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Finding Aid to the Collection

Henry, Edward L., 1921-2010

Papers, 1934-2000

SJU Manuscript Collection 5

Location: 007/1-4

7 cubic ft.  (15 standard + 2 oversized archival boxes)

Added to Past Perfect: August 2011

ABSTRACT:  Collection includes public addresses, class notes, correspondence, newspaper articles, personal documents, photographs, authored articles, and other associated documents.

ARRANGEMENT: The files have been arranged in a manner that, as much as possible, reflects their original arrangement by Dr. Henry.  The order in which they were found in various binders has been preserved.  The contents of the collection have also been loosely grouped by themes into the storage boxes.

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS: The collection is open to all members of the public, except for the correspondence between Ed and Betty Henry.  Access to these letters has been restricted to members of the Henry family and to those with permission from the Henry family.

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES:

Dr. Edward L. Henry developed and chaired SJU's emerging political science department for 17 years, from 1954- 1971, and was later vice president and founder of the university's Development department from 1974-1976.

A 1943 SJU graduate, Henry had a prolific and distinguished record in education, public service, journalism, business and the military. In addition to his tenure as professor and vice president at SJU, he served as chief executive at four higher education institutions, was mayor of St. Cloud for seven years, and headed a variety of state organizations and associations in Minnesota and Vermont.

In addition to developing and chairing the university's emerging political science department, he launched a foundation-funded honors program between Saint John's, the College of Saint Benedict and St. Cloud State University (the first cooperative effort between these three institutions) and, with funds from a Ford Foundation grant, founded the first small-city research center in the nation, the Center for the Study of Local Government, which operated at Saint John's from 1968-1979. Henry was named a Distinguished Service Professor in 1975.

While a professor at SJU, Henry was elected mayor of St. Cloud for two terms from 1964-71. He launched the city on a vigorous program of civic renewal that brought it All-American City status in 1973. He led a successful fight against the state's largest utility to impose a franchise tax on St. Cloud and another to protect the city water supply. Social concerns led his administration to launch the first elderly and low-income housing program in rural Minnesota, to set up the still active St. Cloud Housing Authority and to found Tri-Cap, the first multi-jurisdictional anti-poverty program in rural America, still active as of this writing. St. Cloud Mayor John Ellenbecker declared Friday, Sept. 30, 2005, as Ed Henry Day in St. Cloud.

Henry's career at SJU paused in 1972, while he began another career as president of St. Mary's College, Notre Dame from 1972-74, at a time when this college was suffering declining enrollments and budget deficits. Under his leadership, it recovered fully and began receiving consistently high marks in national college rankings.

Henry returned to SJU to a position as vice president and founder of the university's Development department. Two years later, he went on to become president of St. Michael's College, a Catholic college in Vermont, which was in financial difficulty. During his nine-year tenure there, from 1976-85, St. Michael's not only returned to financial health, it also improved its academic quality, attracted national attention as a model liberal arts college and won several national awards.

Henry retired in 1985 to pursue a consulting career but soon left retirement to become president of Marian College in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, from 1986-89. As a result of his leadership, the ailing institution re-established itself. Just two years after his departure, it had become the fastest growing college in Wisconsin. His last stint as college president was for Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina from 1989-90, where he served as interim president.

Henry received his graduate education at Harvard Business School and the University of Chicago (masters, MBA and doctorate). He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1943-46, where his ship, the USS Kretchmer DE 329, was awarded a Navy citation for rescuing British and American prisoners of war from Formosa. He received an Alumni Achievement Award from SJU and a Presidential Citation from CSB. He published two books and countless articles on education, community development and politics, and appeared frequently on television. He held a dozen citations and honorary degrees, including citations from the governors of Minnesota and Vermont.

Ed Henry died September 30, 2010.  He and his wife of 57 years, Betty (1923-2004), an alumna of CSB, had nine children.

(Excerpted from http://www.csbsju.edu/Edward-Henry/Biography.htm)


COLLECTION CITATION: This collection should be cited as:

Henry, Edward L. 1921-2010. Papers, 1934-2000. SJU Manuscript Collection 5. St. John's University (Collegeville, Minn.).

