Guide to the Franklyn Bliss Snyder (1884-1958) Vice-President and Dean of Faculties Papers

Collection Title: Franklyn Bliss Snyder (1884-1958) Vice-President and Dean of Faculties Papers
Dates: 1937-1939
Identification: 5/2
Creator: Snyder, Franklyn Bliss, 1884-1958
Extent: 6 Boxes
Abstract: The Franklyn Bliss Snyder Vice-President and Dean of Faculties Papers are arranged in 48 sections dealing primarily with Administration, Board of Trustees, College of Liberal Arts, Faculty, Medical School, School of Commerce, School of Education, and the School of Law. Most of the material consists of routine correspondence and official reports, as well as some unofficial reports to Snyder and memoranda he made of meetings and phone conversations. The series reflects some of the problems and benefits resulting from the creation of a new top-level administrative position in the University. It also illustrates Snyder's methods and growth as an administrator.
Acquisition Information: Transferred to the University Archives at an unknown date prior to June 1, 1974. Separated from the Franklyn Bliss Snyder Presidential Papers, Series 3/16/1.
Processing Information: William K. Beatty, July-August, 1979.
Conditions Governing Access: None
Related Materials: Related materials may be found in Snyder's President's Papers, Series 3/16/1, and in the Fred Dow Fagg, Jr., Papers, Series 5/3.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Scope and Content

The Franklyn Bliss Snyder Vice-President and Dean of Faculties Papers are arranged in 48 sections, primarily as they were arranged in Snyder's office.

The largest amounts of material are in the sections dealing with Administration, Board of Trustees, College of Liberal Arts, Faculty, Medical School, School of Commerce, School of Education, and the School of Law. Most of the material in these sections, as in the rest of the series, consists of routine correspondence and official reports. However, there are also some unofficial reports to Snyder and some memoranda he made of meetings and phone conversations.

The series includes several items of unusual interest. When Snyder assumed the newly created position of Vice-President and Dean of Faculties on September 1, 1937 (two years before he took office as President), he created a small advisory committee to assist him. The folder (Box 1, Folder 2) of material relating to this committee contains a variety of interesting items including a 25-page report by Dean Leon Green of the Law School entitled "Projecting a Law School" (Nov. 11, 1937). The folder for the Board of Trustees' Committee on Educational Policies (Box 1, Folder 14) includes a 6-page statement (Sept. 27, 1937) by Snyder outlining what he (in his new position) should be trying to accomplish. The Department of Zoology folder (Box 2, Folder 16) contains a 34-page report by the Department's Committee on Development (Jan. 1939).

The first (Box 2, Folder 18) of two folders of general correspondence contains a two-page typed signed letter (in German) from Thomas Mann to Snyder from Jamestown, Rhode Island, (May 26, 1938), thanking Snyder for his kindness during Mann's visit to Chicago early in March. Mann dwells at some length on the work of the French critic of Catholic literature, Charles Du Bos. Du Bos had that year been teaching at Notre Dame when Mann had visited him after leaving Chicago. Mann concludes by saying that he and his wife hope eventually to settle in the United States.

James Washington Bell succeeded Snyder as Dean of the Graduate School. In Box 3, Folder 13, is a letter (Sept. 3, 1937) from Snyder to Bell in which Snyder refers to some of the things he accomplished while he had been Dean of the Graduate School (1934-1937). This folder also contains Snyder's last report as Dean (Oct. 5, 1937).

From 1937 to 1939 Northwestern considered acquiring Rush Medical College. Many informal reports, notes on meeting and phone calls, and related material dealing with this possibility may be found in Box 3, Folder 24.

In the material pertaining to the Medill School of Journalism are several items dealing with the School's changeover to a five-year program under Dean Kenneth E. Olson (Box 3, Folder 26). A three-page letter (Nov. 9, 1937) from Snyder to Walter Dill Scott outlines "the primary educational needs of the University" (Box 4, Folder 2). A copy of Snyder's first report as Vice-President (Sept. 1, 1938, 28 pages) is in Box 4, Folder 3.

Snyder's running feud with Dean Ernest O. Melby of the School of Education is documented by materials in Box 4, Folders 17 and 18 and Box 5, Folder 6. In 1937 the Engineering Council for Professional Development surveyed the School of Engineering and did not approve any of its curricula. The response to this action and initiation of a program to rehabilitate the School (which was carried through successfully by a committee chaired by Professor George A. Maney) is documented in Box 5, Folder 7. When Snyder took office as President of Northwestern on September 1, 1939, he was succeeded in the Vice-Presidency by Fred Dow Fagg, Jr., who had been Dean of the School of Commerce.

This series reflects some of the problems and benefits resulting from the creation of a new top-level administrative position in the University. It also illustrates, directly and indirectly, Snyder's methods and growth as an administrator.

