Records of the John Martin Thomas Administration, 1902-1932, 1925-1930 (bulk).


Rutgers University. Office of the President. Records of the John Martin Thomas Administration, 1902-1932, 1925-1930 (bulk).

Records of the John Martin Thomas Administration, 1902-1932, 1925-1930 (bulk).

The bulk of the records of the Office of the President during the tenure of John Martin Thomas (1925-1930) reside in the large series of Subject files, which are arranged in alphabetical order and range in date from 1911 to 1932. Though some issues unique to Thomas' presidency, especially as outlined in the "Administrative History" are well represented in the collection, a large amount of material reveals the day-to-day demands on a university president. The nature of President Thomas' more ordinary daily tasks is obvious in the files such as Admissions, Applications, and Appointments. The Commencement folders contain correspondence relating mostly to the awarding of honorary degrees by the university, as well as biographical information about the recipients and the procedures for conferring these degrees during commencement exercises. The files labeled "Appropriations Statistics and Budgets" specifically contain statistics and financial allocations relevant to this issue. The expansion of Rutgers campus was a major initiative during the Thomas presidency and several folders are rich with information about this topic. The Faculty series contains correspondence and other documents and information concerning those who taught at Rutgers during Thomas' presidency. The folders on Military Education cover extensively issues surrounding that department from 1920 following World War I to 1932, when the department was abolished. However, Perhaps no issue was more pressing during John Martin Thomas' tenure as president than the relationship between Rutgers and the State of New Jersey. The efforts to align itself more closely with the state and the difficulties encountered are thoroughly documented in the folders on State Scholarships and State Relations, as well as the Duffield Commission series. The Trustees and Trustee's Committee Records provide a view of the highest levels of the University. This series consists of correspondence between the president and the many individuals who served as Trustees of the university. The Duffield Commission series focuses on the relationship between Rutgers and the state of New Jersey. As noted in the Applications and Appointments series, Dr. Thomas was highly sought after as a speaker. This is reflected the series entitled Remarks, Speeches and Statements which contains the 23 remarks, and 63 speeches given by Dr. Thomas, as well as 6 statements issued by Dr. Thomas. Similarly, the Articles series contains 9 articles written by Dr. Thomas.

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