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Mid-Century Civil Service Records

Identifier: UPER

Scope and Contents

The Mid-Century Civil Service Records consists of documents dated 1927 to 1962, with the bulk falling from 1943 to 1953. The collection documents civil service employment at Colorado State University, and includes correspondence between the Office of the President and the State Civil Service Commission regarding job classifications, salaries, exams and testing, and policies and procedures. The collection also contains lists of staff in the civil service classification, as well as faculty, administrators, and the experiment station. There are a few handbooks on policies and procedures created by either CSU or the State Commission, and newspapers.


  • Creation: 1927-1962
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1943-1953


Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Restrictions on Use

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


The federal civil service was established in 1871 and is defined as "all appointive positions in the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of the Government of the United States, except positions in the uniformed services." Under the auspices of the Federal Civil Service Commission workers were tested and placed in positions by merit and were given protections from being fired or removed from their post, instead of being appointed or removed by political influence. Many state governments followed suit, creating their own State Civil Service Commission.

In Colorado, the State Civil Service Commission was responsible for state employees, including many at state colleges and universities. Requests and posting of positions, creation and maintenance of job classes, position examinations, as well as use and accumulation of sick and vacation time, and salaries were determined by the commission. Currently, civil service positions are overseen by the Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration.


1.5 linear feet (1 record carton)

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The Mid-Century Civil Service Records documents job classifications, salaries, job postings, and general background on civil service positions at Colorado State University. The collection includes lists of employees by job title and/or job class, salary data, correspondence, and handbooks.


The collection consists of 1 series in 1 record carton:

Series 1: Civil service records, 1927-1962


The Mid-Century Civil Service Records was transferred from the CSU Libraries and the Administration Office storage room in 1973.


Processing was completed in July 2015. Materials were rehoused in acid-free folders and boxes. Correspondence regarding vacation and sick time accrual and use were weeded.

Guide to the Mid-Century Civil Service Records
Edited Full Draft
Prepared by Karen Spilman
Copyright 2015
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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