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Hampshire College. Planning Bodies Records, 1958-1977 (Bulk: 1958-1970)
22 boxes ( 8 linear ft.)
Collection number: CG3

Abstract:
Hampshire College, an experimental college that admitted its first class in 1970, was planned under the auspices of neighboring Amherst, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts. This record group contains four college and early Hampshire committee files and other planning material.

Terms of Access and Use:

Access is unrestricted except for Series 12: Compensation Committee

Hampshire College Archives

Historical Note

Hampshire College, an experimental institution founded under the auspices of Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and the University of Massachusetts, admitted its first class in 1970. This record group contains files from planning committees involved in creating the new college. The first committee, Committee for an Experimental College, was formed by the four neighboring institutions in 1958 to gather and synthesize ideas for this new departure in higher education. The committee's first publication, The New College Plan (1958) was widely read and influenced the planning for other experimental colleges of the 1960s and 1970s. The pledge of $6 million by Amherst College alumnus Harold F. Johnson in 1965 made Hampshire College a reality, and planning began in earnest that year.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The first series contains records for the Committee for an Experimental College, which was known as the Committee for New College after the publication of The New College Plan. The other series in this group contain records of the Education Advisory Committee (1965-66), the Hampshire College Conference (1966), the Making of a College by Hampshire's first president, Franklin Patterson, files of Planning Bulletins and Progress Reports, and files from a number of planning committees formed by early faculty and administrators of the college.

Committee files contain agendas and minutes of meetings, memoranda and reports, and correspondence. The most extensive files are those in Series 1: Committee for an Experimental College. Also present are published reports in Series 7: The Making of a College, and Series 8: Planning Bulletins/Progress Reports. Series 11: Miscellaneous Planning Materials, contains films and audiotapes relating to the planning process.


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Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

Access is unrestricted except for Series 12: Compensation Committee

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Hampshire College. Planning Bodies, 1958-1977. Archives, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA 01002

History of the Collection

Most of the material in this record group was collected by the administrators and faculty who were members of these committees. The major exception is the material in Series 1, Boxes 2-9 which was transmitted to the Hampshire College Archives from the Smith College Archives in 1994. This series is processed in acid-free folders.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Jimi Jones
Hampshire College Image, Sound and Text Archives
Johnson Library Center
Hampshire College
Amherst, MA 01002

Phone: (413) 559-5761
Fax: (413) 559-5419

Email: jljones@hampshire.edu
URL: http://www.hampshire.edu/library/index_archives.htm
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Series Descriptions
1958-1962


In 1958, the Presidents of Amherst, Mt. Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts appointed this faculty committee to develop plans "for a new experimental college located in close proximity to the four institutions, aimed at producing education of the highest quality at a minimum cost per student and with as small a faculty relative to the size of the student body as new methods of instruction and new administrative procedures can make possible," (From the charge to the committee). The New College Plan, The final report of the committee, was produced in November 1958. This document represents the initial educational blueprint for Hampshire College.

The committee, thereafter known as the Committee for New College, continued to work and issued two more reports, present in this series. Boxes 2-5 contain early committee files and work on The New College Plan itself. Boxes 6-8 contain later committee files, including reactions to The New College Plan, the further development of the New College concept, and work on the two later committee reports, More Power to Them, and Student Reactions to Study Facilities. Box 9 contains published material collected by the committee.

1965-1966


With the pledge by Harold F. Johnson of $6,000,000 to start a new college along the lines laid out in the New College Plan, the planning for Hampshire College gained a firm basis in reality. This committee was appointed by the newly formed trustees of Hampshire College and consisted of a member of the faculty of Amherst, Mt. Holyoke and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, selected by the President of each institution. Charles R. Longsworth, chairman of the Hampshire College Educational Trust, was a member ex officio and represented Hampshire College. The committee was charged with advising the academic leadership of the college as to the design of an educational program for Hampshire College. This series consists of memoranda and reports prepared for the committee, notes on meetings, and copies of the final report of the committee.

1966


The Hampshire College Conference, held in June 1966, brought together a group of educators, artists and intellectuals to discuss plans for the educational program of Hampshire College. The file contains a report of the conference, with letters and reports by some of the participants.

1968-69


This committee, composed of the first faculty of the College, was formed to plan the academic and curricular structure of the new college, including faculty number, characteristics and recruitment, the course calendar, examinations and grading. It was succeeded by the Academic Committee (Series 10). The file consists of agendas, minutes and memoranda, arranged in chronological order.

1969-1970


The Committee on College Policy was formed by President Patterson in September 1968. Having as members the principal academic officers of the college, this group was directly advisory to the President on all major policy matters during the final planning year. The file consists of agendas, minutes and correspondence from that year.

