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Board of Engineering Studies records

 Record Group
Identifier: RG-06-011

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Scope and Contents

The records of the Board of Engineering Studies consist of minutes of meetings dating from September 1921 to May 1963, contained in four bound volumes; minutes from before September 1921 are not extant. In the first three volumes, the minutes are arranged in chronological order; in the fourth one, they are in reverse chronological order. The committee met regularly three times each year, although it sometimes called special meetings in addition. The chairpersons of this committee were: John B. Whitehead (1929-1930), William B. Kouwenhoven (1931-1953), and Robert H. Roy (1953-1962). Secretaries were: William B. Kouwenhoven (1921-1930), J. H. Lampe (1931-1938), R. K. Witt (1938- 1946), James H. Potter (1946-1949), Robert H. Roy (1949-1953), David H. Fax (1953-1954), H. E. Hoelscher (1954-1957), and Thorstein Larsen (1957-1962).


  • Creation: 1921-1963


Use Restrictions

Student records in this record group, as defined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, are restricted. For details, see Regulations Governing Access to Restricted Records, at the front of each binder.


Sometime prior to 1921, the Advisory Board of the School of Engineering appointed a Board of Engineering Studies, which comprised about twenty professors and the President of the University. It acted for the Advisory Board on all questions pertaining to undergraduate instruction in engineering. In the early years, the Committee spent much of its time considering applications of students who sought to fulfill credit requirements, absolve failures, or be reinstated in the school. Later, it considered general matters concerning engineering curricula, student advising, and development.

Like the various committees on academic standing, it made decisions on the status of individual students, including re-admitting students who had failed engineering classes. It also approved curricula for departments, recommended students for the Bachelor of Engineering Degree, and made a wide variety of decisions concerning undergraduate education. It revised the marking system, moved to accept ROTC for elective credit, supervised the student advising program, and requested funds from foundations such as Ford and Sloan. In 1962, the BES petitioned the state and city government to end racial discrimination in public facilities.


0.5 Cubic Feet (4 bound volumes)

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These records were transferred to the Archives by Robert Roy, Dean of Engineering.

Accession Number

79.69, 79.136

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Aravinda Pillalamarri.

Board of Engineering Studies records
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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