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Administrative Council Records, 1869-1973

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: Administrative Council Records, 1869-1973

ID: RG 032

Primary Creator: Oregon State University. Administrative Council

Extent: 1.75 cubic foot box. More info below.

Arrangement: The records consist of 3 series: 1. Minutes, 1869-1973; 2. Policy Statements, 1949-1966; and 3. Correspondence, 1940-1970.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Administrative Council Records consist of minutes of the Oregon State University Administrative Council and the College Council as well as minutes of the faculty, prior to establishment of the Councils in 1908. The records also include the Register of Students and Student Grades for the first enrollees at Corvallis College in 1869-1871.

Scope and Content Notes

The Administrative Council Records consists primarily of minutes of Administrative Council from its establishment in 1908 through 1973; minutes of the College Council from 1908 until the early 1920s; and faculty minutes from 1873 through 1913. The minutes document administrative and academic policies; faculty organization and governance; and student activities including disciplinary actions taken by the faculty and academic appeals by students. The records also include policies, memoranda, agendas, and correspondence.

Of special note is the Register of Students and Student Grades for the first students to attend Corvallis College in 1869-1871.

Biographical / Historical Notes

The Administrative Council and the College Council were established by the Board of Regents in 1908. The Administrative Council consisted of the President, Director of the Experiment Station, and the Deans and advised on administrative and policy issues. The College Council consisted of the President, Director of the Experiment Station, the Professors, and the Assistant Professors and considered academic policies regarding courses of study, admissions, and graduation. The College Council ceased to function as a separate body in the early 1920s. By the early 1960s, the Administrative Council was composed of Deans, Directors, and other administrative officers appointed by the President and was concerned primarily with coordination of administrative activities.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 3 boxes; 4 microfilm reels

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: The records were acquired by the Archives in several accession from the early 1960s through 2001.

Related Materials: The President's Office Records (RG 013) and Finance and Administration Records (RG 131) include extensive documentation of the administration of the university. Additional documentation of the college administration for the years 1868-1929 is available in the Board of Trustees Records (RG 033) and Board of Regents Records (RG 008). The Faculty Senate Records (RG 044) document faculty governance beginning in the mid-1940s.

Preferred Citation: Administrative Council Records (RG 032), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Oregon State University. Administrative Council

People, Places, and Topics

College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
Corvallis College--Administration.
Corvallis College--Faculty.
Corvallis College--Students.
Oregon Agricultural College--Administration.
Oregon Agricultural College--Faculty.
Oregon Agricultural College--Students.
Oregon State Agricultural College--Administration.
Oregon State Agricultural College--Faculty.
Oregon State Agricultural College--Students.
Oregon State College--Administration.
Oregon State University--Administration.
Oregon State University. Administrative Council
Universities and colleges--Curricula--Oregon--Corvallis.
Universities and colleges--Oregon--Corvallis--Administration.
University History

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Minutes, 1869-1973
Series I consists primarily of bound volumes of minutes and related records documenting meetings of the faculty, the College Council, and the Administrative Council. The minutes include actions taken, summaries of meetings and discussions, reports of committees, proposed and approved policies, and lists of members. The volumes are arranged chronologically and duplicate copies of some materials are included. Many of the materials are also available on microfilm. Most of the volumes include a subject index or table of contents. Meetings were numbered beginning in the fall of 1941.
Box-Folder 1.1: Register of Students and Student Grades, 1869-1871
In same volume as faculty minutes for 1873-1888 (book 1). Also available on microfilm reels 1 and 4.
Box-Folder 1.2: Faculty Minutes, 1873-1888
Book 1. Also available on microfilm reels 1 and 4.
Box-Folder 1.3: Faculty Minutes, 1888-1897
Book 2. Also available on microfilm reels 1 and 4.
Box-Folder 1.4: Faculty Minutes, 1897-1907
Book 3. Also available on microfilm reels 1 and 4.
Box-Folder 1.5: Faculty Minutes, 1907-1908
Book 4. Also available on microfilm reel 1.
Box-Folder 2.1: Faculty Minutes, College Council Minutes, and Administrative Council Minutes, 1908-1913
Includes Faculty minutes for 1908-1911; College Council Minutes for 1908-1913; and Administrative Council minutes for 1908-1909.Also available on microfilm reels 1-2.
Box-Folder 2.2: College Council and Administrative Council Minutes, 1913-1930
Also available on microfilm reel 2.
Box-Folder 2.3: Administrative Council Minutes, 1930-1941
Also available on microfilm reel 2.
Box-Folder 2.4: Administrative Council Minutes, 1941-1955
Meetings #1 thru #201. Also available on microfilm reels 2-3.
Box-Folder 2.5: Administrative Council Minutes, 1951-1955
Meetings #132 thru #201.
Box-Folder 2.6: Administrative Council Minutes, 1955-1964
Meetings #202 thru #351.
Box-Folder 2.7: Administrative Council Minutes, 1955-1960
Meetings #202 thru #284.
Box-Folder 2.8: Administrative Council Minutes, 1964-1970
Meetings #352 thru #404.
Box-Folder 2.9: Administrative Council Minutes, 1970-1973
Meetings #405 thru #427.
Box-Folder 2.10: Administrative Council Minutes, 1921-1951
Extent: 4 volumes

Box-Folder 2.11: Administrative Council Minutes, 1960-1965
Series 2: Policy Statements, 1949-1966
Series II consists of two policy statements. These include a 1949 policy on cooperation with the Department of Higher Education of the National Education Association and a 1966 policy on OSU employees' outside activities.
Reel 3
Series 3: Correspondence, 1940-1970
The correspondence consists of memoranda to and from Administrative Council members, including the President and Dean of Administration; agendas and announcements of meetings; committee reports and recommendations; and proposed policies.
Extent: 4 folders

Box-Folder 3.1: June 1940-July 1948
Box-Folder 3.2: September 1948 - May 1954
Box-Folder 3.3: September 1948-June 1958
Box-Folder 3.4: 1961-1970

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