|YSU Board of Trustees Records -- Scope and Content|
Scope and Content Note
The documents in this collection that cover the period 1927 through 1952 were preserved by James L. Wick, Jr. They include correspondence, minutes of meetings, legal and foundational documents (such as Youngstown College's "Articles of Incorporation"), and other items of interest. YMCA documents pertaining to the development of the university are also preserved within the collection.
Documents covering the time period 1974 through 2003 were maintained by Maag Library, as part of its Closed Reserve Collection. They consist chiefly of the agendas and minutes of Board of Trustees meetings. The presidencies of John Coffelt, Neil Humphrey, Leslie Cochran, and David Sweet come to light, as do the evolving priorities of the Board itself.
Note to User
At present, a large gap exists in this collection. Records addressing the time period 1953 through 1973 are currently unavailable. At the time of this writing, the University Archivist is working to remedy the situation by acquiring copies of these missing records for inclusion in this compilation. Until such is accomplished, researchers are advised to contact the Office of the President, where a complete set of Board minutes are maintained.
*To avoid confusion with the YMCA's Trustees, to whom it was subordinate, the Youngstown College Board was officially styled as the "Board of Governors." Sometimes, its members were referred to as trustees; however, when the institution became independent of the YMCA in 1944, the appellation "Board of Governors" became obsolete and the term "Board of Trustees" finally came into official usage.