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Academic Affairs. Dean, College Of Natural Sciences, Forestry, And Agriculture. College Of Life Sciences And Agriculture (University Of Maine) Records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA RG 0006-007-018

Scope and Contents

The records mainly contain textual information created and curated by the University of Maine College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, but there is also a photograph of the Home Management House.

The record series Administrative Records include material related to the overall administration of the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture including: budget information and financial reports, Advisory Committee and Executive Committee meeting material, evaluation and accreditation reports, and details of capital construction projects.

The record series Departmental Relations records includes information regarding the specific individual departments that formed part of the College including: policies, mission statements, and histories of, research reports, curriculums, student enrollment information and grades, teaching, equipment and laboratories, correspondence, staffing and salary information. Also, includes information circulated by other University of Maine departments and groups.

The record series Subject Records includes various information on subjects related to the work of the College including specific groups, committees, and organizations that College staff contributed to the work of including regional cooperation and State of Maine projects.

The record series Dean Correspondence Files includes correspondence from the files of deans Kenneth Wing, Winthrop C. Libby, Frederick E. Hutchinson, Bruce R. Poulton, and Associate Dean Winston E. Pullen. The correspondence is with College staff, University of Maine administrators, colleagues at other academic institutions, State of Maine officials, Maine’s US Senators, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the general public on a range of subjects including: research studies, facilities, government regulations, various meetings, conferences and events, College staffing and reorganizations, students, fraternities, and agriculture education. There is some duplication between the files of senior administrators who received the same general University of Maine information.

The record series Publications contains a copy Volume 1, Number 1 of "Update" featuring projects and progress in Life Sciences and Agriculture Research.


  • Creation: 1914-1985
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1955-1974


Conditions Governing Access

Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval. Personal identifiable and sensitive 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

In 1964, during the tenure of University of Maine President Lloyd Hartman Elliot the existing College of Agriculture was renamed the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture to reflect the developing program and staff orientation within the College. The objectives of the College were to provide high quality educational opportunities in the agricultural and life sciences and to contribute generally to the economic, social and cultural development of the state by means of basic applied research and various extension educational techniques to help groups and individuals better understand the need and action necessary for properly managing and developing Maine’s resources: people, land, forest, water and climate. The three functions of the College were resident instruction, research and instruction. The College offered a number of baccalaureate, graduate, and associate degree programs.

The College was composed of the School of Forestry, the School of Home Economics, and the departments of agricultural business and economics, agricultural engineering, animal sciences, animal pathology, bacteriology, biochemistry, botany and plant sciences, entomology, food sciences, and plant and soil sciences. Both schools and departments were considered as departments of the Agricultural Experiment Station. The College also managed a number of facilities including for poultry, dairy and other livestock work done on or near campus, greenhouses, forestry land, fruit and vegetable farming. Over the years the names of the individual departments would change and there were a number of reorganizations. The College received a mixture of state, federal, county, industry, and donor funding.

Overseeing the work of the College was the Dean of Agriculture. The first dean of the newly named College of Life Sciences and Agriculture was Winthrop C. Libby who had been Dean of Agriculture since 1957 when he had succeeded Arthur L. Deering. In 1968, Libby was appointed first interim and then permanent University of Maine president. In 1969, Bruce R. Poulton was appointed as Libby’s permanent successor as dean and director of the College. In 1972, Poulton was succeeded by future University of Maine president Frederick E. Hutchinson (1992-1997) who served as dean from February 1972 to September 1975 when he was appointed Vice President of Research and Public Services. In 1976, Kenneth E. Wing was appointed dean, a position he would hold until the 1981-1982 academic year when Wallace C. Dunham became first acting and then permanent dean. The material in this record group is mostly from during the tenures of Libby through to Wing.

The Dean was assisted by an Associated Dean for Resident Instruction, and Associate Director of the Cooperative Extension Service and a Director of the Maine Agricultural Experiment Station. There were also heads of the two schools (forestry and home economics) and ten department heads. There were three standing committees: College Coordinating Committee, College Executive Committee, and College Advisory Committee and a number of advisory groups.

In 1988, under Dale W. Lick’s tenure as University of Maine president the University went through a reorganization which resulted in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture being disbanded and the creation of a College of Food, Agriculture & Applied Sciences and College of Sciences.


9 boxes

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The Records Group is broken down intellectually into the following record series: 1. Administrative Records, 2. Departmental Relations Records, 3. Subject Records, and 4. Dean Correspondence Files.

Physically the boxes are arranged in alphabetical order by folder title. Some file names and dates were changed to make them more meaningful and to correct errors. Material was separated and divided into multiple sub-folders where necessary. Material was rehoused into archival quality storage.

Box numbers have changed:

  1. Old Box #381 (New Box 1)
  2. Old Box #382 (New Box 2)
  3. Old Box #383 (New Box 3)
  4. Old Box #384 (New Box 4)
  5. Old Box #385 (New Box 5)
  6. Old Box #386 (New Box 6)
  7. Old Box #387 (New Box 7)
  8. Old Box #388 (New Box 8)
  9. Old Box #389 (New Box 9)


The College Of Life Sciences And Agriculture is now defunct, but accruals from the College Of Natural Science, Forestry, And Agriculture are anticipated.

Related Materials

There are records regarding the College in the records groups: Cooperative Extension Service Records (UA RG 0006.008), College Of Agriculture Records (UA RG 0006.007.017), Maine Agricultural & Forest Experiment Station Records (UA RG 0006.007.004), Professor Deering (Arthur Lowell) Papers (UA RG 0011.020), Office of the President Records (UA RG 0003.007), Raymond H. Fogler Library Records (UA RG 0006.012.001), and J. F. Witter Teaching and Research Center Records (UA RG 0006.007.004.001)

There are also faculty and staff files for the deans of the college.

Separated Materials

College Of Life Sciences And Agriculture executive and faculty committees’ records can also be found in the record group College Of Agriculture (University Of Maine) Records, UA RG 006.007.017.

Processing Information

Processed by Matthew Revitt, January 2018, Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department. Processing involved a collection survey and intellectual arrangement into series and the creation of this finding aid. Material was rehoused into appropriate archival folders and the boxes and folders numbered and titled using information from ArchivesSpace.

University Of Maine. College Of Life Sciences And Agriculture Records
Matthew Revitt
January 29, 2018
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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