TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Background

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Index Terms

Detailed Description/Box and Folder Listing

Reports, 1925-2006

Minutes, 1954-2014

MacMurray College

Board of Trustees Minutes and President's Reports to the Board



Overview of the Collection

Repository: MacMurray College, Jacksonville, IL
Creator: Board of Trustees
Title: Presidents' Reports to the Board and Minutes of the Trustees' Meetings
Dates: 1846-1858, 1861-1912, 1925-2014
Quantity: 3 cubic feet
Abstract: The collection contains handwritten and typescript record of the presdients' and campus representatives' reports to the Board of Trustees and minutes of the board meetings.
Language: The collection is in English.

Historical Background

In 1845, at their annual meeting the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church (MEC) expressed a desire to establish an academy strictly for the higher education of women. The philosophy of public education for women in the United States at that time generally ignored the necessity of educating females destined "only" to become wives and mothers. Of the Methodist Episcopal Church leaders, erudite Dr. Rev. Peter Akers, head of the Education Committee for the Illinois Conference, had already established his Ebenezer Manual Labor School in Jacksonville to evangelize and education of Native Americans. During the year following the 1845 conference, Akers and other prominent preachers in the conference, Peter Cartwright, and Cartwright's son-in-law, W. R. Trotter, worked a plan for a girls school that they presented as a resolution in the annual meeting in Paris, IL in September 1846 for the establishment of an academy in Jacksonville. With the assistance of several of Jacksonville's community leaders, the Illinois Conference Female Academy was organized in the basement of the Jacksonville East Charge MEC, today known as Centenary United Methodist Church.

The first trustees of the school met monthly to recruit, enroll and devise a financial plan to administer and open the school within a year of the passage of the resolution. The academy's first president, Rev. James Jaquess, was just one of five presidents in its early years to be an active minister in the conference. The conference eventually placed sole control of operating and funding the school on the shoulders of the appointed president and elected trustees. Without direct aid from the conference, the lofty building plans, the paucity of financial support, the Civil War, and three devastating fires in Main kept the academy in dire financial straits for decades until Dr. Joseph Harker, a self-educated, visionary became the school's seventh president in 1893.

Following several name changes in the early years, Harker rechartered the name of the school to Illinois Woman's College (now co-education MacMurray College) and set out to establish an endowment for tuition scholarships and expansion of curriculum to accredit the college as a four-year degree-granting college. Up until his administration, no president ever made an official report to the Illinois Conference membership at their annual meeting in the fall concerning activities or enrollment. Reporting was left to the conference-appointed agents, whose duties included the raising of funds and promoting the school. Harker met with the college's trustees on a regular basis, wrote the minutes, and directed the day-to-day administration. In 1925, the newly appointed Dr. Clarence McClelland published his annual report to the board in the local newspaper as well in pamphlet form for distribution.

The Board of Trustees met annually until 1953 when they adopted a fall and spring meeting, eventually setting the current schedule to October, February, and May. The number of sitting members of the board has changed over the years as well as the composition of its members. The board is composed of alumni, lifetime members, and men and women from diverse professional backgrounds with limited terms. They are charged with overseeing the success of the school and overseeing the authority of the office of the president.

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Scope and Contents

The minutes reveal the successes and hardships the board members and presidents have experienced since 1846 and their decisions regarding the school's operartions. Missing are the years 1858-1861, and 1912-1954. The minutes for 1846-1858 and 1861-1912 are handwritten in leather-bound books and have Dr. Harker's penciled notations throughout. In 1925 Dr. McClelland printed his annual report in booklet form and these were bound as books. Beginning in 1954 the bulk of the minutes are from the executive committee meetings, some original documents, some mimeographed copies. The bulk of the collection is the President's Reports to the Board that include financial reporting, and departmental reporting. There are large gaps of years, especially in the minutes of the board meetings. There are a few folders of the business manager's reports to the board.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into two series - Reports and Minutes and chronologically within each series. The series of minutes is incomplete in any given year. The collection will be contiunally added to as the records are transferred.

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Restrictions

All minutes and president's reports to the board are restricted for twenty-five years. Photocopying and scanning of the bound volumes for 1846-1858 and 1861-1912 are prohibited.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Persons:

Adams, Charles
Andrus, Reuben
Bryan, Lawrence
DeMotte, William
Harker, Joseph R.
Hester, Colleen
Jaquess, James F.
McClelland, Clarence
McCoy, Asa
Michalson, Gordon
Mitchell, Edward
Norris, Louis
Short, William F.
Stephens, B. G.
Wittich, John

Organizations:

Illinois Conference. Methodist Episcopal Church.
Illinois Great Rivers Conference. United Methodist Church.
Illinois Woman's College (Jacksonville, IL)
MacMurray College (Jacksonville, IL)

Places:

Jacksonville, IL

Subjects:

Universities and colleges-Administration.

