Guide to the Howard Lutz Papers,​ 1951-​1985

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Overview of the collection

Special Collections & Archives
McIntyre Library
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
P.O.  Box 4004
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702 – 4004
(715) 836-2739

Reference Code: USGZE UHC278

Accession Number: 06-102

Collection Number: University Historical Collection 278

Creators: Lutz, Howard T., 1921

Title: Howard Lutz Papers

Dates: circa 1951-1985

Quantity: 1.2 cubic feet (1 records cartons, 35 cassette tapes)

Location of Collection: A10/2g

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 

Summary: Professional papers of a History Department faculty member at the University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire.

Biographical Note

Howard Ten Broeck Lutz was born in Philadelphia in 1921.  He earned a bachelor’s degree from Haverford College in 1945 and a master’s degree in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Minnesota in 1957.  Lutz taught at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota from 1951 to 1956.

Lutz was appointed to the history faculty at the University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire in 1957, where he was instrumental in the development of the Scandinavian Studies program.  He retired from UW--Eau Claire in 1989.  

A Quaker and a pacifist, Lutz was a conscientious objector in World War II. During the Vietnam era, he opposed the creation of a ROTC program at UW--Eau Claire and counseled students seeking conscientious objector status.  Lutz was active in several professional and community organizations, including the American Association of University Professors and the Eau Claire West Side Neighborhood Association.

Lutz died on December 26, 1990.

Content Description

The collection consists of two series:  Campus and community service and cassette tapes.  The richest sources of documentation can be found in the campus and community service series, which includes information about Lutz’s pacifistic and protest activities on the University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire campus during the Vietnam War.  The remaining series pertains to his teaching and research activities.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: Donated to Special Collections & Archives, University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire by Eleanor Lutz in January 1995.

Access Restrictions: Draft Counseling Records (Box 1, Folder 1) are closed to all researchers until January 1, 2050.  Redacted copies of the records are available for use. The rest of the collection is open to the public.

Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright owned by the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.

Preferred Citation: Howard Lutz Papers, circa 1951-1985.  UHC 278. Special Collections & Archives.  McIntyre Library.  University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Eau Claire, WI.

Processing Note: Processed by Colleen McFarland in May 2006.

Arrangement: By series.

OCLC #: 69666759


Personal Names: Lutz, Howard T., 1921- -- Archives

Corporate Names: University of Wisconsin -- Eau Claire -- History

Subject Terms:
College teachers – Wisconsin – Eau Claire
Conscious objectors – United States – Wisconsin – Eau Claire
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 –Protest movements – Wisconsin – Eau Claire.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 – Conscientious objectors
Scandinavia – Study and teaching (Higher)

Detailed List of Contents

Series 1: Campus and community service

The series consists of Lutz’s subject and correspondence files regarding his participation in various university committees, the American Association of University Professors, and the West Side Neighborhood Association.  These files also contain rich documentation of Lutz’s anti-war activities on the University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire campus.  

Dates: 1951-1981

Extent: 1 cubic foot (1 records carton)




Box 1

Campus and community service


Series 2: Cassette tapes

About half of this series consists of recordings of radio broadcast lectures about nuclear war; the other half include lectures and teaching tapes by Lutz and other faculty.

Dates: circa 1975-1985

Extent: 0.2 cubic feet (35 cassette tapes)




Box 2-3

Cassette tapes

circa 1975-1985