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Title:College of Arts and Sciences records
Dates:1924–2002 (bulk 1965–1992)
Call Number:A23
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1. Dean's Office, n.d., 1939–2002
Volume:14.3 cubic ft.



The series includes records pertaining to academic student services, the work of CAS committees, programs for freshman, student enrollment and retention, faculty issues, administration of the graduate school, planning efforts, and undergraduate life.

Academic student services records include materials relating to advising, academic policies and requirements, the honor's program, and various forms of academic assistance, including remedial, special entry, and alternative freshman year programs.

Committee records document a wide range of CAS activities. The records of the Curriculum Committee, which revamped the CAS curriculum in the 1980s and approved a series of new courses and programs, contain a wealth of documentation about departments and curricular offerings. The Academic Standing Committee concerns students' academic progress and is therefore restricted for 75 years. One item of note is the M.A.D.E. Committee 1973–1976 (Box 2, Folder 62), comprised of selected Music, Art, Drama, and English faculty who had grievances concerning the lack of departmental funding and low faculty salaries.

The administration of CAS is well documented in Faculty Meeting Minutes, 1939–1978 (Boxes 3–4), Chairperson Meeting Minutes, 1969–1994 (Box 3 and Box 16) and the College Council, 1978–1996 (Boxes 1, 15–16). Covered issues include curricular development, faculty hiring and accomplishments, and the development of initiatives, programs, and policies. Annual Reports from all CAS departments are available for 1987 and 1992. Annual reports from some departments are available for years 1979–1980 and 1991–1995 (Box 23). Financial documentation is available in the Annual Budget Reports 1967–1985 (Boxes 24, 25) and faculty salary statistics (Box 25). CAS newsletters between 1982 and 1987 also provide a wealth of information about CAS news and events. The Arts and Sciences Chronicle, located in the NU Publications Collection, also may be of interest. Information about faculty sabbaticals, salaries, and promotions are also in this collection but are restricted for 75 years from the date of creation.

Planning records document efforts in the 1980s and early 1990s to chart the direction of CAS as it tried to strengthen programs while NU faced declining enrollment. A copy of the Strategic Plan 1988–1993, which also includes working documents concerning plan development, is available (Box 23).

Graduate and undergraduate affairs records include materials concerning the admission and retention of students and the planning of open houses and orientations.

