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Creator: Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of University Administration.
Title:Office of University Administration records
Call Number:A34
Volume:2.70 cubic ft. (4 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection spans 1951-1989 and documents Northeastern University's Office of University Administration through three administrations. The collection includes information on colleges, committees, academic departments, faculty, and students. The bulk of the collection documents Kenneth G. Ryder's tenure. Information regarding the University Libraries appears throughout the collection, including documentation of plans for expanding library facilities and services, and for building a new facility. Also of particular interest is material in Series 1. relating to the student protests of the 1960s in support of civil rights and against the Vietnam conflict.
Historical Abstract:Northeastern University (NU) President Asa S. Knowles created the Office of University Administration in 1960 by merging the Office of Academic Affairs and Dean of Administration in order to manage the growth NU experienced throughout the 1950s. Kenneth G. Ryder, whom Knowles had appointed Dean of Administration two years earlier, headed the new office. University Administration managed academic and administrative support services, including research, admissions, the registrar, and libraries. Academic deans also reported to the dean of university administration. Authority for personnel was added during Rudolph M. Morris' tenure. University Administration originally reported to the provost, but after 1967 reported directly to the president. In 1991, University Administration was dissolved, and its responsibilities were divided between the president and provost.
Arrangement:Organized into 3 series: 1. Kenneth G. Ryder; 2. Rudolph M. Morris; and 3. John A. Curry.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Curry, John A., 1934-
  • Morris, Rudolph M., 1909-1994.
  • Ryder, Kenneth G., 1924-

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of the Dean of Administrative Services.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)--Administration.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)-- Libraries.

  • Student strike--Massachusetts--Boston.
  • Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Protest movements.

Restrictions:Records are closed for 25 years from the date of their creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Alison Brown, August 1999