College of Business and Public Administration records
This record group consists of the administrative files of the College of Business and Public Administration. Important subjects addressed are the projection of class enrollment; graduate statistics; the history of the College; dedication of new buildings; faculty organizations; ten-year projections for the college; and departmental projections. In addition, activities of the Committee on Style of the Maryland Constitutional Convention Commission (1965-1968), marketing research criteria, and urban and minority studies are documented.
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The College of Business and Public Administration of the University of Maryland at College Park was first established as the School of Commerce in 1921. Leslie W. Baker, a certified public accountant, proposed opening the school at an alumni dinner in Baltimore during the school year 1920-21 in honor of President Woods, when he found that the University of Maryland did not offer accounting and business courses. Stimulated by Maynard A. Clemens, a director at the Baltimore Y.M. C. A. and later director of the school, and supported by President Woods, Baker's idea came to fruition on September 28, 1921. The new school had a vigorous start with a total of 394 students enrolled in the first year and an additional 42 registered in the summer school of 1922. Growth continued through the 1920s, stimulated by the rapid expansion of business following World War I. Standards needed to be established, a broad curricula of courses designed, and a sound organization formed to meet the needs of the developing American society. In the spring of 1923, the school expanded to become the College of Commerce and Business Administration. This reorientation of emphasis is evident in the college's mission statement, published in the 1924-25 catalog:
"The chief aim of the College of Commerce and Business Administration was to produce thinkers rather than routine workers, executives rather than subordinates. The studies combined the highly specialized and technical, such as accounting, mathematics, statistics, insurance, law and economics with the liberal, such as English, history, foreign languates, psychology, sociology and government."These ambitious goals were to be implemented by a college faculty which numbered 46 during that academic year.
The following school year was relatively unstable. The appointment of Herbert M. Diamond as dean of the proposed new School of Business Administration by Frederick E. Lee, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, led to the resignation of Maynard A. Clemens and a number of the faculty who then organized the University of Baltimore. In the spring of 1926, a number of factors, among them the lack of quality facilities, resulted in the closure of the School of Business Administration as a separate unit in the university organization. Students enrolled in the program transferred to the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Baltimore or the Baltimore Y.M. C. A. school. In the following years, the business administration curriculum was re-established in the College of Arts and Sciences, as part of the Department of Economics and Business Administration, and contineud to change and expand. In the fall of 1938, this department became the College of Commerce and W. Mackenzie Stevens was named as dean.
1942 marked the beginning of a new era in the history of the College. Dr. J. Freeman Pyle became dean, overseeing an almost entirely new faculty. The name of the College was changed, by action of the Board of Regents, to the College of Business and Public Adminstration in the folowing year. However, enrollment in the college was greatly reduced during World War II, as many students, as well as faculty entered the armed forces. In response to wartime needs, the college faculty began the Army Specialized Training Program for students in the language-area curriculujm, which prepared them to assist in policing, intelligence service, and administration of occupied territories. The philosophy of the reorganized college was to stress the principles, practices, and procedures of administration, resulting in significant changes in curricula and courses.
Following the war, enrollment grew rapidly and played an important part of the postwar history of the Colege. Civilian enrollment increased from a low of 130 in 1943-44 to 2234 during 1948-49. The teaching faculty also increased in number from 18 to 76. This significant growth led to the reorganization of the college into various departments. Also, a special emphasis was given to research in the college through the Bureau of Business and Economic Research, established in 1945, and the Bureau of Governmental Research, established in 1947. The objectives of the two bureaus were to perform research functions for Maryland state government and business officials as well as to train students in the techniques of business and economic research.
The first degree of Master of Business Administration was awarded in 1947, followed several years later by the first Ph.D. During the 1950s, graduate enrollment increased more rapidly than undergraduate enrollment in the four departments in the college which offered graduate work; by 1959 total graduate enrollment reached 221, almost double the number of graduate students enrolled only eight years earlier.
During the mid 1950s, the college established its faculty organization which consisted of the Faculty Council, of which the Dean was Chairman and other members elected from each of the departments and the bureaus in the college, and the College Faculty Assembly, comprised of all full-time members of the college faculty.
The decade of the 1960s was relatively stable for the college. Some new courses were added or combined to enhance the curricula of the collge, bu the college's organization saw little change. Donald W. O'Connell succeeded J. Freeman Pyle as dean in 1964. By 1968, the college consisted of six instructional departments 1) Department of Business Administration; 2) Department of Economics; 3) Department of Geography; 4) Department of Government and Politics; 5) Department of Journalism; and 6) Department of Information Systems Management.
