Columbia University Archives
 

Faculty Meeting Minutes, 1864-2011

Series I. University Council, 1890-1968

In 1888 the Trustees appointed a special committee to establish a University Council, a body to bring about "a true University organization." Each faculty would elect two or three representatives who, together with the President and the Deans, would constitute the Council. In 1892 the University Council was given definite legislative and administrative powers (not just an advisory role) and continued to serve until 1968, when it was replaced by the University Senate. The Council, working with the President, managed the academic organization and operations of the University, including admission criteria, degree requirements, the academic calendar, the date and order of Commencement exercises. In addition to the meeting minutes, the volumes include lists of recipients of Ph.D.s, M.A.s, fellowships, and awards, as well as reports prepared by/for the Council. In the back of each volume, there is a name/subject index for each academic year included in the volume. University Senate committee minutes can be found in the University Senate records. Plenary minutes starting from April 28, 1995, are available on their website.

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Volume 1 1890 May to 1892 May



Volume 2 1892 November to 1896 May

Under the 22 November 1892 minutes: "Proposed Agreement Between the Trustees of Columbia College and the New York College for the Training of Teachers"

5 December 1893: "Report of Committee on the Award of University Fellowships", "Regulations as to University Fellowships: Approved by the University Council, February 14, 1891",[Exhibit A] Application for a University Fellowship, [Exhibit B] Report on Application for Fellowship 16 January 1894: "The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy: Suggestions by William A. Keener and Henry F. Osborn", "Degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy: Remarks by Professor John W. Burgess in Committee, February 24, 1893", "Degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy: Remarks by Professor John W. Burgess in Committee, February 24, 1893 and April 6, 1893", "The Practice of German Universities Concerning I.--The Duplication of Degrees and II.--The Subdivision of Subjects for the Degree of Ph.D.: A Correspondence Carried on in 1893"

20 February 1894: "University Faculty of Philosophy: Report of Special Committee Appointed November 10, 1893 to Revise the List of Subjects to be Accepted for the Degrees of A.M. and Ph.D."

20 March 1894: "Protest of the Faculty of the School of Mines Against the Plan for Awarding University Fellowships", "University Council Report on the Acceptance of Degrees from Other Colleges as Equivalent to Graduation from the School of Arts"

27 May 1895: "School of Mines Report of the Committee on the Regulations for the Degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy"

18 February 1896: "Report of the Committee on the Regulations for the Degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy, January 21, 1896"



Volume 3 1896 October to 1902 June

Under the 13 January 1898 minutes: "Letter of the President to the Committee on Education in Regard to the Modification of the Alliance Between the Teachers College and Columbia University, 21 December 1897"



Volume 4 1902 November to 1906 May

Under the 18 April 1905 minutes: "Report of a Special Committee on the Establishment of the Degree of Doctor of Law, Submitted April 18, 1905"

17 April 1906: "Report of a Special Committee on the Constitution and Powers of the University Council, To be Submitted April 17, 1906"



Volume 5 1906 October to 1909 June

Under the 18 December 1906 minutes: "Report of a Special Committee on the Constitution and Powers of the University Council, Submitted April 17, 1906", "Memorandum by President Butler in relation to the policy to be pursued by Columbia University toward athletic sports and intercollegiate contests, 8 November 1906"

19 February 1907: "Report of the Second Special Committee on the Constitution and Powers of the University Council, Submitted February 19, 1907"

15 October 1907: "Report of the Special Committee on Academic Leaves of Absence, Submitted July 1, 1907"

19 May 1908: "Extract From the Report of the Committee on Finance Submitted to the Trustees of Columbia University, May 4, 1908"

16 February 1909: "Amendments to the Statutes [regulating the retiring allowance of professors]"

20 April 1909: "Report of the Committee on Nine of the University Council Appointed May 19, 1908, Submitted February 16, 1909"



Volume 6 1909 October to 1915 April

Under the 21 December 1909 minutes: "Report of the Committee on Five of the University Council on Departmental and Divisional Organization, Submitted December 21, 1909"

