UMM Miscellaneous and Correspondence: Visitors, speeches, people (A1-K-t) contents

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This record sub-series contains miscellaneous files covering a wide range of issues. Many of the folders document campus visits from various personages, although University of Minnesota officials (Malcolm Moos, C. Peter McGrath, and Nils Hasselmo) are most represented. Other files focus on people on campus and contain correspondence between the Chancellor (and earlier the Dean and Provost) and various staff and faculty. In addition, some materials, like the file on Fred Behmler, involve public figures important to the campus. Finally, the sub-series includes copies of speeches delivered by key administrators. Most of the materials consist of agendas, correspondence, memoranda, minutes, news clippings, reports and schedules.

The records involving central administrators touch upon significant issues such as pay equity, minority recruitment, faculty workloads, retrenchment, legislative requests and building plans. Of special interest is the official visit from a reporter from the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Nancy Livingston, in wake of the 1993 "Halloween Incident." The Al Molde folder is also important and contains information--mainly as memos--about the athletic program and especially budget issues. The file on Malcolm Willey, a vice-president from TC campus who headed the "Morris Campus Advisory Committee" in 1959 carries great historical interest. A file labeled "Regents Visit, 1980" contains an important report on the status and health of UMM at that time.

Important speeches contained within these records include: the first "Cap and Gown Day" speech delivered by Rodney Briggs in 1964; an earlier speech given to the faculty by Briggs on May 7, 1962 entitled "Initiation of Self-Appraisal," in which he raised the question of UMM's future growth and development; Jack Imholte's speech ("Swingers and Clingers") upon his installation as provost. Another speech, "Our Future Agriculture will Require Continuous Change," is undated and is not attributed to an author, but it was apparently delivered by Rodney Briggs and lays out his vision of the future of American agriculture.

Some materials are obviously mis-labled; a file entitled "Luther" does not involve the religious reformer but the Iowa College.