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Temple University Trustees records


Held at: Temple University Libraries Special Collections Research Center [Contact Us]1210 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA, 19122

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The original charter of 1888 entrusted the management of Temple College to 13 members of the Board of Trustees. An amendment to the charter in 1907 increased the number of trustees to 25 and included the Governor of Pennsylvania and the Mayor of Philadelphia as ex-officio members. Today the Board of Trustees is comprised of 36 voting members, 24 of whom are elected and 12 of whom are appointed by officials of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In addition to its 36 members, the Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Secretary of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Mayor of the City of Philadelphia serve as non-voting Trustees.

The collection contains records related to the early history and governance of Temple University. The collection includes correspondence and early legal documents such as deeds, bonds, constitution and bylaws, and mortgage agreements. The collection also includes transcripts of hearings, memos and minutes, correspondence, and a scrapbook of newspaper clippings related to concerns about the Dean of the Medical School and the dismissal of one of the faculty members at the Medical School (and subsequent resignation of several Trustees). There is correspondence of three Board secretaries -- Edwin Hoffman (incoming only), Grant Osborne (incoming and outgoing), and George Welsh (incoming and outgoing) -- relating to faculty, academic unit, facilities, and other matters. Elmer Brown correspondence (incoming and outgoing) relates to issues addressed during his tenure as Vice President of the board. There are also various printed materials related to Samaritan Hospital, Garretson Hospital and other Temple affiliates and activities.

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