15 February 1910: "Letter From the Director of Extension Teaching to the University Council, February 8, 1910"

19 April 1910: "Report of the Committee on Education on the Extension of the Combined College and Professional School Course"

8 October 1910: "Report of a Committee of the University Council on the Degree of Master of Arts"

22 March 1911: "Report of Committee of Advice"

18 April 1911: "Considerations Regarding the Degree of Doctor of Law, April 3, 1911"

17 October 1911: "Report of the Committee on Instruction of the Faculty of Applied Science Upon the Proposed Six-Year Course Leading to the Degrees in Engineering"

20 October 1914: "Memorandum on Proposed Instruction in Business and Public Service"

20 April 1915: "Papers Relating to the Game of Football, Printed for the University Council February 16, 1915", "Report of the College Committee on Football"



Volume 7 1915 October to 1921 April

Under the 19 October 1915 minutes: "Agreement Between Columbia University and Teachers College, June 8, 1915"

18 April 1916: "Report and Recommendations of the Faculty of Medicine, Printed for the University Council December 2, 1915"

16 October 1917: "Report of the Committee on Nine of the University Council appointed to cooperate with a Special Committee of the Trustees, March 22, 1917"

16 April 1918: "Joint Report of the Committee on Education and the Special Committee on the State of Teaching Concerning the Establishment of a Committee of Reference, Submitted to the Trustees February 4, 1918"

20 April 1920: "Report to the University Council of the Executive Committee of the Council Concerning 'University Undergraduates'"

15 February 1921: "The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York and Presbyterian Hospital in the City of New York: Agreements", "The Building of Columbia University and its Next Problems, by President Butler, A Statement made to the University Council, February 15, 1921"



Volume 8 1921 October to 1925 April



Volume 9 1925 October to 1930 April

Under the 21 February 1928 minutes: "Papers Relative to the Proposed Incorporation of St. Stephen's College, Annandale, N.Y., in the Educational System of Columbia University, 1928"

16 October 1928: "Report of the Council for Research in the Social Sciences" [These reports were subsequently printed annually in the Council's minutes], "Report of the Council for Research in the Humanities" [These reports were subsequently printed annually in the Council's minutes until 1938 and between 1956 and 1968].



Volume 10 1930 October to 1934 April



Volume 11 1934 October to 1937 April



Volume 12 1937 October to 1940 April



Volume 13 1940 October to 1943 April



Volume 14 1943 October to 1947 April



Volume 15 1947 October to 1950 April



Volume 16 1950 October to 1954 April



Volume 17 1954 October to 1958 April



Volume 18 1958 October to 1961 April



Volume 19 1961 October to 1965 April



Volume 20 1965 October to 1968 May


Executive Committee of the University Council minutes

(The Committee considered admission to candidacy for higher degrees. A name index for the candidates for each academic year is included in the back of the volume.)



Volume 21 1914 October to 1921 May



Volume 22 1921 October to 1939 May



Volume 23 1939 October to 1952 April



Box 1 Folder 1 1952 October to 1954 May


Box 1 Folder 2 1954 October to 1956 April


Box 1 Folder 3 1956 October to 1960 April


Box 1 Folder 4 Committee on Agenda of the University Council minutes, 1960 October to 1966 February


Box 1 Folder 5-6 Committee of Conference of the University Council minutes, 1918 February to 1940 December

(After some questionable faculty appointment terminations, the University Council requested and was granted a fully representative committee which would confer with the Trustees' Committee on Education whenever the latter was considering the termination of a professor. They would jointly consider what an appropriate action was. The Committee on Conference was made up of the President of the University and six members of the teaching staff. There are no minutes from 1921 April to 1934 November and there are gaps from 1935 to 1940. Included are supporting materials from 1918 to 1926.)


Box 1 Folder 7 Yearly indices to the minutes of the Executive Committee of the University Council, 1924-1959



Volume 24 Committee on Higher Degrees minutes, 1902 December to 1914 May