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Papers of Isaac E. Newsom

Identifier: UIEN

Scope and Contents

The Papers of Isaac E. Newsom consists of documents dated 1939 to 1950, with the bulk falling from 1948 to 1949. The collection contains correspondence and reports primarily relating to Isaac Newsom's tenure as president of Colorado A&M College (1948-1949), as well as some personal papers. Materials include minutes of the Faculty Council and Graduate Council, reports of the State Board of Agriculture (SBA), salary data, and financial information. Personal materials include correspondence, a petition for an honorary degree of Doctor of Science for Newsom, and a list of publications. Some material pre-date Newsom's time as president and may be from his position as dean of the Graduate School or when he served as interim president during President Green's absences. The collection also includes one letter from 1950 signed by President William Morgan and a copy of the SBA's 1949-1950 biennial report, which post-date Newsom's retirement from Colorado A&M.


  • Creation: 1939-1950
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1948-1949


Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection. However, it is stored off-site, so advance notice is required.

Restrictions on Use

Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.


Isaac E. Newsom was a noted veterinary pathologist, long-time professor of veterinary medicine, administrator, and president of Colorado Agricultural and Mechanical College.

Isaac Ernest (I.E) Newsom was born in Colorado City, Texas, in April 1883 to Eli and Lydia (Russell) Newsom. He enrolled as a student in veterinary medicine at Colorado Agricultural College (C.A,C., later Colorado Agricultural and Mechnical College, now Colorado State University) in 1900 and graduated with a B.S. degree in 1904. During his undergraduate time at C.A.C. Newsom was involved in the Agricultural Club and the Columbian Literary Society. Newsom married Jessie Sarah Woods on July 8, 1905 and had one daughter, Fern Jessie.

After graduation, he immediately joined the staff of the department of veterinary medicine at C.A.C. He took a leave of absence during the 1907-1908 academic year to attend the Kansas City Veterinary College, where he earned his D.V.S. in 1909. Newsom then returned to the veterinary medicine department as an assistant professor.

Newsom became the first head of the department of pathology within veterinary medicine when it was established in 1918. The department quickly became well known for its work on sheep diseases, forage poisoning in horses, and contagious abortion in cattle. He served as dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine from 1934-1947, and was the first dean of the newly established Graduate School (replacing the Committee on Graduate Work) in 1941. Upon the sudden death of President Roy Green on January 22, 1948, Newsom was appointed to the presidency while a national search for a permanent replacement could be conducted. Newsom served as president until the appointment of William Morgan in September 1949 and immediately retired from Colorado A & M, having already reached the mandatory retirement age of 64 before Green's death. I.E. Newsom died on January 6, 1954.

Historical information taken from: Pioneer College President: Combining a Biography of Dr. E.E. Edwards with a History of the Earliest Years of Colorado State University, by James R. Miller, p. 190 and Democracy's College in the Centennial State: A History of Colorado State University by James E. Hansen II, pp. 333-363.


1 linear foot (2 document cases, 1 flat folder)

Language of Materials



The collection contains the personal and professional papers of Isaac E. Newsom, long-time professor of veterinary medicine, administrator, and president of Colorado A&M College. Materials include professional and personal correspondence, meeting minutes, reports of the State Board of Agriculture, and financial information.


The collection is arranged in original order.

The collection consists of one series in 2 document cases and 1 flat folder:

Series 1: Correspondence and reports, 1939-1950 and undated


The Papers of Isaac E. Newsom was transferred to University Archives from Administration, January 1973. A later accession consisting of one document occurred in January 2019 and is of unknown origin.

Related Collections

The Records of the Office of the President and the papers of individual presidents are also held by University Archives.


Processing was completed in December 2014. Materials were rehoused in acid-free folders and boxes.

Guide to the Papers of Isaac E. Newsom
Edited Full Draft
Prepared by Karen Spilman
Copyright 2014
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Script of description
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA