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Board of Trustees records

 Collection
Identifier: RG0001

Collection Scope and Content

Materials in this collection include meeting minutes (original and microfilm), correspondence, charters and by-laws, committee files, and congressional documents relating to the University. These materials range in date from 1821 to 2003 and includes early correspondence going back to the 1820's, biographical information on Trustees, and the physical development of the University and evolution of schools and departments. Elmer Kayser's book on the history of the University, "Bricks Without Straw" was based on information found in the Board of Trustees records. The material was transferred to the University Archives by the Board of Trustees and the University Historian.

Former prominent members represented in this collection include: Luther Rice, John Quincy Adams, Peter Force, Joseph Henry, William Corcoran, Amos Kendall, Edward Gallaudet, Alexander Graham Bell, Gilbert Grosvenor, Ulysses S. Grant III, and J. Edgar Hoover.

Dates

  • 1821-2003

Creator

Restrictions on Use

Series 1, 2, and 5 are closed to research for 50 years from date of record creation.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical Note

The management, direction, and government of George Washington University is vested in a Board of Trustees. Pursuant to the by-laws of the University, the Board consists of the President as an ex officio member, three alumni or alumnae members elected to the Board at each annual meeting for terms of three years; with one alumni Trustee being a "recent graduate" who serves for one term of three years and two Alumni Trustees serving for a maximum of two terms of three years; and the balance of not less than thirty nor more than forty-five persons, each elected to the Board for three year terms. Trustees elected after January 1, 1992 may not serve more than three consecutive terms without stepping down for a minimum of one year, after which they are eligible for reelection. Persons are qualified to serve as Trustees regardless of race, color, creed, sex, national origin, or place of residence. With the exception of the President, no person who is an officer, professor, lecturer, teacher, tutor, student or employee of the University, or is 75 years of age or older, is eligible to serve as a Trustee. The Executive Committee is responsible for taking all actions and exercising all powers of the Board, except that it may not elect Trustees, amend the by-laws or approve the merger of any other corporation with the University. The Executive Committee consists of the Chairman of the Board, as chairman, the President, and at least eight Trustees appointed by the chairman for a one year term.

The University operates under a charter granted by an Act of Congress on February 9, 1821 to the Columbian College in the District of Columbia. In 1873, the name was changed to Columbian University and in 1904 to The George Washington University.

From 1872 to 1900 the Board of Trustees was known as the Board of Overseers. The Board approves curriculum, tuition, faculty hires, etc. The Board appoints various committees which are empowered to act between meetings of the full Board. These include the Executive, Academic Affairs, Financial Affairs, Audit, Buildings and Grounds, Compensation, Medical Center, Development, Student and Alumni Affairs, Trusteeship, External Affairs, Investments, and University Trusteeship Committees.

Former prominent members represented in this collection include: Luther Rice, John Quincy Adams, Peter Force, Joseph Henry, William Corcoran, Amos Kendall, Edward Gallaudet, Alexander Graham Bell, Gilbert Grosvenor, Ulysses S. Grant III, and J. Edgar Hoover.

N.B. This history note was written in 2005

Extent

23.75 Linear Feet

Language

English

Abstract

Collection include meeting minutes (original and microfilm), correspondence, charters and by-laws, committee files, and congressional documents relating to the University.

Collection Organization

Organized into eight series: Papers, Microfilm, George Washington University's annual fund, George Washington University's charter, Committees, Congressional documents, Faculty, and Records.

Acquisition Information

Materials acquired through transfers from the Board of Trustees.

Collection note

Partial index to the minutes of the Board are kept with second copy of microfilm. Please see staff for assistance.
Title
Guide to the Board of Trustees records, 1821-2003
Author
University Archives, Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Date
2006
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

Contact:
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