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Detailed Description/Box and Folder Listing

Reports, 1925-2006
Box Folder
19A Minutes, 1846-1858
Bound
Minutes, October 1861-October 1912
Bound
President McClelland's Reports to the Board, 1925-1935
Bound
President McClelland's Reports to the Board, 1935-1952
Bound
President Norris's Reports to the Board, 1952-1960
1 President Michalson's Reports to the Board, 1960 October, 1961 June
2 President Michalson's Reports to the Board, 1961 October, 1962 February and May
3 President Michalson's Reports to the Board, 1962 October, 1963 February and June
4 President Michalson's Reports to the Board, 1963 October, 1964 February and May
5 President Michalson's Report to the Board, 1965 May
6 President Michalson's Reports to the Board, 1966 February and May
7 President's Reports to the Board, 1966 October, 1967 February and May
8 President Michalson's Reports to the Board, 1967 October, 1968 February
9 President Wittich's Reports to the Board, 1968 October, 1969 February and May
10 President Wittich's Reports to the Board, 1969 October, 1970 February and May
11 President Wittich's Reports to the Board, 1970 October
12 President Wittich's Reports to the Board, 1971 February and May
13 President Wittich's Report to the Board, 1971 October
14 President Wittich's Reports to the Board, 1972 February and May
15 President Wittich's Reports to the Board, 1972 October
The folder includes an August draft report from the Committee on Goals and Objectives
16 President Wittich's Reports to the Board, 1973 February and May
17 President Wittich's Report to the Board 1973 November
Box Folder
19B 1 President Wittich's Reports to the Board, 1974 February and May
2 President Wittich's Report to the Board, 1974 October
3 President Wittich's Reports to the Board, 1973 February and May
4 President Wittich's Reports to the Board, 1975 October 1975, 1976 February and May
5 President Wittich's Report to the Board, October 1976
6 President Wittich's Reports to the Board, 1977 February and May
7 President Wittich's Report to the Board, 1977 October
8 President Wittich's Reports to the Board, 1978 February and May
9 President Wittich's Reports to the Board, 1978 October, 1979 February
10 President Wittich's Reports to the Board, 1979 September
11 President Wittich's Reports to the Board, 1980 February and May
12 President Stephens' Reports to the Board, 1980 September, 1981 February
13 President Stephens' Report to the Board, 1981 May
14 President Stephens' Reports to the Board, 1981 October, 1982 February and May
15 President Stephens' Report to the Board, 1982 September
16 President Stephens' Reports to the Board, 1983 February and May
17 President Stephens' Reports to the Board, 1983 October, 1984 February and May
18 President Stephens' Reports to the Board, 1984 October and 1985 February and May
19 President Stephens' Reports to the Board, 1985 September, 1986 February and May
20 President Mitchell's Reports to the Board, 1986 October, 1987 February
21 President Mitchell's Report to the Board, 1987 May and October
22 President Mitchell's Reports to the Board, 1988 February and May
23 President Mitchell's Report to the Board, 1988 October
24 President Mitchell's Reports to the Board 1989 February and May
Box Folder
19C 1 President Mitchell's Report to the Board, 1989 September
2 President Mitchell's Reports to the Board, 1990 February and May
3 President Mitchell's Report to the Board, 1990 October
4 President Mitchell's Reports to the Board, 1991 February and May
5 President Mitchell's Report to the Board, 1991 October
6 President Mitchell's Reports to the Board, 1992 February and May
7 President Mitchell's Reports to the Board, 1992 October, 1993 February
8 President Mitchell's Report to the Board, 1993 May
9 President Mitchell's Reports to the Board, 1993 October, 1994 February
10 President Mitchell's Report to the Board, 1994 May
11 Minutes and Campus Reports, October 1994
12 President Mitchell's Reports to the Board, 1995 February and May
13 President Mitchell's Report to the Board, 1995 October
14 President Mitchell's Reports to the Board, 1996 February and May
15 President Bryan's Reports to the Board, 1996 October, 1997 February and May
16 President Bryan's Reports to the Board, 1997 October, 1998 February
17 President Byran's Report to the Board, 1998 May
18 President Bryan's Reports to the Board, 1998 October, 1999 February and May
19 President Bryan's Reports to the Board, 1999 October
20 Minutes and Campus Reports, February and May 2000
21 President Bryan's Reports to the Board, 2000 October, 2001 February
22 President Bryan's Reports to the Board 2001 May and October
23 President Bryan's Reports, 2002 February and May
24 President Bryan's Reports to the Board, 2002 October, 2003 February and May
25 President Bryan's Reports to the Board, 2004 October, 2005 May
26 President Bryan's Reports to the Board, 2005 October, 2006 February
27 Business Manager's Reports to the Board, 1962, 1964, 1966
Box Folder
19D 1 Business Manager's Reports to the Board, 1968 February and June
2 Business Manager's Reports to the Board, 1969 June, 1970 May
3 Dean of the Faculty Report , 1962 October-1964 May (incomplete)
4 Dean of the Faculty Report, 1963-1965
5 Dean of Students Report, 1963 February, 1963 June, 1964 May
Minutes, 1954-2014
Box Folder
19D 6 Minutes of the Executive Committee, 1954 December-1956 December
7 Minutes of the Executive Committee, 1957-1961
8 Minutes of the Executive Committee, 1962-1969
9 Minutes of the Executive Committee, 1970-1980 (incomplete)
10 Minutes of the Executive Committee, 2006-2009 (incomplete)
11 Minutes of the Board Meetings, 1953-1961
12 Minutes of the Board Meetings, 1962-1964, 1969 October
13 Minutes of the Board Meetings, 1970-1973
14 Minutes of the Board Meetings, 1974-1975, 1977-1978
15 Minutes of the Board Meetings, 1979 February-1983 May
16 Minutes of the Board Meetings, 1984-1995
Large gap of years
17 Minutes of the Board Meetings, 1999-2008
Random years
18 Minutes of the Board Meetings, 2008-2014 (incomplete)
19 Minutes of the Business and Plant Committee, 1962-1969, 1980
20 Minutes of Finance and Business Affairs Committee, 1957-1960, 1969-1971, 1985-1985, 1997-1999
21 Minutes of the Development and Academic Affairs Committee, 1966, 1971-1972, 1997, 2002