Academic Student Services:
12Academic Assistance1981–1982
1, 22Academic Probation and Withdrawals (2 folders)1975–1988
12Advising (6 folders)1980–1991, 1996, 2001
12Alice S. Ayling Foundation Awards1988
12Alternative Freshman Year1982–1983, 1987
12Dual Majors1996–1997
12Ell Scholarship1992
12Enrollment by Major1979–1987
25Statistics1967–1980, 1983–1986
12Experiential Projects 1994
1Foreign Language Requirement (2 folders)1969–1972
1Grading Policy (2 folders)1967–1973, 1976–1979
12Guidelines for Proposing New Programs1990
1The Academy1963
1Phi Kappa Phi (2 folders)1973–1977
1, 12Program (4 folders)1968–1992
1Independent Major (2 folders)1973–1977
12Liberal Arts Major1979–1987
12Liberal Arts Major Preference (LAMP) Student Survey (3 folders)1987–1988
12Middler Year Writing Requirement1986
12Minority Programs and Services1989
12Project Ujima1981, 1985
1Remedial (2 folders)1976–1977
1, 12Senior Clearance (11 folders)1970–1988
12Special Entry Mentoring Program1984–1986
12Special Programs1982–1986
12Student Guidebooks (3 folders)1982–1990
12Student Service Projects1990
1, 12, 25Accreditation (4 folders)1978, 1987–1999
1Acting Associate Dean Search1977–1978
1Admissions Publications1994
1Graduate Placement Services1970–1976
1Liberal Arts Graduates List1963
1Surveys 1969–1977
23Annual Department Reports (13 folders)1979–1996
12Calendar1987, 1997
12“Chronicle”: Correspondence 1988–1995
12College Assembly1981–1982
1, 12–13College Council (30 folders)1978–1996
22Academic Standing Committee (14 folders)1973–1992
13Ad Hoc Advisory Committee for the Analysis of American Racism Course1970–1976
13Ad Hoc Committee on General Education Requirements1990–1992
1Affirmative Action Committee1975–1977
13Arts Development Committee1981–1982
13Arts Planning Committee1992
24Budget Committee1973–1976
1Chairs Agenda Committee1980–1983
1Committee on Foreign Study1971–1974
1Committee on Freshman Year (3 folders)1975–1978
1Committee on Freshman Year Alternatives1973–1978
1Committee on Organization1973–1977
1–2, 22Committee on Tenure and Promotion (13 folders)1962–1990
2Creative Arts Committeeca. 1975
2, 13–15Curriculum Committee (48 folders)1966–1991
15Elections Committee (3 folders)1980–1986
2Evaluation Committee1967–1974
15Freshman Year Alternatives Committee (2 folders)1975–1979
2Goals Committee1972–1995
2Graduate Administrative Committee (3 folders)1961–1977
2Honors Committee (3 folders)1962–1975
2Instructional Innovation Committee (3 folders)n.d., 1971–1977
15International Programming Committee1987
2International Student Policy Committee1976
15International Students Committee: Report1981
15Lists and Background Information1990–1995
2M.A.D.E. (Music, Arts, Drama, English Faculty) Committee1973–1976
15Natural Sciences Standing Committee1984
2Ombudsman Committee1975
2Student Advisory Committee1969–1974
15Sullivan Scholarship Advisory Committee1979–1985
15University Religious Life1971
2Balanced Curriculum Conference1983
15“Challenges Facing Democracy in Russia”1993
15Council for the Arts and Sciences in Urban Universities1992
15Ethnic Media 1995
15“Hear Our Voices: Music in the Terezin, 1941–1945”1994
15The Infinite Voyage Discovery Lecture Series1988
15Northeast Modern Language Association1987
15“The Struggle for a Free Press in Russia”1994
15Syzygies and Geometry1995
3Confidentiality of Records1974–1975
3, 15Constitution for Self–Governance (3 folders)1982–1984
Cooperative Education
15General (2 folders)1987–1995
15International Programs1987
3, 15–16Core Curriculum (16 folders)1980–1991
16Richard Astro (Dean)1981–1986
16Michael Lipton (Associate Dean)1990–1991
16Robert Lowndes (Dean)1987–1996
16Mary Mello (Director of Academic Services)1987–1991
16Edward Neighbor (Dean)1986–1997
16James Stellar (Dean)1999
3Dean's Annual Report1969
3Dedication of Nightingale, Lake, Holmes and Meserve1980
3Departmental Requirements1974–1976
16Diamond Anniversary (60th)1994–1995
3Evaluations of Hellenic College and Hartford Seminary1969–1970
3Executive Council1976–1977
External Programs:
3Generaln.d., 1994
16American Collegiate Consortium1992
16Amideast Peace Fellowship Program1980
16Boston Conservatory1990
16Boston Neighborhood Network (BNN)1988
3Cooperative Education (2 folders)1967–1978
3Foreign Co–op1972–1975
3Fulbright Hays Program1975
3Institute For Off–Campus Experience1973–1976
3International Students (2 folders)1964–1976
