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University of Arkansas Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Records

Manuscript Collection 168

Special Collections
University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444
specoll@uark.edu

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Heath Robinson, 2014

Materials are in English.

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Descriptive Summary

Creator
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences
Title
University of Arkansas Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Records
Inclusive Dates
1945-1967
Identification
Manuscript Collection 168
Extent
2 linear feet (5 boxes)
Repository
Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email specoll@uark.edu at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

All materials in box 5 are restricted. No Interlibrary Loan. Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

The University of Arkansas Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Records were donated to Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries on February 2, 1973 by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences through Martha Temple.

Processing Information

Amy Allen and Heath Robinson; completed in September 2014.

Preferred Form of Citation

University of Arkansas Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Records (MC 168), Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Biographical Note

The College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Arkansas was formally established in 1912. Earlier, all departments which would make up the new college had been a part of the College of Liberal Arts, Sciences, and Engineering. The original curriculum of the college consisted of English, mathematics, history, Latin, some foreign languages, public speaking, and elementary sciences. The College of Arts and Sciences is one of the largest colleges on the campus in terms of students enrolled and number of degrees awarded. The first dean of the college was Edgar F. Shannon who served from 1913 until 1914. George W. Droke succeeded him and served from 1914 until 1925. Droke was followed by John Clark Jordan who served only two years from 1925 through 1927. Following Jordan was Virgil L. Jones who served as dean from 1927-1939. Hemphill M. Hosford was dean through the entire Second World War from 1939 through 1946. The bulk of the material in this collection was generated by Guerdon David Nichols who succeeded Hosford and served from 1946 through 1965. He was followed by Robert F. Kruh who also authored some items contained in the collection.

Guerdon David Nichols was a native Iowan who first joined the University of Arkansas faculty as a mathematics instructor in 1927. He became a full professor in 1945 and the following year was appointed dean of the college. He left his position as dean in 1965 to return to his teaching duties. He retired from full-time teaching in 1967. Under the leadership of Dean Nichols, the College of Arts and Sciences swelled in enrollment. He was a major advocate for the development of a general education program which intended to ensure well-rounded education for all arts and sciences students. He also oversaw the development of an honors program in various departments of the college which sought to challenge the most talented students. In 1958, Arkansas Act 10 was passed by the state legislature which required all public employees to disclose their political affiliations retroactive for five years. Nichols was a fierce opponent of the act and as a result was awarded the third annual Alexander Mieklejohn Award by the American Association of University Professors for his leadership.

Scope and Content Note

Collection consists of correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, and general materials.

Arrangement of the Papers

Collection is arranged by type with correspondence first followed by departmental reports, and general materials. Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by file title. Departmental reports are arranged chronologically. General materials are arranged alphabetically by file title.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1

Building and Grounds Correspondence, 1947-1950

Box 1 Folder 2

Joe E. Covington Correspondence, 1947-1955

Box 1 Folder 3

Dean of Medical School Correspondence, 1945-1956

Box 1 Folder 4

Departmental Services Offered Outside of the University Correspondence, 1957

Box 1 Folder 5

John Hay Whitney Fellowship Correspondence, 1954-1960

Box 1 Folder 6

Off Campus Duty Assignments Correspondence, 1957-1958

Box 1 Folder 7

President John T. Caldwell Correspondence, 1954-1957

Box 1 Folder 8

Student Affairs Correspondence, 1957-1958

Box 1 Folder 9

Supervising Engineer of Physical Plant Correspondence, 1946-1963

Box 1 Folder 10

Vice-President and Provost Lewis H. Rohrbaugh Correspondence, 1954

Box 1 Folder 11

Vice-President and Provost Lewis H. Rohrbaugh Correspondence, 1955

Box 2

Box 2 Folder 1

Vice-President and Provost Lewis H. Rohrbaugh Correspondence, 1956

Box 2 Folder 2

Vice-President and Provost Lewis H. Rohrbaugh Correspondence, 1957

Box 2 Folder 3

Vice-President and Provost Lewis H. Rohrbaugh Correspondence, 1958

Box 2 Folder 4

Vice-President and Provost Lewis H. Rohrbaugh Correspondence, 1959

Box 2 Folder 5

Vice-President and Provost Materials, 1956-1959

Box 2 Folder 6

Vice President for Academic Affairs Paul M. Young and Administrative Vice President James W. Green Correspondence, 1964-1967

Box 2 Folder 7

General Correspondence, 1957-1964

Box 2 Folder 8

Departmental Annual Reports: Art, English, German, History, Physics, Social Welfare, Speech, 1945-1946

Box 2 Folder 9

Departmental Annual Reports: Botany, Chemistry, Geology, History, Math, Physics, Social Welfare, Speech, Student Testing, 1946-1947

Box 2 Folder 10

Departmental Annual Reports: Ancient Languages, Art, Botany, Chemistry, English, Geology, German, History, Music, Physics, Romance Languages, Social Welfare, Sociology, 1947-1948

Box 3

Box 3 Folder 1

Departmental Annual Reports: Academic Counselling, Art, Chemistry, Classics, English, Geology, German, History, Math, Music, Physics, Romance Languages, Social Welfare, Sociology, Speech, Zoology, 1948-1949

Box 3 Folder 2

Departmental Annual Reports: Architecture, Art, Botany, Chemistry, Classics, English, Geography, Geology, Foreign Languages, German, History, Math, Music, Physics, Political Science, Romance Languages, Social Welfare, Sociology, Speech, Zoology, 1949-1950

Box 3 Folder 3

Music Department Reports and Programs, 1949-1950

Box 3 Folder 4

Departmental Annual Reports: Architecture, Art, Botany, Chemistry, English, Geography, Geology, German, History, Math, Museum, Music, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Romance Languages, Social Welfare, Sociology, Speech, Zoology, 1950-1951

Box 3 Folder 5

Departmental Annual Reports: Art, Botany, Chemistry, Classics, English, Geography, Geology, German, History, Math, Music, Political Science, Physics, Psychology, Romance Languages, Social Welfare, Sociology, Speech, 1951-1952

Box 3 Folder 6

Departmental Annual Reports: Music, Physics, Romance Languages, Social Welfare, Sociology, 1952-1953

Box 3 Folder 7

Departmental Annual Reports: Chemistry, Music, Physics, Romance Languages, Institute of Science and Technology, Sociology, 1953-1954

Box 3 Folder 8

Departmental Annual Reports: Chemistry, Physics, Romance Languages, Sociology, 1955-1956

Box 3 Folder 9

Departmental Annual Reports: Chemistry, City Planning, Sociology, 1956-1957

Box 3 Folder 10

Departmental Annual Reports: Chemistry, History, Music, Physics, Sociology, Speech, 1957-1958

Box 3 Folder 11

Basic Curriculum for the College of Arts and Sciences Materials, 1950-1953

Box 3 Folder 12

Board of Deans Minutes, 1956-1959

Box 4

Box 4 Folder 1

College of Arts and Sciences Committee Reports and Studies , 1948-1952

Box 4 Folder 2

College of Arts and Sciences Committees Reports, 1952-1953

Box 4 Folder 3

Evaluation of Teaching Services, Teaching Loads, and Salaries Materials, 1945-1956

Box 4 Folder 4

Federal Security Agency Report Materials, 1950-1951

Box 4 Folder 5

General Education Program Materials, 1947-1950

Box 4 Folder 6

University Self Study Project Materials, 1955-1958

Box 4 Folder 7

Woodrow Wilson Scholarship Materials, 1952-1959

Box 4 Folder 8

General Materials, 1953-1958

END OF COLLECTION