Administrative Subject File, 1925-76
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Brief Description: Administrative Subject File, including correspondence, publications, reports, minutes, clippings, blueprints and lists relating to curricula, selection of the departmental head (1948-49), faculty, secretarial staff, graduate student applications and placement, assistantships, fellowships, professional associations, publication of the Illinois Resource Atlas (1957-65), Army Specialized Training Program (1943-46), budget, statistical reports, Army Map Service indexing project, University and departmental committees, grades, research, property inventory (1949-50), map library, physical facilities, business with University administrative authorities, Center for International Comparative Studies (1967-71); Commission on College Geography (1968); Summer Field Camps (1950-56, 1958, 1963); Illinois Geographical Society (1960-69); Illinois State Academy of Science (1967-70); Illinois Junior Academy of Science (1967-70); proposed department of Meteorology (1953-67); NDEA Programs - teacher training in Geography (1966-72) and files on candidates for faculty positions in Geography Department (1966-72).  The series includes correspondence and reports relating to Task Force-Ford Foundation Resource Management (1976).
Held at:
University of Illinois Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0798
Fax: (217) 333-2868
Email: illiarch [at]
Record Series Number: 15/10/1
Created by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Geography Department
Volume: 9.3 cubic feet
Acquired: 5/10/1968; 10/15/76; 8/19/77
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Arrangement: Chronological then alphabetical
Biographical Note for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Geography Department :

Geography was originally offered by the Department of Natural History.1 The standard course, which was Physical Geography and Meteorology2, was replaced in 1882-83 by a course called Physiography.3 No courses designated as geography were again taught until the Geology Department offered Physical Geography in 1903-04.4

In 1934, the name of the Department of Geology was changed to the Department of Geology and Geography.5 In 1935, the Division of Social Sciences was organized. The faculty of geography was included in the division.6 In 1945, an independent Department of Geography was formed.

The appointment of a department head was authorized in 19478 and he began work in 1949.9 In 1950, the curriculum was reorganized to lead to the M.A. or M.S. degrees and to the Ph.D.10

1. Board of Trustees Transactions, 2nd Report, 1868, p. 6.

2. Catalogue and Circular, 1880-81, p. 61.

3. Ibid., 1882-83, p. 61.

4. Register, 1903-04, p. 122. See Economic Geography (Econ 26) in 1902-03, RS 15/10/0/2.

5. Board of Trustees Transactions, 37th Report, Jan. 26, 1934, p. 432.

6. Ibid., 38th Report, April 20, 1935, p. 161.

7. Department of Geography Space Needs, Dec. 1947, Department of Geography, Business File, 1945-49, RS 15/10/1, Box 1, University of Illinois Archives.

8. Board of Trustees Transactions, 44th Report, August 5, 1947, p. 487.

9. Ibid., 45th Report, October 21, 1948, p. 149.

10. Ibid., 45th Report., April 19, 1950, p. 1097.

Subject Index
Army Specialized Training Program
Field Camps
Graduate Study
Illinois Junior Academy of Science
World War II - Service and Training
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]