Departmental and Subject File, 1913-2009
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Brief Description: Departmental and subject file of the deans, including correspondence with administrators, department heads, assistant deans, faculty and visiting and foreign faculty and guest lecturers; and reports relating to departmental organization and administration; committees; appointments; resignations; educational policy; deans of men and women; student discipline; military training; scholarships; athletics; university associations; admissions policies; registration; curriculum and course changes; honors; divisions of biological sciences, languages and literature, humanities and social sciences; pre-medical training; language requirements; health service; summer session; graduate training; long range planning; building projects; space needs; enrollment; affirmative action programs; summer session; international programs; long-range planning for World Heritage, Natural History, and Spurlock Museums; federal research grants; accounting; travel; staff injuries and illnesses; administrative staff; Center for African Studies; funding staffing; research; sabbaticals; conference and lectures; interdisciplinary courses; graduate assistants, Association of American Colleges; Asian Area program; Behavioral Science Center proposal (1962-63); Danforth Foundation; George H. Miller professorships; Illinois Committee on Human Rights; Mississippi Valley deans; National Science Foundation; President's Faculty Conferences; Board of Trustees; new instructional units; Chicago Circle; and related topics. Principal correspondents are Deans Kendric C. Babcock (1913-32), Matthew T. McClure (1933-47), Henning Larsen (1948-54), Jack W. Peltason and Robert W. Rogers (1964- ).
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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: 15/1/1
Created by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Volume: 138.3 cubic feet
Acquired: 9/1963; 8/1/1978; 7/1/1985; 7/31/1986; 8/15/2009; 11/26/12
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Arrangement: Chronological and alphabetical by dept. or subject thereunder
Biographical Note for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences :

The dean's office of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences was formed in 1913, when the College of Literature and the Arts and the College of Science were combined.1

The primary duties of the dean are that of chief executive officer of the college and agent of the college faculty for the execution of the college educational policy. Among his other duties, the dean calls and presides over faculty meetings, makes faculty appointments and promotions, prepares the budget, and oversees the registration of the students.2

Under the dean are the four schools (Life Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Chemical Sciences) and 75 fields of study which comprise the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.3 This includes the administration of the General Curriculum, which was formerly the Division of General Studies, and is for freshmen and sophomores who have not chosen a field of study yet.4

1. Board of Trustees Transactions, 27th Report, March 11, 1913, p. 200.

2. Faculty Handbook of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 1968-69, p. 10.

3. Undergraduate Programs, 1977-79, p. 313-14.

4. Board of Trustees Transactions, 54th Report, April 17, 1968, p. 996.

Subject Index
Astronomy Department
Botany Department
Chemistry Department
English Department
Geology Department
Graduate Study
History Department
Mathematics Department
Political Science Department
Psychology Department
Summer Session
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]