This record group, consisting of seven subgroups, primarily documents the activities of Oberlin College President, Robert Kenneth Carr, 1960-1970. The last subgroup, however, documents his pre-presidential and post-presidential years as well. During his presidency, Carr was responsible for directing the re-organization of the administration to meet the needs of the modern university setting. The institutional group consisting in large measure of correspondence and committee files report on many aspects of the expanded administration of Oberlin College between 1960 and 1970. This documentation, which is largely arranged in alphabetical fashion, operates at several institutional levels (e.g., the directives of the President and the activities of the several faculties and the numerous academic departments and administrative entities within the organization).
Subgroup I contains the administrative records of the Office of the President during the tenure of Robert K. Carr (1960-70). Record series include: annual reports, appointment books, budget files, by-laws and legal matters, correspondence, outside representation (who represented the college at various functions across the state), and subject and name files relating to the decade of his work as President of Oberlin College. The correspondence files contain a few letters to Mrs. Olive Carr. Some files predate Carr's formal appointment and thus constitute documents retained from the administration of William E. Stevenson.
Subgroup II constitute the President's working files relating to the Board of Trustees from 1959-1970. Included are trustee meeting minutes and the work of committees. (These records are not as complete, of course, as the files for the Board of Trustees as maintained by the Office of the Secretary.) Some of the documents do bear Carr's notation, however, which makes them distinctive from records in other collections.
Subgroup III, 1960-1970, contains records relating to the interworkings of the College's main divisions and General Faculty. This group includes files relating to the General Faculty, Arts and Sciences, the Conservatory of Music, the Graduate School of Theology (G.S.T.) faculties as well as the files belonging to the committees of each of these divisions, and miscellaneous committees which are filed under the series, Subject Files.
By far, the richest segment of records in this group is found in Subgroup IV, 1959-1970. Information relating to academic departments (6) and programs (9) as well as development and financial aid are contained in this subgroup. Records documenting the construction of the 15 new buildings between 1960-1970 are filed under Buildings and Grounds. Though it is a small subgroup in comparison to others in this collection, the files document many of the important changes made during Carr's administration.
Subgroup V, Student Life, 1960-1970, contains documentation on the life of the Oberlin College student. The files report on student affairs, the work of student committees, campus demonstrations during Vietnam, student government, student organizations and publications, student programs and student services. A general subject file contains smaller topics relating to student life.
Subgroup VI, 1959-70, contains a record of Oberlin College's contact with professional associations, councils and organizations at all levels. The records are organized alphabetically on a state, regional and national level. Important documentation from the Great Lakes Colleges Association and North-Central Evaluations is found here.
The papers of President Carr have been arranged in the following sub-groups and series:
I. Administrative Files of the Office of the President
1. Annual Reports
2. Appointment Books and Office Datebook
4. By-Laws and Legal Matters
5. Correspondence Series
6. Papers, Talks and Writings
7. Administrative Searches
8. Outside Representation
9. Name Files
10. Subject Files
II. Files relating to the Board of Trustees
1. Minutes of Meetings
2. Trustee Committees
3. General Files
4. Name Files
III. College Divisions and College Faculties' Files
1. General Faculty
2. Arts and Sciences Faculty
3. Conservatory of Music Faculty
4. Graduate School of Theology Faculty
5. Subject Files
IV. Academic Departments, Administrative Offices and Program Files
1. Academic Departments
2. Administrative Offices
V. Student Life Files
1. Student Affairs
2. Student Committees
3. Student Demonstrations
4. Student Government
5. Student Organizations and Publications
6. Student Programs
7. Student Services
8. Subject Files
VI. Files of External Organizations
Subgroup I. Administrative Files of the Office of the President, 1932-76, n.d. (23.95 l.f.)
The administrative files of the Office of the President document a wide rage of institutional activity, including appointments, budgetry, and legal matters. The subgroup consists of ten series: 1. Annual Reports, 2. Appointments Books and Office Datebook, 3. Budget, 4. By-Laws and Legal Matters, 5. Correspondence, 6. Papers, Talks and Writings, 7. Administrative Searches, 8. Outside Representation, 9. Subject Files, and 10. Name Files.
Series 1. *Annual reports, 1960-1970 (3.1 l.f.)
This series is made up of miscellaneous files about the preparation of the annual report. There are annual report request memoranda as well as commentaries on the president's report. The annual reports received by President Carr from academic departments and administrative offices, are filed here because they form the corpus of the President's own annual report.
Series 2. Appointment Books and Office Datebook, 1958-1970 (0.5 l.f.)
Series 2 contains appointment books for the President as well as a datebook he used during his tenure at Oberlin College.
* The bound annual report, including the yearly financial report, is filed under College-General (Ready Reference).
Series 3. Budgets, 1960-71 (0.6 l.f.)
Included in this series is any information relating to the yearly budget of the college.
Series 4. Bylaws and Legal Matters, 1948-1970 (0.2 l.f.)
This series contains materials relating to bylaws considered by the Board of Trustees. It also has documents from lawyers who handled any legal matters relating to college business.
Series 5. Correspondence, 1959-1970 (5.0 l.f.)
The correspondence, arranged alphabetically, are divided as follows: A-E, F-K, L-P, Q-Z.
Series 6. Papers, Talks and Writings, 1959-75 (0.6 l.f.)
Series 6 is divided into two subseries: 1. President Robert K. Carr and 2. Mrs. Olive Carr. Speeches are filed first and followed by the talks.
Series 7. Administrative Searches, 1957-72 (0.2 l.f.)
Included in this series are documents relating to personnel searches (i.e., faculty and administrative positions).
Series 8. Outside Representation, 1959-1970 (0.4 l.f.)
Documents in this series give information about who represented Oberlin College at other college and university events/functions (i.e. inaugurations).
Series 9. Name Files, 1959-75 (4.15 l.f.)
Includes files, organized by name, which are arranged alphabetically. This is mostly correspondence between said party and the president.
Series 10. Subject Files, 1932-76 (9.2 l.f.)
This series, organized by subject, is in alphabetical order.
Subgroup II. Files relating to the Board of Trustees, 1952-84 (5.15 l.f.)
This subgroup consists of four series: 1. Minutes of Meetings, 2. Trustee Committees, 3. General, and 4. Name Files. A more complete run of Trustee's minutes can be found in the Board of Trustees (RG/1).
Series 1. Minutes of Meetings, 1958-70, (2.05 l.f.)
This series contains an incomplete edition of Trustee minutes and documents relating to the Institute of International Education's Annual Meeting.
Series 2. Trustee Committees, 1956-71 (2.5 l.f.)
Trustee committees are alphabetically arranged.
Series 3. General, 1953-67, 1969 (0.4 l.f.)
Documents in this series relate to general matters that were handled by the trustees and the files cannot be incorporated elsewhere. The contents are modest in size and value.
Series 4. Name Files, 1952-84 (0.2 l.f.)
Consists of files for four former members of the Board of Trustees, primarily holding corrrespondence.
Subgroup III. College Divisions and College Faculties, 1945-76 (6.95 l.f.)
Subgroup III is comprised of five series: 1. General Faculty, 2. Arts and Sciences, 3. Conservatory, 4. Graduate School of Theology, and 5. Subject Files.
Series 1. General Faculty, 1945-76 (2.5 l.f.)
This series contains documents relating to the Faculty Council and other faculty committees. There are a small number of subject files as well. Information about Honorary Degrees is also found here.
Series 2. Arts and Sciences, 1953-70 (1.45 l.f.)
Documents in this series relate to the College Faculty ad other committees in the College of Arts and Sciences. The papers of the Arts and Science Deanship are also found here as well as a general file (A-S).
