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OSF 1-703, MC

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MFR 1-703, MFC
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Record Group: 1 UW
Record Sub-Group: 1
Records Title: UM-System; Board of Curators; Official Correspondence
Dates: 1839-1920
Volume: 12 and 1/3 cubic feet, 15.42 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

(A83-94; A01-154)
The correspondence and other documents contained in this Record Sub-Group pertain to establishment and early development of the University of Missouri at Columbia and the School of Mines at Rolla.

Subjects in this Sub-Group include the curators' oaths and appointments, bids for construction of buildings, planning and landscaping of the campus, faculty and administration appointments, selection, adjustment, and sales of Agriculture College and University lands, conferring degrees, legislation regarding the University and the School of Mines, appropriations and budgets, establishment of and reports by Departments, Schools, Colleges, the President, and the Board of Curators.

This Sub-Group also includes records documenting inventories of equipment and furnishings, organization of departments, Seminary and Subscription Funds, recommendations regarding salaries, resignations of faculty, student conduct, meeting minutes, court cases against the University, admission of women, reorganization of the University, the Civil War era occupation of campus buildings by Federal troops, claims against the Federal Government for damage done by occupying troops, and the temporary closure of the University during the Civil War.

Additionally, some files in this Sub-Group pertain to catalog printing, destruction of University buildings by fire, insurance policies, plans for a student residence hall system, the World's Fairs and Expositions at Kansas City and St. Louis, frictions between various faculty members (and with students and administrators, collection of collateral inheritance taxes, student life and activities, and commencement ceremonies.
Note to Archivist: This entire collection has been microfilmed. The microfilm consists of 33 microfilm reels (MFR) in 35mm format, located in the Archives Reading Room's Microfilm Cabinet. Call number: UW:1/4/1a (A01-154).
Note to Researcher: Researchers are encouraged to use the microfilm version of this Sub-Group as the original documents are fragile and responsible preservation requires minimum use of the original paper records. For materials from University Relations concerning Board of Curators meetings, see Record Group 4 UW, Sub-Group 74, Series 1 and 8.

Series Descriptions:

This Record Sub-Group have been organized into six records series. Arrangement within each of the records series is chronological.

Series One holds original, hand-written records relating to Board of Curators deliberations and decisions during that period from the University's founding, in 1839, thorough the early post-Civil War years. It is a chronicle of many of the challenges, crises, and accomplishments of the young institution.

Series Two covers Board actions during the pivotal years 1869 through 1875, a time when efforts to move the University away from Columbia were finally defeated. Also in this second series are many documents pertaining to the establishment of the Colleges of Agriculture and "Mechanic Arts" at Columbia and the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy in Rolla with funds provided by the Morrill Act; this latter being the first expansion of the University of Missouri into a multi-campus system.

Series Three holds correspondence and other records relating to the years between 1876 and 1888, a period of considerable growth and building on the Columbia campus.

Series Four's documents, from 1889 through 1897, describe, among other events, a tragic fire which destroyed the original Academic Hall. Series four also chronicles the Board of Curators' successful efforts to overcome tremendous loss and rebuild the University.

Series Five contains records of the Board's actions during the first years of the new century. Included are records of decisions made concerning the establishment of a University Hospital and expanded course offerings for the School of Medicine.

Series Six contains the most recent documents (1914 to 1920) within this record sub-group. Some of these records pertain to construction of new classroom and laboratory buildings. Considerable mention is also made of the activities of the newly organized Extension Service of the University's Agriculture Department.

Series Outline:

  1. Series One - Early Years: 1839-1868

  2. Series Two - Morrill Act Expansion: 1869-1875

  3. Series Three - Growth and Change: 1876-1888

  4. Series Four - Destruction and Rebirth: 1889-1897

  5. Series Five - Turn of the Century Expansion: 1898-1913

  6. Series Six - WW I and the Post-War Years: 1914-1920

Restrictions Note: The Archives of the University of Missouri-Columbia is required by law and Board of Curator's policy to restrict access to some files and information. Student records are held as confidential under the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and by University policy. Faculty promotion and tenure records and Academic Personnel files are restricted for 75 years, or the lifetime of the individual. All grievance, disciplinary, and medical records are treated as confidential files. Consultations with legal counsel, both in-house and external, are protected by the attorney/client privilege and will not be released.

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