North Carolina State University, Committees, University Government Committee Records 1945-1985 (bulk 1954-1972)

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North Carolina State Univsersity. University Government Committee
Size
2.75 linear feet (5 archival boxes; 1 halfbox.)
Call number
UA 022.028

North Carolina State University's University Government Committee Records include memos, reports, drafts and letters documenting the work of at the committee. The most prominent aspect of that work was the establishment of the Faculty Senate and the refinement of mechanisms for faculty representation in University academic administration during the years 1952-1974. There are also a single folder of materials relating to an earlier iteration of the Committee and its 1946 report, and a folder of documents from the mid-1980s regarding faculty status of librarians. Aside from this folder, the records do not document the Committee's activities after 1974, although the Committee appears to remain in existence up to the present (August 2011).

A College Committee on Government and Administration was formed in 1945 to survey the governmental structure of the then North Carolina State College. It issued a report and appears to have disbanded the following year. In 1952 a Committee on College Government was formed to recommend "an instrument of faculty government." Based on its recommendations, a Faculty Senate was instituted on a three-year trial basis in 1954, and the Committee was charged with observing the faculty government and make recommendations for its improvement. The trial period was extended an additional three years in 1957, and in 1960 the Committee recommended that the Senate be established on a permanent basis. The Committee continued to observe faculty government, and made additional recommendations. Its name was changed to the University Government Committee in 1967. The committee was abolished in 2006 and its duties are now handled by the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate.

Biographical/historical note

A College Committee on Government and Administration was formed in 1945 to survey the governmental structure of the then North Carolina State College. It issued a report and appears to have disbanded the following year. In 1952 a Committee on College Government was formed to recommend "an instrument of faculty government." Based on its recommendations, a Faculty Senate was instituted on a three-year trial basis in 1954, and the Committee was charged with observing the faculty government and make recommendations for its improvement. The trial period was extended an additional three years in 1957, and in 1960 the Committee recommended that the Senate be established on a permanent basis. The Committee continued to observe faculty government, and made additional recommendations. Its name was changed to the University Government Committee in 1967. The committee was abolished in 2006 and its duties are now handled by the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate.

Scope/content

The University Government Committee Records include memos, reports, drafts and letters documenting the work of the Committee. The most prominent aspect of that work was the establishment of the Faculty Senate and the refinement of mechanisms for faculty representation in University academic administration during the years 1952-1974. There is also a single folder of materials relating to an earlier iteration of the Committee and its 1946 report, and a folder of documents from the mid-1980s regarding faculty status of librarians. Aside from this latter folder, the records do not document the Committee's activities after 1974, although the University Government Committee appears to have remained in existence up to 2006, when it was disbanded and its duties assigned to the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate.

Arrangement

This collection retains the order originally found by the processors. The records were acquired in several batches, from at least three different donors. There is a good deal of repetition in the contents, but the arrangement keeps together files that appeared to have been compiled by the same person. Unless otherwise noted, folder labels are original.

Use of these materials

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], North Carolina State University, Committees, University Government Committee Records, UA 022.028, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

Transferred from the University Government Committee, and various members thereof, in 15 lots between 1965 and 1984.

Government Committee 1945-1953

Includes letter from L. W. Seegers, dated 28 Sept. 1961, turning over records of "now defunct" committee to D. H. Hill Library.

Box 1, Folder 1
Government Committee 1953-1958
Box 1, Folder 2
Government Committee 1959-1960
Box 1, Folder 3
Government Committee 1960-1961
Box 1, Folder 4
Government Committee 1961-1962
Box 1, Folder 5
Government Committee 1962-1963
Box 1, Folder 6
Government Committee 1963-1964
Box 1, Folder 7
Government Committee 1964-1965
Box 1, Folder 8
Government Committee 1965-1966
Box 2, Folder 1
Government Committee 1966-1967
Box 2, Folder 2
Government Committee 1967-1968
Box 2, Folder 3
Government Committee 1968-1969
Box 2, Folder 4
Government Committee 1969-1970
Box 2, Folder 5
McVay, F. E.--Government Committee Documents--Note to successor August 1972

Note to "Leroy" (Leroy B. Martin?) giving brief information about items concerning the Government Committee. A datestamp on the back of the document indicates it was received on 17 August 1972, which jibes with the content of the notes, though the date "7-3-84" is written on the front of the document in a different hand.

