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Academic Affairs. Office Of Vice President Of Academic Affairs & Provost (University Of Maine) Records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA RG 0006-001

Scope and Contents

The record group mainly contain textual material created and curated by the University of Maine Office of Vice President Of Academic Affairs & Provost, but there are some photographs and phonograph musical records.

The series Committee Records contains correspondence, particularly related to serving on committees and meetings, reference material, meeting minutes, guidelines, and reports related to the Facilities Planning Committee, Faculty Advisory Committee on Honorary Degrees, President’s Council, Enrollment and Retention Committee II Ad Hoc, Committee on the Funding of the University Of Maine, Committee for the Evaluation of Administrators, and the Faculty Research Funds Committee. Also, various information about and submitted to the University of Maine Board of Trustees for consideration.

The series Subject Files contains enrollment and fund materials, postcards from Nadal, RN, Brazil, various correspondence, notes, and reference material regarding collective bargaining. Copies of Maine Masque Theater program, UMaine Faculty & Student Directory, and Bangor Community College of the University of Maine at Orono pamphlets. Various correspondences to and from University of Maine President Paul H. Silverman regarding concerns about the University of Maine’s financial situation. Musical albums donated to the University of Maine by U.S. Ambassador Nicolas Salgo and correspondence regarding the musical albums and the American University in Bulgaria and a proposed International Management Institute, and inventory of the musical records. Also, various files on University of Maine departments, created during the tenure of H. Austin Peck, as University of Maine Vice President for Academic Affairs, includes: correspondence, memorandums, press releases, meeting minutes, project proposals, reports, and reference material.

The series Biographical & Historical Files contains photographs of University of Maine faculty.

The series Program Review & Accreditation Records contains details of various program assessments and accreditation reviews carried out by the University of Maine. Includes: review schedules, memorandums, and correspondence with faculty,


  • 1895-1995


Conditions Governing Access

Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval. Personal identifiable and legally protected information will be redacted before release.

Conditions Governing Use

Information on literary rights available in the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department.

Biographical / Historical

The record group includes records created during the tenure of Henry Austin Peck, who became Vice President for Academic Affairs on July 1, 1961. Peck took over many of the duties of Charles E. Crossland who was Vice President for Administration. Peck was the chief academic officer of the University of Maine and his major responsibilities were for coordinating new programs, providing liaison with academic departments, and for coordinating the planning of the academic expansions of the University.

Peck born in 1921 was a native of Somerville, MA and joined the University of Maine as professor of business and economics in 1948. Peck went on to also become the director of the School of Business Administration before becoming vice president for academic affairs. Peck died in 1970 during his tenure as president of the State University College of New York at Potsdam.

Other material in this record group was created during the tenure of Dr. Richard C. Bowers as University of Maine Vice President for Academic Affairs (1981-1986). From 1986 to 1992 Bowers was Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the University of Maine System. Before coming to the University of Maine Bowers was president of the University of Montana. Bowers was born on May 3, 1927 and died in 1996 at the age of 69.

The Faculty Research Funds Committee was previously known as the Coe Research Fund Committee and was established in 1928 to administer the funds of the Coe Research Fund. In 1970, the Committee was renamed the Faculty Research Funds Committee and today is responsible for making funding recommendations to the Vice President for Research for three competitive grant programs that support University of Maine faculty research and scholarship. The Committee is also responsible for reviewing nomination materials and making a recommendation for the annual Presidential Research and Creative Achievement Award.


7 boxes

3 Folders

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When possible the original order of the material was maintained. Material was separated and divided into multiple sub-folders where necessary. The files are generally arranged physically by subject.

The Record Group is broken down intellectually into series: 1. Committee Files, 2. Subject Files 3. Biographical & Historical Files, and 4. Program Review & Accreditation Records.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Boxes 1 & Box 2, Folders 1-19 were transferred from the UMaine Provost’s Office at the request of Mellinda (Mindy) Pelletier as accession 2011-0815.

Box 2 Folders 20a-20c were transferred to Special Collections on November 4, 2009 by Carole Gardner. The folders were transferred to the Library Annex from the office of Richard Hollinger on September 28, 2021.

Boxes 3-6 were transferred from the UMaine Provost’s Office at the request of Mellinda (Mindy) Pelletier as accession 2012-0502.

Box 8 was transferred from the UMaine Provost’s Office by Mellinda (Mindy) Pelletier as accession 2019-0710.


Accurals from current and future provosts are anticipated.

Related Materials

Office Of the President records, UA RG 0004 includes records on academic affairs. Fogler Library Records, UA RG 006.012.001 includes records on academic affairs. There are Faculty/Staff files for provosts Henry Austin Peck and Richard C. Bowers that include: photographs, correspondence, clippings, and obituaries.

Physical Description

There is damage to the binding on some of the ledgers containing phonographic records.

Processing Information

Records were processed by Matthew Revitt, April 2016, October 2020, and October 2021, Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department. The Material was rehoused in appropriate archival folders (where needed) and the boxes and folders numbered and titled using information in ArchivesSpace.
University of Maine. Office Of Vice President Of Academic Affairs & Provost Records
Matthew Revitt
July 31, 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library University Archives Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States