1968-69


This committee, composed of the chief academic and administrative officers of the college, was responsible for the preliminary planning of all aspects of the college's program. The file contains, in chronological order, agendas, minutes, and correspondence by and to the members of the committee. The final section contains the same material sorted by subject.

1966-1975


This series contains the 1966 and 1975 editions of The Making of a College by Franklin Patterson, a card file index (more detailed than the printed version) prepared for staff use, and a set of pamphlets relating to The Making of a College.

1969-1975


The Planning Bulletins were intended to convey to the public a sense of the planning being done in specific areas in preparation for the opening of the College in 1970. Thus, they represent the original thinking and policy for many ongoing College programs. The series was continued by three unnumbered Bulletins published after the College opened. This file also contains three reports intended to be part of the series, but which were never published. The second box contains two Progress Reports, intended as a continuation of the Planning Bulletin series. Also present is a final grant report related to the second Progress Report

1969-1971


This committee, consisting of the Dean and several faculty members of the School of Social Science, was responsible for the planning of the first academic building, intended to house the School of Social Science. The file contains memoranda, reports, and minutes of meetings, arranged in chronological order.

1969-1970


This committee, successor to the Curriculum Committee of 1968-69, consisted of the faculty and Deans of the College, as well as the Directors of Admissions and the Library. It continued the planning for the academic and curricular structure of the College. The file consists of agendas, minutes and memoranda, arranged in chronological order. The file includes the official committee files kept by the Dean of Faculty office. Also present is a brief file of the Committee on Coeducation, of the same time period.

1966-1977


This file contains miscellaneous documents relating to the planning process, including films and audiotapes. The films have been transferred to videocassette (3/4" master, 1/2" copy) also present in this series.

1968-1970


This planning committee, composed of the chief admin-istrative and academic officers of the college, dealt with the issues of faculty and staff appointment, contracts, salary and benefits. The file is sorted into agendas, minutes, and several subject sections. Access to this file is restricted.

Contents List
Series 1: Committee for an Experimental College/Committee for New College,
1958-1962


Committee memoranda and reports, 1958


Box 1
The New College Plan, November 1958


Box 1
Student Reactions to Study Facilities, with Implications for Architects and College Administrators, 1960


Box 1
Cost Estimates for New College, 1961


Box 1
More Power to Them: A Report of Faculty and Student Experience in the Encouragement of Student Initiative, 1962


Box 1
Administration


Box 2
Architectural Study Project


Box 2
C.L. Barber - Correspondence (including letter from first prospective applicant)


Box 2
C.L. Barber - Interviews


Box 2
C.L. Barber - Reports and Memos


Box 2
Broadcasting, Educational


Box 2
Brochure Requests, 1958-59


Box 2
Capital Expenditure Study, L.B. Anderson, 1959


Box 2
Charge to the Committee


Box 2
Construction


Box 2
Consultants' Reports


Box 2
Coordinator


Box 2
Cost Estimates


Box 2
Curricula vitae (for committee members)


Box 2
Curriculum Ideas


Box 2
Development


Box 2
Documents


Box 2
Expenses, Committee


Box 2
Faculty


Box 2
Finances


Box 2
Sidney J. French Report


Box 2
Fund for the Advancement of Education


Box 2
Seymour Harris Seminar #1


Box 2
Seymour Harris Seminar #2


Box 3
Harvey Mudd College


Box 3
Hexter Science Report


Box 3
Interviews with Librarians, Deans, etc.


Box 3
Kennedy, Gail


Box 3
Lay Catholic College


Box 3
Library


Box 3
Location


Box 3
A.E. Lumley Report - Physical Education


Box 3
S. McCune - Correspondence, 1958 (including Utopia Academica), 1959


Box 3
S. McCune - Reports (including sketch plan for New College)


Box 3
S.M. McMurrin Report


Box 3
Meetings


Box 4
Memos


Box 4
Minutes


Box 4
Newspaper publicity


Box 4
Official action


Box 4
Packard, Sidney R.