RELATED COLLECTIONS:  Center for the Study of Local Government (SJU Archival Collection 15)

ACQUISITION:  Peter Henry, son of Edward L. Henry, brought the collection to the SJU Archives on May 17, 2011.  Additional letters between Ed and Betty Henry were received from their daughter, Anne, in August 2011.

PROCESSING: Collection was processed by Christian J. Knox in May-August 2011.

SJU MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION 5

BOX

FOLDER

Ed's Eighth Grade Report on Alexander the Great and Ancient Greece, 1935

1

1

Ed's School Report on the Presidents, 1934

1

2

Junior Hi-Lite, St. Mary's School

1

3

The Chimes, Cathedral High School Newspaper, 1935-1937

1

4

The Chimes, Cathedral High School Newspaper, 1937-1939

1

5

The Cathedralite, Cathedral High School Yearbooks, 1937-1938

1

6

Sagatagan, St. John's Yearbook, 1942

1

7

Personal Documents from WWII and U. of Chicago, 1943-1951

2

1

Personal Records, 1939-1995

2

2

World War II Documents, 1944-1945

2

3

World War II Documents, 1944-1947

2

4

Essays on WWII Travel, 1944-1945

2

5

Essays on WWII Travel, 1944-1945

2

6

Kretchmer Reunion Documents, 1989-2000

2

7

A Brief History of the U.S.S. Kretchmer, 1991

2

8

Class Folders- Natural Law Reprints

3

1

Class Folders- Socialism

3

2

Class Folders- Constitution and Natural Law

3

3

Class Folders- Plato

3

4

Class Folders- Political Science 37

3

5

Class Folders- Michael's Iron Law

3

6

Class Folders- Aristotle

3

7

Class Folders- Machiavelli

3

8

Class Folders- Marxism

3

9

Class Folders- History of Political Thought Syllabus

3

10

Class Folders- History of Political Thought

3

11

Class Folders- Keynes

3

12

Class Folders- Liberalism

3

13

Class Folders- Locke

3

14

Class Folders- Taped Lectures on Aquinas and Machiavelli

3

15

Class Folders- Aquinas

3

16

Class Folders- Hobbes

3

17

Class Folders- Protestantism

3

18

Class Folders- Burke

3

19

Class Folders- Mayor Jane Byrne

3

20

Class Folders- Rousseau

3

21

Class Folders- Persecution and the Art of Writing

3

22

Class Folders- Limitations of GNP Concept

3

23

Class Folders- Congress

3

24

Class Folders- Teaching Government Courses

3

25

Class Folders- Constitutional History of the U.S.

3

26

Class Folders- Class Records

3

27

Class Folders- Public Administration: Schubert: Public Interest

3

28

Class Folders- Economic Report/Syllabus-Public Administration

3

29

Class Folders- Political Science 205 Syllabus/Exams

3

30

Class Folders- Public Administration Reprints

3

31

Class Folders- Political Science 205: Spring 1979, Library Materials

4

1

Class Folders- MSA Course Evaluation: Core Problems

4

2

Class Folders- Reprints: MSA 582

4

3

Class Folders- Study Questions: Bureaucracy

4

4

Class Folders- Study Questions: Bureaucracy

4

5

Class Folders- American Government Exams

4

6

Class Folders- American Government, 1974

4

7

Class Folders- American Government, 1974

4

8

Class Folders- Faculty Evaluations

4

9

Class Folders- Guest Lecture File

4

10

Class Folders- Admin. Behavior

4

11

Class Notes and Lectures

4

12

Class Notes and Grades

4

13

Personal Copy- Micropolis in Transition, 1971

5

1

Harold Knutson and the Sixth Congressional District of Minnesota, 1948

5

2

Authored Articles, 1959-1983

5

3

Authored Articles, 1953-1980

5

4

Addresses by Ed Henry, 1968-1996

5

5

Addresses by Ed Henry, 1971-1993

5

6

Addresses by Ed Henry, 1968-1979

5

7

Addresses by Ed Henry, 1969-1995

6

1

Addresses by Ed Henry, 1967-1998

6

2

Addresses by Ed Henry, 1969

6

3

Electric Power Plants in Minnesota...An Issue Analysis

6

4

Community Action for Economic Development, 1970

6

5

Desk Copy- Home Rule Charter of St. Cloud, 1952

6

6

The Micro City Project: A Final Report to the Ford Foundation, 1972

6

7

Regional and Intergovernmental Relations in Minnesota, Center for the Study of Local Government

