Milwaukee-Downer College Records, 1840-1964

Scope and Content Note

Records of the College and its predecessor institutions, Milwaukee College and Downer College. Most materials date from after 1895. Includes president's correspondence with benefactors, faculty members, students, and others (1895-1964); reports from departments; subject files and correspondence of W.W. Wight and E.E. White, presidents of the board of trustees (1896-1962); business and financial records of the business office (1888-1964); subject files of the dean of students, including reports from student organizations and activities, and minutes of committees (1911-1964).

Also present are registrar's subject files, including student grade transcripts (1904-1964); subject files and correspondence of the faculty, including course outlines (1878-1964); records of student organizations and copies of the student's literary magazine Kodak, annual Cumtux, newspapers Snapshot and Dial, and photograph albums (1895-1964); records of the Alumnae Association (1887-1964); subject files of the public relations office (1900-1964); history files, including catalogs and bulletins, newspaper clippings, and some records of the predecessor institutions (1852-1964); and photographs (1850-1962). Also contains correspondence between Increase Lapham and Catherine Beecher on their educational philosophy.

The collection is organized into eleven series:

  • Series 1. Office of the President, 1851-1964
  • Series 2. Board of Trustees, 1889-1959
  • Series 3. Business Office, 1886-1964
  • Series 4. Dean's Office, 1911-1964
  • Series 5. Registrar's Office, 1904-1964
  • Series 6. Faculty, 1894-1964
  • Series 7. Student Activities, 1894-1964
  • Series 8. Alumnae Association, 1882-1964
  • Series 9. Public Relation's Office, 1900-1964
  • Series 10. History Files, 1840-1964
  • Series 11. Photographs, 1850-1962
  • Series 12. Ellen C. Sabin Papers, 1874-1949