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Guide to the University Council records, 1952-1962.

Abstract

The creation of the University Council was recommended by the General Faculty's Commission on Faculty Reorganization and authorized by the Board of Trustees in a 1952 revision of the University Bylaws.

The collection contains original typed minutes, printed summary minutes, committee records and reports, correspondence, memoranda, agenda, rosters, election results, and other records ranging in date from 1952-1962.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Duke University. University Council.
Title
University Council records 1952-1962
Language of Material
English
Extent
2.5 Linear Feet, 2500 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The collection contains original typed minutes, printed summary minutes, committee records and reports, correspondence, memoranda, agenda, rosters, election results, and other records ranging in date from 1952-1962.

Major subjects include appointment, tenure and promotion policies, group life and medical insurance, tuition awards for faculty children, and other fringe benefits, the summer session, admission and grading standards, student life and government, and athletics and academics. Also of interest are reports and discussions about desegregation, the Gross-Edens affair, the format and function of the Academic Council, and the faculty's role in the selection of a president and in the revision of the University's Bylaws.

Administrative Information

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Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Contents of the Collection

Minutes, 11/52-6/54
Box 1
Minutes, 10/554-5/56
Box 1
Minutes, 10/56-5/59
Box 1
Minutes, 10/59-12/60
Box 1
Minutes, 1/61-12/61
Box 1
Minutes, 1/62-5/62
Box 1
Report by Committee on Trends and Experiences in Desegregation at Universities in the South, 1955
Box 2
Buildings and Grounds, 1960-1962
Box 2
Committee on Faculty Organization, 1962
Box 2
Committee on Faculty Qualifications and Improvement, "The Selection, Retention, Promotion and…" 1962
Box 2
Faculty Committee on Bylaws, 1960-1962
Box 2
Committee on Fringe Benefits, 1954-1964
Box 2
Tuition Benefits
Box 2
Reports (Duplicates)
Box 2
Miscellaneous
Box 2
History, "The Faculty and Duke Government: A Year on the University Council," W.B. Hamilton, 1961
Box 3
History, R.L. Watson, 1962
Box 3
History, "Proposals for the Establishment of a Faculty Senate, 1945-1946 (AAUP), Bylaws, 1952
Box 3
Summary Minutes, 1952-1958
Box 3
Summary Minutes, 1959-1962
Box 3
Agenda, Resolutions, etc…
Box 3
Secretary and Vice Chair Correspondence, 1955-1962
Box 3
Memoranda, 1952-1962
Box 3
Rosters
Box 3
Mailing Lists
Box 3
Elections, 1952-1961
Box 3
Chronology
Box 4
Comparative Charts on Universities Organization
Box 4
Chronological File, May-Sept. 1960
Box 4
Chronological File, Oct.-Dec. 1960
Box 4
Chronological File, Jan.-March 1961
Box 4
Chronological File, April-Dec. 1961
Box 4
Chronological File, 1962
Box 4
Office of the President, Administrative Study Committee Report, 16 December 1959
Box 4
Ratchford, B.U., "A Suggested Plan of Administrative Organization for Duke University," 11 January 1960
Box 4
Reports, Drafts, etc… (Duplicates)
Box 4
Bylaws, Charters, etc… (other schools), 2 folders
Box 5
Ben Powell's Notes, 2 folders
Box 5

Historical Note

The creation of the University Council was recommended by the General Faculty's Commission on Faculty Reorganization and authorized by the Board of Trustees in a 1952 revision of the University Bylaws. There were fifteen members, ten elected by the faculties of the various schools and colleges, and three appointed by the President. The President and the Vice President in the Educational Division (later the Provost) were members ex officio. There were three officers: the Chair, filled by the President, and a Vice Chair and Secretary, elected annually. The University Council was considered a standing committee of the Faculty and served as an advisory body on matters of general University policy and interest. It was intended to be a means by which the President could keep the Faculty informed of major policy matters, served as an investigative body, and tried to facilitate two-way communication between the Faculty and the Administration. It was supplanted by the Academic Council in 1962.

For histories and evaluations of the University Council. see R.L. Watson's "Report of the Vice Chairman to the University Council," May 23, 1962, and the Faculty and Duke Government: A Year on the University Council," by W. B. Hamilton (1961) located in box 3 below.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Preliminary Inventory of the A. Hollis Edens Records, 1949-1960. (University Archives, Duke University. )
  • Inventory of the Faculty Records, 1911-1986. (University Archives, Duke University. )
  • Inventory of the Richard L. Watson, Jr. Papers, 1941–1989. (University Archives, Duke University. )
  • Inventory of the Academic Council records, 1954-2000. (University Archives, Duke University. )

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], University Council Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The University Council records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1963, 1965, 1973.

Processing Information

Processed by Sally Sullivan, July 2008

Encoded by Sally Sullivan, July 2008

Accessions UA63-3, UA65-177, UA73-93 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.