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UA 001 - Board of Trustees Records, 1911-2017

The records of the Board of Trustees of Bowling Green State University.

Duplication of materials in this collection is permitted for the purposes of preservation and research. Materials found in this collection may be duplicated in other University Archives collections and holdings. Access to confidential information is restricted.

Board of Trustee meeting minutes can be read and searched online.  Handwritten and typed card indexes also exists for Board actions.  These indexes appear to cover from the 1920s-ca. 1987, though the bulk of the actions recorded are from the 1950s-1970s.  These indexes can be accessed at the University Archives' reading room.


UA 002 I - Office of the President (Sidney A. Ribeau) Records, 1980-2006

Dr. Sidney A. Ribeau accepted the presidency of Bowling Green State University in 1995. During his 13-year term as the university's ninth president, Dr. Ribeau initiated a number of new programs at BGSU in an effort to have the university adopt a values-centered mission. His goal was to produce graduates who were culturally literate, technologically sophisticated and productive citizens prepared to lead.

One such program designed to meet this need was the President’s Leadership Academy. This program was designed to strengthen the leadership skills of select students through mentoring and co-curricular activities. Another program, the BGeXperience, integrates values education, critical thinking, character development, and civic values while helping students make the transition from high school to a university setting. During his term Dr. Ribeau made BGeXperience courses mandatory for all incoming freshmen.

Dr. Ribeau strongly believed in collaboration and cooperation between universities and their communities. This kind of thinking greatly helped to increase operational and cost efficiencies. The Partnerships for Community Action, formed under Dr. Ribeau’s leadership, underwrote programs initiated by faculty, students, and community groups who came together to achieve a common educational goal or provided a special service to those in need. He also began the Building Dreams Campaign (2002-2009), raising $120 million in private support for scholarships, endowed chairs, capital improvements, and academic programs.

Duplication of materials in this collection is permitted for the purposes of preservation and research. Materials found in this collection may be duplicated in other University Archives collections including overlaps between this collection and the collections of President Olscamp and President Cartwright.  Access to confidential information is restricted.


UA 002A - Office of the President (Homer B. Williams) Records, 1910-1943

Homer B. Williams (1865-1943), served as the first President of Bowling Green State University from 1912-1937 and interim president for part of 1938-1939.   When Williams retired as president, BGSU had grown from a normal school to a state university, with an original faculty of 15 to one numbering over 100, and a student enrollment of 153 to one of over 1,800.   The campus had also grown, from the original Administration Building to nine buildings.

Duplication of materials in this collection is permitted for the purposes of preservation and research. Materials found in this collection may be duplicated in other University Archives collections including overlaps between this collection and the collection of President Offenhauer.  Access to confidential information is restricted.


UA 002B - Office of the President (Roy E. Offenhauer) Records, 1937-1938

Dr. Roy Offenhauer (1881-1938) served as the second president of Bowling Green State University from 1937-1938.  

As president of Bowling Green State University, Dr. Offenhauer instituted a number of policies that increased enrollment by eighteen percent. It was under his leadership that the university began offering extension classes. He established the Policies Commission, which was the first step in providing faculty with a greater say in developing the policies of the University. During his presidency, the university adopted the 1925 statement of principles of the American Association of University Professors, creating the first official tenure policy for the University.

Dr. Offenhauer also began an extensive building program designed to expand and improve the campus. During his presidency, three buildings were constructed, the largest amount of simultaneous construction undertaken up to this point in the university’s history. The buildings were the Women’s Gymnasium (1938), the Natatorium (1938), and the Men’s Dormitory (completed 1939). The dormitory was named Clayton C. Kohl Hall in honor of the distinguished social science teacher who had died in 1938.

In addition, Dr. Offenhauer instituted a beautification and improvement project for the University. The program, which cost nearly $700,000, repaired and redecorated buildings, reconstructed athletic fields, and provided additional facilities for physical education. It also constructed sidewalks, an outdoor theater, and improved the landscaping on campus. Much of this work had been deferred due to the economic hardships of the Great Depression.

Duplication of materials in this collection is permitted for the purposes of preservation and research. Materials found in this collection may be duplicated in other University Archives collections including overlaps between this collection and the collections of President Williams and President Prout.   Access to confidential information is restricted.


UA 002C - Office of the President (Frank J. Prout) Records, 1939-1951

After the unexpected death of President Roy Offenhauer in 1938, Frank J. Prout (1883-1967) was selected to lead BGSU, serving as President from 1939-1951.  During his twelve-year tenure as President, Prout guided the campus through the difficult years of WWII and oversaw the development of BGSU as it changed from a teachers' college to a university.