Arrangement of Materials

The materials are arranged chronologically by day within folders.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)--Administration

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Vice President and Dean of Faculties

Personal Name

Snyder, Franklyn Bliss, 1884-1958


Container List / Contents

  • Administration - Administrative Appointments, Apr. 12 - May 31, 1939Box 1, Folder 1
  • Administration - Advisory Committee, Oct. 4, 1937 - Dec. 19, 1938Box 1, Folder 2
  • Administration - Correlation Committee, May 11, 1938Box 1, Folder 3
  • Administration - Personnel, Jan. 9-13, 1939Box 1, Folder 4
  • Administration - Refugee Scholars, Nov. 21, 1938 - July 14, 1939Box 1, Folder 5
  • Administration - Space Allotment, Mar. 24 - Aug. 3, 1939Box 1, Folder 6
  • Administration - Statistical Studies, 1937 - 1938Box 1, Folder 7
  • Admissions - Correspondence and Reports, Oct. 12, 1937 - Mar. 8, 1939Box 1, Folder 8
  • Alumni Association - Correspondence and Reports, Sept. 2, 1938 - July 28, 1939Box 1, Folder 9
  • Athletics - Correspondence, Sept. 15, 1938 - June 6, 1939Box 1, Folder 10
  • Board of Personnel Administration - Correspondence and Reports, Feb. 18, 1939 - May 18, 1939Box 1, Folder 11
  • Board of Trustees - Membership, 1937 - 1939Box 1, Folder 12
  • Board of Trustees - Budget Committee, Sept. 23, 1937 - Mar. 21, 1939Box 1, Folder 13
  • Board of Trustees - Committee on Educational Policies, Sept. 27, 1937 - July 31, 1939Box 1, Folder 14
  • Board of Trustees - Committee on Procedure, By-Laws and University StatutesBox 1, Folder 15
  • Board of Trustees - Correspondence, July 30, 1937 - Aug. 17, 1939Box 1, Folder 16
  • Board of Trustees - Strawn, Silas H., Sept. 14, 1937 - Apr. 21, 1939Box 1, Folder 17
  • Buildings - Deering Library, Sept. 7, 1938 - July 26, 1939Box 1, Folder 18
  • Buildings - Dormitories, Sept. 24, 1937 - Aug. 3, 1939Box 1, Folder 19
  • Bureau of Placement - Correspondence, Apr. 22, 1938 - Aug. 3, 1939Box 1, Folder 20
  • Business Office - Brooks, James M., June 26, 1937 - June 1, 1939Box 1, Folder 21
  • Business Office - Budget, 1938 - 1939Box 2, Folder 1
  • Business Office - Budget, 1939 - 1940Box 2, Folder 2
  • Business Office - Wells, Harry L., Aug. 31, 1937 - Aug. 9, 1939Box 2, Folder 3
  • College of Liberal Arts - Dean, Correspondence, June 10, 1937 - Aug. 31, 1938Box 2, Folder 4
  • College of Liberal Arts - Dean, Correspondence, Sept. 20, 1938 - Aug. 4, 1939Box 2, Folder 5
  • College of Liberal Arts - Department of Anthropology, Feb. 10-11, 1939Box 2, Folder 6
  • College of Liberal Arts - Department of Chemistry, Mar. 13-22, 1939Box 2, Folder 7
  • College of Liberal Arts - Department of Correlation, Feb. 17 - Apr. 13, 1938Box 2, Folder 8
  • College of Liberal Arts - Department of English, Oct. 17, 1937 - Aug. 7, 1939Box 2, Folder 9
  • College of Liberal Arts - Faculty, Correspondence, June 23, 1937 - Aug. 7, 1939Box 2, Folder 10
  • College of Liberal Arts - Mathematics and Statistics, Feb. 22, 1938 - June 3, 1939Box 2, Folder 11
  • College of Liberal Arts - Department of Philosophy, May 29, 1939Box 2, Folder 12
  • College of Liberal Arts - Department of Physical Education, Jan. 9, 1939Box 2, Folder 13
  • College of Liberal Arts - Department of Psychology, Dec. 20(?), 1937 - June 7, 1939Box 2, Folder 14
  • College of Liberal Arts - Social Work, Dec. 10, 1937 - July 31, 1939Box 2, Folder 15
  • College of Liberal Arts - Department of Zoology, Nov. 22, 1937 - May 4, 1939Box 2, Folder 16
  • Commencement, 1938Box 2, Folder 17
  • Correspondence, General, Sept. 9, 1937 - July 26, 1938Box 2, Folder 18
