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Records of the Board of Trustees Executive Committee

 Collection
Identifier: 1/1/2
The Records of the Executive Committee of the Northwestern University Board of Trustees in this series comprise one half-size box and span the period 1853-1892. The Records deal primarily with fiscal matters and do not reflect the full range of Committee concerns during the period. Included are lists of subscriptions to the university, bonds issued to raise funds, and stock certificates.

The university's principal financial resource throughout the nineteenth century was its holdings in real estate; the bulk of the series consists of correspondence, notes and Committee minutes concerned with the administration of the university's real estate. The series includes information on the donation of land to the university, the sale and lease of property, and a variety of conflicts with individuals and the town of Evanston over the uses of and rights to various pieces of real estate.

Of interest is one folder pertaining to the incorporation of the Evanston College for Ladies. The bulk of the material concerns the negotiations for the use, by the Evanston College for Ladies, of a piece of land donated by the university to the town for use as a park. The College was absorbed by the University in 1873 and the land again became part of Northwestern University.

Dates

  • 1853-1898

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at specialcollections@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Extent

1.00 Boxes

Abstract

The Executive Committee of Northwestern University's Board of Trustees is composed of from eleven to seventeen Trustees, including the Chairman of the Board. The Executive Committee meets regularly, and is empowered to act for the full Board in all matters concerning the university except the appointment of a Chancellor, President, Vice President, Provost, or Professor; the establishment of chairs; and the enactment of by laws governing the university. The Records of the Executive Committee in this series span the period 1853-1892. They deal primarily with fiscal matters (chiefly real estate), and do not reflect the full range of Committee concerns during the period. Included are lists of subscriptions to the university, bonds issued to raise funds, and stock certificates.

Arrangement

The records of the Executive Committee of the Northwestern University Board of Trustees are organized into: correspondence, notes, minutes; subscription lists, records of payment; Evanston College for Ladies; Northwestern University bonds; mortgages, promissory notes, stock certificates, deeds.

Method of Acquisition

The Records of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees were removed from the University Archives General Files on June 8, 1984 and accessioned as # 84-78.

Related Materials

Additional information on the Evanston College for Ladies may be found in the Archives General Files.

Additional information concerning the actions of the Executive Committee may be found in the General Files and the Minutes of the Board of Trustees. Additional information on university owned real estate may be found in various series of records of the University Attorney (RG 53) and the Vice President for Business and Finance (RG 7).

Processing Information

Thomas J. Dorst, June 8, 1984.
Title
Guide to the Records of the Board of Trustees Executive Committee
Author
Thomas J. Dorst
Date
08/06/1984
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Contact:
Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US
847-491-3635