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Ira M. Smith Papers, 1919-1969

19 linear feet

Registrar of the University of Michigan. Files concerning University admissions policy, the work of the registrar as liaison between the University and secondary schools, the relationship of the University to other educational associations, and the maintenance of student records at the University; and files relating to his work with University, community, and other social organizations; also photographs.

The Ira M. Smith papers document his career as Registrar at the University of Michigan, his reform of the admissions process, his involvement in general university affairs, and activities with various community organizations. The collection has largely been retained in its original order. Groups of files were given series title. These are Biographical materials, Correspondence; University of Michigan; Community Activities, and Photographs. The great bulk of the collection relates to University of Michigan affairs and to his community involvements.


Office of the Registrar (University of Michigan) publications, 1926-2016

8.5 linear feet (in 13 boxes) — 353 MB (online)

Publications produced by the University of Michigan registrar's office including course descriptions and time schedules, statistics and reports on enrollment, and a variety of brochures, manuals and handbooks.

The Publications subgroup of the Office of the Registrar consists primarily of statistical summaries and reports in addition to several brochures, newsletters, and instructional manuals (the latter of which were intended to help faculty and staff understand and provide assistance with the registration process). Categories of statistics include degrees conferred, student retention rates, measures of the student body's diversity, student grades, and enrollment figures by various categories including minority group, graduates by campus, degree level, field of specialization, and credit hours and undergraduate grade point averages. Diversity statistics include a number of reports from the 1970s and 1980s produced by the Office of Affirmative Action with assistance from the Office of the Registrar. Enrollment statistics include the Report of the Registrar of the University and the Term Enrollment and Credit Hour Report. Other significant records include reports on fees and fee regulations.

The Time Schedule, which has been published several different names, documents the courses offered by the University of Michigan each academic year. Print versions of the Time Schedule have also been cataloged under call number 0393 Bimu B5 2. These publications include the Time Schedule (1928-1995), the Schedule of Courses (1995-2002) and the Schedule of Classes (2003-2004). In the Winter Term of 2004, the Office of the Registrar launched a digital-only version of the Schedule of Classes that is available in the Bentley Library digital repository and accessible via links in the online version of this finding aid.

The subgroup also contains technical documentation of the Computer Registration Involving Student Participation (CRISP) system from the 1970s as well as development guidelines and end user documentation of the Academic Record online computerized database from the 1990s.


Office of the Registrar (University of Michigan), records, 1840-2003 (majority within 1867-1993)

24.5 linear feet — 24 oversize volumes

Admission records, statistics on faculty and students, and records of examinations; also reports, petitions, and resolutions of the faculty of the University's College of Literature, Science and the Arts.

The records of the Registrar document the functions of the registration and admission of students at the University of Michigan including on admission and registration policy and procedures, official lists of registrants, and the automation of registration process. The records are organized in seven series: Admissions; Faculty Reports, Petitions and Resolutions; Topical Files, Faculty Card Files, and Academic Record Project.


Robert Lewis Williams papers, 1929-1970

9 linear feet

University of Michigan administrator; reports and other data relating to the budgetary and physical operation of University of Michigan.

The Williams collection consists entirely of reports, studies, and other documentation accumulated in his role as University of Michigan administrator. This includes notebooks containing reports and other data relating to the budgetary and physical operation of University of Michigan; reports with information on the financial status and characteristics of University faculty members; and statistical reports relating to students attending the University.