The Iowa State Statistical Laboratory was established in 1933, with George W. Snedecor as director. The forces leading to this early creation of a formal unit are described, including the roles played by Henry A. Wallace and R. A. Fisher. Preceding this account, the state of statistics in 1933 is outlined, with special emphasis on U.S. universities. The lives and contributions of several leading personalities are sketched.
"Statistics in U.S. universities in 1933 and the establishment of the Statistical Laboratory at Iowa State." Statist. Sci. 13 (1) 66 - 74, February 1998. https://doi.org/10.1214/ss/1028905974