A Guide to the

Graduate Council Minutes, 1958-1972

UA 0024

Compiled by: Sarah Roth-Mullet, January 2018


Descriptive Summary


Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Graduate Council Minutes, 1958-1972

Collection No.: UA 0024
Creator: Madison College Graduate Council

Extent: 2 Hollinger boxes; .66 cubic feet

Language: English

Abstract: The Graduate Council Minutes, 1958-1972, are comprised of minutes of the Madison College Graduate Council.


Administrative Information


Access Restrictions: Collection is open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for Official University records is held by James Madison University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], [box #, folder #], Graduate Council Minutes, 1958-1972, UA 0024, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Acquisition Information: Present in cage in 1982 when Special Collections program began.
Processing Information: The collection was minimally processed, but did not have a finding aid.

Administrative History:

The Graduate Council was established in 1954 to administer Madison College’s first graduate programs, the Master of Arts in Education and the Master of Science in Education. The original Graduate Council was composed of the Dean of the College as chairman, four divisional directors, and two additional members of the faculty.

When President Tyler Miller was inaugurated in 1949, he immediately began working on establishing a graduate program at Madison College. In 1951, President Miller coordinated with the University of Virginia to offer a graduate course during the Madison Summer Sessions. By 1954, after three years of study by a committee of the faculty, the State Board of Education authorized Madison College to award their own Masters degrees. During the first 1954-55 graduate session, 106 students enrolled in graduate courses, most of which were offered during summer sessions, special two-week “intersessions” and six-week graduate sessions. By 1972, Madison College graduate course offerings had expanded to include a Master in Business Administration, and graduate level coursework in other fields.   

Scope and Content:
The Graduate Council Minutes, 1958-1972, is comprised of fourteen folders of meeting minutes. Topics in the minutes include review and approval of degree candidates, general announcements, enrollment numbers, curriculum and program proposals, and other departmental matters. The 1958 Graduate Council members were Percy H. Warren (Dean of College), Mr. Bucher, Mr. Ikenberry, Mr. Mengebier, and Mr. Elmer L. Smith. The 1972 Graduate Council members were Dr. Sweigart (Assistant Provost for Graduate Studies), Dr. Blair, Dr. Bruce, Dr. Chappel, Dr. Crawford, Dr. Christiansen, Dr. Dickerson, Dr. Diller, Dr. Dingledine, Dr. D. Fox, Dr. D. Hall, Dr. Hinton, Dr. Ikenberry, Dr. Locke, Dr. McMurray, Dr. Trelawny, Dr. Wells, Dr. Bilksy, Dr. Caldwell, Dr. Cline, Dr. Davis, Dr. Mace, Dr. Ohlsson, Dr. Sanders and Dr. Smith.

The collection is arranged chronologically in fourteen folders.

Dingledine, Raymond C., Jr. Madison College: the First Fifty Years, 1908-1958. Harrisonburg, VA: Madison College, 1959.


Folder Title Box: Folder
Minutes, 1958-1961
Minutes, 1961-1962
Minutes, 1962-1963
Minutes, 1963-1964
Minutes, 1964-1965
Minutes, 1965-1966
Minutes, 1966-1967
Minutes, 1967-1968
Minutes, 1968-1969
Minutes, 1969-1970
Minutes, 1969-1970
Minutes, 1970-1971
Minutes, 1970-1971
Minutes, 1971-1972