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Title:Office of the President (Knowles) records
Call Number:A03

Scope and Content Note

The records document Asa Smallidge Knowles' (ASK) tenure as third president of NU in 1959-1975. The collection contains ASK's chronological files and incoming and outgoing correspondence; ASK's files on NU's colleges and departments, including departmental files, departmental meeting minutes, budgets, correspondence, proposals, pamphlets, and reports; ASK's files on organizations, committees, and councils, including correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports of the NU Corporation and Board of Trustees, as well as other internal and external entities; ASK's subject files, including the records of the Assistant to the President, records for revising the "Handbook of College and University Administration" and editing the "International Encyclopedia of Higher Education," and information on campus events, student unrest, proposed academic programs, and honorary degrees; and articles and speeches written by ASK.

While the bulk of the collection documents Asa Smallidge Knowles' tenure as the third president of NU, 1959-75, there are some scattered records throughout the collection created by his predecessor, Carl Stephens Ell (see A 2 and M 2).  Records that ASK created during his tenure as Chancellor of NU (1975-89), comprise a separate collection: Northeastern University. Office of the Chancellor (Knowles), 1975-89.  Information relating to the following topics was created during his presidency and chancellorhood and is filed with his presidential records: the Elmer and Daisy Everett Estate, 1968-80 (Finance Office, Boxes 10-11, Folders 346-350 and Box 47, Folders 2172-2173); the "Handbook of College and University Administration" (Revision), n.d., 1960-1980 (Boxes 28-30, Folders 1010-1113 and Box 48, Folders 2193-2197); "The International Encyclopedia of Higher Education," n.d., 1972-1984 (Boxes 30-36, Folders 1115-1657); and ASK's date books, (1958-1969, 1971-1977) (Boxes 25-26, Folders 844-862).