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Office of University Planning records, 1956-1967 [Bulk dates: 1962-1967].

Summary Information

At a Glance

Title:Office of University Planning records, 1956-1967 [Bulk dates: 1962-1967].
Physical description:5.88 linear ft. (14 document boxes)
Language(s):In English


This collection is arranged in two series.


Scope and Content

The Office of University Planning dealt with development and planning, particularly for academic programs. Many of the records deal with financial and space planning for academic departments, programs, and schools. The files also contain material on student issues and services such as enrollment, financial aid, fraternities, placement, and residence halls. The records include agreements, committee materials, contracts, correspondence, memoranda, proposals, reports, speeches, and statistics.

Although Salmen was involved in the planning of the campus expansion in Morningside Heights, his records do not contain much material on the University's relationship with the neighborhood. There are only a few files on the surrounding community in the records.

Salmen's activities included involvement with the Trustees' Committee on Development. The minutes of the committee are filed with the records of the Office of the Secretary.

As the Coordinator of University Planning was part of the Office of the President for several years, it is possible that many records created prior to 1963 are filed in the Central Files of the Columbia University Archives.

Series I: Alphabetical Files, 1956-1967

The majority of the records for the Office of University Planning deal with space and financial planning for academic departments, programs, and schools. The records include correspondence, contracts, committee materials, memoranda, proposals, reports, speeches, and statistics.

Series II: Correspondence and Speeches, 1958-1967

This series contains one file of Salmen’s speeches and several files of outgoing correspondence files, arranged chronologically.

Using the Collection

Access Restrictions

This collection has one file of Trustees' materials that is restricted until 2018. All other material is unrestricted.

 This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Manuscripts Curator and University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Office of University Planning records; Box and Folder; University Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Archives; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Records processed by Catherine N. Carson.

Finding aid written by Catherine N. Carson in June 2009.

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion April 16, 2010

Finding aid written in English.

    2010-04-16 File created.
    2010-04-23 XML document instance created by Catherine N. Carson

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Columbia University--AdministrationPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Columbia University.--Office of University PlanningPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Salmen, Stanley 1914-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Universities and colleges--United States--Administration--PlanningPortalCLIOArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Historical Note

President Grayson Kirk appointed Stanley Salmen as the Coordinator of University Planning in 1956. The hire was initiated by Jacques Barzun, who was then Dean of the Graduate Faculties, and soon after Provost. The employment announcement indicated that Salmen was meant to "aid in the building of programs now underway for university development, and have responsibility for initiation of additional planning at the all-university level."

Salmen was initially part of staff of the Office of the President, but later headed the Office of University Planning, which was created in 1962. Salmen left the University when Barzun resigned as Dean of Faculties and Provost in June 1967. After his departure, the Office of University Planning was dissolved and the remaining staff placed within the Office of the Vice President for Administration.