Office of the Provost records
Collection Scope and Content
Materials in this collection include correspondence, by-laws, affirmative action plans, memos, meeting minutes, agendas, and reports. They range in date from 1973-2011, and were transferred to the University Archives by the University Provost. Note: Not all series are processed. Ask staff for assistance.
- Creation: 1944-2011
- George Washington University. Office of the Provost (Organization)
Restrictions on Access
Series 1 and 3 are closed to research for 25 years from date of record creation. Series 8 is closed for 75 years from date of creation.
Restrictions on 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.
Historical or Biographical Note
The Office of the Provost at The George Washington University was created in 1969 as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The position was the chief administrative officer under the President, working with, admissions, academics, and affirmative action programs on campus. Oswald C. Colclough, who was twice acting President of GW, served as Provost from 1961-64. Harold F. Bright served in the post from 1969-74, and was succeeded by William D. Johnson, who served from 1984-89, when the position was abolished to streamline administration.
In 2003 the position was reinstituted, with the charge to oversee the offices of communication and governmental, international, and corporate affairs, as well as handling daily administrative duties during the President's absence. Dr. John L. "Skip" Williams, Dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences was the first person to hold the newly revitalized post. The Provost reports to the President.
The Office of Associate Provost was created in 1984, with Marianne R. Phelps as head. This position was responsible for the coordination of all equal employment and affirmative action programs at the university. In 1985 the office published the report of the Commission for the Year 2000, which examined the academic future of the University.
N.B. This history note was written in 2005
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Language of Materials
Collection includes correspondence, by-laws, affirmative action plans, memos, meeting minutes, agendas, and reports.
Organized into eight series: Office files; Commission on Equal Opportunity; Office files; Division of Extension; Commission for the Year 2000; Department planning reports; Office files; and Accession 2014.023.
Materials acquired through transfers from the Office of the Provost.
- Guide to the Office of the Provost records, 1944-2011
- Partially Processed
- University Archives, Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English