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Chatham University Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

Identifier: 2021.001

Scope and Contents

This collection contains meeting agendas, meeting minutes, correspondence, committee agendas and meeting minutes, presidential search records from a couple presidential searches in the mid to late 1900s, as well as other documents pertaining to the meetings and some photographs dating back to the 1800s. Additionally, information on a couple historic families and person was found and kept in this collection.


  • created: 1869-2015
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1869 - 2006, 2009, 2011 - 2015


Conditions Governing Access

Records and meeting minutes of the Board of Trustees and its committees are closed for 50 years from the date of creation. During the restriction period, the office of origin may view these materials and all other patrons are to consult Procedures for Accessing Restricted Reocrds in the Chatham University Archives.

Biographical or Historical Information

Chatham University was founded as the Pennsylvania Female College in 1869, and has been under the direction of a Board of Trustees since that time. The Board of Trustees is the chief governance arm of the university, overseeing and evaluating the office of the president and is responsible for policies, such as tuition costs and other rules and regulations. The board's composition has changed over time, but generally is made up of a mix of Chatham alumni, local community members, and university leadership.

Note written by Emily Ahlin


32.00 Linear Feet

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Arrangement Note

In the absence of original order for most of the collection, this collection was divided in to five series and arranged in boxes. Where possible, folders were left alone - this is the case particularly for the 1990s. Series 1, Meeting Minutes, 1869 - 2015, bulk 1869 - 1962, 1970 - 1992, 1997 - 1999, 2001 - 2005, 2011 - 2015 This series is composed of meeting agendas, minutes, and related documents from whole meetings of the Board of Trustees, which regularly occurred in February, June, and October of each year. There are some instances of special meetings and some meetings where, if there was a meeting, there's no record of the meeting in this collection. Series 2, Committee Meetings & Minutes, 1953 - 2005, bulk 1961 - 1998, 2000 - 2009, 2004 - 2005 This series is composed of meeting agendas, minutes, and related documents from various Board of Trustees committees. The committee best represented in this series is the Executive Committee, with other committees (Audit Committee, Student Affairs Committee, etc.) better represented in later years. If there is record of a staff retreat, it will be in this series as well. Series 3, Correspondence, 1904 - 2005, bulk 1904 - 1905, 1930 - 1935, 1944 - 1976, 1981 - 1983, 1990 - 1991, 1994 - 1998, 2005 This series is composed of correspondence that wasn't interspersed in the previous two series. These are generally arranged in chronological order in folders broken down by year. Series 4, Miscellaneous, c. 1800s - undated, bulk 1921 - 1923, 1948 - 1950, 1960 - 1983, 1987, 1991 - 1993, 1995 - 1997, 2000 - 2003, 2004 - 2006, 2009 This series is composed of materials found in the collection that didn't fit clearly in one of the other series', or were impossible to determine which meeting they might be associated with. This is the series where photographs and information about historic families and persons can be found. Series 5, Presidential Search, 1960 - 1991, bulk 1960, 1977, 1982, 1990 - 1991 This series is composed of materials, including correspondence, resumes, and meeting notes pertaining to several presidential search committees from the mid to late 1900s. The bulk of this collection is individual files pertaining to applicants and nominees for the position.

Source of Acquisition

Chatham University Office of the President

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Emily Ahlin, under the supervision of Molly Tighe, from January 2020 - May 2021.


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Repository Details

Part of the Chatham University Archives Repository

Woodland Road
Pittsburgh PA 15232 US