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Papers of Roy M. Green

Identifier: URMG

Scope and Contents

The Papers of Roy M. Green consists of documents dated 1933 to 1954, with the bulk falling from 1941 to 1947. The collection contains administrative files created by Green during his tenure as president of the university. Materials include correspondence, memos and reports from various campus and national committees and councils, budgets, and financial reports. The majority of the correspondence is routine in nature, such as Green asking various faculty to be members of committees and their response. Of note is a few pieces of correspondence with Ruth Wattles, a historian doing research on the Office of the President.

Represented campus committees and councils include the Committee on Admission of Ex-service People, the Committee on College Name, Committee on Course Offerings, the Faculty Executive Council, the Restatement of Purpose Committee, and the Student Deferment Committee. National committees and councils of note include an extensive file on the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Land Grant Colleges (USDA-LGC) Policy Committee, of which Green was an active member, and materials regarding the Council for Vocational Education. The collection also includes a list of students killed in action in World War II, a copy of the dedication of Roy Green Hall, copies of a few speeches, various grade/enrollment reports, and bound budgets.


  • Creation: 1933-1954
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1941-1947


Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection. However, it is stored off-site, so advance 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.


Roy M. Green, noted agricultural economist, was the sixth president of Colorado Agricultural and Mechanical College, serving from 1940 until his death in 1948. Green led the college through a difficult time during World War II, from declining enrollment, loss of faculty, and substantially decreased funding at the outbreak of the war, to rapid enrollment and campus expansion after the war ended when former service members were returning to campus.

Roy Monroe Green was born on March 12, 1889, in Carrollton, Missouri, to Calvin and Sophia Ann (Tripp) Green. He earned his B.S. from the University of Missouri in 1914, and his M.S. from Kansas State College (now Kansas State University) in 1923, and he completed graduate coursework at the University of Chicago from 1929 to 1930. He worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a science assistant in 1914, and in 1915 joined the staff of the University of Missouri as an instructor of farm management. Green married Mary Ethel Miller, May 4, 1915, and had four children, Roy Raymond, Dorothy Mae, Mary Frances, and Russell Lee.

Green was promoted to assistant professor at Missouri in 1916. He left in 1920 to become an associate professor of agricultural economics at Kansas State College and was promoted to professor in 1925. Green left Kansas State in 1934 to work for the Production Credit Corporation of Wichita, Kansas. From 1934 to 1940, he served as an administrator for several federal agricultural New Deal agencies, including the Production Credit Corporation and the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation.

Roy Green was hired as the sixth president of the Colorado Agricultural and Mechanical College, replacing the retiring Charles Lory in 1940. Green's goal was to establish the school as a pervasive catalyst for Colorado's agricultural economy. One of his first acts as president was to tour the state, introducing himself and his ideas for the college. He also wished to improve the relationship between the college and the local residents. He assigned this task to Wilmer J. McMillian, special assistant to the president, who created his own schedule of meetings with local businesses, discussing how the college would need the support of the town to be successful. Within two years, the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce set aside a portion of their budget to support various campus activities. Unlike President Lory who was involved with all aspects of operation, including day-to-day tasks, Green believed in delegating work to subordinate administrators and faculty, giving them the freedom to make their own decisions. McMillian's work was an example of this philosophy.

With the outbreak of World War II, Green had to refocus his efforts away from his goals and began to look at how to keep the campus operating with the imminent decline in students and faculty. He focused on bringing military training programs to the campus, establishing an agreement with the Army to train clerical staff, and dedicating the department of mechanical engineering to training of pilots, as well as instruction for army engineers and veterinarians. After the war ended, Green's attention shifted to handling the soaring enrollment of veterans on the G.I. Bill as well as where to house these students and their families. Overburdened classrooms and dormitories led to a major campus expansion in 1947, including construction of a veterinary hospital, additions to the forestry and chemistry buildings, and new greenhouses.

Green habitually maintained a frenetic pace, which led to a decline in health in the late summer of 1941. After a three-month leave of absence Green returned to his previous pace, but was plagued by ill health throughout his tenure at Colorado A&M. In 1946, Green was shot when an ex-serviceman pulled a gun and began firing in the lounge of Denver's Brown Palace Hotel. He recovered, but in 1948 he suffered a complete physical breakdown. During surgery for high blood pressure, Roy Green developed a blood clot and died unexpectedly on January 22, 1948.

Historical information taken from: Pioneer College President: Combining a Biography of Dr. E.E. Edwards with a History of the Earliest Years of Colorado State University, by James R. Miller, p. 190 and Democracy's College in the Centennial State: A History of Colorado State University by James E. Hansen II, pp. 333-363.


2 linear feet (1 record carton, 1 document case, 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials



The collection contains the professional papers of Roy M. Green, the sixth president of Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University). Materials include correspondence, memos and reports from various campus and national committees and councils, budgets, and financial reports.


The collection is arranged in original order.

The collection consists of 1 series in 1 record carton, 1 document case and 1 oversize folder:

Series 1: Administrative files, 1933-1954 and undated


The Papers of Roy M. Green was transferred to University Archives from Administration in January 1973.

Related Collections

The Records of the Office of the President and the papers of individual presidents are also held by University Archives.


Processing was completed in December 2014. Materials were rehoused in acid-free folders and boxes.

Guide to the Papers of Roy M. Green
Edited Full Draft
Prepared by Karen Spilman
Copyright 2014
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Script of description
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA