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Board of Regents records

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Abstract

Title:
Board of Regents records
Author/Creator:
Regents, Board of
Collection number:
72-28
Size:
175.50 linear feet
Inclusive dates:
1916-1990
Collection Area:
University of Maryland
Repository:
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email: askhornbake@umd.edu
Abstract:

The Board of Regents is the highest-level governing body of the University of Maryland system. The Regents' records document overall administration of the university. They contain correspondence; statements; proposals; reports; and files from specific committees, boards, and commissions, in particular the Committee on the Presidency, the Agricultural Advisory Board, and the Maryland Agricultural Commission. The University of Maryland also holds a significant unprocessed addendum to the Regents' records which includes correspondence, publications, audiotapes, minutes of meetings, budgets, and reports. A preliminary inventory of these unprocessed materials has been prepared; requests to examine these records will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred citation:

Board of Regents records, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Publication rights:

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

The University of Maryland Board of Regents is the governing body of the university. The original predecessor or the board was the board of regents of the College of Medicine of Maryland which was incorporated in 1807. The immediate predecessor of the board was the Maryland Agricultural College Trustees. By the Act of 1916 the college became the Maryland State College of Agriculture and the trustees became the State Board of Agriculture. In addition, in 1920, the board of agriculture became the regents of the newly-formed University of Maryland; the new university was established when the University of Maryland in Baltimore and the Maryland State College merged.

The Board of Regents is comprised of Maryland citizens who volunteer their time and energy to govern the University of Maryland. The Act of 1916 gives the board responsibility for selecting the executive head of the university, department heads, professors, teachers, instructors and other officials and for determining their salaries. With the advice of the president of the university, the board may also make rules, by-laws, and orders determining and regulating instruction, provided they do not conflict with the constitution and laws of the State.

Originally established to have 9 members, by 1988 there were 14 members on the board. In 1974, two students with voting privileges were added to the board after the College Park Student Government Association persuaded the General Assembly of the need for student representation on the board. Executive officers and the chairmen of the board (for the period covered by these records) are listed below.

In addition to the members' role as the University of Maryland Board of Regents, they also had responsibilities as the State Board of Agriculture. The Agricultural Advisory Board of Maryland was established in 1962 with the goal of identifying agricultural problems in Maryland and bringing them to the attention of the State Board of Agriculture. The Advisory Board also made suggestions and initiated programs which would lead to the improvement of agriculture. The board was composed of members representing all sections of the state, in addition to at-large members. The chairman from 1961-1963 was John B. Foard III followed by Stephen M. Kahoe, Jr. from 1964-1965. The final chairperson of the board was Lawrence E. Downey, 1966-1968. In September of 1968 the Agricultural Advisory Board was replaced by the Maryland Agricultural Commission, chaired by Mr. Y. D. Hance. The State Board of Agriculture was abolished on January 1, 1973, when the Department of Agriculture assumed the board's responsibilities.

On April 4, 1988 the Maryland General Assembly, with the support of the Board of Regents, passed a bill which established a new Board of Regents for the University of Maryland System. The board is responsible for the eleven campuses and four research and service components of the University of Maryland System.

Exeutive Officers of the Board of Regents:

  • Dr. Albert Fred Woods (1920-1926)
  • Dr. Raymond A. Pearson (1926-1935)
  • Dr. Harry C. Byrd (1935-1954)
  • Dr. Wilson H. Elkins (1954-1978)
  • Dr. John S. Toll (1978-1988)
  • Dr. James A. Norton (Acting) (1989- )

The Chairmen of the Board of Regents:

  • Mr. Samuel M. Shoemaker (1920-1933)
  • Mr. George M. Shriver (1934-1935)
  • Dr. W. W. Skinner (1935-1941)
  • Mr. Henry Holzapfel, Jr. (1941-1943)
  • Judge Rowland K. Adams (1943-1944)
  • Judge William P. Cole (1944-1956)
  • Mr. Charles P. McCormick (1956-1970)
  • Dr. Louis L. Kaplan (1970-1975)
  • Dr. B. Herbert Brown (1975-1979)
  • Mr. Peter F. O'Malley (1979-1982)
  • The Honorable Joseph D. Tydings (1982-1984)
  • Mr. Allen L. Schwait (1984-1988)
  • Mr. Peter F. O'Malley (1988-1989)
  • Mr. George M. McGowan (Acting) (1989)
  • Mr. George M. McGowan (1989- )

Presidents of the University of Maryland

  • Albert F. Woods, 1920-1926
  • Raymond A. Pearson, 1926-1935
  • Harry Clifton Byrd, 1935-1954
  • Thomas B. Symons, Acting, 1954
  • Wilson H. Elkins, 1954-1970