Box 4
C. Page Report - Sociology


Box 4
Press Release


Box 4
Proposal for New College


Box 4
E. Rauschenbush


Box 4
Reports


Box 4
Rough Drafts


Box 4
Rough Drafts


Box 5
Ruml, B. Memo to a College Trustee, and Comment by S. Packard


Box 5
Science Data Papers


Box 5
Sheehan, D. - Reports


Box 5
Sherk, K. Report - Chemistry


Box 5
Statistics


Box 5
S.M. Stoke - Correspondence


Box 5
S.M. Stoke - Miscellaneous Early Papers


Box 5
S.M. Stoke - Reports and Memos


Box 5
Stray Ideas


Box 5
Student Body


Box 5
Ordway, Tead


Box 5
Towne, D.H. Report - Math, Physics, Chemistry


Box 5
Wagner, R.W. Report - Math


Box 5
Wyman, R. Reports


Box 5
Architecture for New College


Box 6
Committee for an Experimental College - Stationery


Box 6
Cost Estimates for New College. Report, 1961


Box 6
Experimental Courses, 1959-60


Box 6
Finances for New College


Box 6
Fund for the Advancement of Education Report, 1961


Box 6
Future Development of New College


Box 6
Meeting [with the Four College Presidents] re: New College, Sept. 11, 1959: Future of New College


Box 6
New College - Chairman's Problems, 1961-1964


Box 7
New College - Correspondence About, 1959-1962


Box 7
New College - Early Proposals and Criticisms


Box 7
New College Plan - Copies


Box 7
New College Plan - Responses and Evaluations


Box 7
New College Talk at Harris Seminar, 1958


Box 7
Reaction to the New College Plan (Report, 1959?)


Box 7
More Power to Them - Draft


Box 7
Letters re: More Power to Them


Box 7
Acoustical Studies of Dormitories


Box 8
Architectural Studies


Box 8
Architecture/Study Space Data Treatment


Box 8
Consultants - Student Reactions to Study Facilities


Box 8
Letters re: Student Reactions to Study Facilities


Box 8
Proposal - Architecture Study


Box 8
Publicity on Student Reactions to Study Facilities


Box 8
Smith College material


Box 8
Student Comments on Study Space


Box 8
Student Reactions to Study Facilities - Draft


Box 8
Midwest Program on Airborne Television Instruction (1959?).


Box 9
Fund for the Advancement of Education Report, 1957-59.


Box 9
Cooper, Homer E. Education for a Free Society. NY: Exposition Pr., 1957.


Box 9
A proposal for the Establishment of an Experimental College. Hofstra College, 1958.


Box 9
White, Goodrich C. The Education of the Administrator. Nashville, TN: Board of Education, the Methodist Church, 1957.


Box 9
Gardner, John W. The Strategy of Freedom. 1959.


Box 9
Trueblood, Elton. The Idea of a College. NY: Harper & Brothers, 1959.


Box 9
The Graduate Journal, Univ. of Texas, Spring 1959.


Box 9
The Journal of Higher Education, Feb. 1959 and May 1959.


Box 9
An Experimental College at Wayne State Univ., 1958.


Box 9
Amherst College Report of the Curriculum Review Committee, 1959


Box 9
Amherst Alumni News. July 1958 and Jan. 1959.


Box 9
College Buildings. Architectural Record Building Types Study No. 218, Jan. 1955.


Box 9
Design for Educational TV: Planning for Schools with Television. NY: Educational Facilities Laboratories, 1960.


Box 9
Report of the [Four College] Committee on Cooperation, 1956.


Box 9
Series 2: Educational Advisory Committee,
1965-1966


Educational Advisory Committee, 1965


Box 1
Educational Advisory Committee, 1966


Box 1
Report of the Educational Advisory Committee to the President of Hampshire College, Apr. 13, 1966


Box 1
A [Student] Proposal for Hampshire College (included with the above Report), 1966


Box 1
Series 3: Hampshire College Conference,
1966


Hampshire College Conference, 13-15 June 1966. A Report by Peter Schrag, 1966.


Box 1
Documents relating to the conference.


Box 1
Series 4: Curriculum Committee,
1968-69


Curriculum Committee, October 1968-June 1969


Box 1
Documents for Curriculum Committee


Box 1
Series 5: Committee on College Policy,
1969-1970


Committee on College Policy, September 1969-January 1970


Box 1
Committee on College Policy, February 1970-September 1970


Box 1
Series 6: Planning Committee,
1968-69


Planning Committee, February 1968-February 1969


Box 1
Planning Committee, March 1969-September 1969


Box 1
Planning Committee, Subject File


Box 1
Series 7: The Making of a College,
1966-1975


The Making of a College: Growth in a Major Academic Community. An Administrative Report to the Trustees of Hampshire College, September 1966.


Box 1
Card file index in two boxes


Box 1
Abstract: Hampshire College Working Paper #1--The Making of a College.


Box 1
The Making of a College: a review by C.L Barber (reprinted from the AAUP Bulletin, Spring 1968)


Box 1
Inventing a Future for the New Private College, Franklin Patterson, 1968.


Box 1
Hampshire College Academic Program (Working Brief #1) Oct. 1967


Box 1
Hampshire College Plans in Brief (Working Brief #2) Dec. 1967


Box 1
The Making of a College: a New Departure in Higher Education, by Franklin Patterson and Charles R. Longsworth, New Edition, 1975.


