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Records of the Institute for Cooperative Research/ Office of University Sponsored Projects.

 Record Group
Identifier: RG-03-025

Scope and Content Note

The records of the Institute for Cooperative Research/Office of University Sponsored Projects, spanning the years 1947 to 1986, are arranged in five series. Series 1, Research Reports, 1947-1958, were submitted to H. Ridgely Warfield by those in charge of various research projects. Series 2 consists of Correspondence regarding ICR activities between 1947 and 1969, and exists entirely on twelve reels of microfilm. Series 3, Administrative Records, dating from 1947 to 1985, is composed primarily of correspondence and memoranda. Series 4, Grants, divided into five subseries (Terminated, Retired, Rejected, Budget Number, and Terminated Restricted), dates from 1957 to 1985, and consists of records pertaining to specific grants administered by the office. Series 5, Administrative Records, 1947-1986, is similar to series three.


  • 1947-1986


Conditions Governing Access

Records in this record group are restricted for twenty-five years from their date of creation. For details, see Regulations Governing Access to Restricted Records, at the front of each binder.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.


The Institute for Cooperative Research was founded in June 1947, for the purpose of coordinating the many diverse research projects carried out by Johns Hopkins faculty under contracts with the United States Government. Such research had begun in earnest during the Second World War, spurred by the need for new military and industrial technology. When the war ended, government- and industry-sponsored research continued with barely a pause, and the university soon realized it needed a formal organization to oversee and administer the contracts under which the research was carried out. Thus, the ICR was founded in June 1947, "to administer, provide advisory aid, scientific material and fiscal controls, while leaving researchers a free hand to direct technical aspects of their work." The Director was responsible to the President of the University for administrative cognizance of all contract research undertaken by the University except that performed by the Applied Physics Laboratory. The Office's major functions were approval of the budgeting details of proposals and the submission thereof to sponsors, contract negotiation, approval of contract forms and substance, audit of incurred costs, property accounting and management, wage and salary administration, security and patent administration.

The Institute for Cooperative Research changed its name around 1969-1970 to the Sponsored Research Administration. In 1977 the name was changed to the Office of Sponsored Projects, and, in 1983, to the Office of University Sponsored Projects.

Since 1947, the following men have served as director of the ICR (or its successor agencies):
Lawrence R. Hafstad, 1947-1950
William B. Burford III, 1950-1953
H. Ridgely Warfield, 1953-1967
Benjamin G. Willis, 1967-1971
Alfred P. Ashton, 1971-1975
Richard E. Hufnail, 1975-[1982?]
John Dearden, 1983-[1991?]


38.99 Cubic Feet (28 record center cartons, 10 letter size document boxes, 1 letter half-size document box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Series 1 was transferred to the Archives by Ann Gwyn, Director of Special Collections, Milton S. Eisenhower Library. Series 2 was transferred by Horatio Proctor, Jr., then Assistant Director of the Sponsored Research Administration. Series 2 originally consisted of thirteen reels of microfilm, but one reel was totally unreadable. Because a note indicated that correspondence on that reel had been refilmed, it was discarded. Series 3 was transferred by Milton H. Cole, Homewood Research Administrator. Series 4 and 5 were stored in the Homewood Garage until discovered by Archives staff.


"ICR, Newest in University Family, Has Wide Range of Science Research," APL News, April 1950.

Processing Information

Processed by James K. Stimpert, Sean DiGiovanna, Kim E. Bettcher, Jiangqian Jiang. Encoded by Marius Stan. Accession Number: 79.71, 81.44, 87.33, 88.24, 90.17

Institute for Cooperative Research/ Office of University Sponsored Projects records
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA