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Records of Graduate Faculty


Records of Graduate Faculty
Graduate Faculty
Collection number:
0.25 linear feet
Inclusive dates:
1957-1980 (14 items)
Collection Area:
University of Maryland
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email:

The Graduate Faculty organization consists of two groups representing graduate-level faculty in the establishment and execution of policies of the Graduate School. One branch of the organization, the Graduate Faculty Assembly, is the general electorate of the organization. The second branch, the Graduate Council, consists of elected, ex-officio, and appointed members. The records of the Graduate Faculty organization as a whole consist of minutes, constitutions, organizational plans, reports, and publications.

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Preferred citation:

Records of Graduate Faculty, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

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Historical Note

The purpose of the Graduate Faculty organization is to provide a means for the graduate-level faculty to discharge its functions in relation to the educational policies and procedures of the Graduate School. The Graduate Faculty organization is composed of two bodies: the Graduate Faculty Assembly, which is the general electorate, and the Graduate Council, which consists of elected, ex-officio, and appointed members.

The Graduate Faculty Assembly has authority over the educational policy of the Graduate School and may delegate this authority to the Graduate Council. Additionally, the Graduate Faculty Assembly initiates action on any matter of concern to the Graduate School, acts as a referendum body on questions referred to it by the Graduate Council, and receives information of general interest from the University Administration and the Graduate Council. Under its original constitution, the Graduate Faculty Assembly was to meet regularly on an annual basis. However, the constitution was amended in 1985 to require meetings be held as needed. The most recent meeting of the Graduate Faculty was held during the 1984-85 academic year.

The Graduate Council also exercises authority over educational policy of the Graduate School, recommends policies pertaining to graduate student life and activities, advises the administration on any matter of concern to the Graduate School, and establishes standing and special committees. The Graduate Council continues to actively function and meets on a regular basis.

The early historical background of the Graduate Faculty, such as dates and circumstances of creation, are not known.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The records of the Graduate Faculty consist of minutes, constitutions, organization plans, reports, and publications recording the deliberations and activities of this body.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The records of the Graduate Faculty were transferred to the University of Maryland College Park Libraries in the 1970s by the College Park Campus Senate.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Patricia A. McCracken, August 1989.

Processing note:

Five series were identified in the records of the Graduate Faculty. These records were refoldered into acid?free folders, and placed in an acid?free container. Lastly, the guide was written.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Dan Schwartz, May 2006. Edited by Malissa Ruffner, December 2008.

Arrangement of Collection

This collection is organized as five series:

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Minutes, 1957-1975 (1 linear inch)

Series I contains minutes of the Graduate Faculty Assembly. Arrangement is chronological.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Minutes, 1957-1975 series 1box 1folder 1

Series 2: Constitutions, 1968 (1 linear inch)

Several copies of the constitution of the Graduate Faculty organization comprises Series II.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Constitutions, 1968-1974 series 2box 1folder 2

Series 3: Organization Plan, 1971 (1 linear inch)

Series III contains a memorandum to the members of the graduate faculty organization describing how the newly created President's Advisory Committee for Graduate Studies and Research affects the existing plan of organization of the Graduate Faculty.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Organization Plan, 1971, 1987 series 3box 1folder 3

Series 4: Reports, 1975 (1 linear inch)

Series IV is composed of one report to the annual meeting of the Graduate Faculty Assembly by the Dean of Graduate Studies, David S. Sparks.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Report, 1975 series 4box 1folder 4

Series 5: Publications, 1978-1980 (1 linear inch)

Series V contains a Graduate Faculty publication entitled the Graduate Faculty Communique, issued three times a year. Arrangement is chronological.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Graduate Faculty Communique, 1978-1980 series 5box 1folder 5

Related Material

In addition to the Records of the Graduate Faculty, the following related materials may be found in the collections of the Archives and Manuscripts Department: the Records of the University Faculty Assembly and the College Park Faculty Assembly.

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.

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