ELWYN B. ROBINSON DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
CHESTER FRITZ LIBRARY
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
3051 UNIVERSITY AVENUE STOP 9000
GRAND FORKS, NORTH DAKOTA 58202-9000

PRESIDENT'S OFFICE RECORDS

COLLECTION: UA #43

DATES: 1884-

This page links of all of the individual inventories in the President's Office Records. The collection is a large one, consisting of over 85 boxes.

Original Donation: 1885-1973

This first donation of President's Office Records dates from 1885-1973, and consists primarily of correspondence. Arranged first are official memorandums received by the UND President from the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education. These memos date from 1948-1971, and cover most conceivable aspects of University and State Board business, budgetary and financial concerns, and planning.

Arranged second is correspondence to and from the UND President and various Commissioners of the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education. The correspondence dates from 1943-1971. As with the memorandum, the subjects of the letters are truly wide ranging.

The third section contains correspondence of UND Presidents John C. West (1933-1954) and George Starcher (1954-1971). These files have been arranged alphabetically. In some instances, the correspondence was filed by the last name of the letter writer, although a fair amount of folders were arranged according to the subject of the letter.

The fourth section consists of various university reports. Included are reports of the Board of Regents/Trustees, 1888-1914, Biennial Reports of the University of North Dakota, 1922-1956, and Reports of the President, 1885-1886 and 1954-1973.

The final section includes miscellaneous material in the form of appointment books, UND commencement programs, inauguration programs, and various publications.

Addition: 1939-1972

This addition to the President's Office records consists of the text of speeches delivered by UND President George Starcher, who presided over the University from July 1, 1954 until June 30, 1971. The speeches date from 1939-1972, and have been arranged alphabetically by subject, group addressed or location and, thereafter, chronologically. Unless stated otherwise, the speeches were given on the University campus in Grand Forks. Some of the speeches date to Starcher's time at Ohio University, where he worked prior to taking up the UND Presidency.

Addition: 1928-1980

This addition to the President's Office Records dates from 1928-1980, and consists of class size and teaching load reports, miscellaneous materials, and faculty personnel files. The class size and teaching load reports are arranged first, and date from 1953-1968. Arranged second are the miscellaneous files, which include correspondence, committee files, subject files, and reports by the President to the Board of Administration. The faculty personnel files are arranged last. These files have been arranged alphabetically by last name.

Addition: 1922-1976

This addition to the President's Office Records dates from 1922-1976, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1956-1971. The integrity of the filing system employed by the President's Office has been maintained. The records are arranged alphabetically by subject category. The files consist primarily of correspondence, reports, meeting minutes of committees, and publications. The records contain significant information regarding several subjects, including campus buildings: Twamley and the Carillion, Chester Fritz Library and Auditorium, Burtness Theater, the Student Union addition, and student dormitories; trust funds for John Arneberg and Edmund A. Hughes; Ellendale Branch-UND and the extension center at Williston; Wesley College and its takeover by UND in 1965; Founder's Day 1940-1976; KFJM and Educational TV, channel 2; UND's Self Study of 1957; Maxwell Upson Lecture series, scholarships, and engineering building; and correspondence and reports with the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare regarding grants, loans, and work study.

The majority of the material in this addition dates to the administration of UND President George Starcher.

Addition: 1884-1909

This addition consists of correspondence spanning the years 1884-1909. The first document, dated 1884, is a letter to President Blackburn from James Twamley, President of the first Board of Regents. The second document, an act appropriating funds for the maintenance of UND, dates from President Sprague's term. The bulk of the material, dated from 1898-1909, originates from Webster Merrifield's presidency and includes a series of letters from E.J. Babcock reporting on cement tests, as well as correspondence relating to dining services and residence halls.

Addition: 1960-1980

This addition to the President's Office Records consists of Faculty and Personnel Records dated from 1960 to 1980.

Addition: 1946-2003 [Bulk Dates, 1990-1999]

This addition to the President's Office Records dates from 1946-2003, although the bulk of the material dates from the 1990s, during the administration of President Kendall Baker. The material consists of general files, which were kept in their original order.

Addition: 1976-1976

This addition to the President's Office Records dates from 1974 - 1976 and contains questions that were asked by students to President Clifford during his "Chats with the President." President Clifford felt that communication with the students was vital to the success of the university, so to encourage communication he set up a series of "Chats" where students could come and ask questions. President Clifford would also test ideas he had and explain decisions he had made.

Addition: 1965

This addition to the President's Office Records dates from January 1965 and contains an eight page letter from the faculty of the University of North Dakota to UND President George Starcher. The letter spoke about the dangers that faced the University due to higher education demands, lower academic standards for students, and a deficiency in the quality of teaching from the staff.

Addition: 1966-1992

This addition to the President's Office Records dates from 1966-1992 and consists of budget documents, construction plans, correspondence, financial information, and studies and reports.

Addition: 1908-1990 [Bulk Dates, 1951-1990]

This addition to the President's Office Records consists of miscellaneous subject files dating from 1908-1990, although the bulk of the material dates from 1951-1990. The files includes construction plans, correspondence, scholarship information, studies and reports.

Addition: 1938-1977 [Bulk Dates, 1955-1977]

This addition to the President's Office Records dates from 1938-1977 and consists of John G. Arneberg's trust, and information regarding the Campbell Foundation, the Greater North Dakota Association, the Minute Man Missile Program, and the new Nursing Building. Also included are the will, estate and correspondence of Edna Twamley as well as James Twamley's trust and information regarding Twamley Hall.

Addition: 1962-1973

This addition to the President's Office Records dates from 1962-1973 and consists mainly of information regarding the inauguration of President Thomas Clifford on April 14, 1972. The only folder not related to the inauguration is a folder on civil defense. All folders were kept in their original divisions and arranged in alphabetical order.

Addition: 2002

This addition to the President's Office Records consists of a newspaper clipping from the Grand Forks Herald on November 24, 2002 regarding the awarding to former UND President Thomas Clifford the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award. This award is the state's highest honor of achievement.

Addition: 1984-1999

This addition to the President's Office Records date from 1984-1999, and consists of records from the former UND Witmer Art Gallery. The principle focus of the art gallery was to promote and display the work of local artists. The UND Witmer Art Gallery was located at 2920 5th Avenue North in a house that was once owned by the former Dean of Arts and Sciences, Robert Witmer.

Addition: 1992, 1999-2000

This addition to the President's Office Records dates from 1992 and 1999-2000. The files consist of material regarding the inauguration ceremonies for President Kendall Baker in 1992 and President Charles Kupchella in 1999.

Addition: 1962-2001 [Bulk Dates, 1992-1999]

This addition to the President's Office Records consists of subject files dating from 1962-2001. The material has been divided into two sections. The first section regards the University of North Dakota; these files have been arranged in alphabetical order by folder title. Documents in the folders include correspondence and emails, agendas and meeting minutes, and reports.

The second section consists of documents pertaining to both the North Dakota University System and the State Board of Higher Education. The documents in the folders include correspondence and emails, agendas and meeting minutes, financial documents, and reports. Researchers should note that not all of the documents in the NDUS/SBHE section were received in folders. This material was placed into folders by Special Collections Staff. Researchers should also note that this section was not received in strict alphabetical order by folder title.

The majority of the material in this addition dates from the administration of UND President Kendall Baker.

Addition: 1998-2001

This addition to the President's Office Records consists of subject material dating from 1998-2001. The majority of the material relates to the administration of UND President Charles E. Kupchella. This addition contains meeting minutes, correspondence with various organizations as well as individual people, agendas, financial documents and reports. There are also several printed emails, invitations to various events and records of conference calls with the State Board of Higher Education. There are folders pertaining to monetary issues such as salaries and budgets. There is also information on building renovations on campus as well as building plans for the Ralph Engelstad Arena. Along with that information there is material concerning campus organizations and academic departments such as: men's and women's hockey, fraternities and sororities, English Department, Aviation Department, etc. The original alphabetical order of the folders was maintained.

Addition: 1938-1980

This addition to the President's Office Records dates from 1938-1980. It contains various information on conferences attended by the President, correspondence, and plans and surveys for the Medical School. There are several University Reports regarding Affirmative Action, faculty development, bringing academic computers to the Campus, the roles of the department in Universities and more. The last three folders relate to federal finances in North Dakota in which UND is mentioned. Also included in this collection are two scrapbooks. The first contains articles about Universities and Colleges in North Dakota and dates from 1966-1968. It is in Box 84, Folder 11. The second scrapbook contains information on the UND-Ellendale Campus. There are newspaper articles about a fire that destroyed a campus building, fundraisers, the closure and sale of the campus, a rodeo held at the school, several students from Ellendale who received awards, and sports at the branch. It dates from 1970-1971 and is in Box 85, Folder 1.

Addition: 1939-2001 [Bulk Dates, 1999-2001]

This addition to the President's Office Records dates from 1939-2001, with the bulk of the material dating from 1999-2001. The records are arranged alphabetically by folder title. The documents consist primarily of correspondence and emails, meeting minutes of various committees, reports, invitations, and grants. There is also information concerning campus organizations and academic departments, such as fraternities and sororities, men's hockey, Honors Program, Aviation Department, and American Indian Programs. There is a large amount of material pertaining to the North Dakota University System and the State Board of Higher Education, as well as several folders regarding the Vice President's academic affairs/ provost and finance operations search. The material in this addition dates from the administration of UND President Charles E. Kupchella.

Addition: 1958-2000

This addition to the President's Office Records dates 1958-2000 and consists of donor files and estate materials from different Alumni whom attended the University.


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