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Lester F. Goodchild Papers

Identifier: M148


  • Other: 1980-2000


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Biographical / Historical

Lester F. Goodchild began his academic career as Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Iowa State University and Director of Suburban Campuses at DePaul University in Chicago during the late 1980s. He served as Interim Dean and Associate Professor of Education at the University of Denver. His specialty was the study of higher education, with emphasis on its history, public policy, administration, and professional ethics. Dr. Goodchild had a B.A. in Sociology from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota; a M.A. in Religious Studies from Indiana University; a M.Div. from St. Meinrad School of Theology in southern Indiana; and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. His Ph.D. dissertation explored the rise of American Catholic universities and their respective Catholic characters from 1842 to 1980 in a comparative study of the University of Notre Dame, Loyola University Chicago, and DePaul University. Dr. Goodchild was the Director of the Higher Education Program and Professor of Education at Santa Clara University, California. He died in November of 2015.


15.5 Linear Feet (14 record boxes, one half letter document box, one letter document box, and one manuscript box)

Scope and Contents

This collection contains some of his administrative papers from the University of Denver. The larger part of the collection contains all of Dr. Goodchild's research in relation to his work on Catholic Higher Education, with an emphasis on Loyola, Notre Dame, and DePaul Universities. It was donated to the University of Denver in the hope that someone would complete Dr. Goodchild's work and publish a book.


This collection is arranged into two series and four sub-series. Series 1: University of Denver. Series 2: Research Materials. The four sub-series fall under series 2 and they are: Sub-series 1: DePaul, Sub-series 2: Loyola, Sub-series 3: Notre Dame, Sub-series 4: Reports.

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