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Records of the Humanities and Social Sciences College

 Collection
Identifier: UHSS

Scope and Contents

The Records of the Humanities and Social Sciences College consists of documents dated 1902 to 1993, with the bulk falling from 1968 to 1979. Contents relate to the development and growth of the Division of Science & Arts to the School of Science & Arts to the College of Science & Arts to the School of Humanities & Social Science to the College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences and finally to the College of Liberal Arts. Key individuals to the college contributed documentation and can be viewed in the list of Persons within the Index Terms.

Departments such as Anthropology, Art, English, Economics, Journalism, Foreign Languages, History, International Studies, Mathematics, Music, Theater, Dance, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, and Speech are documented. The performing arts center and council, summer session, diversity, committees, task forces, clubs, sororities, and fraternities are also represented. Subjects include students, faculty, staff, curriculum, scholarships, development programs (professional or instruction), funded programs, promotion, administrative roles, staffing, facilities, technology, and equipment. Materials include various forms of documents and correspondence with some blueprints, drawings, photographs, and newspaper clippings.

Dates

  • 1902-1993
  • Majority of material found within 1968-1979

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Most of the collection does not have access restrictions. However, due to files marked confidential or the presence of personally identifiable information (PII), review must occur before access is granted for identified folders within boxes 7, 9, 11-15, 17-18, and 21-27. (See below for folders marked "RESTRICTED".) Access to this information is open only to the individual in question and to Colorado State University employees. However, access to others will be granted upon having written consent from the given individual or providing written proof that the individual is deceased. The collection is stored off-site so advanced notice is required.

Restrictions on Use

Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.

History

The Humanities and Social Sciences College, currently The College of Liberal Arts, originates from the establishment of the Division of Science & Arts in 1934 when the university was Colorado Agricultural College (CAC). The university name was officially changed to Colorado State College (CSC) from December 1934 to February 1935. March 1935, the university name then changed to Colorado State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, 1945 the university name was Colorado A & M, and by 1950 the university name was Colorado Agricultural and Mechanical College.

In 1951, the Division of Science & Arts became the School of Science & Arts. May 1957 the university name was changed to Colorado State University (CSU). 1959, the School of Science & Arts was renamed the College of Science & Arts. In 1968, the School of Humanities & Social Science split from the School of Science & Arts. 1977, the School of Humanities & Social Science became the College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences. 1992, the College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences was established as the College of Liberal Arts.

As of 2018, the College of Liberal Arts holds the following departments: Anthropology; Art and Art History; Communication Studies; Economics; English; Ethnic Studies; History; Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts; International Studies; Journalism and Media Communication; Languages, Literatures and Cultures; LEAP (Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Arts Advocacy and the Public) Institute for the Arts; Philosophy; Political Science; School of Music, Theatre and Dance; and Sociology.

Extent

36.75 linear feet (30 record cartons)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Humanities and Social Sciences College documents the development of the Division of Science & Arts through to the School of Humanities & Social Science to the College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences and finally to the start of the College of Liberal Arts. Key individuals to the college can be viewed in the list of Persons within the Index Terms. Departments such as Anthropology, Art, English, Economics, Journalism, Foreign Languages, History, International Studies, Mathematics, Music, Theater, Dance, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, and Speech are documented. Subjects include students, faculty, staff, curriculum, scholarships, programs, promotion, administration, staffing, facilities, and technology. Materials include various forms of documents and correspondence with some blueprints, drawings, photographs, and newspaper clippings.

Arrangement

The collection consists of 1 series in 30 record cartons.

As of 2018, the collection was found primarily arranged in chronological groupings, followed by alphabetical order. When files were found to be out of their chronological or alphabetical order, they were moved to where appropriate. It is believed that these chronological groupings relate to transfers of collection material to Archives.

Box 1 pertains to materials which appear to have been gathered by an E. M. Hall who started his early career in the public schools of Lansing, Michigan. He brought material from Lansing to CAC and appears to have used it to create vocational courses. This box was rearranged alphabetically for administration files followed by vocational courses. Dates range from 1919-1944.

Box 2 through the start of box 3 are RRC J2 #1-8 then J3 #1-3 folders and appear to relate to vocational education, 1902 through 1974, with bulk dates of 1920-1957.

The 1960's generally are found boxes 3-5.

1970-1978 is found in boxes 5-22. Some files start within the late 1960's but were kept within this grouping as to not break up the content for the given folder.

1978-1979 is found in boxes 23-24.

1979-1980 is found in boxes 24-25. There are some files that end in 1981 or 1982.