      Scope and Contents: Includes 2 page, typed and signed letter, May 26, 1938, from Thomas Mann to FBS.
  • Correspondence, General, Sept. 15, 1938 - Aug. 9, 1939Box 2, Folder 19
  • Correspondence, Washburne, Carleton, Dec. 13, 1937 - Aug. 3, 1938Box 2, Folder 20
  • Deans - Memos, Dec. 3, 1937 - Apr. 10, 1939Box 3, Folder 1
  • Dental School - Dean, Sept. 16 1937 - Apr. 30, 1938Box 3, Folder 2
  • Dental School - Dean, Sept. 12, 1938 - Aug. 29, 1939Box 3, Folder 3
  • Dental School - Deanship, Dec. 1937 - May 10, 1938Box 3, Folder 4
  • Dental School - Faculty, Jan. 24 - Nov. 15, 1938Box 3, Folder 5
  • Development and Public Relations - Correspondence, Mar. 3, 1938 - Aug. 9, 1939Box 3, Folder 6
  • Educational Institutions - National College of Education, Nov. 11, 1937 - July 13, 1939Box 3, Folder 7
  • Faculty - General Faculty Committee, May 12 - Aug. 7, 1939Box 3, Folder 8
  • Faculty - Leaves of Absence, May 18, 1937 - July 31, 1939Box 3, Folder 9
  • Faculty - Outside Activities, Aug. 24 - Oct. 4, 1937Box 3, Folder 10
  • Faculty - Retirement Annuities, Oct. 25, 1937 - Mar. 8, 1939Box 3, Folder 11
  • Faculty - 25 Years of Service, Mar. 1, 1939Box 3, Folder 12
  • Gifts and Grants - Correspondence, Sept. 27, 1938 - Aug. 17, 1939Box 3, Folder 13
  • Graduate School - Dean, Sept. 3, 1937 - May 24, 1938Box 3, Folder 14
  • Graduate School - Dean, June 2, 1938 - July 15, 1939Box 3, Folder 15
  • Graduate School Administrative Board, Minutes, Nov. 24, 1937 - Aug. 8, 1939Box 3, Folder 16
  • Graduate School - Northwestern University Studies, Jan. 5, 1938 - Apr. 17, 1939Box 3, Folder 17
  • History and Archives, May 24-29, 1939Box 3, Folder 18
  • Legislation - Correspondence and Reports, Oct. 24 - Nov. 22, 1938Box 3, Folder 19
  • Library - Koch, Correspondence, Oct. 1, 1937 - July 18, 1939Box 3, Folder 20
  • Medical School - Dean, June 30, 1937 - Aug. 31, 1938Box 3, Folder 21
  • Medical School - Dean, July 22, 1938 - Aug. 29, 1939Box 3, Folder 22
  • Medical School - Clinics, 1938 - 1939Box 3, Folder 23
  • Medical School - Patterson, C.W., Dec. 5, 1938 - Aug. 1, 1939Box 3, Folder 24
  • Medical School - Rush Medical College, Dec. 14, 1937 - June 7, 1939Box 3, Folder 25
  • Medical School - Wesley Hospital, June 28, 1939Box 3, Folder 26
  • Medill School of Journalism - Dean, Sept. 14, 1937 - Aug. 29, 1939Box 3, Folder 27
  • Navy - Correspondence, Sept. 28, 1938 - Aug. 29, 1939Box 4, Folder 1
  • President's Office - Correspondence, Sept. 3, 1937 - Aug. 6, 1938Box 4, Folder 2
  • President's Office - Correspondence, Aug. 31, 1938 - May 29, 1939Box 4, Folder 3
  • President's Office - Revisions Committee, Dec. 5, 1938 - June 7, 1939Box 4, Folder 4
  • Publications - Correspondence, Sept. 16, 1937 - July 11, 1939Box 4, Folder 5
  • Purchasing Department - Correspondence, Sept. 21, 1937Box 4, Folder 6
  • Race Question - Correspondence, Apr. 11 - July 17, 1939Box 4, Folder 7
  • Radio Committee - Correspondence, Sept. 30, 1937 - Aug. 8, 1939Box 4, Folder 8
  • Registrar's Office - Reports and Correspondence, Aug. 19, 1937 - June 27, 1939Box 4, Folder 9
  • Religious Activities - University Board of Religion, Oct. 1, 1937 - Aug. 8, 1939Box 4, Folder 10
  • Religious Activities - YMCA, Sept. 27, 1938 - June 13, 1939Box 4, Folder 11
  • School of Commerce - Dean, Sept. 11, 1937 - Aug. 2, 1938Box 4, Folder 12
  • School of Commerce - Dean, Aug. 5, 1938 - Sept. 2, 1939Box 4, Folder 13
  • School of Commerce - New Dean, June 17 - Aug. 8, 1939Box 4, Folder 14
  • School of Commerce - Faculty, Nov. 8, 1937 - July 4, 1939Box 4, Folder 15
  • School of Commerce - National Association of Real Estate Boards, Nov. 15, 1937 - Apr. 21, 1939Box 4, Folder 16
