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Overview of the Collection

Historical Background

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Detailed Description/Box and Folder Listing

MacMurray College

Board of Trustees Minutes and Reports

An inventory of the collection in the college archives



Overview of the Collection

Repository: MacMurray College, Jacksonville, IL
Creator: Board of Trustees
Title: Presidents' Reports and Trustees' Meeting Minutes
Dates: 1846-1858, 1861-1912, 1925-2010
Quantity: 3 cubic feet
Abstract: The collection contains handwritten and typescript record of the presdients' and campus representatives reports to the board of trustees.
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 to and educate 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 to the appointed president and elected trustees. Without direct aid from the conference, lofty building plans, the paucity of financial support, the Civil War, and three devastating fires in Main kept the academy in dire straits for decades until Dr. Joseph Harker, a self-educated, visitonary became the school's seventh president.

Following several names changes in the early years, Harker recharted the name of the school 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 alums, 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 1912-1925. The minutes for 1846-1858 and 1861-1912 are handwritten in leather-bound books and have Dr. Harker's penciled notations throughout, presumably while he was writing his history of the college. In 1925 Dr. McClelland printed his annual report in booklet form and these were bound as books. In 1961, the minutes are typescript, some original documents, some mimeographed copies and compiled in folders by school year.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically and will be added to as minutes are transferred to the archives.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

The collection is unrestricted. However, due to the age and condition of the records, photocopying and reproduction scanning is prohibited for the bound volumes 1846-1858 abd 1861-1912.

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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

Box Folder
19A Minutes, 1846-1858
Minutes, October 1861-October 1912
President's Reports to the Board, 1925-1935
President's Reports to the Board, 1935-1950
President's Reports to the Board, 1952-1960
1 President's Reports to the Board, June 1961
2 President's Reports to the Board, October 1961, February and May 1962
3 President's Reports to the Board, October 1962, February and June 1963
4 President's Reports to the Board, October 1963, February and May 1964
5 President's Reports to the Board, May 1965
6 President's Reports to the Board, February and May 1966
7 President's Reports to the Board, October 1966, February and May 1967
8 President's Reports to the Board, October 1967, February 1968
9 President's Reports to the Board, October 1968, February and May 1969
10 Minutes and Campus Reports, October 1969, February and May 1970
11 Minutes and Campus Reports, October 1970
12 Minutes and Campus Reports, February and May 1971
13 Minutes and Campus Reports, October 1971
14 Minutes and Campus Reports, February and May 1972
15 Minutes and Campus Reports, October 1972
16 Minutes and Campus Reports, February and May 1973
17 Minutes and Campus Reports, November 1973
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19B 1 Minutes and Campus Reports, February and May 1974
2 Minutes and Campus Reports, October 1974
3 Minutes and Campus Reports, February and May 1973
4 Minutes and Campus Reports, October 1975, February and May 1976
5 Minutes and Campus Reports, October 1976
6 Minutes and Campus Reports, February and May 1977
7 Minutes and Campus Reports, October 1977
8 Minutes and Campus Reports, February and May 1978
9 Minutes and Campus Reports, October 1978, February 1979
10 Minutes and Campus Reports, September 1979, February and May 1980
11 Minutes and Campus Reports, September 1980, February 1981
12 Minutes and Campus Reports, May 1981
13 Minutes and Campus Reports, October 1981, February and May 1982
14 Minutes and Campus Reports, September 1982
15 Minutes and Campus Reports, February and May 1983
16 Minutes and Campus Reports, October 1983, February and May 1984
17 Minutes and President's Reports, October 1984, February 1985
18 Minutes and President's Reports, September 1985 and February 1986
19 Minutes and Campus Reports, October 1986, February and May 1987
20 Minutes and Campus Reports, October 1987
21 Minutes and Campus Reports, February and May 1988
22 Minutes and Campus Reports, October 1988
23 Minutes and Campus Reports, February and May 1989
24 Minutes and Campus Reports, September 1989
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19C 1 Minutes and Campus Reports, February and May 1990
2 Minutes and Campus Reports, October 1990
3 Minutes and Campus Reports, February and May 1991
4 Minutes and Campus Reports, October 1991
5 Minutes and Campus Reports, February and May 1992
6 Minutes and Campus Reports, October 1992, February 1993
7 Minutes and Campus Reports, May 1993
8 Minutes and Campus Reports, October 1993, February 1994
9 Minutes and Campus Reports, May 1994
10 Minutes and Campus Reports, October 1994
11 Campus Master Plan, February 1995
12 Minutes and Campus Reports, February and May 1995
13 Minutes and Campus Reports, May 1996
14 Minutes and Campus Reports, October 1995
15 Minutes and Campus Reports, October 1996, February and May 1997
16 Minutes and Campus Reports, October 1997, February 1998
17 Minutes and Campus Reports, May 1998
18 Minutes and Campus Reports, October 1998, February and May 1999
19 Minutes and Campus Reports, October 1999
20 Minutes and Campus Reports, February and May 2000
21 Minutes and Campus Reports, October 2000, February 2001
22 Minutes and Campus Reports, May 2001
23 Minutes and Campus Reports, February 2002
24 Minutes and Campus Reports, October 2002, February and May 2003
25 Minutes and Campus Reports, May 2004
26 Minutes and Campus Reports, October 2004, February and May 2005
27 Minutes and Campus Reports, October 2005, February and May 2006
28 Minutes and Campus Reports, October 2006, February and May 2007
29 Minutes and Campus Reports, October 2007, February and May 2008
30 Minutes and Campus Reports, October 2008, February and May 2009
31 Minutes and Campus Reports, October 2009, February and May 2010
32 Minutes and Campus Reports, October 2010