The records of the Faculty Planning Committee spanning the years 1963-1980 comprise six boxes. They consist primarily of memoranda, correspondence, notes, and committee reports. Minutes of the FPC apparently were not regularly distributed and few exist in the records, with the exception of those for the years 1976-1978. The bulk of the records document the FPC's work during the chairmanship of Jean Hagstrum (1966-1969), with substantial bodies of records also present for the chairmanships of Clarence Ver Steeg (1962-1965), Daniel Zelinsky (1974-1975), and Paul Loach (1976-1978). The records include the Committee's annual reports to the Provost, as well as drafts and final version of the FPC's six major reports to the University community. Published copies of A Community of Scholars: New Approaches to Undergraduate Education at Northwestern (Part I, September 1968), Community of Scholars: New Educational Programs for Northwestern University (Part II, October, 1969), and Research, Teaching, and University Goals (March, 1979) are shelved in Room 110.
The records include material from all the terms of office save those of David Mintzer (1969-1970) and Robert Lineberry (1980- ). Small amounts of material document the tenures of Ali Bulent Cambell (1965-1966), David Reiter (1970-1972), James Sheehan (1972-1973), and Hugo Sonnenschein (1975-1976). David Baron's tenure (1978-1980) is represented only by two reports on the University in the 1980s.
The ten folders documenting Ver Steeg's chairmanship include committee files, clippings, and various drafts of the FPC's 1965 report on space utilization.
The thirty eight folders comprising the record of Hagstrum's chairmanship constitute over half of the series. In addition to general committee files they include materials relating to many of the various subcommittees that the FPC created to research and write the various sections of its report, A Community of Scholars (popularly referred to as the "Hagstrum Report"), drafts of the report, and a typescript of the final report.
The five folders documenting Zelinsky's tenure as chairman include committee files, departmental responses to an FPC questionnaire entitled "A Survey of Graduate Student Policies," and a copy of the Committee's report on the graduate program.
The eight folders covering Loach's chairmanship include the only significant run of FPC minutes in the series. In addition there are general committee files that include correspondence and committee reports.