  • School of Education - Dean, Sept. 9, 1937 - July 25, 1938Box 4, Folder 17
  • School of Education - Dean, Aug. 8, 1938 - Aug. 29, 1939Box 4, Folder 18
  • School of Education - Evanston Township High School Experimental Unit, Apr. 26, 1937 - Feb. 20, 1939Box 5, Folder 1
  • School of Education - Faculty, Oct. 27, 1937 - Aug. 10, 1939Box 5, Folder 2
  • School of Education - Field Services Courses, Sept. 30, 1937 - Jan. 19, 1938Box 5, Folder 3
  • School of Education - Kellogg Foundation, Aug. 16, 1937 - June 2, 1938Box 5, Folder 4
  • School of Education - Religious Education, 1938 - May 16, 1939Box 5, Folder 5
  • School of Education - Statistics, 1937 - 1938Box 5, Folder 6
  • School of Engineering - Dean, Sept. 18, 1937 - June 14, 1938Box 5, Folder 7
  • School of Engineering - Dean, Sept. 24, 1938 - June 8, 1939Box 5, Folder 8
  • School of Engineering - Faculty, Jan. 4 - Aug. 9, 1939Box 5, Folder 9
  • School of Law - Dean, Sept. 3, 1937 - Aug. 31, 1938Box 5, Folder 10
  • School of Law - Dean, Sept. 12, 1938 - Aug. 7, 1939Box 5, Folder 11
  • School of Law - New Dean, Jan. 21 - Mar. 5, 1939Box 5, Folder 12
  • School of Law - Beutel, Frederick, Sept. 1938Box 5, Folder 13
  • School of Law - Faculty, Nov. 10, 1937 - July 8, 1939Box 5, Folder 14
  • School of Law - Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory, Oct. 12, 1937 - June 11, 1938Box 5, Folder 15
  • School of Music - Dean, Sept. 24, 1937 - Aug. 29, 1939Box 5, Folder 16
  • School of Music - Faculty, Jan. 19, 1938Box 5, Folder 17
  • School of Speech - Dean, Sept. 22, 1937 - Aug. 31, 1938Box 5, Folder 18
  • School of Speech - Dean, Oct. 4, 1938 - Aug. 29, 1939Box 5, Folder 19
  • School of Speech - Faculty, Feb. 25 - Aug. 12, 1939Box 5, Folder 20
  • Student Affairs - Deferred Rushing, Mar. 7-14, 1939Box 5, Folder 21
  • Student Affairs - Women, Education of, Dec. 9-12, 1938Box 5, Folder 22
  • Student Financial Aid - Student Aids, Feb. 26 - Aug. 6, 1938Box 5, Folder 23
  • Student Financial Aid - Correspondence, Jan. 5 - Aug. 31, 1938Box 5, Folder 24
  • Student Financial Aid - Correspondence, Sept. 13, 1938 - Aug. 9, 1939Box 5, Folder 25
  • Student Health Service - Correspondence, Nov. 19, 1937 - July 31, 1939Box 6, Folder 1
  • Summer Session - (1938) Correspondence, Sept. 20, 1937 - Aug. 2, 1938Box 6, Folder 2
  • Summer Session - (1938) Figures and Memorandums, 1937 - 1938Box 6, Folder 3
  • Summer Session - (1939) Correspondence, Jan. 12, 1938 - Aug. 4, 1939Box 6, Folder 4
  • Technological Institute - Esbach, Mar. 20 - Aug. 29, 1939Box 6, Folder 5
  • Traffic Safety Institute - Correspondence, Jan. 12, 1938 - Aug. 4, 1939Box 6, Folder 6
  • University College - Dean, July 6, 1937 - Aug. 29, 1938Box 6, Folder 7
  • University College - Dean, Sept. 6, 1938 - Aug. 29, 1939Box 6, Folder 8
  • University College - Budget, Oct. 19, 1938 - Feb. 16, 1939Box 6, Folder 9
  • University College - Division of Social Work, Feb. 27 - Aug. 15, 1939Box 6, Folder 10
  • University Senate - Correspondence and Reports, Sept. 27, 1937 - June 3, 1939Box 6, Folder 11
  • University Senate - Committees, Jan. 9, 1937 - Dec. 3, 1938Box 6, Folder 12
  • University Senate - Committee on Guidance Activities, Nov. 22, 1938 - May 12, 1939Box 6, Folder 13
  • University Senate - Committee on Teacher Training, Oct. 8, 1937 - Jan. 10, 1939Box 6, Folder 14
  • Vice-President's Office - Correspondence, June 23, 1937 - Aug. 31, 1938Box 6, Folder 15
  • Vice-President's Office - Correspondence, Sept. 1, 1938 - July 7, 1939Box 6, Folder 16
  • Vice-President's Office - Advisory Committee, Apr. 26 - Dec. 21, 1938Box 6, Folder 17