Guide to the Connecticut College for Men Records, 1948-1969

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Overview of the Collection

Administrative History

Scope and Content Note

Administrative Information

Restrictions

Subjects and Contributors

Arrangement

Detailed Description of the Collection


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives, Connecticut College
Creator: Connecticut College. Connecticut College for Men.
Title: Connecticut College for Men records
Dates: 1948-1969 (bulk 1959-1969)
Call Number: RG28
Extent: 0.209 linear feet (1 box)
Language: In English
Abstract: Correspondence, meeting minutes and reports, and incorporation documentation of Connecticut College for Men, 1959-1969.

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Administrative History

In 1958, Connecticut College for Women began investigating the possibility of expanding the College’s graduate program to male students. Although the College had enrolled men since the late thirties under “special student” status (those seeking to fulfill prerequisites for other institutions or to supplement or advance their careers), the awarding of degrees to male graduates wasn’t given serious consideration until the 1950s, when local manufacturers and industrial production facilities Pfizer, Dow Chemical Company, and General Dynamics approached the College, looking for opportunities for advanced study for the college-educated men and women they employed.

Though interest on both sides was strong, the effort was soon met by a major stumbling block – the College’s charter restricted the granting of degrees to women. Rather than amending the original charter, which would have necessitated a name change, the College instead petitioned the state legislature to charter a separate institution, Connecticut College for Men, on June 2, 1959. Connecticut College for Men opened to its first class in the fall semester of 1959, sharing its faculty, facilities, and two-thirds of the Board of Trustees with Connecticut College for Women, which also managed finances, admissions, and salaries.

Together with Connecticut College for Women, Connecticut College for Men was incorporated under the title Connecticut College in 1969, after the decision to move to coeducation was made.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the administrative files for Connecticut College for Men, including incorporation documentation (charter, bylaws, articles of incorporation); correspondence; minutes from the Board of Trustees; and committee meeting minutes and reports.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Connecticut College for Men Records. Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives, Connecticut College.

Processed By

Elizabeth Marolda, July 2005; updated by Rebecca Parmer, 2014.

Acquisitions Information

One folder (“Connecticut College for Men, 1959”) collected by Gertrude Noyes in preparation for her manuscript, A History of Connecticut College. Remaining material from the papers of Warrine Eastburn, Rosemary Park, and Charles Shain; transfer date unknown.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Subjects and Contributors

 
Names:
Park, Rosemary
Shain, Charles E.
Organizations:
Connecticut College
Connecticut College for Men
Connecticut College for Women
Subjects:
Coeducation
Single-sex schools
Universities and colleges--Graduate work

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Arrangement

Organized chronologically in a single series.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection

Box Folder Description Date(s)
11 Connecticut College for Men1959
2 Charter and Bylaws1959, 1960, 1965
3 Committee on Connecticut College for Men1959-1961
   Meeting notes, reports, and correspondence from the Committee on Connecticut College for Men  
4, 5 Correspondence (2 folders)1948-1969
6 Board of Incorporators1960-1961
   Board of Incorporators preceded the Board of Trustees of Connecticut College for Men, established in 1961  
  Board of Trustees
7   Minutes1961-1969
8   Reports1961-1965
9 Secretary’s Record1960-1967
   Includes meeting notes of the Board of Incorporators, meeting notes of the Board of Trustees, Commencement Programs  
10 Consolidation1969

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