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A Guide to the Agendas and Minutes of the University of Florida Senate, 1932-1993

Finding aid created by Dept. Staff

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
January 2007

Descriptive Summary

Creator: University of Florida. Senate.
Title: Agendas and Minutes of the University of Florida Senate
Dates: 1932-1993
Abstract: Agendas and minutes of the University of Florida faculty senate meetings.
Extent: 5.8 Linear feet. 15 boxes.
Identification: Series 78
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Superseding the General Assembly of the Faculty (See Series 81) in 1932, the University Senate was chartered as "the supreme legislative body of the University." Whereas the General Assembly included all faculty and administrative personnel, the University Senate consisted of administrators, deans or directors of University colleges and departments, and elected representatives with the rank of assistant professor or above. The president of the University served as Senate chair. Over the years, the function of the Senate has changed very little, but the membership has been altered several times. Faculty membership was limited in 1945 to all full professors. To this body, fifty elected faculty from the tenured ranks were added to represent their respective colleges in 1964. Membership was reduced in 1972 to one third of the resident full professors serving ex officio plus an elected body numbering half of the resident ex officio body. The 1996 constitution set the number of voting members at one per 150 faculty and designated ex officio members as non-voting.

Scope and Content

Series 78 contains the agenda and minutes of the Senate meetings. The Senate, or its appointed faculty committees, routinely considered recommendations for new colleges, departments, programs, and proposed curriculum requirements, the approval of the school-year calendar, constitution and university rule changes, student conduct policies and appeals, candidates for honorary degrees, and major issues confronting the University and higher education in Florida. Of particular interest are the proposed Senate resolutions concerning integration of the University in December 1955, a 1964 policy statement on faculty participation in Civil Rights demonstrations, and a number of resolutions concerning campus demonstrations and academic freedom from 1968-1973. For October 1986 through December 1990 there are complete transcriptions of senate meetings including a resolution related to America's war with Iraq.

There is a list of agenda topics for 1949-1955 and an index for 1966-1970.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Related or Separated Material

See Series 81

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Agendas and Minutes of the University of Florida Senate, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Contents List

1 Senate Agendas and Minutes. 1932-1942
2 List of Agenda Topics. 1949-1955
2 Senate Agendas and Minutes. 1943-1953
3 Senate Agendas and Minutes. 1954-1962
4 Senate Agendas and Minutes. 1963-1966
4 Senate Membership Record. 1964, 1966
4 Index to years 1966-1970
5 Senate Agendas and Minutes. 1967-May 1970
6 Senate Agendas and Minutes. June 1970-1973
7 Senate Agendas and Minutes. 1974-1981
8 Senate Agendas and Minutes. 1982-1984
9 Senate Agendas and Minutes. Jan. 1985 - Oct. 1985
9 Senate Agendas and Minutes and Tape Transcriptions. Jan. 1986- Jan. 1990
10 Senate Agendas and Minutes and Tape Transcriptions. Feb. 1990- Dec. 1990
10 Senate Agendas and Minutes. Jan. 1991 - April 1993
11 Senate Constitution - Revisions. June 29, 1981
11 Senate Correspondence. 1975-1982, 1985, 1990-1992
11 Senate Members. 1975-76 - 1981-82, 1986-87, 1990
11 Senate Members - College Codes
11 Senate Members - Agriculture-Fine Arts. (1982-1990)
12 Senate Members - Florida State Museum - Veterinary Medicine. (1982-1990)
12 Senate Members from Group 1
12 Senate Members - Agriculture - Veterinary Medicine. (1990-1993)
12 Senate Members from Group 1
12 Senate Members - Students. (1992-1993)
12 Senate Memos. 1976-1981, 1985-1988, 1990-1992
12 Senate Quota of Members. 1975-1977, 1980-1993
13 Senate Steering Committee Agenda, Minutes, and Misc. Jan. 1982-Nov. 1988
14 Senate Steering Committee - Agenda, Minutes, and Misc. Jan. 1989-Feb. 1993
14 Senate Steering Committee - Correspondence. 1990-1993
14 Senate Steering Committee - Memos. 1982, 1990-1993
15 Miscellaneous Materials - Faculty Advisory Forum
15 Miscellaneous Materials - Florida International University
15 Miscellaneous Materials - Florida State University
15 Miscellaneous Materials - Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
15 Miscellaneous Materials - Materials
15 Miscellaneous Materials - Policies
15 Miscellaneous Materials - Projects
15 Miscellaneous Materials - Reports
15 Miscellaneous Materials - State University System (SUS)
15 Miscellaneous Materials - United Faculty of Florida (UFF)
15 Miscellaneous Materials - University of Central Florida
15 Miscellaneous Materials - University of South Florida
15 Miscellaneous Materials - University of West Florida

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

University of Florida -- Faculty.

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