Scope and Content of Collection
The Records of the President's Office include documents from the tenures of Samuel Regester, Samuel Jones, Henry E. Alvord, Richard W. Silvester, Harry J. Patterson, Albert F. Woods, Raymond A. Pearson, Harry C. Byrd, Thomas B. Symons, Wilson H. Elkins, and John S. Toll. Dating from 1869 to 1988, materials from the President's Office include correspondence, minutes, reports, publications, legal documents, maps, notes, clippings, drawings, class schedules, photographs, and a scrapbook. The subject matter is extensive and wide-ranging; however, each president consistently dealt with administrative matters such as finances, personnel, capital improvements, curricula, and the university's various missions of education, agricultural improvements, and military training. Student issues such as admissions, student life, academic and behavioral discipline, job placement, sports, and commencement are well-documented. Also covered is the university's role in the community, including participation in legislation, local and national organizations, and national issues of the day.