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Series VII: Service Records

This series consists of surveys, questionnaires, forms and lists from a successful attempt by the university to document the war activities (both military and civilian) of its faculty, staff and alumni. Includes original forms filled out by individuals as well as compilation lists from these surveys. There were three main attempts at gathering this information: the Alumni War Record, the Armed Services Status Surveys, and the War Activities Questionnaire.

The Alumni War Record includes correspondence from 1942-1943 regarding how colleges and universities were to keep up with their alumni who were entering the armed forces and how to create a war record. This part of the series includes lists of CU alumni in the armed forces (ca. 1942-1943) as well as examples of the printed matter sent out to collect alumni war record info. The Armed Services Status Surveys were sent to all departments of the University in 1950 to find out who had served in WWII as well as current military involvement (e.g., reserve unit, drafted, etc.). The files are arranged alphabetically, university offices first and then academic departments. Individual surveys are arranged alphabetically within a folder.

The War Activities Questionnaire comprises the bulk of this series. This was an attempt by the Office of the Secretary to survey all the faculty and staff at the University as to their participation in the war effort. Organized by Philip M. Hayden, Secretary of the University in 1946-1947, the Secretary was insistent that he obtain responses from everyone. Materials include departmental rosters/lists, completed survey forms, correspondence and memos regarding gathering of information, questionnaires filled out by faculty, instructors, research assistants, associates, assistant professors, and the occasional other (e.g., Trustees, chaplains, registrars, deans). Folders are arranged alphabetically by name of department, school or office and surveys are arranged alphabetically within each folder.

Alumni War Record
Correspondence, 1942-1943

Box 51
Folder 1
Forms & Printed Matter, 1942-1944
Box 51
Folder 2
Lists, 1942-1943
Box 51
Folder 3
Armed Services Status Survey
Results,
1951
Box 51
Folder 4
Admissions,
1950
Box 51
Folder 5
Business Affairs,
1950
Box 51
Folder 6
Columbia College,
1950
Box 51
Folder 7
Development,
1950
Box 51
Folder 8
Engineering,
1950
Box 51
Folder 9
Registrar's Office,
1950
Box 51
Folder 10
General Officers of Administration,
1950
Box 51
Folder 11
Anthropology,
1950
Box 51
Folder 12
Architecture,
1950
Box 51
Folder 13
Astronomy,
1950
Box 51
Folder 14
Barnard College,
1950
Box 51
Folder 15
Botany,
1950
Box 51
Folder 16
Business,
1950
Box 51
Folder 17
Chemical Engineering,
1950
Box 51
Folder 18
Chemistry,
1950
Box 51
Folder 19
Chinese and Japanese,
1950
Box 51
Folder 20
Civil Engineering,
1950
Box 51
Folder 21
Dramatic Arts,
1950
Box 51
Folder 22
Economics,
1950
Box 51
Folder 23
Electrical Engineering,
1950
Box 51
Folder 24
English & Comparative Literature,
1950
Box 51
Folder 25
Fine Arts & Archaeology,
1950
Box 51
Folder 26
French,
1950
Box 51
Folder 27
General & Comparative Linguistics,
1950
Box 51
Folder 28
Geology,
1950
Box 51
Folder 29
German,
1950
Box 51
Folder 30
Graphics,
1950
Box 51
Folder 31
Greek & Latin,
1950
Box 51
Folder 32
History,
1950
Box 51
Folder 33
Industrial Engineering,
1950
Box 51
Folder 34
International Affairs,
1950
Box 51
Folder 35
Italian,
1950
Box 51
Folder 36
Journalism,
1950
Box 51
Folder 37
Law,
1950
Box 51
Folder 38
Legislative Drafting Research Fund,
1950
Box 51
Folder 39
Library and Library Service,
1950
Box 51
Folder 40
Mathematics,
1950
Box 51
Folder 41
Mathematical Statistics,
1950
Box 51
Folder 42
Mechanical Engineering,
1950
Box 51
Folder 43
Mining and Metallurgy,
1950
Box 51
Folder 44
Music,
1950
Box 51
Folder 45
Naval Science,
1950
Box 51
Folder 46
Optometry,
1950
Box 51
Folder 47
Pharmacy,
1950
Box 51
Folder 48
Philosophy,
1950
Box 51
Folder 49
Physical Education,
1950
Box 51
Folder 50
Physics,
1950
Box 51
Folder 51
Psychology,
1950
Box 51
Folder 52
Public Law and Government,
1950
Box 51
Folder 53
Religion,
1950
Box 51
Folder 54
Semitic Languages,
1950
Box 51
Folder 55
Slavic Languages,
1950
Box 51
Folder 56
Social Work, NY School of,
1950
Box 51
Folder 57
Sociology,
1950
Box 51
Folder 58
Spanish,
1950
Box 51
Folder 59
Teachers College, 1950-1951

Box 52
Folder 1
Union Theological Seminary,
1950
Box 52
Folder 2
University Seminar,
1950
Box 52
Folder 3
Urban Land Use & Housing Studies,
1950
Box 52
Folder 4
Zoology,
1950
Box 52
Folder 5
War Activities Questionnaires
Correspondence & Memos, 1946-1947
Box 52
Folder 6
Departmental Rosters (A-Z, No Names),
1947
(3 Folders)
Box 52
Folder 7-9
A-L, 1946-1947
(11 Folders)
Box 52
Folder 10-20
M-Z, 1946-1947
(9 Folders)

Box 53
Folder 1-9
No Service, A-Z,
1946
(2 Folders)
Box 53
Folder 10-11
War Activities—Lists, c. 1946-1947
Box 53
Folder 12

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