UMM Miscellaneous and Correspondence: Divisions and disciplines (A1-K-h) contents

UMM Archives


The materials in this record sub-series date from the late 1960s to the mid-1990s and consist of brochures, correspondence, memoranda, newsletters from the Division of Science and Mathematics and notes. Some of the notes are handwritten, and most are from the pen of Dean Blake. Some, however, were authored by John Q. Imholte. Some of the memoranda also originated in the dean's office and thus reflect the close working relationship between the dean and chancellor (the title was provost for most if this time) throughout much of this period.

These records are reflective of the relationship of the administration to the various divisions and disciplines and deal with multiple issues. Some records have to do with personnel matters and especially with division chairs. Files report on the controversy surrounding the resignation of the chair of Education in 1982 and on conflicts within Science and Math in the 1960s and 1970s.

Programmatic concerns are also well represented. These range from the decision in 1969 to terminate a B.S. program in Elementary Education (it allowed elementary school teachers with a two-year degree to earn a bachelor's) to discussions on the Health Education major to a number of files on the West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center during its early years.

Also of interest is the file labeled "History Discussion Seminars" which contains a report authored by the young Tom McRoberts on an early experiment to use teaching assistants in history survey courses, materials on division chair reviews, and a large file on the question of women's athletics and locker room facilities. Contained within this file, labeled "Physical Education and Facilities," are hand-written notes of Provost Imholte in which he muses about the future direction of the college and whether UMM ought to adopt a "Carlton College Approach." There were apparently misfiled.