Executive Faculty Records


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Executive Faculty Records


  • 1910- (Creation)
  • 1903-2015 (Creation)


84.45 cubic feet (124 boxes, 232 volumes, 1 microfilm reel)

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Administrative history

The Executive Faculty is the chief governing body of the School of Medicine. The body was constituted in its present form at the time of the academic reorganization of the School in 1910. A definition published in the Bulletin of Washington University, Twenty-first Annual Catalogue of the Medical School, July, 1910, p. 7, reads as follows:

The Executive Faculty will be composed of the heads of departments designated by the Corporation of the University and will discharge and deal with all matters usually disposed of by executive faculties.

This formula, albeit vaguely phrased, holds to this day. The concept of an executive faculty was not new in 1910. Before the reorganization, the old Washington University Medical Department, formerly St. Louis Medical College, had been led by an Executive Committee. In addition, Missouri Medical College, which merged with the Medical Department in 1899, had been governed by an Executive Committee. But in 1910, following recommendations set forth in the Flexner Report, the existing administrative structure of the Medical Department was formally abolished, then reconstituted under new leadership. The autonomy granted to the new members of the Executive Faculty allowed them to bring about further changes toward the modernization of the medical school.

Scope and content

Minutes of meetings form the bulk of the record group. These document decisions on hiring, salaries, tenure, departmental organization, buildings and equipment, affiliated hospitals and clinics, general finance, and other matters of vital importance to the school. During most of its history, the Executive Faculty has met between ten and twenty times a year. Since 1946, agendas of meetings have been preserved along with the minutes.

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Conditions governing access

This collection is restricted.  Access to this collection is limited to the Dean and the executive secretary to the Dean.  All others who wish to use this collection must have written permission from the Dean's Office to access and use this collection.

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Conditions governing reproduction

Users of the collection should read and abide by the Rights and Permissions guidelines at the Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives.

Users of the collection who wish to cite items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication must request, sign, and return a Statement of Use form to the Archives.

For detailed information regarding use of this collection, contact the Archives and Rare Book Department of the Becker Library (arb@wusm.wustl.edu).

Preferred Citation:

Item description, Reference Code, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

Languages of the material

  • English

Scripts of the material

  • Latin

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Custodial history

The records of the Executive Faculty meetings of the Washington University School of Medicine, 1903-1950, were transferred to the Medical Library Archives in two parts. Series 1, minutes of Medical Department Executive Committee meetings, 1903-1910, and Series 2, minutes of School of Medicine Executive Faculty meetings, 1910-1950, were received December 15, 1978. Series 3, agendas for Executive Faculty meetings, 1946-1950, were received November 13, 1980. These transfers were authorized by Dr. John L. Schultz, Assistant Dean in Academic Administration, Registrar, and Secretary of the Executive Faculty.

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"Describing Archives: A Content Standard, Second Edition (DACS), 2013."

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