The Dean of Faculty Records, Public Meeting Minutes are now available in ACDC.  Since these records are restricted until 50 years after their date of creation and since the records were ingested into ACDC in 2019, only minutes in the collection created before 1970 are currently available. 

The collection contains the publicly-available meeting minutes produced by the Amherst College dean of faculty’s office. The minutes were generated at all-faculty meetings and run from the mid-1820s through the early 1970s. They are available in accordance with the College’s records release policy. The earliest minutes consist of volumes bound together from a variety of sources including: correspondence, notes, memoranda, and meeting minutes. By the twentieth century the minutes evolved into a standardized format. The Committee of Six, the executive committee of the faculty, often has its own meeting minutes chronologically incorporated into the faculty meeting minutes and transferred to the Archives in that manner.

Dean of Faculty public meeting minutes & Committee of Six minutes, box 3 folder 1, 1958
Dean of Faculty public meeting minutes & Committee of Six minutes, box 3 folder 1, 1958

The collection was selected for digitization because the minutes demonstrate the history of faculty involvement in the College community and the faculty’s contributions to the administration of the College. This collection is helpful for those tracking longer-term decision making processes over the course of the College’s history.

This records group was ingested into ACDC in Year Two (2010) of our Bicentennial project.

The finding aid for this collection is not yet online.

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