World War II caused the student population to decrease drastically as many students were drafted or enlisted in the military. The deflated enrollment meant the university would not be able to pay its faculty. The most viable solution was to secure government training programs. Under Prout’s leadership, the university was chosen as the site for the Navy College Training Program, also known as the V-12 program. With this program in place, the university's financial problems were almost entirely solved. However, there was a shortage of housing.

Dr. Prout ensured that BGSU would be able to handle the increased housing needs caused by the V-12 program during the war as well as the increased enrollment of the post-war era. He took advantage of legislation that allowed universities to issue bonds for building dormitories. Kohl Hall had been financed in this way under President Offenhauer. As a result, several more dormitories were constructed, including Rodgers Hall, and BGSU was able to handle the population increase, while the number of permanent buildings on campus increased to fifty.

The university's national reputation rose thanks to Dr. Prout’s leadership. The construction of cottage-style housing on campus (also known as fraternity and sorority rows) enticed national Greek organizations to accept local fraternities and sororities as chapter. The Graduate College was also founded during this time. By the time of Prout's retirement, enrollment had nearly quadrupled and the total campus acreage doubled from pre-war figures.

Duplication of materials in this collection is permitted for the purposes of preservation and research. Materials found in this collection may be duplicated in other University Archives collections including overlaps between this collection and the collections of President Offenhauer and President McDonald.  Access to confidential information is restricted.


UA 002D - Office of the President (Ralph W. McDonald) Records, 1939-1961

Dr. Ralph McDonald became Bowling Green State University’s fourth president in 1951 and served until 1961. During his ten-year presidency, student enrollment nearly doubled and the total campus acreage increased from 240 acres to 600 acres. In addition, McDonald oversaw the construction of ten new buildings and the renovation of many others.

At the outset of Dr. McDonald's presidency, lack of on-campus housing was a major problem. In response to this need, Rodgers, Founders, Conklin Quadrangles, and the Alice Prout Residence Hall were constructed. In addition, the University Union, Memorial Hall (housing Anderson Arena), West Hall, and South Hall were completed. By the end of Dr. McDonald’s term, all but one of the temporary buildings put in place during World War II had been eliminated or replaced. The total cost of all this  building construction and renovation amounted to almost $35 million.

Dr. McDonald’s experience and qualifications marked him as someone who would move Bowling Green State University from its traditional role as a teacher training college to a full-fledged liberal arts university, preparing its graduates for leadership in a troubled and complex world. With this goal in mind, Dr. McDonald sought to increase the number of faculty holding Ph.D. degrees who were active in research and publication, in addition to classroom teaching. During this time there was a movement at universities across the United States aimed at providing faculty and students with greater liberty and opportunities to influence university policy. In contrast, Dr. McDonald viewed the role of university president as strongly authoritative. Controversies inevitably flared from time to time, and faculty and student morale suffered. Over the years, the situation worsened, culminating in student demonstrations in 1961 and numerous faculty petitions. Dr. McDonald resigned the office of president in 1961.

More information about McDonald's tumultuous time in office can be found in the Presdient Ralph McDonald Controversy Collection (MS 1126).

Duplication of materials in this collection is permitted for the purposes of preservation and research. Materials found in this collection may be duplicated in other University Archives collections including overlaps between this collection and the collections of President Prout and President Harshman.  Access to confidential information is restricted.


UA 002E - Office of the President (Ralph G. Harshman) Records, 1959-1963

Ralph G. Harshman served as BGSU's fifth president from 1961-1963, following the controversial presidency of Dr. Ralph McDonald. He was the first university president at Bowling Green State University to have come from the ranks of university staff, having been a faculty member and administrator at BGSU for 27 years, beginning in 1936.  He had been retired for a year before the Board of Trustees chose him as president, and he agreed to return for a two-year term.

Upon taking office, Harshman acted swiftly to ease the unrest among students and faculty alike, working to instituted a number of policies aimed at improving faculty morale and instilling faith in the University.   He began decentralizing the administration with policies delegating more authority to the college deans. He also invited faculty cooperation in the selection of department chairs and new deans for the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Education. Dr. Harshman also worked to restore student morale, largely through the creation of the Committee on Student Affairs.

Duplication of materials in this collection is permitted for the purposes of preservation and research. Materials found in this collection may be duplicated in other University Archives collections including overlaps between this collection and the collections of President McDonald and President Jerome.  Access to confidential information is restricted.


UA 002F - Office of the President (William T. Jerome III) Records, 1957-1971

Dr. William T. Jerome served at Bowling Green State University's sixth president, from 1963-1970.  During his seven years as president, he guided the University through a period of rapid physical growth due to a major jump in enrollment, as evidenced by the addition of ten buildings, including the library, and the establishment of programs such as the Center for the Study of Social Behavior. Library growth during this time included the establishment of the University Archives, the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, and the Browne Popular Culture Library.

