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Name of Creator:Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Corporation.
Title:Corporation and Board of Trustees records
Date:1902-2010
Reference Code:A12
Location Code:23/1-2, 28/2, 30/4, 33/2, 35/3
Extent:30 cubic ft. (48 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The bulk of the collection consists of meeting minutes of the Corporation, Board of Trustees, Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, Executive Council of the University, and governing committees, including the Development, Facilities, Housing, Nominating, and Presidential Search Committees. Meeting minutes include agenda and attachments. Also included in the collection is a large number of member files consisting of biographical information, photographs and correspondence.
Historical Abstract:Northeastern University was incorporated in 1916 as the Northeastern College of the Young Men's Christian Association. In its first two decades, at least two-thirds of Northeastern University's Corporation members were directors of the Greater Boston Y.M.C.A. The Board of Trustees of the Endowment Funds was established in 1924. In 1927, it became the Board of Trustees of the Permanent Funds, but disbanded in 1932. On January 22, 1937 the Corporation founded the Northeastern University Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees is elected annually by and from the Northeastern Corporation. The Board is allocated all of the powers of the Corporation and has the final word on Northeastern University's goals and policies. In June of 1985, the bylaws of the Corporation were amended to allow for the formation of the Board of Overseers. The Board of Overseers was created to relieve the Board of Trustees of some of the burden of governing Northeastern University. The Corporation also provides members for sundry governing committees. The standing governing committees are: Academic Affairs, Audit, Budget, Building, Development, Executive, Facilities, Funds and Investments, Housing, and Student Affairs.
Language and Scripts:Materials entirely in English.
System of Arrangement:The collection is organized into four series: Series 1. Corporation, Series 2. Board of Trustees of the Permanent Funds, Series 3. Board of Trustees, and Series 4. Executive Council of the University.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Board of Trustees.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Corporation.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Executive Council.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Buildings.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Administration.

  • College trustees -- Massachusetts -- Boston.
  • College buildings -- Massachusetts -- Boston.

Conditions Governing Access:Records are closed for 50 years from the date of their creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office.
Processor: Finding aid prepared by Ken Risley, Katie Geiszler, Ellen Lassiter, Rebecca Parmer, and Martha Pearson, on June 1998, June 2003, February 2005, April 2008, and April 2014