The College of Arts and Sciences records reflect the entire period (1965 to 1979) in which the college operated as a distinct entity at Eastern Kentucky University. Eastern, like many other state colleges that had recently attained university status in the 1960s, experienced significant growth in the physical plant, along with academic programs in the tumultuous period of the 1960s.
The College of Arts and Sciences records were maintained in the Dean's Office. Fortunately, Dr. Frederic Ogden served as Dean during the entire period of the college's existence. In 1979, Dr. Ogden organized the office records and prepared a preliminary finding aid to the collection before the records were transferred to the Special Collections and Archives section for permanent preservation. Therefore, these records fully document the operation of the Dean's office and are especially strong in the area of curriculum development, policy formation, college relationship, with the Graduate School, and the strong influence the college exerted in the Council on Academic Affairs. The records also contain an extensive Personnel Series which documents the activities of many faculty members who worked in the college.
After his retirement from Eastern in 1979, Dean Ogden spent considerable time in researching and writing a history of the College of Arts and Sciences. Naturally, he relied heavily on the college records. We are indebted to Dean Ogden for writing the brief history of the college which appears in this inventory.
Interestingly, on April 1, 1999, under a major campus-wide academic reorganization plan, the College of Arts and Sciences was reinstituted. Basically, the three colleges which were formed from the college in 1979 were brought back together under the umbrella of the new College of Arts and Sciences.