On May 8, 1972, there was a campus reorganization, which signalled the end of the College of Business and Public Administration. The college changed its name to the College of Business and Management as part of a new Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences, while the Department of Journalism was transferred to the Division of Arts and Humanities. This tranformation consitituted recognition of the large size and scope of the college's academic programs and reflected the enhanced status of the college within the business and professional communities. At the present time, several of the programs that began in this college exist as independent schools/colleges, including The Robert H. Smith School of Business, http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu, the School of Public Policy, http://www.publicpolicy.umd.edu/index.html, and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, http://www.journalism.umd.edu/.
Scope and Contents of the Collection
The records of the College of Business and Public Administration cover the period from 1954 to 1973. Document types represented in the collection include memoranda, minutes, surveys, reports, statistics, correspondence, ten-year projections, and some newspaper clippings. Subjects represented in the collection are: the projection of class enrollment, graduate statistics, history of the College, dedication of new buildings, faculty organization, ten-year projections for the college, and departmental projections. In addition, activities of the Committee on Style of the Maryland Constitutional Convention Commission (1965-1968), marketing research criteria, and urban and minority studies are also documented.
Custodial History and Acquisition Information
The records of the College of Business and Public Administration were transferred to the University of Maryland at College Park Libraries in the 1970s. An additional grouping of records was transferred by the College of Business and Management in 1985. Materials were also integrated into this collection from records transferred by the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences in 1986.
Xiaohua Pei, October 1990. Addendum incorporated and guide revised by: Susan Francis, December 1990.
All duplicates have been discarded. All paper clips have been removed and replaced by plastic clips. Also, rubber bands and rusty staples have been removed. The materials have been put into acid-free folders and boxes. Photographs have been removed from individual files and transferred to the photographic collection.
EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Jennie A. Levine. Updated by Malissa Ruffner, August 15, 2009.
Arrangement of Collection
The records have been organized as one series.
Detailed Description of the Collection
Series 1: Administrative Files, 1954-1973 (5.50 linear feet)
This series consists of correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports, surveys, statistics, new building plans, ten-year projections, and some newspaper clippings. These materials document the day-to-day operation of the college, as well as its special projects, programs, and concerns. The files are arranged alphabetically by subject.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame|
|Advising, Counseling and Placement Committee -- report, 1968||series 1||box 1||folder 1|
|Alumni Association and Office, 1959-1970||series 1||box 1||folder 2|
|Alumni Chapter's Certificate of Achievement, 1968-1970||series 1||box 1||folder 3|
|Asian Studies -- East Asian and South Asian, 1969-1973 and undated||series 1||box 1||folder 4|
|Awards, 1963 and undated||series 1||box 1||folder 5|
|Beta Gamma Sigma, 1962, 1965, and undated||series 1||box 1||folder 6|
|Black and Minority Programs -- Black Studies, 1969-1972 and undated||series 1||box 1||folder 7|
|Black and Minority Programs -- Equal Opportunities Equal Opportunities, 1963-1972||series 1||box 1||folder 8|
|Black and Minority Programs -- Minority Groups, 1968-1973||series 1||box 1||folder 9|
|Building -- Dedication of, 1961||series 1||box 1||folder 10|
|Building -- NSF Graduate Facilities Program, 1963-1964||series 1||box 1||folder 11|
|Building -- Naming of Building - Tydings, 1969-1973||series 1||box 2||folder 1|
|Building -- New Building, 1954-1963||series 1||box 2||folder 2|
|Building -- Projections of Office Space Needs for Teaching Faculty, 1966-1974||series 1||box 2||folder 3|
|Bureau of Business and Economic Research, 1957-1966||series 1||box 2||folder 4|
|Bureau of Governmental Research, 1959-1966||series 1||box 2||folder 5|