Half box 3, Folder 1
McVay, F. E.--Government Committee Documents--Volume I, Old Stuff 1970-1971

"Old stuff" is description of folder contents in McVay's note to his successor.

Half box 3, Folder 2
McVay, F. E.--Government Committee Documents--Volume II, Current 1971-1972

"More or less current" is description of folder contents in McVay's note to his successor.

Half box 3, Folder 3
McVay, F. E.--Government Committee Documents--Volume III, Faculty Roster 19 January 1972
Half box 3, Folder 4
College Government 1962-1963
Box 4, Folder 1
College Government 1963-1969
Box 4, Folder 2
College Government 1963-1967
Box 4, Folder 3
College Government 1965-1970
Box 4, Folder 4
Faculty Senate--How It All Began... 1965, 1957

Typed and MS annotated excerpts of General Faculty meetings of 4 June 1954 and 23 May 1957, and copy of 4 May 1954 Report of the Committee on College Government to the General Faculty. Cover letter dated 14 October 1957 from L. W. Seegers, Secretary of General Faculty, to W. N. Hicks, Chair of College Government Committee meeting of General Faculty.

Box 4, Folder 5
Report, Committee on College Government, Charles I. Foster, Chairman 1954

There are several drafts of the report and notes in the folder. One version with note on yellow paper: "Yellow Peril Document... Masterful in its Ambibuity, But it got the show on the road! Glory be!"

Box 4, Folder 6
College Government Committee, W. N. Hicks, Chairman--Some Key Documents 1957-1960

Typed/printed documents with MS annotations; folder title is from label of binder in which documents were originally kept.

Box 4, Folder 7
College Government Committee, Hicks 1957-1958

Notes about membership and meeting dates on front of folder.

Box 4, Folder 8
Faculty Senate By-Laws 20 May 1958
Box 5, Folder 1
College Government Committee, Hicks 1958-1959

Notes about meetings on front of folder.

Box 5, Folder 2
College Government Committee, Hicks--Letters from Chairman 1959-1960
Box 5, Folder 3
Annual Reports of the Visiting Committee to the Board of Trustees of the Consolidated University of North Carolina 1954-1961, 1963

Found unfoldered.

Box 5, Folder 4
Consolidated University--Powers of General Assembly, Trustees, Faculty 1955-1961
Box 5, Folder 5
College Government--Notes and Drafts 1954-1967
Box 5, Folder 6
College Government Committee, Hicks--Progressive Venture 22 January 1960

Report on "The Progressive Venture of General Faculty Participation in the Life and Growing Effectiveness of State College."

Box 5, Folder 7
College Government Committee, Hicks--Annual Report May 1960
Box 5, Folder 8
College Government Committee, Seegers and Hicks 1960-1961
Box 5, Folder 9
College Government Committee, Seegers--Annual Report 31 May 1961, 24 August 1962
Box 5, Folder 10
College Government Committee, Hicks--General Faculty Meeting 11 February 1960
Box 5, Folder 11
Committee on Government--Report to General Faculty, 1954 revision and 1957 Second Printing May 1954, November 1957

Found unfoldered.

Box 6, Folder 1
Summary of Educational Policy Seminars 1961-1962 April 1963

Printed report, found unfoldered.

Box 6, Folder 2
Committee on College Government--Reports 1964, 1965
Box 6, Folder 3
University Government Committee (1 of 2) 1954-1974

Found in unlabeled hanging folder.

Box 6, Folder 4
University Government Committee (2 of 2) 1954-1974

Found in unlabeled hanging folder.

Box 6, Folder 5
College Government Committee 1964-1966
Box 6, Folder 6
University Government Committee--Voting Faculty and Status of Librarians 1984-1985

Found unfoldered; possibly mis-filed.

Box 6, Folder 7

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], North Carolina State University, Committees, University Government Committee Records, UA 022.028, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.