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USC founding documents and Board of Trustee minutes
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Title: USC founding documents and Board of Trustee minutes
    creator: University of Southern California
    creator: Widney, R. M. (Robert Maclay), 1838-1929
    Identifier/Call Number: 5218
    Identifier/Call Number: 1783
    Physical Description: 3 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1880-1920, 1956
    Date (bulk): 1880-1895
    Abstract: The USC founding documents and Board of Trustee minutes consist of a ledger containing the by-laws of the University, adopted September 3, 1880, and minutes of the Board of Trustees meetings beginning on that date through November of 1885 (Box 1). Also included is a bound volume of University of Southern Califonia newsletters, dated January 1881-December 1883, with a few issues missing; a typescript with a breif early history of the founding of the University; contemporary copies of letters to Rufus von Kleinsmid and George Bovard from Widney; a broadside of the University's articles of incorporation; and a signed, by Widney, typescript of the address read at the laying of the first corner stone of the University in in 1880.
    Container: 1
    Container: 2
    Container: 3

    Scope and Contents

    The USC founding documents and Board of Trustee minutes consist of a ledger containing the by-laws of the University, adopted September 3, 1880, and minutes of the Board of Trustees meetings beginning on that date through November of 1885; these can be found in Box 1. Box 2 contains a bound volume of University of Southern Califonia newsletters, dated January 1881-December 1883, with a few issues missing. The newsletter was created to disseminate "first-class religious, moral, and educational matter...."; the funds generated from the subscription were to be used to fund "a library and apparatus for the University...." The records also consist of a typescript with a breif early history of the founding of the University, which indicates that the newsletter was published by Robert Maclay Widney at his own expense; contemporary copies of letters to Rufus von Kleinsmid and George Bovard from Widney; a broadside of the University's articles of incorporation; and a signed, by Widney, typescript of the address read at the laying of the first corner stone of the University in in 1880, the original of which is deposited in the corner stone. Also included is a 1956 letter to President Fagg regarding a piece of fabric from covering of Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis. Box 3 houses the original ledgers for the minutes, which were rebound into a single volume (Box 1).

    Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder no. or item name], USC founding documents and Board of Trustee minutes, Collection no. 5218, University Archives[Repository], Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Speeches, addresses, etc., American -- Archival resources
    Universities and colleges -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archival resources
    Letters
    Minutes
    Newsletters
    University of Southern California -- History
    Widney, R. M. (Robert Maclay), 1838-1929 -- Archives