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This digital library collection gathers documents, images, and audiovisual materials from a variety of sources related to the life of T. T. Shields, the saga of the old Des Moines University, and the historical background in Highland Park College.  In May of 1929, riots broke out at Des Moines University, resulting in police intervention, the deferral of commencement exercises, and the eventual closing of the institution. The impetus of campus unrest was the new institutional direction under T. T. Shields, a Canadian Baptist pastor and leader of the Baptist Bible Union.  Dr. Shields sought to enforce new guidelines of faculty confessionalism and stricter standards for student conduct.  His narrower policies, rumors of impropriety, and lack of American patriotism led to widespread opposition among the faculty, staff, and students.  The former Highland Park College and Des Moines University campus is now recognized by the National Park Service on its National Register of Historic Places as the College Corner Commercial Historic Business District, where the Park Fair Mall now stands.

 
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