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WSU Board of Regents Minutes, 1891-

The official minutes are housed as University Archives 257: Board of Regents Minutes 1891-, held at Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections in the Terrell Library at Washington State University.

The Board of Regents:

The Board of Regents of Washington State University is appointed by the governor of the state of Washington.  Their responsibility is, according to their own website as of 2017, to supervise, coordinate, manage and regulate the WSU system.  As of 2017 the Board has 10 members; when initially organized in 1891 the membership was just 5, and it has changed over the succeeding years.

The Collection:

Individual pages from Board of Regents minutes are compiled here, from the first meeting in 1891 up to present day. Issues document over 125 years of the evolution of the Washington State University campuses.  Information on building construction or expansion can almost always be found here; for most of the history of the university they also included personnel-related items like hires and departures of faculty or staff, or degrees granted to students.

Please be aware that these may not be the final legal minutes of the Board.  The images here were scanned from a number of sources: Original minutes from 1891 to April 1912 are handwritten, and at some unknown point in time the Regents had someone type transcripts from those originals, and those transcripts are presented here.  Minutes from May 1912 to March 1989 are scanned from the typewritten originals.  Minutes from May 1989 to present come from digital copies held at the Regents Office.  In some cases, appendixes or lists of various sorts are included in MASC holdings but are not present in this online collection.  It is also entirely possible that errors were made in the 1891 to 1912 transcripts, or that pages are missing or that we are sharing non-final versions in the 1989 to present minutes.  In all these cases, the originals reside at MASC, and you should not hesitate to contact us if you have any doubts that you have the full content in front of you.

Searching the Database:

Entering search terms in the box located at the top of the page will search across the full text of all minutes. To read through an individual meeting, select Browse This Collection (or a year in the table below) and then click on the appropriate date. Search results are displayed as a series of thumbnail images that may be browsed. To view the full-sized document and its corresponding description, click on the thumbnail. An option to return to this home page for this collection is provided in the banner, as is a link to a page where you can conduct a joint search of this collection and the Evergreens, Chinooks, Powwows and Hilltopics, and other print WSU history resources.

To browse all digitized issues from a given year, click on that year:
1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899
1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909
1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919
1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

As this database covers a long period of time, doing an Advanced Search (at the top of the page) may help. If you want to search within a particular year or decade, do an Advanced Search, enter your keywords into the box, select "Add Another Field" under that, and into the new box enter your year (or the first three digits of your decade) followed by an asterisk, and change the field to Title. For example, if you enter 1934* in the Title field then you will be searching for items which include any 'word' starting with 1934 in their title. As all issues are titled in the format "Regents Minutes YYYY-MM-DD", that Search example would pull up any set of minutes from the year 1934.

Creating the Database:

Individual print pages were scanned as color 300 dpi pdfs on a Ricoh Aficio MP 4002 scanner by James Feller. Digital files from the Regents Office were provided by Desiree Jacobsen. Alex Merrill provided technical support for CONTENTdm. University Archivist Mark O'English managed the project, designed the metadata schemas, converted and cleaned files, created descriptions, and created this page.


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