Dr, Jerome also guided the campus during the turbulent Vietnam era. Thanks to his leadership, BGSU remained open during the days following the May 1970 Kent State shootings, the only Ohio state university to do so.   

In 1982, the Bowling Green State University Board of Trustees passed a resolution re-naming the University Library in honor of Dr. Jerome. A rededication and naming ceremony was held at the William T. Jerome Library on September 23, 1983.

Duplication of materials in this collection is permitted for the purposes of preservation and research. Materials found in this collection may be duplicated in other University Archives collections including overlaps between this collection and the collections of President Harshman and President Moore. Access to confidential information is restricted.


UA 002G - Office of the President (Hollis A. Moore Jr.) Records, 1941-1985

The appointment of Hollis A. Moore to the office of President of Bowling Green State University came about after a seven month search begun prior to President William Jerome leaving BGSU.  His appointment as president was announced on May 13, 1970 and came at a critical time in BGSU's history: the shootings at Kent State had occurred just nine days earlier.  Dr. Moore, whose term began in July 1970, rose to the occasion and brought a sense of stability to BGSU during chaotic times.  He was well liked by both faculty and students.  It was his overwhelming sense of fairness that earned that respect.

Under Dr. Moore's leadership, BGSU made many advances academically, which were also reflected in the university's administrative structure.  In 1973, Moore oversaw the creation of the College of Health and Community Services, the first new college at BGSU in 38 years. In 1975, the School of Music became the College of Musical Arts and the School of Speech and Communication was formed. The School of Technology and the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation were formed in 1978 and 1979, respectively. During Moore's administration, doctoral programs in mathematics and history were also established. In 1978 Dr. Moore received Austria’s Gold Medallion, one of the highest academic honors in Austria, marking the 10th anniversary of exchange between BGSU and the University of Salzburg.

The 1970s brought other changes to BGSU. Enrollment increased to 15,000 during Moore's term. With changes in the national economy and in state funding for higher education, Moore worked to increase private funding for the university. This funding reached its peak in 1980 at $2 million. Moore also oversaw the construction of three new buildings on campus: the Mileti Alumni Center (completed in 1976), the Student Recreation Center and the Musical Arts Center (both completed in 1979). The total cost of these construction projects was nearly $16 million.  The Musical Arts Center was dedicated as the Moore Musical Arts Center on May 8, 1981 in honor of Dr. Moore and his wife.

Duplication of materials in this collection is permitted for the purposes of preservation and research. Materials found in this collection may be duplicated in other University Archives collections including overlaps between this collection and the collections of President Jerome and President Olscamp. Access to confidential information is restricted.


UA 002H - Office of the President (Paul J. Olscamp) Records, 1965-1999

Paul J. Olscamp served as Bowling Green State University's eighth president from 1982-1995. Dr. Olscamp's appointment as president on March 15, 1982 was the result of an eleven month search following the death of Dr. Hollis Moore. Due to the public perception that the Board of Trustees was not willing to share adequate information about the search, his transition to office did not go smoothly. Despite his rocky beginning as president, Dr. Olscamp strove to embody the slogan, “An Environment of Excellence.”

Over the course of Dr. Olscamp's twelve year term, academics at BGSU improved significantly. Graduate student enrollment increased by 23 percent during this time, with five new doctoral programs created. In addition, the number of scholarships for academic excellence increased greatly. Dr. Olscamp was also instrumental in the development of the Center for Photochemical Sciences. The number of holdings at the library increased to over 4 million volumes under his leadership.

Dr. Olscamp also played an active role in improving BGSU’s financial situation. The university's endowment increased from $1.9 million to over $47.4 million during his presidency. As a result, he created the first endowed professorships at BGSU. During this time, the faculty was given a role in developing the annual budget and shared authority with the president in interpreting the academic charter. He also held periodic forums with students where they could voice their concerns about campus issues.

Due to statewide budget cuts, the Board of Trustees asked Dr. Olscamp to stay on as president beyond his anticipated retirement in 1994, which he did for an additional year, ending his presidency in 1995.

Duplication of materials in this collection is permitted for the purposes of preservation and research. Materials found in this collection may be duplicated in other University Archives collections including overlaps between this collection and the collections of President Moore and President Ribeau. Access to confidential information is restricted.


UA 002J - Office of the President (Carol A. Cartwright) Records, 1970-2008 (bulk 1990s-2000s)

Dr. Carol A. Cartwright was the first woman to take a presidential role at Bowling Green State University. She was named the president of BGSU Jan. 6, 2009, after serving as interim president since July 2008.  She retired as Bowling Green State University's president in June 2011.

