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Records of the General Faculty Committee

Identifier: 4/5/1

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Scope and Contents

The records of the General Faculty Committee (GFC) includes materials generated or received by the committee between 1939-1977. The records are divided into three categories, General Administrative Records, Administrative Subject Files, and records pertaining to GFC Committees. The original folder titles have been retained. Materials relating to other faculty committees and the University Senate which was not directly related to the GFC, was removed and filed with other appropriate series.

The General Administrative Records include a comprehensive account of the origins of the GFC and two five-year progress reports covering the first ten years of the committee's existence. The GFC Annual Reports and the GFC Report provide a comprehensive account of the committee's activities on a yearly basis. Included in the reports are preliminary drafts of reports, subcommittee reports and reports of other faculty committees. The Agenda and Meeting Notices and Minutes are not complete for every year and are missing entirely for the years 1939-1958.

Although the bulk of the remainder of the records date from the late 1960's and 1970's, a few miscellaneous items from the 1940's are included. Most of the Correspondence is of a rather general nature. Correspondence pertaining to a specific subject may often be found in the appropriate subject folders. The Membership materials pertain to the GFC, except the folders entitled "Committee Appointments" which pertain to other faculty committees as well as GFC committees.

The Administrative Subject Files and the Committees materials are closely related since GFC subcommittees often generate materials relating to these specific subjects. Included is correspondence, reports and drafts memoranda, notes and lists.


  • 1939-1977


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on use of the materials in the department for research; all patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored at a remote campus location and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.


7.00 Boxes

Language of Materials



On April 8, 1939 it was recommended that a standing committee be created to represent the several faculties and Senate before the Board. Further, it recommended that the committee be democratically elected from the four upper academic ranks of the faculty, that its first task would be to consider the revised statutes and that it should be called the General Faculty Committee. The General Faculty Committee was then authorized by the Senate "to consider any matters of general university policy on its own initiative or matters referred to it by faculty of the separate schools…" The records of the General Faculty Committee (GFC) includes materials generated or received by the committee between 1939-1977.

Arrangement Note

The records are divided into three categories, General Administrative Records, Administrative Subject Files, and records pertaining to GFC Committees. The original folder titles have been retained. Within each series, folders are arranged chronologically.

Method of Acquisition

The records of the General Faculty Committee were transferred to the University Archives by Evan H. Greener (Chairman 1976-1977), July 1977.

Separated Materials

Two folders of GFC Reports (Box 1 Folder 7 and Box 7 Folder 10) were separated from Series 4/5/1 and added to the Serial Publications Collection. (Thomas J. Dorst, March 15, 1984.)

Other Descriptive Information

GFC Officers

1939-1940: Chairman-Andrew C. Ivy

1940-1941: Vice Chairman-Francis C. Roesecrance; Secretary-Alpheus Smith

1941-1942: Chairman-Alpheus Smith; Vice Chairman- Francis C. Rosecrance; Secretary-Roland E. Wolseley

1942-1943: Chairman-Francis C. Rosecrance; Vice Chairman-James W. Buchanan; Secretary-Roland E. Wolseley

1943-1944: Chairman-Francis C. Rosecrance; Vice Chairman-Delbert J. Duncan; Secretary-Roland E. Wolseley

1944-1945: Chairman-Delbert J. Duncan; Vice Chairman-Charles D. Hurd; Secretary-James W. Ball

1945-1946: Chairman-Charles D. Hurd; Vice Chairman-James W. Buchanan; Secretary-Bertram Morris

1946-1947: Chairman-Malcolm Dole; Vice Chairman-Eldridge T. McSwain; Secretary-Bertram Morris

1947-1948: Chairman-Malcolm Dole; Vice Chairman-James W. Buchanan; Secretary-Raymond Carhart

1948-1949: Chairman-Ray A. Billington; Vice Chairman-Moody E. Prior; Secretary-Richard W. Jones

