Collection MS-1-Ref - Dalhousie University Reference Collection

African studies: is there a future at Dalhousie? Support the struggle in Azania : [poster for lectures by David Sibeko of the Pan Africanist Congr... The Dalhousie College Gazette, Volume 1, Issue 1 The Dalhousie College Gazette, Volume 1, Issue 2 The Dalhousie College Gazette, Volume 1, Issue 3 The Dalhousie College Gazette, Volume 1, Issue 4 The Dalhousie College Gazette, Volume 1, Issue 5 The Dalhousie College Gazette, Volume 1, Issue 6 The Dalhousie Gazette, Volume 145, Issue 23 The Dalhousie Gazette, Volume 145, Issue 20 Arts Magazine Pharos : Dalhousie University Yearbook 1975 The Dalhousie College Gazette, Volume 2, Issue 1 The Dalhousie College Gazette, Volume 2, Issue 2 The Dalhousie College Gazette, Volume 2, Issue 3 The Dalhousie College Gazette, Volume 2, Issue 4 The Dalhousie College Gazette, Volume 2, Issue 5 The Dalhousie College Gazette, Volume 2, Issue 6 The Dalhousie College Gazette, Volume 2, Issue 7 The Dalhousie College Gazette, Volume 2, Issue 8 Wanted : posters and theatre or music programs for the theatre archives in the Killam Library at ... Facsimile of the brass on the cornerstone of the original Dalhousie College The Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building : [promotional card] Biography of George Munro The Science Building : the first building erected at Studley, 1912 Look in on the Tupper Building : [brochure] The Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building : [official opening brochure] In Search of the Supernatural : [poster] Dalhousie University Yearbook 1927 Dalhousie University Yearbook 1928 Pharos : Dalhousie University Yearbook 1929 Pharos : Dalhousie University Yearbook 1931 Pharos : Dalhousie University Yearbook 1930 The Yearbook of Class '35 Pharos : Dalhousie University Yearbook 1932 Pharos : Dalhousie University Yearbook 1933 Pharos : Dalhousie University Yearbook 1936 Pharos : Dalhousie University Yearbook 1938 Pharos : Dalhousie University Yearbook 1939 Pharos : Dalhousie University Yearbook 1940 Pharos : Dalhousie University Yearbook 1941 Pharos : Dalhousie University Yearbook 1946 Pharos : Dalhousie University Yearbook 1947 Pharos : Dalhousie University Yearbook 1950 Pharos : Dalhousie University Yearbook 1951 Pharos : Dalhousie University Yearbook 1948 Pharos : Dalhousie University Yearbook 1949 Pharos : Dalhousie University Yearbook 1952 Pharos : Dalhousie University Yearbook 1955 Pharos : Dalhousie University Yearbook 1954
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Dalhousie University Reference Collection

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  • [ca. 1860]-2017 (Creation)
    Dalhousie University. Board of Governors.

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40 m of textual records

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Administrative history

The Board of Governors of Dalhousie University is responsible for the overall conduct, management, administration and control of the property, revenue and business of the university. The board represents the interests of the institution in directing its affairs within the statutes relating to Dalhousie University. The board maintains a stewardship role, delegating the day-to-day management of the university to the president and the senior administration. The board also respects the responsibility of the University Senate to adopt policies on academic matters subject to board approval.

In 1818 Lord Dalhousie formed a Board of Trustees to oversee the building and establishment of the college. These trustees—local religious leaders and representatives from the Nova Scotia government—formed the basis of the seven-member Board of Governors incorporated in 1821. Since then the administrative structure of the board has undergone many changes. It was dissolved in 1840 and reformed to facilitate the growth of the new college. In 1863 an “Act for the Regulation and Support of Dalhousie College” replaced all earlier statutes regarding the board. The 1935 Dalhousie Act changed the way board members were appointed, attempted to create a closer working relationship between the University Senate and the Board of Governors, and formed an Executive Committee with the power to act between meetings.

The Board of Governors currently has a membership of twenty-six people, including ex-officio members, alumni, faculty and student representatives, who form internal committees dedicated to specific areas of university affairs ranging from staff relations to pension investments.

Past chairs include Lord Dalhousie (1818-1820); James Kempt (1820-1826); M. Wallace (1826-1836); Sir Colin Campbell (1836-1840); Lord Falkland (1840-1848); Sir William Young (1848-1885); Sir Adams G. Archibald (1885-1893); John Doull (1893-1900); John F. Stairs (1900-1905); Thomas Ritchie (1905-1908); George S. Campbell (1908-1929); G. Fred Pearson (1929-1932); Hector McInnes (1932-1938); James McGregor Stewart (1938-1942); Lieutenant-Colonel K.C. Laurie (1942-1957); Brigadier H.V.D. Laing (1957-1959); Donald McInnes (1959-1968); A.G. Archibald (1981-1986); W. Struan Robertson (1986-1991); George C. Piercy (1991-1993); Allan C. Shaw (1993-2000); James S. Cowan (2000-2008); Jim Spatz (2008-2014); and Larry Stordy (2014-).

Custodial history

The materials in the collection come from a wide variety of sources and the custodial history of most of the materials is unknown. Dalhousie Alumni frequently mail yearbooks, convocation programs, photographs, and other materials related to Dalhousie University. Departments and Faculties across campus transfer miscellaneous material about Dalhousie that does not necessary belong with their records. If these materials are retained, they are invariably added to the University Reference Collection.

Scope and content

The collection contains a wide variety of printed materials created by or related to Dalhousie University, including convocation programs; university calendars; faculty, staff, and biographies; faculty and school histories; newspaper clippings; and many other materials related to the university. Materials span from the mid 19th century to the early 21st century.

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  • English

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There are no access restrictions on this collection. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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The University Archives is the repository for non-active records created by Dalhousie University's faculties, departments, and administrative offices. These records are organized into into various fonds in the University Archives record group ("UA"). See, in particular, the Board of Governors fonds (UA-1), the President's Office fonds (UA-3), the Senate fonds (UA-5), and the TUNS/DalTech fonds (UA-10). The scope and content of records from faculties and schools vary.

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Further accruals are expected.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of Item], Dalhousie University Reference Collection, MS-1-Ref, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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January, 2013

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  • English

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