During her term in office, BGSU embarked on one of the largest building campaigns in its history including construction of the Wolfe Center for the Arts.


Duplication of materials in this collection is permitted for the purposes of preservation and research. Materials found in this collection may be duplicated in other University Archives collections including overlaps between this collection and the collections of President Ribeau and President Mazey. Access to confidential information is restricted.


UA 0137 - Women's Issues Collection, 1981-1982

Collected fliers and newspaper articles documenting the activities of the Women's Studies Program and Women for Women on the Bowling Green State University campus in the early 1980s.

Duplication of materials in this collection is permitted for the purposes of preservation and research. Materials found in this collection may be duplicated in other University Archives collections and holdings. Access to confidential information is restricted.


UA 016 - College of Musical Arts Records, 1916-2015 (bulk 1964-2010)

Records of the Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts and its School of Music predecessors.


UA 018 - University Libraries Records, 1930-2017 (bulk 1960s-2000s)

Records documenting the operations of the BGSU University Libraries and its predecessors.


UA 019 - Undergraduate Student Government

The Undergraduate Student Government’s mission is to act as an influential governing service to advance and accurately represent the needs of the student body by initiating any action necessary to develop an acceptable solution. The Undergraduate Student Government hears the concerns of undergraduate students. It works to find beneficial solutions by engaging all members of the campus (administrators, faculty, staff, student groups and the student body at large) to address undergraduate concerns. 

The members of USG are elected annually to represent the student body. Senators serve as representatives from the academic colleges and the residential areas, as well as in at-large and diversity affairs positions. They serve on nearly every administrative body of the University, and speak regularly with the administration of various on-campus departments and offices involving undergraduate students. 

The collection consists mostly of governance documents (including minutes, agendas, bylaws, constitutions, etc.), as well as correspondence, subject files, and official reports.

Materials found in this collection may be duplicated in other University Archives collections and holdings. Access to confidential information is restricted. Periodic transfers of records are expected from the office indefinitely.

 


UA 020 - Graduate Student Senate Records, 1969-2015

Records of the Graduate Student Senate at Bowling Green State University.

Duplication of materials in this collection is permitted for the purposes of preservation and research. Materials found in this collection may be duplicated in other University Archives collections and holdings. Access to confidential information is restricted.


UA 022 - Administrative Staff Council (1979-2014)

The Administrative Staff Council (ASC) supports the mission of BGSU through representing administrative staff members by promoting their general welfare; seeking professional development opportunities maintaining communications among staff members; and reviewing, initiating, and making recommendations on institutional policies.

The collection consists mostly of official meeting minutes of the council and its various committees, including its executive committee, personnel welfare committee, and salary committee. There is also correspondence, handbook revisions, and materials relating to awards given by the council.

Materials found in this collection may be duplicated in other University Archives collections and holdings. Access to confidential information is restricted. Periodic transfers of records are expected from the office indefinitely.


UA 026 - Athletics Department Records, 1915-2010

Records documenting intercollegiate sports at Bowling Green State University obtained from the Department of Athletics. 

Duplication of materials in this collection is permitted for the purposes of preservation and research. Materials found in this collection may be duplicated in other University Archives collections and holdings. Access to confidential information is restricted.

Additional BGSU athletics materials may be found in the Sports Press Guides and Programs collection, as well as in coach and faculty papers included in the Center for Archival Collections manuscript collections, including the Mel Brodt Collection, Jack Vivian Photograph Collection, Doyt Perry Collection, Don Cunningham Papers, Sue Hager Papers, Bruce Bellard Papers, Charles E. Perry Collection, Women's Basketball Legacy collection, and Sports History Notebooks.   



UA 027 - Sports Press Guides and Programs, 1923-2015

Publications created for the media and sports fans about BGSU intercollegiate teams.

Duplication of materials in this collection is permitted for the purposes of preservation and research. Materials found in this collection may be duplicated in other University Archives collections and holdings. Access to confidential information is restricted.


UA 029 - Center for Regional Development Records, 2000-2009

Work product of the Center for Regional Development located at Bowling Green State University.

Duplication of materials in this collection is permitted for the purposes of preservation and research. Materials found in this collection may be duplicated in other University Archives collections and holdings. Access to confidential information is restricted.


UA 031 - Greek Affairs Collection, 1923-2008 (1950s-1990s bulk)

This collection documents the history of Greek life on the BGSU campus with both organizational files and subject files.

Duplication of materials in this collection is permitted for the purposes of preservation and research. Materials found in this collection may be duplicated in other University Archives collections and holdings. Access to confidential information is restricted.