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University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees minutes of meetings

Identifier: URC-042

Scope and Contents

All original minutes are maintained by the Boston Office of the President of the University of Massachusetts, which also provides access to minutes of meetings and policy on the web site (back to February 1999). The copies in this collection are maintained for the convenience of patrons on the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus. They have been transferred from the records of the Office of the Chancellor and of the Provost and other sources, including copies from the library reserve desk. There are some local annotations on the records which may be of interest and make them unique. The attachments, when present, can also be quite useful, as these documents may be difficult to locate in hard copy. The collection is divided into 4 series, meeting minutes, committee minutes, projects and ideas brought forth by the board, and New England Association of Schools and College (NEASC) evaluations and reports.


  • 1990 - 2003


Conditions Governing Access


Biographical / Historical

The University of Massachusetts is governed by a lay Board of Trustees which has comprised between twelve and twenty-four members since its foundation in 1991. Members were originally appointed by the legislature or the board itself, but are now appointed by the governor. The board was created when the Commonwealth’s system of public higher education was reorganized in 1991. Chapter 142 of the Acts and Resolves passed by the General Court of Massachusetts in the year 1991, “An act relative to public education in Massachusetts” dissolved the independent boards of trustees maintained on all five university campuses and outlined the structure and responsibilities of the University of Massachusetts Board. The broad responsibilities of the board are “to assure that University funds are spent properly, that the University exercises appropriate stewardship of University assets, and that operating results are positive. Most day-to-day responsibility to achieve these goals is delegated to the President and staff or to the Chancellors of the campuses through the President” (source: University of Massachusetts Web site


5 Linear Feet (12 manuscript boxes)

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Physical Location

Archives and Special Collections, Claire T. Carney Library, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Road, N. Dartmouth, MA 02648. Telephone 508- 999-8686.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from various university records accessions. Most are from the records of the office of the Provost, accession # 00-04 and 04-10.

Processing Information

Processed by Taylor Newton ’16, Sandeep Paraitham G ’07. Finding aid by Judy Farrar, January 2007

University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees minutes of meetings
Judy Farrar
January 2007
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Repository Details

Part of the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Repository

285 Old Westport Rd.
N. Dartmouth MA 02747 USA