1949-1950: Chairman-Richard C. Overton; Vice Chairman-Moody E. Prior; Secretary-Floyd G. Arpan

1950-1951: Chairman-Moody E. Prior; Vice Chairman-; Secretary-

1951-1952: Chairman-Rollin B. Posey; Vice Chairman-; Secretary-

1952-1953: Chairman-Brunson MacChesney; Vice Chairman-Zera S. Fink; Secretary-Richard S. Hartenberg

1953-1954: Chairman-Zera S. Fink; Vice Chairman-Karl F. Robinson; Secretary-Richard S. Hartenberg

1954-1955: Chairman-Karl F. Robinson; Vice Chairman-Jean Hagstrum; Secretary-Richard S. Hartenberg

1955-1956: Chairman-Robert H. Baker; Vice Chairman-; Secretary-

1956-1957: Chairman-Robert E. Zinn; Vice Chairman-; Secretary-

1957-1958: Chairman-Russell A. Fisher; Vice Chairman-Robert H. Baker; Secretary-Wallace W. Douglas

1958-1959: Chairman-Glen E. Mills; Vice Chairman-Joe Park; Secretary-Wallace W. Douglas

1959-1960: Chairman-Richard W. Leopold; Vice Chairman-Robert L Burwell; Secretary-Wallace W. Douglas

1960-1961: Chairman-Jacob Scher; Vice Chairman-Robert L Burwell; Secretary-Karl de Schweinitz

1961-1962: Chairman-Karl de Schweinitz; Vice Chairman-Walter H. Gregg; Secretary-Gerald O. Rulon

1962-1963: Chairman-Nathaniel L. Nathanson; Vice Chairman-Jorj O. Osterberg; Secretary-Robert H. Wiebe

1963-1964: Chairman-Jorj O. Osterberg; Vice Chairman-Raymond Carhart; Secretary-Richard C. Bowers

1964-1965: Chairman-Raymond Carhart; Vice Chairman-Harry B. Reese; Secretary-Ivar Stakgold

1965-1966: Chairman-Harry B. Reese; Vice Chairman-Richard W. Leopold; Secretary-Robert B. Jennings

1966-1967: Chairman-Fred M. Whiting; Vice Chairman-Morris E. Fine; Secretary-Lee B. Sechrest

1967-1968: Chairman-Gail M. Inlow; Vice Chairman-None; Secretary-Jack Z. Sissors

1968-1969: Chairman-Vance N Kirby; Vice Chairman-Bion B. Howard; Secretary-John McLane

1969-1970: Chairman-Richard D. Schwartz; Vice Chairman-Jack Z. Sissors; Secretary-Sidney J. Levy

1970-1971: Chairman-Edmund Perry; Vice Chairman-James Van Ness; Secretary-Edward Stephens

1971-1972: Chairman-Stuart L. Meyer; Vice Chairman-Karl de Schweinitz; Secretary-Frank Miller

1972-1973: Chairman-Donald Berry; Vice Chairman-Edward Stephens; Secretary-T. Stephen May

1973-1974: Chairman-Allan Drebin; Vice Chairman-; Secretary-Lawrence Evans

1974-1975: Chairman-Peter Jacobi; Vice Chairman-Gilbert K. Krulee; Secretary-Lawrence Evans, et. al.

1975-1976: Chairman-Peter Jacobi; Vice Chairman-Evan H. Greener; Secretary-Gilbert K. Krulee, Robert Mayo, Elaine L. Brown

1976-1977: Chairman-Evan H. Greener; Vice Chairman-Anne Thurman; Secretary-Albert I. Farbman, Raymond J. Krizek, Robert Mayo

1977-1978: Chairperson- Elaine Brown

1978-1979: Chairperson- Arthur Veis

Processing Information

Elisabeth Wittman, July 1977.

Guide to the Records of the General Faculty Committee
Elisabeth Wittman
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
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Evanston IL 60208-2300 US