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Records of the Vice President & Business Manager, William Kerr

 Collection
Identifier: 7/1/14
This series, comprising sixteen boxes, is the administrative files of the Vice President and Business Manager, William Kerr. Kerr became the business manager on February 1, 1954, succeeding Harry L. Wells, who later retired from his vice presidency on September 1, 1954. Kerr became the vice president and business manager on October 11, 1954. He remained in the position until his retirement, August, 1980.

Because of the close working relationship between the business manager and the controller, records for both vice presidents during Kerr's tenure (1954-1980) are present in the series.

The files are arranged alphabetically by folder title. Within folders the arrangement is chronological by year. Included are folders pertaining to the operations of the various departments previously mentioned. The bulk of the material documents construction and maintenance of the university's buildings on both the Evanston and Chicago campuses. Correspondence, grant materials for construction projects, and financial records provide most of the documentation. A small amount of material concerning budgetary decisions by the controller regarding some univesity programs are included.

About Kerr:

William S. Kerr was born in Portland, Oregon, on December 11, 1911. He attended the University of Minnesota between 1932 and 1936. From 1936 to his appointment as Northwestern's business manager in 1954, Kerr held a series of increasingly responsible positions with the Pennsylvania Railroad Company and the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad. From 1942 to 1946 he held commissions with the U.S. Army Transportation Corps. Northwestern named Kerr vice president and Business manager in 1954. He retired from the University in 1980.

Dates

  • 1944-1980

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Access only by permission of the University Archivist.

Addition: None.

Addition: None.

Extent

19.00 Boxes

Abstract

This series, comprising sixteen boxes, is the administrative files of the Vice President and Business Manager, William Kerr. Kerr became the business manager on February 1, 1954, succeeding Harry L. Wells, who later retired from his vice presidency on September 1, 1954. Kerr became the vice president and business manager on October 11, 1954. He remained in the position until his retirement, August, 1980. The vice president and business manager's role was overseeing the operations of the university's physical facilities, business transactions, and the budget. Among the departments reporting to Kerr were: Buildings and Grounds, Construction, Housing, Food Service, Bursar's Office, Personnel, Purchasing, Public Safety, Investment, Budget, Auditing, Controller, and Data Processing Services. Many of the departments are documented in the series by correspondence and financial records.

Method of Acquisition

The records of the Vice President and Business Manager, William Kerr, were transferred to the University Archives in three accessions: #83-128, one-half box of records on September 15, 1983; #83-177, fifteen boxes of records on August 30, 1983 (both of these accessions were transferred by Lee Ellis, Senior Vice President for Business and Finance); and #87-42, one folder of records transferred by Jan Boden, Secretary to Lee Ellis, on March 9, 1987.

Addition: Transferred to the University Archives from the University's Human Resource Administration on June 28, 1990 (Accession #90-75).

Addition: These records were transferred to the University Archives by Jeremy Wilson, Associate Provost, in two accessions: Accession #98-64 on April 21, 1998 and Accession #98-92 on May 20, 1998.

Separated Materials

One folder of the Vice President and Business Manager, Harry L. Wells, dating 1944-1954, was transferred to the University Archives general files.

Addition: None.

Processing Information

Jason Slimon and Tyler O. Walters, March 31, 1989.

Addition: Kevin B. Leonard; July 9, 1990.

Addition: Alex L. Strauss, June 1998.
Title
Guide to the Records of the Vice President & Business Manager, William Kerr
Author
Jason Slimon and Tyler O. Walters
Date
07/03/1991
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Contact:
Deering Library, Level 3
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