|Bureau of Governmental Research, 1959-1966||series 1||box 2||folder 6|
|Business Administration, 1962-1969||series 1||box 3||folder 1|
|Business Administration -- Course Proposals, 1967||series 1||box 3||folder 2|
|Callcott/Hohenstein Correspondence, 1970-1971||series 1||box 3||folder 3|
|Catalog of BPA, 1965||series 1||box 3||folder 4|
|Class Enrollment and Teaching Personnel Needs, 1966||series 1||box 3||folder 5|
|Computerized Registration, 1972||series 1||box 3||folder 6|
|Consitutional Convention Commission -- Committee on Style, 1965-1968 and undated||series 1||box 3||folder 7|
|Consitutional Convention Commission -- Committee on Style, 1965-1968 and undated||series 1||box 3||folder 8|
|Consitutional Convention Commission -- Correspondence, 1965||series 1||box 3||folder 9|
|Consitutional Convention Commission -- Enabling Act, 1967||series 1||box 3||folder 10|
|Constitutional Convention -- Testimony Before the Consitutional Convention, 1967||series 1||box 3||folder 11|
|Council of Deans, 1970-1973||series 1||box 4||folder 1|
|Council of Deans, 1970-1973||series 1||box 4||folder 2|
|Curricula-Public Relations, 1964||series 1||box 4||folder 3|
|Curriculum Committee, 1974-1970 and undated||series 1||box 4||folder 4|
|Day, Thomas B., 1967-1971||series 1||box 4||folder 5|
|Department of Business Administration -- Mathematics Requirements, 1966 and undated||series 1||box 4||folder 6|
|Department of Geography, 1968 and undated||series 1||box 4||folder 7|
|Department of Information Systems Management, 1967||series 1||box 4||folder 8|
|Departmental Projections, 1965-1976||series 1||box 4||folder 9|
|Doctoral Program Proposal, 1964-1966||series 1||box 4||folder 10|
|Eastern Shore - University of Maryland, 1967-1971, 1973||series 1||box 5||folder 1|
|Economics, Dept. of, 1966-1969||series 1||box 5||folder 2|
|Economics, Dept. of -- Faculty Meeting Minutes, 1967-1969||series 1||box 5||folder 3|
|Executive Committee, 1962-1971||series 1||box 5||folder 4|
|Executive Committee, 1962-1971||series 1||box 5||folder 5|
|Executive Committee, 1962-1971||series 1||box 5||folder 6|
|Executive Committee, 1962-1971||series 1||box 5||folder 7|
|Executive Committee, 1972-1973||series 1||box 6||folder 1|
|Executive Committee, 1972-1973||series 1||box 6||folder 2|
|Experimental College, 1969||series 1||box 6||folder 3|
|Faculty -- Burdette, Franklin L., 1954-1969 and undated||series 1||box 6||folder 4|
|Faculty -- College Faculty Assembly, 1955-1968||series 1||box 6||folder 5|
|Faculty -- College Faculty Assembly, 1955-1968||series 1||box 6||folder 6|
|Faculty -- College Faculty Assembly, 1955-1968||series 1||box 6||folder 7|
|Faculty -- College Faculty Assembly, 1969-1973||series 1||box 7||folder 1|
|Faculty -- College Faculty Assembly, 1969-1973||series 1||box 7||folder 2|
|Faculty -- College Faculty Assembly, 1969-1973||series 1||box 7||folder 3|
|Faculty -- College Faculty Assembly and the College Faculty Council of BPA- By-laws, 1956||series 1||box 7||folder 4|
|Faculty -- College Faculty Council, 1961-July 1973||series 1||box 7||folder 5|
|Faculty -- College Faculty Council, 1961-July 1973||series 1||box 7||folder 6|
|Faculty -- College Faculty Council, 1961-July 1973||series 1||box 7||folder 7|
|Faculty Organization -- BPA-Constitution, 1955,1968||series 1||box 7||folder 8|
|Faculty Organization -- Department of Business Administration, 1967||series 1||box 7||folder 9|
|Faculty Organization -- Department of Economics, 1967||series 1||box 7||folder 10|
|Faculty Organization -- Department of Geography, 1967||series 1||box 7||folder 11|
|Faculty Organization -- Department of Government and Politics, 1967||series 1||box 7||folder 12|
|Faculty Organization -- Department of Information Systems Management, 1967||series 1||box 7||folder 13|
|Faculty Organization -- Department of Journalism, circa 1967||series 1||box 7||folder 14|
|Faculty Research Committee -- Summary of the BPA Faculty Survey on Personal Research Needs and Interests, 1964||series 1||box 7||folder 15|
|Field Training Course -- Cash Register Salesman, 1962||series 1||box 7||folder 16|
|Fifth Floor Information, 1966-1968||series 1||box 7||folder 17|
|Ford College Seminar -- Changing Patterns of Automobile Demand, 1961||series 1||box 8||folder 1|
|Freshman Orientation, 1971||series 1||box 8||folder 2|
|Fringe Benefits, 1963-1966, 1971||series 1||box 8||folder 3|
|General Correspondence, 1970-1971||series 1||box 8||folder 4|
|Higher Education Bulletins, 1965-1968||series 1||box 8||folder 5|
