Graduate Council Minutes, 1958-1972 *JMU Papers*

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Summary Information

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Madison College Graduate Council
Graduate Council Minutes
Collection No.:
UA 0024
2 boxes, .66 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
The Graduate Council Minutes, 1958-1972, are comprised of minutes of the Madison College Graduate Council.

Preferred Citation

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

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Administrative History

The Graduate Council was established in 1954 to administer Madison College's first graduate program, 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, the 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.

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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.

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The collection is arranged chronologically in fourteen folders.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection 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 (

Acquisition Information

Present in cage in 1982 when Special Collections program began.


Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL:

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Index Terms

Genre and Form

  • Minutes (administrative records)


  • Madison College -- History
  • James Madison University -- History
  • Universities and colleges -- Graduate work -- History
  • Harrisonburg (Va.) -- History

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

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Collection Inventory

Title/Description Instances
Minutes, 1958-1961 box 1 folder 1
Minutes, 1961-1962 box 1 folder 2
Minutes, 1962-1963 box 1 folder 3
Minutes, 1963-1964 box 1 folder 4
Minutes, 1964-1965 box 1 folder 5
Minutes, 1965-1966 box 1 folder 6
Minutes, 1966-1967 box 1 folder 7
Minutes, 1967-1968 box 1 folder 8
Minutes, 1968-1969 box 1 folder 9
Minutes, 1969-1970 box 2 folder 1
Minutes, 1969-1970 box 2 folder 2
Minutes, 1970-1971 box 2 folder 3
Minutes, 1970-1971 box 2 folder 4
Minutes, 1971-1972 box 2 folder 5