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The records of the Board of Regents cover the years 1933-1971. The bulk of the records date from 1949-1968. The collection includes administrative papers of the Board of Regents, the records from the Committee on the Presidency (1953-1954), the records of the Agricultural Advisory Board (1961-1968), various materials pertaining to the Maryland Agricultural Commission (1969-1971), and bound meeting minutes from 1916 to 1990.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The records of the Board of Regents were transferred to the University of Maryland at College Park Libraries in the 1970s. Additional materials were transferred to the Libraries by the Office of the Chancellor, University of Maryland System, in 1993.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Sonja Nowack, November 1989. Addendum incorporated and guide revised by Malissa Ruffner and Anne Turkos, February 2009.

Processing note:

The collection has been placed into acid-free folders in acid-free boxes. Photographs have been transferred to the Photographic Collection and blueprints have been flattened and moved to oversize storage. Publications of the Board were transferred to the University Publications Collection. Bound volumes of minutes, accessioned as part of Acc. 93-90 were incorporated as Series IV.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Jennie A. Levine. Edited by Malissa Ruffner, February 24, 2009.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Administrative Files, 1933-1969 (.75 linear feet)

This series contains the correspondence of William P. Cole, Charles P. McCormick, Harry C. Byrd, Wilson H. Elkins, members of the board, and others. It also includes proposals on the School of Medicine, the School of Dentistry, and the School of Psychiatry. These papers are arranged first chronologically and then by document type, such as correspondence, committees, statements and proposals, or clippings.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence and Reports, 1933 series 1box 1folder 1
Correspondence, 1939 series 1box 1folder 2
Committees, 1944 series 1box 1folder 3
Correspondence, 1944 series 1box 1folder 4
Correspondence, 1948 series 1box 1folder 5
Clippings, 1949 series 1box 1folder 6
Correspondence, 1949 series 1box 1folder 7
Correspondence, 1949 series 1box 1folder 8
Statements and Proposals, 1949 series 1box 1folder 9
Correspondence, 1950 series 1box 1folder 10
Correspondence, 1950 series 1box 1folder 11
Correspondence, 1950 series 1box 1folder 12
Statements and Proposals, 1950 series 1box 1folder 13
Reference, 1951 series 1box 1folder 14
Committees, 1953 series 1box 1folder 15
Correspondence, 1953 series 1box 1folder 16
Correspondence, 1953 series 1box 1folder 17
Correspondence, 1953 series 1box 1folder 18
School of Medicine, 1953 series 1box 1folder 19
Reference, 1953 series 1box 1folder 20
Miscellaneous, 1953 series 1box 1folder 21
Building File, 1954 series 1box 2folder 1
By-laws and Contracts, 1954 series 1box 2folder 2
Committees and Boards, 1954 series 1box 2folder 3
Committees and Boards, 1954 series 1box 2folder 4
Correspondence, 1954 series 1box 2folder 5
Correspondence, 1954 series 1box 2folder 6
Statements and Proposals, 1954 series 1box 2folder 7
Statements and Proposals, 1955 series 1box 2folder 8
Correspondence, 1956 series 1box 2folder 9
Nuclear Reactor Report, 1956 series 1box 2folder 10
Correspondence, 1957 series 1box 2folder 11
Correspondence, 1958-1959 series 1box 2folder 12
Correspondence, 1961-1962, 1964 series 1box 2folder 13
Minutes excerpts, 1952-1963 series 1box 2folder 14
Proposal, 1969 series 1box 2folder 15
Miscellaneous, undated series 1box 2folder 16

Series 2: Committee on the Presidency, 1953-1954 (1.00 linear foot)

These materials are divided into three parts. The first section is Charles P. McCormick's personal papers on the search for the president, which are arranged in reverse chronological order as Mr. McCormick had arranged them. Many of these materials concern Wilson Elkins.

The second grouping of papers documents each of the candidates for president and is arranged alphabetically by the candidate's name.

