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Merritt Ludwig, Vice President, 1955-1964

Historical Note: Merrit Ludwig was Vice President of the College from 1957 to 1966. His office oversaw business arrangement connected with the construction of Burling Library, Norris Dormitory, Fine Arts Center, Forum, and the Science Building. His office also managed the affairs of the Ford Foundation Matching Funds Program and the Reserved Income Gift Program, as well as the landscaping around Central Cammpus and Park Stret. Provenance: The files were left in Burling when the administrative offices moved of in the 1970s.


Arranged alphabetically.  Primarily correspondence with Trustees and donors or correspondence about gifts.

Trustee and Board of Overseers mailings.

Presidents Bowen's and Leggett's memos to Trustees, many providing background information for the coming meeting; reports; financial statements; minutes of meetings; Trustee by-laws.  Some topics covered include: Admissions Policy (1957), Darby oil properties (ca. 1959), North Central Association accreditation report (March 1958), Faculty salaries (1960), Reserved income Gift Program (tax aspects, 1960), Future physical education program (1960), fund-raising planning (1961), long-range building plans (1961), Science instruction (march, 1962), Faculty Council on Student Affairs report (May, 1963), Carnegie Corp grant application: developments at Grinnell (Jan. 1963), Archambault report on year-round operation (Sept. 1963), Stauss: housing needs (1964), opening academic year statements to aculty and students (1964), women's dormitories (1964), Ford Foundation: report, statistical summary (July, 1966), Enrollment goals and housing memos, reports, recommendations (March, 1966, Oct. 1967, Feb. 1968), Women's dorm hours, )Feb. 1967), "Manual for alumni representatives of Grinnell College" (Nov. 1967), North Central Association accreditation team report (July 1968), "Black student and Grinnell College" (Arpil 1969), Articles about campus disorders (1969), Student participation in college governance, talk by Leggett (Sept 1969), "Small private college" by Leggett (Sept. 1969), Henry Wilhelm libel charge against College (Aug. 1967, 1969), Role of the chaplain at Grinnell College (June 1970), Statements on closing college in May 1970 (Fall 1970), CBS Black student housing proposal (March 1970?), Voertman report on faculty salaries (Sept. 1970), Kleinschmidt report on closing the College (1970), Opening assembly statements by Beryl Clotfelter, Chair of the Faculty, Shelly Floyd, Pres. of SGA (Aug. 1971), Walker, "Financial state of the College" (Sept. 1971), Verrette interim budget priority planning report (May 1971), Synopsis of data on Black Student performance 1964-1971 (report by Voertman (Sept. 1971), Multi-racial community memos and statements (Aug, 1972, June 1972, April 1973), Report on college physical plant by Hawn (Oct. 1972), Administrative structure, chart (Sept. 1972), Dawson, "Student power at Grinnell" (April 1973), College seal (May 1973), Statements on multi-racial community by Kimbo, Reid-Wallace, Lytle, John Okumu, Laura Okumu (June 1973), "Summary description of program to revitalize teaching of humanities" (Aug. 1973).

General Correspondence

Correspondence, primarily from Leggett but some from President Bowen, arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent.  Correspondents include Eugene Breitenback, John Canning, George Champion, Harold Colbert, Gardner Cowles, John Chapman, Chester Davis, Sandra Ehlers, John English, Frank Eyerly, Robert Fell, Roswell Garst, Leggett's remarks at the burial of Harry Hopkins, Sept. 1973, Ernest Jaqua,Randall Klemme, Dwight McCarty, William Murphy, John Musser, Ina Payne, Katherine Perring, Adam Clayton Powell, Bertha Putnam, Orville Routt, John Spence, Ivy Welton, Edith Wentworth, Henry Wieman, Pierce Witmer, Arthur Woodward.

Personnel Records

Boxes 1 - 7 include separate foldes for: Andrews, Ernest (reports, including one one regarding college radio stateon Baumann, Frederich Beatty, Shelton Bradford Curtis Bridgham, John Brown, Stuart Garry 1940-1951. Papers and sample problems in poetry Colbert, Herschel. 1930-1943 Conard, Henry and Laetitia Dobbs, Walter Ben 1946-1951 Douglass, Leigh C. 1925-1941. Material concerning his departure from Grinnell Everton, John S. 1940-1949, 1953 Field, Mildred Fowler. 1942-1945 Hawk, Rupert Lovell, George. 1941-1952, 1955, 1958 Sherman, leo Spencer, Edward. 1910-1945 Steiner, Edward Stevens, Samuel N. 1940-1965. Includes papers dealing with Stevens' acceptance of the presidence. Strong, Earl Truesdale, John

Personnel Records

Twenty boxes containing records of individuals who left Grinnell College after 1960. Arranged alphabetically.


Includes programs, addresses, correspondence. See also RG-R, Ser. 5, Box 1, papers of College Relations Office, which handled many arrangement,ppress releases, photographing, etc.


Arranged chronologically and may include programs, scripts (including honorary degree citations), papers relating to Outstanding Iowa Teachers' Awards, papers relating to honorary degrees, including some correspondence with honorary degree candidates. Programs and photographs are filed in the College Archives 75/[year]. Texts of commencement addresses are filed in the College Archives 75/P1 [year].

Director's Papers

Jones (Mary G. Jones) Correspondence, etc. 1948-70 Retirement ceremony, 1971, speeches, alumni letters Jones's letter to alumni announcing her retirement, 1970. Davidson (Grace Lang Davidson) Turner position paper alumni conferences, Nov. 1976 Turner position paper alumni conferences, post-conference materials. Davidson termination, 1977.

Special Programs and Events

Football centennial, 1989 Programs; clippings; attendance lists. "After the Last Practice" poem by Ed Hirsch. Football monument and time capsule in Rosenbloom Field (design, financing, correspondence, invoices, list of items in time capsule) Career Services networking. 1981-83 Correspondence, reports. More papers in RG-CD, particularly series 1.1. Alumni awards: Lists of recipients, arranged by recipient class year, classes of 1900-91; another list arranged by reunion year, 1967-84. Alumni award nominations from classes of 1910-19 for awards made 1961-82. Papers contain biographical information about nominees. Unsorted.

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