Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Board of Trustees Minutes 1891-1927

Written by Joy Scherry

I am very pleased to announce the recent acquisition of the minutes of the Board of Trustees from 1891-1927 and 1956-1969!  

The university archives has proudly maintained a near-comprehensive run of Board of Trustee minutes from 1968 to current day.  In discussions with university administrators, it had always been assumed that Board of Trustee minutes prior to 1968 were forever lost or perhaps in some cases never recorded. This was a perceived reality that we readily accepted. That is, until last month…

In May I had the honor of meeting President Emeritus William B. DeLauder to discuss the recent improvements of the archive and my plans for its’ future.  Dr. DeLauder surprised me by gifting a number of historic DSU materials he had worked to preserve in his retirement.  They included bound volumes of early Board of Trustee minutes.

In partnership with the “unofficial historians” of the DSU community, I look forward to discerning new information and piecing together a better understanding of the first decades in DSU’s 125 years of service.   The minutes and other items may be viewed at the archives in the William C. Jason Library Monday through Friday from 8:00 -4:00.
"The Trustees of the State College for Colored Students met for organization at the Hotel Richardson at 1:30 o'clock P.M. today, present Charles B. Lore, Daniel M. Ridgely, George W. Marshall, Henry P. Cannon and Henry C. Conrad...

"...The Secretary was directed to advertise for proposals for a suitable site for the [?] college, in the newspapers of the state."

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