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Board of Trustees Minutes

 Collection
Identifier: 1/1/1

Scope and Contents

The first entry recorded in the minutes of the meetings of the Northwestern University Board of Trustees is for the original meeting held to establish a university on May 31, 1850. The minutes are complete from that meeting to the last volume listed. Minutes of the meetings of the Board of Executive Committee and all standing and special committees are also included.

For the years 1850 to 1919, minutes exist in handwritten and/or typed volumes and are boxed. For all years, 1850 to current, mimeographed or printed bound volumes exist. For most research and reference purposes, the bound volumes should be used in order to preserve the fragile boxed volumes. In addition, the bound volumes contain indexes which make searching easier.

Boxed Volumes 1-25: Handwritten, leather-bound books of Minutes of the Board of Trustees Meetings from 1850-1919, volumes 1-25, are located in boxes 2-27. The original two first Books of Minutes (1850-1871), in Box 1, are small-format volumes; large-format, handwritten copies of these first two books are found in Box 2.

Volume numbers refer to number inscribed on the spine of each book.

Small-format Indexes to the Meeting Minutes, covering 1902-1915, are located in box 28 along with two small, unidentified Indexes.

Bound Volumes (Shelved): The bound typewritten volumes of minutes between 1850 through April 1919 were copied from handwritten minutes. From May 1919 through June 1920 the minutes were copied from typewritten and/or mimeographed minutes. Thereafter, mimeographed copies of the minutes were bound in volumes.

Beginning with Volume 40, 1931-1932, lists of all members of the board and all board committees are included at the front of each volume.

At the beginning of each volume is an index which is organized, from Volume One (1850-1871) through Volume 44 (1935-1936), in chronological order and alphabetically thereunder. Beginning with Volume 45 (1936-1937) the index is only alphabetical. A new volume is added each year.

Dates

  • 1850 - 2005

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Volumes 1-49, 1850-1940, are open for research. All later volumes may be consulted only with the permission of the University Archivist.

Boxes 1-28 are stored at a remote campus location and require 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

28 Boxes

113 Volumes

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Board of Trustees Minutes comprise 28 boxes and 113 volumes. This is an expanding collection. For all years, 1850 to current, mimeographed or printed bound volumes exist. For the years 1850 to 1919, minutes exist in handwritten and/or typed volumes and are boxed.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by type of material (handwritten or typed; mimeographed or printed) and chronologically within those types.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Volumes were transferred to the University Archives from the Office of the President.

Accruals

This is an expanding collection. Bound volumes will continue to be added on a regular basis.

Processing Information

Elisabeth Wittman (June, 1978); Rocio Martinez (Winter, 2009).
Title
Guide to the Board of Trustees Minutes
Author
Elisabeth Wittman (June, 1978); Rocio Martinez (Winter, 2009)
Date
June 1978; Winter 2009
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