1981-1982 is found in box 25 and has only one file titled: FREEZE.

1982-1983 is found in box 25.

1983-1984 is found in box 26.

1984-1985 is found in box 26.

1985-1986 is found in box 27.

1986-1987 is found in boxes 27-28.

1987-1988 is found in box 28.

1988-1989 is found in box 28.

1989-1990 is found in boxes 28-29.

1990-1991 is found in box 29.

1991-1992 is found in boxes 29-30.

1992-1993 is found in box 30.

Acquisition

Review of the Humanities and Social Sciences College (HSS) records indicate that the collection came to be through a series of transfers from 1972 to 1981 ranging in scale from file to carton level. Accession Reports and Deeds of Gifts were not found.

Betweeb November 1972 to October 1978 there were at least seven transfers. Titles often are found to have check marks next to them or have been crossed out, possibly to indicate what may have been disposed of or added to other collections. It is unclear of the total number of boxes, volume, and what processing occurred. November 1972, "TRW" and "JRH" received from HSS records pertaining to RCC J1 OM #1, J2 #4, J2 #5, J2 #6, J2 #1, J2 #2, and J2 #3. July 1973, "JRH" received HSS from the "old CSU Econ building vault": RCC J2 #7, and J3 #1. July 1974, "JRH" received HSS from the office of C. L. Terrell: RCC J3 #1. December 1974, "KH" received HSS: RCC J2 #8. November 1976, "RB" received HSS from the Department of History: RCC J3 #2. October 1978, "GHB" received HSS from Bill Griswold of the Deans Office: boxes numbered 5 through 12 related to 1951 to 1966. Also in October 1978, HSS material was brought to Archives from the library basement: J3 #3. It is unclear what "RCC J" stands for but it pertains to vocational education.

From November 1978, there is an Office Memo from J. Newman to Gordon Brown concerning material from Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences: 1 box to be received for RCC. March 1979, there is an Office Memo from Larry C. Caldwell, CAHSS, to John Newman, Archives, discussing that the Physical Plant was to deliver files of Dean Simonds and Associate Dean Nelson from the old Science and Arts College. 8 cartons were received. It is unknown what may have been disposed of, moved to other collections or what processing occurred for this material.

In June 1981, Edna Shaefer of the Dean's Office of HSS sent boxes numbered 13 to 47 to the Archives. These were received by "BW, DM, JH, BA, SO, and RMC" who created inventories. Then there are inventories marked for 1978-1979 for boxes 48 to 50. This is followed by an undated inventory marked for box number 36, crossed out and renumbered 51, as well as and 36A, crossed out and renumbered 52 and 53. There is an undated inventory for boxes 54 to 56 and a notation dated February 1998 of receipt from "Merald Aites, not processed". Inventories for boxes 13 to 56, have titles with check marks next to them or have been crossed out, possibly to indicate what may have been disposed of or added to other collections. It is unclear of the original volume from donations or the level of processing which may have occurred.

Appraisal

As of 2018, it is unclear what may have been previously disposed of versus removed to form separate or added to other collections. At this time, files were reviewed and any student transcripts were shredded.

Related Collections

Records of Phi Beta Kappa, Delta of Colorado Chapter, Colorado State University Archive, Colorado State University.

Papers of Llewellyn Alexander Moorhouse, Archives and Special Collections, Colorado State University.

Processing

Previous to 2000, inventories have titles with check marks next to them or have been crossed out, possibly to indicate what may have been disposed of or added to other collections. It is unclear what the linear feet of the collection was over time or how much processing may have occurred. However, sometime after 1979, there were 56 boxes of unknown linear feet. As of September 2018, there were 37 boxes, filed legal.

Collection records have an undated "Archives List" for HSS boxes 1-30 with file-level description. There is another undated inventory with notation of re-boxing and assigning new HSS numbers for boxes HSS-31 through HSS-37, dated July 2000. As of September 2018, these inventories were reviewed and found to be relatively accurate to the existing 37 boxes.

The collection was found housed in a mix of acidic boxes and folders. Generally, the finding aid was created with the collection as found and only minimally processed for description and arrangement, not for preservation. Most boxes had folders filed legal, even if the folders and documents were letter sized. Starting with box 4, files were rearranged to be filed letter and any legal sized folders were cut down. This reduced the collection from 37 boxes to 30 boxes.

Title
Guide to the Records of the Humanities and Social Sciences College
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
Prepared by Holly I. Fiedler
Date
Copyright 2018
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA
970-491-1844