Dean's Correspondence, 1897-1905, 1969-1982
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Brief Description: Letterpress copybook of Dean Thomas J. Burrill (9/28/97 - 10/26/05) containing correspondence relating to courses of study for graduate degrees, residency requirements, degrees conferred, fellowships, admissions to Illinois and other graduate schools and graduate students. The book contains an April 21, 1903 nine-page report on the Graduate School to President Andrew S. Draper and supplementary reports for 1904 and 1905. For 1903 and 1904 reports of the Committee on Graduate Work, see Thomas J. Burrill Papers, Record Series 5/1/20. The outgoing correspondence of Deans George A. Russell (7/71 - 10/77), Edwin E. Goldwasser (9/78 - 10/80), and Theodore L. Brown (10/80 - 6/82), Acting/Associate Dean Dillon E. Mapother (10/77 - 9/78, 7/79 - 6/82), and Assistant/Associate Dean Roger G. Clark (12/69 - 12/78), concerns committee appointments, contracts and grants, enrollment statistics and reductions, space needs, faculty and staff appointments, salary increases, patents, and requests for information about the University.
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University of Illinois Archives
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1408 W. Gregory Dr.
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Fax: (217) 333-2868
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Record Series Number: 7/1/1
Created by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Graduate College
Volume: 4.3 cubic feet
Acquired: 9/63; 9/1/83
Arrangement: Chronological
Biographical Note for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Graduate College :

The first students to do graduate work enrolled in 1877, leading to the awarding of the first master's degree in 1878.1 However, a graduate program was not set up until 1891.2 The Graduate School was formally organized in 1907, after appropriation of funds by the Illinois General Assembly.3 Its name was changed to the Graduate College in 1947, in anticipation of its new significance in the University organization.4 In 1968, the Board of Trustees provided for separate Graduate Colleges on each of three University campuses.5 The Graduate College has the responsibility of developing and safeguarding standards of graduate work and promoting and assisting research by faculty members.6 It provides assistance and supervision to other degree-granting units on the campus.7

In 1974, the Board of Trustees added the title of Vice Chancellor for Research to Dean of the Graduate College to more accurately describe the responsibilities vested in the college.8

--7/1 Dean's Office

--7/2 Executive Committee

1. Dietz, Frederick C., History of the Graduate College, (carbon typescript, 1957), p. 3.

2. Ibid., p. 5.

3. Board of Trustees Transactions, 24th Report, June 10, 1907, p. 133.

4. Board of Trustees Transactions, 44th Report, October 30, 1947, p. 885.

5. Board of Trustees Transactions, 54th Report, January 17, 1968, p. 884-885.

6. University Statutes, 1972, p. 19-20.

7. Graduate College Catalog, 1976-78, p. 9.

8. Board of Trustees Transactions, 57th Report, June 19, 1974, p. 581.

Subject Index
Graduate College
Research and Development
Space Allocations
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Languages of Materials
English [eng]