3International Study Programs (2 folders)n.d., 1983–1986
16London Writer's Program1986
16Madison Park Buddy Program1978
16New England Conservatory1984
16New England Press Association1987
16Project Vote Smart1993–1995
16School for Field Studies (2 folders)1983–1987
16 Sister Institutions1985
Faculty Affairs:
16Academic Dishonesty Discussion Paper1996
22Academic Promotions1969–1973
3, 16Chairperson Meetings (20 folders)1969–1978, 1981, 1985–1994
3Commencement Participation1970–1972
16Course Book “Staff” Designations1986
3Faculty Development1976
3–4Faculty Meeting Minutes (54 folders)1939–1958, 1960–1978
4Faculty Senate1963–1978
4, 22Grievances (3 folders) 1973–1976, 1982
4Load Assignment Analysis1975
5New Faculty1976–1992
16Quality of Instruction1986
5, 16Grants (2 folders)1976–1979
5S.A.T. Analysis1972–1976
5, 16, 22Sabbaticals and Retirement (9 folders)1966–1976, 1986–1988
5, 22General 1973–1977
5History 1968–1978
16Travel Grant Program1986–1987
Fiscal Affairs:
5, 16Annual Budget (8 folders)1973–1991
24, 25Annual Department Budget Report (25 folders)1967–1985
5Danforth Fellowships1972
25Expense Comparisons1979–1985
16External Funding Report1987
5Financial Aid1969–1977
5Mellon Fund1965–1974
5Recruitment Expenses1974–1977
Graduate Affairs:
16General 1982–1987
5, 16Admissions (4 folders)1968–1989
25Course Statistics Tallies1968–1977
16Fellowship and Grant Availability1984
16General Regulations1992–1997
16, 22Graduate Coordinators (3 folders)1981–1987
5, 16Graduate Council (4 folders)1968–1987
16“Guide to the Preparation and Submission of Theses and Dissertations” 1996
17International Students1981–1985
17, 22International Teaching Assistants (2 folders)1981–1986
17Minority Fellowships1984, 1986
17Minority Recruitment and Retention1989–1990
17Organizational Structure1979, 1983
17Program Brochures (2 folders)1996
17Recruitment (3 folders)1979–1985
17Student Fair1984
17Teaching Assistant Pay Rates1978–1985
17Tuition Waiver Analyses (2 folders)1981–1985
5Hebrew College1969–1973
17Instructional Technology and Development1988–1989
5Boston Library Consortium1974–1975
5Mastery Learning1975–1976
5Medical School Acceptances1963–1970
17Newsletters (3 folders)1982–1987
5NU Policy Review Board1970
5Petitions For Change of Major1975–1976
5Physical Plant (2 folders)1968–1980
17Arts and Sciences Action Plan1985
17“Arts and Sciences: Key Academic Issues”n.d.
17Cost Per Credit Hour Study1985–1988
17“Focus on Freshman: Planning for Action” 1987
17Golden Anniversary Projectsn.d.
17Interim Dean Ron McAllister1986
17Marketing and Institutional Research1987
17New Divisional Structure: Proposal1981
17Social Science Computer Facilities1989
17Science and Engineering Building Needs1987
Strategic Planning
17CAS in the University's Plan (2 folders)1986–1993
23CAS Strategic Plan (6 folders)1988, 1993
17Committee Charges1991, 1993
17Cooperative Education Committee1991
17Priorities Committee1991–1992
17Process and Structure1992–1993
17Trimester Study and Proposal1988–1990
5Presidential Selection1973–1975
17Publication Policies and Procedures1981–1985
Public Relations and Marketing
17Brochures (2 folders)1988–2002
17“The College of Arts and Sciences: Putting a Liberal Education to Work”: Video Script and Correspondence1987
17Contributions to Boston1986
17Science and Mathematics Brochure1992
5Speaker's Bureau1977–1978
5Salary (2 folders)1973–1977
5Task Force II1978
Undergraduate Affairs:
18Departmental Welcome Letters (3 folders)1975–1988
18Enrollment Goals1986–1990
5Disabled Studentsca. 1976
5Advising (2 folders)1970–1978
18Buddy Program1986
18Orientation Course: “Resource Book for College” (2 folders)n.d.
18Summary Data for the Class of 19911987
Freshmen Year:
5Internal Transfers1972–1976
5“Open Campus” Program1973–1976
6, 18Open House (9 folders)1975–1988
6Orientation (4 folders)1971–1979
6Orientation and Registration (22 folders)1982–1987, 1994–1995
6Special Students1971–1977
18SGA–TCE Teaching Evaluations1986
18Student Government Appointments1984–1985
18Student Services1987–1988
6Transfer Students1970–1979
6Transferred GPAca. 1976
6Veteran Students1974–1975
6University Housing1968–1970
18Undergraduate Initiatives Fund1991–1994
6University Calendar1973–1995
18Word Processing Network1984
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2. Academic Departments, n.d., 1924–2001
Volume: 11.30 cubic ft.



