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Guide to the Homer L. Dodge papers



Descriptive Summary

Identification: A1144

Creator :Dodge, Homer L. (Homer Levi)

Title: Homer L. Dodge papers

Dates: 1847-1983

Extent: 0.4 Cubic Feet

Language: English

Collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Homer Levi Dodge graduated from Colgate University in 1910, and went on to a long career in higher education as a physicist and administrator.

Dodge was born on October 21, 1887, in Ogdensburg, New York, and attended preparatory school at Ogdensburg Free Academy. He attended graduate school at the University of Iowa, earning an MS in Physics in 1912 and a PhD in 1914, and was an assistant professor at Iowa from 1915-1919.

In 1919 he became Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics at the University of Oklahoma. He held this position until 1942, making him the longest-serving chair in the department's history. His many accomplishments at Oklahoma included being named Dean of the Graduate School in 1926 and founding the Oklahoma Research Institute in 1941. From 1942-1944, he was the director of the Office of Scientific Personnel of the National Research Council, and in 1944 he became President of Vermont's Norwich University. He served as President until 1950, when he became director, and later chairman, of Norwich's Cabot Fund. He held this position until his retirement in 1960. Dodge died on June 28, 1983.


"Homer L. Dodge," The Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Oklahoma, accessed April 17, 2014,

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of mostly programs, tickets, pamphlets, and other ephemera from Homer L. Dodge's time as a student at Colgate University. Also included are photographs and correspondence from his student years, reunion material, alumni newsletters, and a small amount of material relating to Ebenezer Dodge. One folder contains clippings and photographs documenting Homer L. Dodge's personal and professional life after Colgate.


College students -- Social life and customs.
Dodge, Homer L. (Homer Levi)
Dodge, Homer L. (Homer Levi)

Contents List

Box 1 Folder 1
1889, undated
Lectures on Christian Ethics for the Senior Class of Madison University, by Ebenezer Dodge; Ebenezer Dodge photograph
Box 1 Folder 1
Address delivered before the Adelphian Society, by George W. Eaton
Box 1 Folder 2
Reprint of Ebenezer Dodge memorial address and Madisonensis memorial article from 1890
Box 1 Folder 3
Student life, athletics, fraternity, and university event programs
Box 1 Folder 4
Postcards, photographs, and correspondence
Box 1 Folder 5
Student life, athletics, and university event programs; correspondence; registration materials; pins
Box 1 Folder 6
circa 1909
1910 Colgate Calendar (published by H.L. Dodge) and related material
Box 1 Folder 7
circa 1909
January 1910 stamp
Box 1 Folder 8
1909 October 21, 1910 April 14, 1910 June 23; 19 April 1910
Issues of Hamilton Republican; issue of Utica Daily Press
Box 2 Folder 9
Student life, athletics, fraternity, and university event programs and tickets; correspondence
Box 2 Folder 10
Alumni and reunion newsletters
Box 2 Folder 11
Canoeing photographs and clippings


Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries


Allyson Smally, April 17, 2014.


January 23, 2015: Folder numbers updated by Sara Klik.

September 2, 2015: Filing title added by Frances Holmes

Preferred Citation

Identification of item (Author, Title, and Date of item if known), A1144, Homer L. Dodge papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries.

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