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Guide to the Records of the Office of the Assistant to the Chancellor/President (James W. Armsey) RG.3.1.1

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Collection processed by Mitziko Sawada. Revised by Darren W. Johnson. Electronic version prepared by Claire Wolford.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on August 06, 2019
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Jacqueline Rider for compliance with DACS and ACM Required Elements for Archival Description.  , August 2019

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Armsey, James W., 1917-2008
Title: Records of the Office of the Assistant to the Chancellor/President (James W. Armsey)
Dates [inclusive]: 1951-1957
Abstract: This collection is comprised of the papers of James W. Armsey, who worked as the Assistant to the Chancellor, Henry T. Heald, at New York University (NYU) for four years starting in 1952. It is made up of clippings, personal letters, and public relations documents.
Quantity: 3.5 Linear Feet in 7 manuscript boxes
Location: Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please request materials at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Language: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: RG.3.1.1

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Biographical Note

James William Armsey was born December 13, 1917, and he received his B.S. at the University of Illinois in 1941 and his M.A. in 1946. After graduation, Armsey worked in the Public Information Office of the University of Illinois Professional Colleges. After a year at this post, Armsey went on to serve five years as the Public Relations Director at the Illinois Institute of Technology. This experience prepared him to serve as Assistant to the Chancellor at New York University (NYU) beginning in 1952. During his four years at NYU, Armsey would hold several positions. Besides being Assistant to the Chancellor, Armsey was also the head of Public Relations, and the Vice President and Director of the New York University Press. He was an administrator for the Challenge newspaper and had ties to the  Alumni Bulletin,  Alumni News, and the  NYU Daily Bulletin. Armsey was also a member of the Community Planning Board #2, helping to clean up the Washington Square area and acquire sites for buildings to expand the Washington Square campus. During Armsey's time at NYU, Henry T. Heald was Chancellor. Heald had been President of the Illinois Institute of Technology, and when he was appointed Chancellor of NYU, he brought Armsey to New York with him as his assistant. When Heald became president of the Ford Foundation, Armsey joined him there.

Sources Hevesi, Dennis. "James Armsey Dies at 90, Oversaw College Grants", The New York Times, November 19, 2008

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of personal letters, correspondence, press releases, newspaper articles, pamphlets, transcripts, and meeting minutes relating to New York University from 1952-1956. The papers contain information on the gift of the land estate of Frank Jay Gould, the dedication of the Gould Student Center, and the NYU-Bellevue Medical Center. There are a number of files on various aspects of fundraising, the expansion of the NYU Press, public broadcasting, and plans to make a film history of NYU. This collection also contains materials pertaining to Edwin Berry Burgum. Burgum, a tenured faculty member in the Department of English, was subpoenaed by the Senate Internal Sub-Committee on the Judiciary in October 1952 and was dismissed by Chancellor Heald after his appearance and refusal to testify. Burgum protested and requested a review, and as a result, a lengthy hearing was held by the faculty membership of the University Senate. On April 15, 1953, it recommended that Burgum's dismissal be sustained. The files on Burgum include news clippings, the transcript of the Senate Sub-Committee hearings, news releases, excerpts from the minutes of an October 1952 NYU Council meeting, and replies to letters on Burgum's suspension.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Newsom, Carroll V. (Carroll Vincent), 1904-1990
  • Gould, Frank Jay
  • Heald, Henry T. (Henry Townly), 1904-1975
  • Burgum, Edwin Berry, 1894-

Subject Organizations

  • New York University. School of Commerce, Accounts, and Finance.
  • Gould Memorial Library
  • New York University
  • Bellevue Hospital Medical College
  • NYU Press

Subject Topics

  • Scholarships.
  • Universities and Colleges -- Administration
  • Radio broadcasting -- History
  • Universities and Colleges -- Alumni and alumnae.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Administrative records and unpublished reports of New York University are closed for a period of 20 years from the date of their creation. Access to files spanning multiple years will be opened to researchers based on the date of the most recent materials. Board of Trustees records are closed for 35 years from the date of creation. Materials related to personnel, grievances, job and fellowship searches and applications, and all files that fall under the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) are permanently restricted. Additional restrictions may apply to other materials in this collection. For questions regarding specific restrictions, please contact the University Archives.

Use Restrictions

Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by the creator are maintained by New York University. Permission to publish or reproduce materials in this collection must be secured from New York University Archives, (212) 998-2646, university-archives@nyu.edu.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); The Records of of the Office of the Assistant to the Chancellor, James W. Armsey; RG 3.1.1; box number, folder number; New York University Archives

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Office of Public Relations.

