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College Park Senate records

 Collection 0015-UA

The College Park Senate was the successor to the College Park Campus Senate. Similar in function to its predecessor, the College Park Senate was comprised of representatives of administration, faculty, staff, and students. This governing body served to address the needs of the University of Maryland, College Park, campus community. The records of the Senate contain minutes of meetings; by-laws; the mission statement; plans of organization; correspondence; programs, curricula and course proposals; committee files; and membership rosters. This body was officially renamed the University Senate on March 6, 2000.


  • 1993-2000

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


8.75 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The records of the College Park Senate consist of material generated by the Senate in performing its duties. The records include agendas, minutes, correspondence, reports, bylaws, and newspaper clippings.

Administrative History

The legislative powers of the College Park campus system are vested in the College Park Senate. This body is an integral part of the system of governance on the College Park campus, which is composed of the Senate, the Board of Regents, the President, and the Chancellor. Senate membership is composed of elected representatives from all four segments of the campus community: administration, faculty, staff, and students.

The role of the Senate is to consider any matter of concern to the campus, including education, budget, personnel, campus-community relations, long-range plans, facilities, and faculty, staff, and student affairs. The Senate then advises the other three governing bodies as necessary.

The primary forerunner of the College Park Senate was the College Park Campus Senate, which operated from September 31, 1971 until September 1993. The College Park Campus Senate replaced the original University Senate, which began meeting as early as 1919 but was not officially recognized until 1955. The University Senate worked in conjunction with various administrative bodies, such as the General Administrative Board, the University Council, the General Council, and the Council of Administration.

In the fall of 1970, efforts were made to improve the system of campus government, resulting in the reorganization of every campus of the University System of Maryland. On October 29, 1970, the University Senate passed an amendment to the existing Plan of Organization which established an Interim Senate to function until a permanent governing body was created. The Interim Senate functioned from November 19, 1970 throughout the summer of 1971 when the revised Plan of Organization mandated the creation of the College Park Campus Senate. The College Park Senate is a continuation of the College Park Campus Senate. The name change was the result of a campus-wide vote by faculty, staff, and students in the spring of 1993 and had little effect on the organization and role of the body itself. On March 6, 2000, the College Park Senate again changed its name, this time to the University Senate. The name change did not significantly alter the organization or responsibilities of the governing body.


The collection consits of six series:

Series 1
Series 2
Bylaws, Plans of Organization, and Mission Statements
Series 3
Executive Committee Correspondence and Minutes
Series 4
Series 5
Membership Rosters
Series 6
Senate Correspondence

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The University of Maryland Libraries received regular transfers of files from the College Park Senate during its active years.

Related Material

In addition to the College Park Senate records, the following Senate materials may be found in the University of Maryland Library's holdings: the Records of the University Senate, covering the period from 1919 to 1970; the Records of the Interim College Park Senate, covering the period from 1970 to 1971; the Records of the College Park Campus Senate, dating from 1972 to 1993; and the Records of the University Senate, beginning on March 6, 2000, and extending through the present.

Processing Information

The College Park Senate records have been divided into six series and arranged based upon the original order in which they were received. Efforts were made to keep the bulk of the material in the minutes of meetings. Paper clips were replaced with plastic clips, and rubber bands were removed. All materials were refoldered into acid-free folders and boxed into acid-free containers. Information on course proposals, significant policy changes, committee reports and other topics from Senate minutes, Executive Committee minutes, and the Committees series was added to the index covering the workings of the University, Interim, College Park Campus, and College Park senates.

Guide to the College Park Senate records
Processed by Jennie Anne Levine.
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Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742