The final set of papers consists of the committee's administrative papers. These have been retained in the order in which Judge Cole, chair of the committee, had kept them. These include statistics on salaries at other universities, lists of candidates, letters concerning the rumor that Harry S Truman was a candidate for the university president and Judge Cole's general correspondence on the search.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
C.P. McCormick's Files, 1954 series 2box 2folder 1
C.P. McCormick's Files, 1954 series 2box 2folder 2
C.P. McCormick's Files, 1954 series 2box 2folder 3
C.P. McCormick's Files, 1954 series 2box 2folder 4
C.P. McCormick's Files, 1954 series 2box 2folder 5
C. P. McCormick's Files, 1954 series 2box 3folder 1
Candidates, A-Ca, 1954 series 2box 3folder 2
Candidates, Ch-Co, 1954 series 2box 3folder 3
Candidates, D, 1954 series 2box 3folder 4
Candidates, E-H, 1954 series 2box 3folder 5
Candidates, I, 1954 series 2box 3folder 6
Candidates, J-L, 1954 series 2box 3folder 7
Candidates, M, 1954 series 2box 3folder 8
Candidates, N-R, 1954 series 2box 3folder 9
Candidates, S-Z, 1953-1954 series 2box 4folder 1
President Elkins, 1954 series 2box 4folder 2
Working Lists-Who's Who excerpts, undated series 2box 4folder 3
Miscellaneous Name File, 1953-1954 series 2box 4folder 4
Statistics on Colleges and Universities, undated series 2box 4folder 5
Lists of Candidates and Minutes, 1953-1954 series 2box 4folder 6
Letters on Truman, 1953 series 2box 4folder 7
Correspondence (Judge Cole), 1953-1954 series 2box 4folder 8
Clippings, 1953-1954 series 2box 4folder 9

Series 3: Agricultural Advisory Board, 1962-1971 (1.25 linear feet)

The records of the Agricultural Advisory Board consist of the correspondence of the board and minutes of meetings, in addition to materials which were presented at the meetings. Some of the major topics addressed in the papers of the board include fertilizers, apples, eggs, sod, and tobacco. The records of the advisory board are arranged chronologically, with the exception of the annual reports which are in a separate file and arranged chronologically within that file.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Annual Reports, 1962-1968 series 3box 4folder 1
Minutes and Correspondence, 1961-1962 series 3box 4folder 2
Minutes and Correspondence, 1961-1962 series 3box 4folder 3
Minutes and Correspondence, 1961-1962 series 3box 4folder 4
Minutes and Correspondence, 1962-1966 series 3box 5folder 1
Minutes and Correspondence, 1962-1966 series 3box 5folder 2
Minutes and Correspondence, 1962-1966 series 3box 5folder 3
Minutes and Correspondence, 1962-1966 series 3box 5folder 4
Minutes and Correspondence, 1962-1966 series 3box 5folder 5
Minutes and Correspondence, 1962-1966 series 3box 5folder 6
Minutes and Correspondence, 1962-1966 series 3box 5folder 7
Minutes and Correspondence, 1962-1966 series 3box 5folder 8
Minutes and Correspondence, 1962-1966 series 3box 5folder 9
Minutes and Correspondence, 1966 series 3box 6folder 1
Minutes and Correspondence, 1966 series 3box 6folder 2
Minutes and Correspondence, 1966 series 3box 6folder 3
Clippings, 1966 series 3box 6folder 4
Minutes and Correspondence, 1967 series 3box 6folder 5
Minutes and Correspondence, 1967 series 3box 6folder 6
Minutes and Correspondence, 1967 series 3box 6folder 7
Minutes and Correspondence, 1967 series 3box 6folder 8
Clippings, 1967 series 3box 6folder 9
Minutes and Correspondence, 1968 series 3box 6folder 10
Minutes and Correspondence, 1968 series 3box 7folder 1
Minutes and Correspondence, 1968 series 3box 7folder 2
Membership Files, 1965-1967 series 3box 7folder 3
Agricultural Advisory Commission, 1968-1971 series 3box 7folder 4

Series 4: Minutes of Meetings, 1916-1990 (9.50 linear feet)