The Academic Department series documents communication between the CAS Dean and the departments and research centers affiliated with CAS. Some departments are more thoroughly documented than others. Records typically include correspondence, admission publications, brochures, program proposals, clippings, newsletters, and grant proposals. The collection documents the development of arts programming particularly well. There is extensive material on the Division of Fine Arts, Division of Performing and Visual Arts, the Center for the Arts, and the Departments of Art, Art and Architecture, Theater, and Music. Material includes performance programs, correspondence, contracts, admissions publications, events calendars, flyers, exhibit posters and booklets, and performance reviews. Other well documented departments include chemistry, economics, English, physics, and psychology.

18African American Institute1978
18African American Master Artists in Residence Program1978, 1986–1987
6, 18African–American Studies (6 folders)n.d., 1968–1969, 1973–1996
18American Sign Language Program (4 folders)1981–1990
18Art n.d., 1979–1980
Art and Architecture
6, 18General (2 folders)1969–2000
18Boston Architectural Center1981–1986
26, 27, FF5/D8Exhibits (50 folders)1980-1993, 1998
18Facility and Space Needs1991
Urban Design Charette1992–1993
6, 18Asian Studies (2 folders)1982–1984
6Astronomy (2 folders)1960–1971
18Barnett Institute for Chemical Analysis and Material Science1991
6, 19General (8 folders)n.d., 1963–1996
28"Cloning a Sheep Named Dolly" presentation by Dr. Ian Wilmut [2 VHS]1999 Jun 17
19Center for Applied Social Research1987
19Center for the Arts1988–2001
1, 19Center for the Humanitiesn.d., 1981
19Center for the Study of Sport in Society (2 folders)1984–1989
6, 19General (5 folders)1963–1988
6–7Annual Reports (2 folders)1969–1976
19Doctoral Cooperative Education Program1989
7Medical Chemistry1969
7National Science Foundation Proposalca. 1967
19Publications and Guides1979–1981
7Criminal Justice–Forensic Science1973–1975
19Draman.d., 1980–1986
7Earth Science1962–1996
7, 19General (4 folders)1964–1986
19Brochures and Marketing1982–1985
8Labor Market Studies
General (2 folders)1974–1980
19College Enrollment Studies (3 folders)1987–1988
8, 19General (2 folders)1953–1979, 1987–1996
8Human Services (4 folders)n.d., 1973–1977
19Master of Arts in Teaching1986–1987
23Electronic Studies1988–1990
8, 19General (4 folders)1965–1993
8Middler–Year Writing1987
19M.S. in Technical Writing (2 folders)1983–1987
8Poets at NU1969–1977
8Environmental Studies (2 folders)1970–1978
19Film Studies1986–1987
Fine Arts, Division of:
7Admissions Publications1987–1993
19“The Arts in Review”: Media Clippings (3 folders)1987–1990
19Boston Lyric Opera Company1978–1985
7Event Calendars1982–1990
19“A Note to You” Radio Program1983–1985
19“NU Arts…In the News”: Media Clippings1986–1987
7Pamphlets (2 folders)1975–1996
7Reviews (2 folders)1984–1988
19Ford Hall Forum1987–1988
8Forsyth Dental School1962–1971
8, 19Geology (2 folders)1960–1972, 1985–1988
8, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (2 folders) n.d., 1960–1987
23Sociology and Anthropology Graduate Program: Review Self–Study 1977–1983
8, 19Health Science (2 folders)1971, 198?
8, 19History (3 folders)1960–1996
19Human Services1978–1993
8Interdisciplinary courses1969
8, 19Irish Studies (2 folders)1979–1986
8, 19Jewish Studies (2 folders)1987–1994
8–9, 19Journalism (8 folders)1967–1995
20Law, Policy and Society (3 folders)1985–1991
9Lincoln College1969–1974,
9Linguisticsn.d., 1988–1990
9, 20Marine Sciences (5 folders)1965–1994
5, 20Martha's Vineyard Summer Workshops (2 folders)1981–1986
9, 20Mathematics (7 folders)n.d., 1962–1989
20Math / Writing Center1985–1987
9Medical Technologyn.d., 1960–1972
Modern Language:
9, 20General (4 folders)1965–1994
9American Sign Language (2 folders)1979–1982
9, 20Music (20 folders)n.d., 1926–1933, 1967–1996
23Committee on Planning Report Appendices1993
20Northeastern Records1988
Performing and Visual Arts:
20“The Arts in Review”: Media Clippings1990–1991
20“The Development and Future of the Arts at NU”1989–1990
20Publications 1991–1993, 1997
9, 20, 22Philosophy and Religion (4 folders)1964–1987
9Physical Education1964–1969
9Physical Science1961–1967
10–11, 20General (53 folders)1962–1996
28Particles, Strings, and Cosmology Symposium: Stephen Hawking Lecture [VHS]ca. 1990
Political Science (2 folders)
11, 20General (3 folders)n.d., 1970–1995
20Center for International Politics and Administration: Proposal1985
20London Political and Governmental Education Studies (PAGES)1983
20Master of Public Administration1985–1989
11, 20General (14 folders)n.d., 1967–1998
11Admissions Publications (2 folders)1967–1991
20Applied Behavior Analysis M.A. Program: Proposalca. 1975
20Center for Research on Hearing, Speech, and Language: Proposal1985
20Counseling Psychology: Ph.D. Proposal1985
11Fernald School1976
20Language Specialist for the Deaf: M.A. Program Proposal1975
11Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology1976
20“Preliminary Report on the Study of a Suspected Feral Child”1976
20PsychNews: Newsletter (2 folders)1994–2001
20Publicationsca. 1970–1975
28 “Tolerance in America” presentation by Harlan Lane [VHS] 1992 May 4
20“What's New at Psychology”: Newsletter1973–1977
20Research Administration1973–1975
20Research Institute: Proposal to Establish1981
21Russian Studies1981
11, 21Sociology/Anthropology (5 folders) n.d., 1959–1987
21, 22Speech Communication (6 folders)1980–1988
11, 21General (5 folders)n.d., 1924–1939, 1963–1988
11Silver Masque (4 folders)n.d., 1947–1982
21United States Army ROTC1967–1969
21University College1986
21Women's Center1982
11Women in Science1980
11, 21Women's Studies (2 folders)1964–1996
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