Collection Number: 40109

Collection Title: Research Council of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1925-1983

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Size 3.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 500 items)
Abstract The University Research Council was created in 1945 to promote and supervise research by the university's faculty. Originally the council was also charged with pursuing government and foundation support for research. In 1957, however, the University Development Program assumed responsibility for the latter; and in 1965, the creation of the Office of Research Administration further limited the functions of the council. As of 1983, the University Research Council administered four funds from which it made small grants to faculty members. These funds were the Alumni Faculty Research Fund, which is allocated by the Development Office; the Faculty Research Fund, which comes from state appropriations; the Smith Research Fund, established in 1924 from the bequest of Robert K. Smith; and the Pogue Endowment Faculty Research Fund. Records include minutes of the University Research Council, 1945-1974, and thirteen bound volumes containing accounts of grants made from the funds administered by the Council. Pre-1945 material consists of accounts of the Smith Research Fund.
Creator University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Research Council.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Research Council of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records #40109, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Periodic transfer from the offices that create these records.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The University Research Council was first appointed by Chancellor Robert B. House on 25 April 1945 to promote and supervise faculty research. The council was also to pursue government and foundation funds for the support of university research. In 1957, the University Development Program assumed the latter function; and in 1965, the creation of the Office of Research Administration (later the Office of Research Services) further limited the responsibility of the University Research Council.

The council evaluated faculty members' applications for funding and made grants that were usually two years in term and small compared to other grants. Its funding sources included (1) the Smith Fund, created in 1924 from the Robert K. Smith bequest; (2) the Alumni Faculty Research Fund, allocated from the University Development Program; (3) the Faculty Research Fund, supported by state appropriations; and (4) the Pogue Endowment Faculty Research Fund. As of 1996, the council reported to the Office of Research Services.

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Records include minutes of the University Research Council, 1945-1974, and thirteen bound volumes containing accounts of grants made from the funds administered by the Council. Pre-1945 material consists of accounts of the Smith Research Fund. Accounts are listed chronologically, but each volume is indexed by name of faculty member.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. University Research Council Minutes, 1945-1974.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Alumni Faculty Research Fund, 1954-1983.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. Faculty Research Fund, 1947-1983.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 4. Smith Research Fund, 1925-1969.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 5. Pogue Endowment Faculty Research Fund, 1977-1982.

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Processing Information

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Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

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