Series 3. Conservatory, 1958-70 (0.2 l.f.)
Series 3 contains the Faculty Council Minutes and Deanship records for the Conservatory. A few general files can also be found here.
Series 4. Graduate School of Theology (G.S.T.), 1957-67 (1.45 l.f.)
Faculty Council Minutes and other committee reports for the Graduate School of Theology are a part of series 4. As in the other series there is also a general file as well.
Series 5. Subject Files, 1954-70 (0.6 l.f.)
Series 5 contains miscellaneous committee reports. These groups are part of the college divisions, but may have been ad hoc or special committees may have been temporary.
Series 6. Faculty Personnel Files, 1958-68 (0.4 l.f.)
Contains files on personnel actions, salaries, and a 1965 file concerning a tenure case. (These records were added to the O.C. Archives with the presidential files of S. Frederick Starr (1983-1994) and were added to Carr’s papers in May 1995.)
Subgroup IV. Academic Departments, Administrative Offices and Program Files, 1949-71 (6.3 l.f.)
This subgroup deals with departments and offices within the college as well as special programs. There are three series: 1. Academic Departments, 2. Administrative Offices, and 3. Programs.
Series 1. Academic Departments, 1952-76 (2.3 l.f.)
Series 1 is comprised of academic departments that are arranged in alphabetical order from Art—Zoology.
Series 2. Administrative Offices, 1949-71 (2.1 l.f.)
Documents relating to various offices at Oberlin College, such as Admissions, Allen Art Museum, Alumni Office, Buildings and Grounds, Development, Financial Aid and the Library.
Series 3. Programs, 1951-70 (1.9 l.f.)
Materials in this series relate to special programs the college offered (Summer School, Shansi and the YMCA).
Subgroup V. Student Life Files, 1950-74 (6.95 l.f.)
This subgroup contains eight series: 1. Student Affairs, 2. Committees, 3. Demonstrations, 4. Student Government, 5. Student Organizations and Publications, 6. Student Programs, 7. Student Services, and 8. Subject Files.
Series 1. Student Affairs, 1952-69 (0.6 l.f.)
Student Affairs includes the records of the Student Affairs Office.
Series 2. Student Committees, 1950-69 (0.4 l.f.)
This series documents various student committees that existed on campus during the "Sixties."
Series 3. Student Demonstrations, 1963-70 (0.8 l.f.)
Included in Series 3 are documents relating to the campus unrest and demonstrations of the "Sixties" that were occasioned by the Vietnam War.
Series 4. Student Government, 1959-69 (1.0 l.f.)
Documents in this series relate to student governing bodies such as the Student Council, Student Senate and Mock Conventions.
Series 5. Student Organizations and Publications, 1952-74 (0.6 l.f.)
Records relating to student organizations and student-run publications are part of this series.
Series 6. Student Programs, 1950-70 (1.45 l.f.)
Records in this series deal with various types of programs that were brought to campus to entertain the students.
Series 7. Student Services, 1950-70 (1.7 l.f.)
Included are Chapel and Vespers, Health and Residential Life. The residential life is the most complete and contains information on housing policies.
Series 8. Subject Files, 1960-70 (0.4 l.f.)
Series 8 is arranged alphabetically by subjects that relate to student life and activities in general.
Subgroup VI. External Organizations, 1960-70 (6.1 l.f.)
This subgroup, consisting of three series, deals with professional organizations that are associated with Oberlin College in some manner.
Series 1. National Organizations, 1960-70 (2.5 l.f.)
This series contains records relating to companies at the national level who dealt with Oberlin College. They are arranged alphabetically.
Series 2. Regional Organizations, 1960-70 (1.7 l.f.)
Included in this series are documents from regional organizations such as: North-Central Evaluations and the Great Lakes Colleges Association.
Series 3. State/Local Organizations, 1960-70 (1.9 l.f.)
Series three documents state and local organizations or companies that dealt with Oberlin College during the "Sixties."