Accession 12002 - Montana State College, Office of the President Annual Reports Received, 1921-1968
Creator: Montana State College. Office of the President.
Provenance Note: Annual reports created by departments, colleges, divisions, and other offices of Montana State UnviersityUniversity and sent to the president's office were isolated for research use sometime during the 1980s and assigned their current accession number in August 2012.
Historical Note: Montana State University (MSU) was founded in 1893 as the state's land-grant college, and named the Agricultural College of the State of Montana. Later renamed the Montana College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, by the 1920s it was commonly referred to as Montana State College (MSC). Recognizing the institution's growth and excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, the state assembly renamed the institution Montana State University on 1 July 1965. Although the school was consistently overseen by an appointed president since its founding, MSU's various subdivisions have been renamed and reorganized numerous times. This is especially true for the various colleges, which previous to 1965 were referred to at different times as "schools" or "divisions." These various academic subunits were sometimes headed by a person designated as either a director or a dean. The date of establishment for each of the colleges that presently comprise MSU, partially based on their designation of the academic unit's head as a "dean," are: College of Agriculture, 1915; College of Arts & Architecture, 1976, College of Business, 1984; College of Education, Health, & Human Development, 1987; College of Engineering, 1915; College of Letters & Science, 1960; College of Nursing, 1984; Gallatin College, 2010; University College, 2008.
Content Description Note: The MSU President's office annual reports received comprise a collection of prepared statements created by various academic and administrative subdivisions of the school from 1921 to 1968, the bulk of which were issued prior to the 1965 establishment of the school as a university. These subdivisions include academic departments, schools, divisions, and colleges, along with academic support units such as the registrar and student health center. The reports generally give an overview of the given year's activities by faculty and staff. Information includes the performance of teaching and teaching support work, grants and other financial data, and occasionally individual employees and their activities. Not all units are represented in the files, and the chronological coverage varies. The reports have been placed in alphabetical order by the name of the academic or administrative subgroup and then chronologically afterwards.