms was born on April 1, 1860 in Lima Center, Michigan. Hereceived an A.B. (1884) and an M.A. (1893) from the University of Michigan, a Ph.D. inDivinity (1903) from Lawrence University, and a Ph.D. in law (1905) from DrakeUniversity. Storms became a Methodist minister in 1884 and held pastorates inDetroit, Michigan and Madison, Wisconsin before coming to Des Moines in 1900 to bethe pastor of the First Methodist Church.In 1903, A.B. Storms was appointed as the sixth president of Iowa State College(University). During his tenure, Iowa State began the Agricultural Extension Service,acquired hundreds of acres of land, developed a plan for campus landscaping andmodernization of utilities, and erected eighteen new buildings. Iowa State alsoorganized academic departments under the direction of deans and increased thenumber and type of courses and degrees offered. In addition, the college lifted the banon fraternities and sororities as well as loosened other policies regarding the students’social activities. It was also during this time that the State of Iowa established theState Board of Education. Storms’ strong opposition to the newly created board led tohis resignation from Iowa State in 1910.After leaving Iowa State College (University), Storms returned to the ministry. Hebecame a pastor in Indianapolis and in 1915 was appointed superintendent of theIndianapolis District of the Methodist Church. In 1918, he became president of Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. He remained there until his death on July 1,1933.
The collection contains reports, addresses, publications, correspondence, biographicalinformation, subject files, information regarding Storms’ inauguration, and familyinformation. The collection is comprised of seven records series.
Records Series 2/6/0/2: Reports
, 1903-1909,consists of reports to Storms from theIowa State College (University) department heads and reports to the Board of Trusteesfrom Storms.
Records Series 2/6/1: Addresses and Publications
, 1902-1910, contains thespeeches and writings of A.B. Storms. Subjects covered include modern chivalry, moraluses of history, and civic enthusiasm.
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS DEPARTMENT IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY