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University of Massachusetts. Trustees

UMass Amherst. Trustees, 1864-2007.

(84.25 linear feet).
Call no.: RG 2

When Massachusetts Governor John A. Andrew incorporated the Board of Trustees for the Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1863, the fourteen members of the board were charged with creating a new agricultural college. Since that time, the Board of Trustees (including student trustees) had governed the University, meeting regularly to act on University-wide matters of policy, mission, finance, and campus maintenance. Governance responsibilities in some areas (e.g., tuition, academic program review and approval) are shared with the statewide Board of Higher Education. The Board of Trustees maintains a Chair and six standing committees: Executive, Administration and Finance, Academic and Student Affairs, Athletics, Audit, and External Affairs. The President and the Five College Chancellors administer board policy.

The bulk of the Board of Trustees records consists of meeting minutes (1906-2007) and Trustee Documents (1963-2007), along with the papers of a small number of individual trustees and the records of the Trustees’ “Commission on the Future of the University of Massachusetts” (1988-1989), which resulted in the consolidation of the state’s five public university campuses under a single President and Board of Trustees. In partnership with the Board of Trustees, SCUA has digitized the complete minutes of the Board from chartering of the university in 1863 through 2004.

Digitized Minutes of the Board of Trustees

Historical Note

Massachusetts Governor John A. Andrew incorporated the Board of Trustees for the Massachusetts Agricultural College on April 29, 1863. The first board of fourteen trustees was charged with the task of creating a new agricultural college. The following year, members of the Board were established as overseers for the college, and Charles L. Flint, secretary, became college secretary as well. The Board of Trustees (including student trustees), governs the University, and meets regularly to act on University-wide matters of policy, mission, finance, and campus maintenance. Governance responsibilities in some areas (e.g., tuition, academic program review and approval) are shared with the statewide Board of Higher Education. The Board of Trustees maintains a Chair and six standing committees: Executive, Administration and Finance, Academic and Student Affairs, Athletics, Audit, and External Affairs. The President and the Five College Chancellors administer board policy.

The bulk of the Board of Trustees records consists of meeting minutes (1906-2007) and Trustee Documents (1963-2007), along with a handful of collections for individual trustees. Of particular note are the records of the significant undertaking by the Trustees’ Commission on the Future of the University of Massachusetts (1988-1989), which resulted in the state’s five public university campuses being consolidated under a single President and Board of Trustees.

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the Board of Trustees records consists of meeting minutes (1906-2007) and Trustee Documents (1963-2007). Trustee Meeting Minutes (1863-1981) and Trustee Documents (1963-1981) are also available on microfiche. Comprehensive lists of all trustees serving the college and university since 1863 can also be found in this record group. Some of the individual trustees have extensive files, which contain correspondence, publications, and news clippings. Additional materials can be found in Trustees Photographs. Of note are the records of the significant undertaking by the Trustees’ “Commission on the Future of the University of Massachusetts” (1988-1989), which resulted in the state’s five public university campuses being consolidated under a single President and Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees records are organized into series and sub-series. Series include:

  • Publications, Minutes
  • Board Reports, Documents
  • University Medal for Outstanding Service
  • Individual Trustees
  • Trustee Work Folders
  • Trustees’ Council
  • Trustees’ Advisory Council on the Fine Arts
  • Commission on the Future of the University of Massachusetts
00. Publications (except as noted below) 1863-2007
99. University Medal for Outstanding Service 1973
1. Minutes 1893-2007
2. Board Reports 1972-1975
2. Documents 1963-2007
1. Tenure Appointments/Recommendations 1980-1993
Access restrictions: Access to tenure appointments/recommendations is restricted.

3. Trustees, Individual (by date of appointment: biographies, publications, etc.) 1863-2007
4. Trustees Council 1972-1976
5. Trustees Advisory Council on the Fine Arts 1974-1975
6. Trustee Workfolders 1970-1980
Access restrictions: Access to the Trustee Workfolders is restricted.

7. Commission on the Future of the University of Massachusetts 1988-1989

Contributors

  • Massachusetts Agricultural College. Trustees
  • Massachusetts State College. Trustees
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst. Trustees

Types of material

  • Minutes
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