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DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Volume 1 (1-194), June 23, 1916 to March 20, 1925 series 4box 1folder 1
Voume 2 (201-393), May 22, 1925 to May 27, 1932 series 4box 1folder 2
Volume 3 (401-597), September 9, 1952 to January 17, 1936 series 4box 1folder 3
Volume 4 (601-787), February 21, 1936 to September 22, 1938 series 4box 2folder 1
Volume 5 (801-990), October 21, 1938 to June 21, 1940 series 4box 2folder 2
Volume 6 (1001-1192), index in the back of volume, September 20, 1940 to February 19, 1943 series 4box 2folder 3
Volume 7 (1201-1496), index in the back of volume, March 19, 1943 to Sepetember 28, 1945 series 4box 3folder 1
Volume 8 (1501-1790), October 26, 1945 to March 26- 1948 series 4box 3folder 2
Volume 9 (1801-2095) Prange Collection Information, April 29, 1948 to June 1, 1950 series 4box 3folder 3
Volume 10 (2101-2396), June 7, 1950 to March 16, 1953 series 4box 4folder 1
Volume 11 (2401-2688), April 17, 1953 to September 1, 1954 series 4box 4folder 2
Volume 12 (2701-3000), through Item 20 (October 28), September 24, 1954 to October 28, 1955 series 4box 5folder 1
Volume 13 (3001-3300), from Item 21(October 28) through Item 18 (January 25), October 28, 1955 to January 25, 1957 series 4box 5folder 2
Volume 14 (3301-3600), from Item 19 (January 25) through Item 5D (September 26), January 25, 1957 to September 26, 1958 series 4box 6folder 1
Volume 15 (1-15--300-15), from Item 5D, cont'd (September 26), September 26, 1958 to November 19, 1959 series 4box 6folder 2
Volume 16 (1-16--300-16), January 29, 1960 to February 3, 1961 series 4box 7folder 1
Volume 17 (1-17--300-17), February 3, 1961 (partially) to March 16, 1962 (partially) series 4box 7folder 2
Volume 18 (1-18--300-18), March 16, 1962 (partially) to March 15, 1963 (partially) series 4box 8folder 1
Volume 19 (1-19--300-19), March 15, 1963 (partially) to May 1, 1962 (partially) series 4box 8folder 2
Volume 20 (1-20--300-20), May 1, 1964 (partially) to June 18, 1965 (partially) series 4box 9folder 1
Volume 21 (1-21--300-21), June 18, 1965 (partially) to September 30, 1966 (partially) series 4box 9folder 2
Volume 22 (1-22--300-22), September 30, 1966 (partially) through November 17, 1967 series 4box 10folder 1
Volume 23 (1-23--300-23), December 15, 1967 to June 20, 1969 (partially) series 4box 10folder 2
Volume 24 (1-24--300-24), June 20, 1969 (partially) to January 22, 1971 (partially) series 4box 11folder 1
Volume 25 (1-25--300-25), January 22, 1971 (partially) to May 12, 1972 series 4box 11folder 2
Volume 26 (1-26--300-26), June 23, 1972 to September 21, 1973 (partially) series 4box 12folder 1
Volume 27 (1-27--300-27), September 21, 1973 (partially) to January 24, 1975 (partially) series 4box 12folder 2
Volume 28 (1-28--300-28), January 24, 1975 (partially) to May 14, 1976 (partially) series 4box 13folder 1
Volume 29 (1-29--300-29), May 14, 1976 (partially) to June 29, 1977 (partially) series 4box 13folder 2
Volume 30 (1-30--300-30), June 28, 1977 (partially) to June 23, 1978 (partially) series 4box 14folder 1
Volume 31 (1-31--300-31), June 23, 1978 (partially) to June 15, 1979 (partially) series 4box 14folder 2
Volume 32 (1-32--300-32), June 15, 1979 (partially) to June 20, 1980 (partially) series 4box 15folder 1
Volume 33 (1-32--300-33), June 20, 1980 (partially) to June 19, 1981 (partially) series 4box 15folder 2
Volume 34, June 19, 1981 (partially) to August 20, 1982 (partially) series 4box 16folder 1
Volume 35, August 20, 1982 (partially) to June 7, 1983 series 4box 16folder 2
Volume 36, August 19, 1983 to August 28, 1984 (partially) series 4box 17folder 1
Volume 37, August 28, 1984 (partially) to December 13, 1985 (partially) series 4box 17folder 2
Volume 38, December 13, 1985 (partially) to February 6, 1987 (partially) series 4box 17folder 3
Volume 39, February 6, 1987 (partially) through March 17, 1988 (partially) series 4box 18folder 1
Volume 40, New Board of Regents of University of Maryland System from July 27, 1988 forward, March 17, 1988 (partially) to March 1, 1989 (partially) series 4box 18folder 2
Volume 41, March 1, 1989 (partially) to August 17, 1989 (partially) series 4box 18folder 3
Volume 42, August 17, 1989 (partially) to September 28, 1989 (partially) series 4box 19folder 1
Volume 43, September 28, 1989 (partially) to April 26, 1990 (partially) series 4box 19folder 2
Volume 44, April 26, 1990 (partially) to May 31, 1990 series 4box 19folder 3

Related Material

Large unprocessed accessions of the Records of the Board of Regents exist. Two preliminary inventories are available online: Acc. 93-90 and Acc. 93-17, the records of the student representative to the Board of Regents. Materials concerning the Board of Regents can be found in the Office of the President, University of Maryland (processed and unprocessed portions.)

Related materials can also be found within the University Publications collection in the Archives and Manuscript Department; the call number is UPUB R4.

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