Box 1
Series 8: Planning Bulletins/Progress Reports,
1969-1975


Notes on Admissions, by Van R. Halsey, Director of Admissions, January 1969 (#1)


Box 1
The House Plan at Hampshire College, by Robert C. Birney, Dean of the School of Social Science, February 1969 (#2)


Box 1
The Hampshire College Library, by Robert S. Taylor, Director of the Library, March 1969 (#3)


Box 1
Computers and Computer Use, by Robert S. Taylor, Director of the Library, March 1969 (#4)


Box 1
The Hampshire Fellows Program, by John R. Boettiger, Director, Hampshire Fellows Program, March 1969 (#5)


Box 1
The Proper Study of Mankind - Reconsidered, by Francis D. Smith, Dean, School of Humanities and Arts, April 1969 (#6)


Box 1
Notes on Law Study, by David E. Matz, Assistant to the President, May 1969 (#7)


Box 1
Man in Situ, by Robert C. Birney, Dean, School of Social Science, June 1969 (#8)


Box 1
Foreign Studies, by Richard C. Lyon, Dean of the College, June 1969 (#9)


Box 1
Arches of Knowledge, by Everett M. Hafner, Dean, School of Natural Science and Mathematics, August 1969 (#10)


Box 1
Corporate Citizenship and Urban Problems, by Charles R. Longsworth, Vice-President, May 1970


Box 1
Educational Technology and Information Transfer, by Richard L. Muller, Director of Educational Technology, May 1970


Box 1
A First Course in Language and Communication, by the Committee on Language and Communication, January 1971


Box 1
The Division of Basic Studies at Hampshire College, May 1969


Box 1
Perspectives on Human Development, by John R. Boettiger, Chairman, Committee on Human Development, August 1969 (unpublished)


Box 1
The Dimension of Language, by Roger W. Holmes, 1967. (unpublished)


Box 1
Employment by Faculty Contract, by Robert C. Birney. Progress Report #1, October 1975


Box 2
Progress by Examination, by Robert von der Lippe. Progress Report #2, November 1975


Box 2
Report to the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education on Project Progress by Examination, by Robert von der Lippe, February 1975


Box 2
Series 9: Building Committee,
1969-1971


Building Committee, 1969-1971


Box 1
Series 10: Academic Committee,
1969-1970


Academic Committee, August 1969 through December 1970


Box 1
Committee on Coeducation, January-March 1970


Box 1
Series 11: Miscellaneous Planning Materials,
1966-1977


Hugh Stubbins and Associates: Architects and Planners (book)


Box 1
Hampshire College (Architectural Plans). Hugh Stubbins and Associates (1970?)


Box 1
Films. 16 mm. B&W, silent.


Box 1
1. Planning Meeting. People including Ken Rosenthal.


Box 1
2. Planning Meeting.


Box 1
3. Planning. Multi-media presentation.


Box 1
Films. 16 mm. Color, silent.


Box 1
4. Site and building preparations. Frank Smith, Bob Stiles.


Box 1
5. Blair Hall, Red Barn. Bull Rogers, Bob Stiles.


Box 1
Audio cassettes (with transcripts)


Box 1
Interview with Franklin Patterson, 1-17-77


Box 1
Interview with Bob Birney, 1-10-77


Box 1
Interview with David Matz, 1-31-77


Box 1
Audiotape


Box 1
Tape of Groundbreaking Ceremony, Oct. 23, 1968, for the first academic building. President Patterson, Mr. Harold Johnson.


Box 1
Master Plan Studies: Site evaluation. Hampshire College. Sasaki, Dawson, DeMay Assoc. July 1966.


Box 1
Audiotape


Box 2
Interviews...College Convocation, Sept. 22 (1970?) Archibald MacLeish


Box 2
Academic Committee, Mar. 17, 1970


Box 2
Faculty Meeting (Constitution) Aug. 7, 1970


Box 2
Series 12: Compensation Committee,
1968-1970


Compensation Committee, Agendas


Box 1
Compensation Committee, Minutes of Meetings


Box 1
Academic Freedom


Box 1
Appointment Retention & Dismissal


Box 1
Salary--Professional


Box 1
Salary--Non-Professional


Box 1
Fringe Benefits--Professional


Box 1
Fringe Benefits--Non-Professional


Box 1
Real Estate


Box 1
Miscellaneous


Box 1

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Subjects
  • Hampshire College--Planning

Contributors
  • Committee for New College
  • Patterson, Franklin Kessel, 1916-. Making of a college.

Genre terms
  • Audiotapes
  • Motion pictures


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