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Roy C. Dalton papers, 1951-1984

Identifier: MSS-BU-9

Scope and Contents

This collection covers most of the years Roy Dalton worked at Bethel as a member of the History faculty, from the 1950s to the 1980s. Much of the material deals with administrative evaluations and reports about different areas of the college. The bulletins are short newsletters from different administrative offices that Dalton kept for his records.

The History Department series contains statistics about their majors, evaluations of the department, departmental goals, faculty members, and internal correspondence.

The Library series deals with internal evaluations, committee minutes, and information about the library collections and titles.

The NCATE report folder includes the rough draft of the report submitted to the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

The Jesuits' Estates Question manuscript folder contains the final draft of Dalton's book, which was published in 1968 by the University of Toronto Press.

There are thirteen records in the record album, all of religious music. Most are in English, but some are in Swedish. One record is from the Bethel Male Quartet.


  • 1951 - 1984

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for researcher use.

Biographical Note

Roy Clinton "Doc" Dalton was born in 1924 in Virginia to Paul and Annie Dalton. After time in the military, he graduated from Bethel College in 1949. He married Violet Laven the same year, with whom he had Anne, Kate Mary, and Patricia. Dalton began teaching History at Bethel in 1950, the same year he recieved his M.A. from the University of Minnesota. He recieved his Ph.D. from the same school in 1957. He ran the interim course Depression House in the 1980s, where students experienced a simulated life in the 1930s living in an old farmhouse. Dalton retired from Bethel in 1984.


4 Cubic Feet

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The folders are arranged roughly chronologically. The documents inside folders reflect Dalton's order.

Custodial History

These files were transferred from Roy Dalton to the History Center at an unknown date. The News and Notes folder and the large wooden sign from the Depression House were donated by the Roy Dalton family at a different time.

Rebekah Bain
July 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the The History Center: Archives of Bethel University and Converge Repository

3900 Bethel Drive
Arden Hills MINNESOTA 55112 United States