|History of the College of Business and Public Administration, 1956||series 1||box 8||folder 6|
|Hohenstein Committee, 1969-1970 and undated||series 1||box 8||folder 7|
|Human Relations -- Committee on, 1970||series 1||box 8||folder 8|
|Human Relations -- E.E.E.O., 1971||series 1||box 8||folder 9|
|Intensive Educational Development Program, 1969-1970||series 1||box 8||folder 10|
|International Education Committee, 1966-1969 and undated||series 1||box 8||folder 11|
|Internship Program, 1962, 1967-1968||series 1||box 9||folder 1|
|Journalism -- Honors Program, 1965||series 1||box 9||folder 2|
|Journalism -- Undergraduate Journalism Requirements, 1970||series 1||box 9||folder 3|
|Latin American Studies, 1965-1970||series 1||box 9||folder 4|
|Latin American Studies Program Proposal, 1969||series 1||box 9||folder 5|
|Library Committee -- Survey, undated||series 1||box 9||folder 6|
|Management Science -- Statistics Concentration, 1964-1969||series 1||box 9||folder 7|
|Marketing Research Criteria, undated||series 1||box 9||folder 8|
|Maryland Council on Higher Education -- Ten Year Plan, 1968-1978||series 1||box 9||folder 9|
|Middle Atlantic Association of Colleges of Business Administration, 1957-1961||series 1||box 9||folder 10|
|Organizational Structure of the Dean's Office, 1969||series 1||box 9||folder 11|
|President's Annual Report -- Notes, 1964-1967||series 1||box 9||folder 12|
|President's Office Correspondence, 1960-1966||series 1||box 9||folder 13|
|President's Office Correspondence, 1960-1966||series 1||box 9||folder 14|
|Projected Space Needs -- by department, 1965-1975||series 1||box 9||folder 15|
|Readjustments in Fall and Spring Class Schedule on Basis of Pre-registration Tallies, 1972||series 1||box 10||folder 1|
|Registration -- Procedures and Notes, 1964,1966||series 1||box 10||folder 2|
|Special Committee on Faculty Organization, 1966-1967||series 1||box 10||folder 3|
|Statistics -- Enrollment and Number of Graduates, 1963-1970 and 1972||series 1||box 10||folder 4|
|Statistics -- Summary of Final Grades, 1962-1973||series 1||box 10||folder 5|
|Student Representation -- Committee on - Preliminary Report, 1970||series 1||box 10||folder 6|
|Summer Session Budget and Program, 1972-1973||series 1||box 10||folder 7|
|Survey -- Student Attitudes Towards Retailing as a Career, undated||series 1||box 10||folder 8|
|Ten Year Plan of BPA, 1965-1975, 1967-1977||series 1||box 10||folder 9|
|Ten Year Plan of BPA, 1965-1975, 1967-1977||series 1||box 10||folder 10|
|Urban Studies -- Council on, 1968-1969||series 1||box 10||folder 11|
|Urban Studies -- Council on, 1970-1973||series 1||box 11||folder 1|
|Urban Studies -- Council on, 1970-1973||series 1||box 11||folder 2|
|Urban Studies -- Council on, 1970-1973||series 1||box 11||folder 3|
|Urban Studies -- LeFrak Proposal, 1970-1971 and undated||series 1||box 11||folder 4|
|Urban Studies -- Proposal to Establish an Institute for, 1970-1971||series 1||box 11||folder 5|
Materials related to this collection may be found in the University Publications Collection of the Archives and Manuscripts Department. They include annual reports, surveys, faculty newsletters, conference proceedings, symposium proceedings, and speeches of the College's academic administrative staff.
The Guide to the College of Journalism Records documents the successor journalism academic program. Related materials may also be found in the records of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences. These include self-study reports on research and service for Middle States reviews for accreditation.
For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.
Selected Search Terms
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the University of Maryland Libraries' Catalog. Researchers desiring related materials about these topics, names, or places may search the Catalog using these headings.
- Business education -- Maryland -- History -- Sources
- Cities and towns -- Study and teaching -- Maryland -- History -- Sources
- Public administration -- Study and teaching -- Maryland -- History -- Sources
- University of Maryland, College Park. College of Business and Public Administration -- Archives
- University of Maryland, College Park. College of Business and Public Administration -- Buildings -- History -- Sources
- University of Maryland, College Park. College of Business and Public Administration -- Faculty -- History -- Sources
Names (Added Entries)
- Burdette, Franklin L., 1911-
- Callcott, George H., 1929-
- Day, Thomas B.
- Hohenstein, Walter V. (Walter Vick)