6

8

Micro City Project- Center for the Study of Local Government, 1970

6

9

Minnesota Power Plant Siting- Center for the Study of Local Government, 1972

6

10

Revised 1972 Micro City Report- Center for the Study of Local Government, 1972

6

11

Nomination for Rockefeller Public Service Award

7

1

Ph.D. Dissertation on Federal Reserve and Various Clippings, 1955

7

2

College Years- From Binder "Ed Henry: St. Cloud Mayor," 1939

8

1

World War II- From Binder "Ed Henry: St. Cloud Mayor," 1943-1945

8

2

Pre-Mayoral Career- From Binder "Ed Henry: St. Cloud Mayor," 1946-1963

8

3

Mayoral Career- From Binder "Ed Henry: St. Cloud Mayor," 1964-1998

8

4

Mayoral Career- From Binder "Ed Henry: St. Cloud Mayor," 1965-1989

8

5

Post-Mayoral Career- From Binder "Ed Henry: St. Cloud Mayor," 1970-1994

8

6

Mayoral and St. Mary's Papers, 1978-1984

8

7

Mayoral and St. Mary's Papers (WWII Papers), 1956

8

8

Mayoral and St. Mary's Papers, 1953-1974

8

9

Mayoral and St. Mary's Papers, 1970-1976

8

10

Mayoral and St. Mary's Papers, 1967-1975

8

11

Mayoral and St. Mary's Papers, 1967-1979

8

12

Mayoral and St. Mary's Papers, 1943-1984

8

13

Mayoral and St. Mary's Papers, 1954-1985

8

14

Mayoral and St. Mary's Papers, 1953-1985

8

15

Professional Papers

9

1

Professional Papers, 1953-1976

9

2

Professional Papers, 1970-1998

9

3

Professional Papers, 1972-1993

9

4

Professional Papers, 1968-1998

9

5

Assorted Papers, 1944-1988

9

6

Assorted Papers, 1953-1983

9

7

Assorted Papers, 1951-1985

9

8

Assorted Papers, 1968-1989

9

9

Assorted Papers, 1970-1983

9

10

St. Michael's Papers, 1975-1986

10

1

St. Michael's Papers, 1977-1985

10

2

St. Michael's Papers, 1976-1987

10

3

St. Michael's Papers, 1975-1985

10

4

St. Michael's Papers, 1977-2000

10

5

Reprints-Vita, 1956-1985

10

6

Reprints-Vita, 1969-1985

10

7

Reprints-Vita, 1969-1994

10

8

Various Reprints, 1966-1976

10

9

Cathedral High School Class of 1939 Reunion Booklet, 1964

11

1

Loose Papers, 1937-1984

11

2

Loose Papers, 1969-1985

11

3

SJU Alumni File, 1969-1997

11

4

File on Deceased Friends, 1991-2000

11

5

Photo Negatives of World War II, 1943-1945

11

6

Letters from Friends to Ed, 1944

12

1

Letters from Friends to Ed, 1945-1947

12

2

Letters from Family to Ed, 1944-1945

12

3

Letters from Ed to Betty, 1943-1947

12

4

Letters from Betty to Ed, 1943-1945

12

5

Letters from Betty to Ed, 1947

12

6

Letters from Betty to Ed, 1947

12

7

Letters from Ed to Betty, 1943-1947

13

1

Undated Letters from Ed to Betty

13

2

Undated Letters from Ed to Betty

13

3

Undated Letters from Ed to Betty

13

4

Additional Letters from Betty to Ed, 1945-1947

13

5

Additional Letters from Betty to Ed, 1947

13

6

Binders for The Chimes Newspapers, 1935-1939

14

1

Plaque from SJU

14

2

Plaque from St. Mary's, 1973

14

3

Unknown Framed Photograph

15

1

Debate Scrapbook, 1930's

15

2

Ed's St. John's Diploma, 1943

15

3

Oversized Items Folder

16

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