College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Salary Lists
Scope and Contents
This series, consisting of eight ledgers, records the salaries paid all faculty, deans, administrative personnel, departmentally supported graduate students, research assistants, proctors, readers, and clerical staff of Northwestern University's College of Liberal Arts (CLA) for academic years 1906/1907 to 1930/1931. They represent a comparative record documenting the economics value of academic careers in the first three decades of the twentieth century. The lists also are evidence of increasing budgetary sophistication on the part of the university. The early all-inclusive alphabetical lists give way to departmentally arranged, multiple account lists.
The salary lists exhibit two primary arrangements. Volume One, including salary lists for academic years 1906/1907 to 1912/1913, consist of alphabetical salary lists for 1906/1907, 1907/1908, 1908/1909, and 1909/1910. One alphabetical list of all CLA personnel for each academic year is arranged in monthly columns across the page, with a yearly total at the right margin. No distinctions are made among faculty, staff, students, or administrators, and only one university account provided all CLA salary funds. Supplementary lists accompany the alphabetical CLA salary lists, detailing non-CLA salary account personnel expenses for additional student exam readers, piano accompanists for physical education classes, and extra clerical help. A separate list details salaries paid for Summer Session instruction and represents an account distinct from the CLA salary account.
The final two salary lists in Volume One for academic years 1911/1912 and 1912/1913 exhibit a different arrangement. Faculty, staff, and graduate students are grouped together according to the CLA departments to which they belonged. Preceding the departmental arrangement is a section for the salaries of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and the administrative staff of the College. No department names are given in the various salary lists, hence names must be matched against faculty rosters to determine the appropriate affiliation. As with the earlier alphabetical salary lists, entries are made in monthly columns across the page, with a yearly total at the right. Within each department in a given salary list faculty are arranged according to rank, followed by staff and graduate students supported by the department. Separate accounts appear for faculty, staff, graduate students, and administrators. As with earlier lists, Summer School salaries are recorded in separate lists and are not part of the CLA salary budget.
Volumes Two (1913/1914-1916/1917; mislabeled 1913/1916), Three (1917/1918), Four (1918/1919-1919/1920), Five (1920/1921), Six (1921/1922-1922/1923), Seven (1923/1924-1928/1929), and Eight (1929/1930-1931/1932) are arranged by department and include separate account numbers for professors, associate professors, assistant professors, other instructional personnel, staff, and graduate students. Summer School salary lists are separate.
Various special lists appear in several ledgers. In Volume Six the 1921/1922 and 1922/1923 records include a list of monies paid as salaries from the Centenary Fund. The Fund was established by the Methodist Episcopal Church with $15,000 from the Board of Foreign Missions and $25,000 from the Board of Home Missions with the purpose of starting a School of Religious Education and Social Service at Northwestern. The School never materialized but faculty teaching courses that were to be part of the new core curriculum had their salaries paid, in part or in full, from the Fund. Laboratory assistants in chemistry, botany, and zoology were entered in separate salary lists in some years (1923/1924, 1926/1927, 1927/1928). In 1928 the University College (evening division) was organized on the Chicago (McKinlock) campus and a separate salary list appears in 1928/1929 (Volume Seven) and 1929/1930 (Volume Eight) for instructional salaries paid CLA faculty for evening classes taught.
Two folders of loose sheets are included in the series. Folder One consists of Summer School salary lists for 1911-1919 and several undated years. Folder Two includes student salary lists for 1914-1918 and CLA's budgetary portion of the University President's office salaries for 1915.
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Language of Materials
This series, consisting of eight ledgers, records the salaries paid all faculty, deans, administrative personnel, departmentally supported graduate students, research assistants, proctors, readers, and clerical staff of Northwestern University's College of Liberal Arts for academic years 1906/1907 to 1930/1931. They represent a comparative record documenting the economic value of academic careers in the first three decades of the twentieth century. The lists also are evidence of increasing budgetary sophistication on the part of the university.
The principal salary lists of the College of Arts and Sciences faculty are arranged in chronological order. These are preceded by a folder for summer school faculty, and a folder for the office of the President of the College of Liberal Arts.
Method of Acquisition
These volumes were transfered to the University Archives prior to June, 1974 as accessions #74-55 and #74-160.
Thomas Dorst, October, 1981.
- Guide to the College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Salary Lists
- Thomas Dorst
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