Processing Information

Processing information before 2019 is unavailable.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Administrative Staff Meetings
1952-1954
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Administrative Staff Meetings
1954-1956
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Air Force ROTC
1953-1956
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Alumni Affairs
1952-1956
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Alumni Bulletin and News
1954-1955
Box: 1 Folder : 6 American Council on Education
1952, 1956
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Ankara, University of, & NYU
1954-1956
Box: 1 Folder : 8 125th Anniversary Celebration
1954-1956
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Armstrong, George Ellis
1955
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Arts Center
1953-1956
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Arts and Science, Graduate School
1954
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Aspen, Colorado
1956
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Assemblies
1952-1953
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Athletic Policy
1952-1953
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Athletics
1952-1955
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Atomic Energy Commission
1953
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Awards, citations, etc.
1953-1955
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Building and Centers
1952-1953
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Burgum, Edwin Berry
1952-1953
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Burgum, Edwin Berry II
1952-1953
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Business Administration Graduate School
1954-1955
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Challenge
1953
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Chase, Harry Woodburn, death
1955
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Christian Association
1952-1954
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Christian Association
1954-1956
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Civil Defense
1955
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Commencement
1954
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Commerce, School of
1953
Box: 2 Folder : 8 RESTRICTED - Communication Arts Group
1954-1956
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Community Relations
1953-1955
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Conferences at NYU
1953, 1955
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Daily Bulletin, NYU
1955
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Education, School of
1953, 1955
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Engineering, College of
1954-1955
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Enrollment
1951-1953
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Film on NYU
1950-1953
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Financial History of NYU
1929-1930
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Fine Arts, Institute of
1954
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Fraternities & Sororities
1956
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Gallatin, Albert, Associates.
1956
Box: 3 Folder : 9 General Education, Division of
1954
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Gifts and Grants
1954-1955
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Glee Club
1952-1956
Box: 3 Folder : 12 Gould, Frank Jay
1954
Box: 3 Folder : 13 Gould Student Center
1952-1954
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Hall of Fame
1952-1956
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Heald, Henry T.
1953, 1956
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Henry, David D.
1951-1954
Box: 4 Folder : 4 History of NYU
1955
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Howley, Frank L.
1949
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Industry - College Conference
1953
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Industry - College Conference II
1953-1954
Box: 4 Folder : 8 International School (UNESCO)
1954
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Information Services, Office.
1952-1954
Box: 4 Folder : 10 Kimball, Leroy E.
1955
Box: 4 Folder : 11 Libraries
1937-1956
Box: 4 Folder : 12 Loeb Student Center
1956
Box: 4 Folder : 13 Mathematical Science, Institute of
1954-1956
Box: 4 Folder : 14 Medical Center
1954-1956
Box: 4 Folder : 15 META I
1953-1954
Box: 4 Folder : 16 META II
1955-1956
Box: 4 Folder : 17 Miscellaneous
1954
Box: 4 Folder : 18 Morse, Samuel F.B.
1954
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Newsom, Carrol V.
1955-1957
Box: 5 Folder : 2 New York Times
1952-1956
Box: 5 Folder : 3 New York University
1953-1956
Box: 5 Folder : 4 News Releases
1953-1956
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Photographers, Office of
1952-1955
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Placement Services
1952-1953
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Public Administration, Graduate School of
1952-1955
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Public Occasions, Bureau of
1954-1956
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Public Relations
1952-1954
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Public Relations II
1954-1956
Box: 5 Folder : 11 Public Relations III
1954-1955
Box: 5 Folder : 12 Public Relations, Courses on
1955-1956
Box: 5 Folder : 13 Publications and Printing Office
1952
Box: 5 Folder : 14 Publications Review Committee
1952-1954
Box: 5 Folder : 15 Radio and Television Office
1952-1953
Box: 5 Folder : 16 Radio and Television Office
1952-1954
Box: 5 Folder : 17 Radio - Television Committee
1952-1953
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Recruitment Office
1951-1952
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Religious Center and Activities
1948-1956
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Research Services, Office Of
1952-1953
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Retailing, School of
1953
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Scholarship Committee
1930-1952
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Scholarship Committee II
1952
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Scholarship Committee III
1950-1952
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Scholarship Committee IV
1952
Box: 6 Folder : 9 Self Study
1953-1956
Box: 6 Folder : 10 Smith, Rufus D.
1952
Box: 6 Folder : 11 Stokes Lectures
1954
Box: 6 Folder : 12 Student Matters and Activities
1955-1956
Box: 6 Folder : 13 Student Newspapers
1953-1955
Box: 6 Folder : 14 Summer Session
1954
Box: 6 Folder : 15 Television
1952-1956
Box: 6 Folder : 16 Television Closed Circuit
1953-1954
Box: 7 Folder : 1 TV - Ed. Tv and Radio Center
1954-1956
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Television "Yesterday's W."
1956
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Tuition
1955
Box: 7 Folder : 4 University Development, Office Of
1952-1956
Box: 7 Folder : 5 University Press
1952-1953
Box: 7 Folder : 6 University Press
1954
Box: 7 Folder : 7 University Press
1955-1956
Box: 7 Folder : 8 University Press Advisory Board
1953-1954
Box: 7 Folder : 9 University Press Editorial Committee
1952-1954
Box: 7 Folder : 10 Voorhis, Harold O.
1951-1954
Box: 7 Folder : 11 Washington Square College
1953-1956
Box: 7 Folder : 12 Washington Square, Site Maps
1954-1956
Box: Shared University Archives 020 Glass plate negatives: J.W. Armsey, Feb. 28, 1978; Personalities, Administrative charts; Campus views of Heald Administration
circa 1950s

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