Archival Collections
Columbia University Archives

University Council records, 1890-1969 

Columbia University. University Council
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8 linear feet (7 record cartons)
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Columbia University Archives
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Biographical Note

The University Council was introduced in 1890 as an advisory body to the University President, in particular to all matters affecting the Master's and the Doctoral degrees, "the correlation of courses, the extension of university work in new and old fields, and generally as to such matters as the President brings before it." This advisory body was made up of representatives from the different faculties (originally, Law, Mines, Political Science, Philosophy and Dean of the School of the Arts). Following the events of April and May 1968, urged by students and faculty alike, the University administration began revising long-established policies to include input from other members of the University community. The University Senate effectively replaced the University Council (12 May 1890-28 May 1969) which was created to give representation to the faculties and the administration in one central body, enabling them to address the Trustees jointly rather than separately.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the minutes and correspondence files of the University Council (1890 to 1968).