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Guide to the Administrative Papers of President James McNaughton Hester RG 3.0.7

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY, 10012
(212) 998-2641

New York University Archives

Collection processed by Collection processed by Rob Dishon, Jeane Mixon, and Darren W. Johnson. Additional processing by Erin Shaw.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on July 24, 2013
Description is in English.

Scope and Content Note

The collection of papers created under Dr. James M. Hester as President of New York University encompasses a difficult and transitional period in the University's history. Composed of memoranda, correspondence, reports, publications, press releases, and newspaper clippings, these papers represent the official response of the University in many matters.

As top administrative officer of the University, Dr. Hester required information from all aspects of the University's structure to make informed decisions. Correspondence, reports, and publications concerning the various schools, divisions, departments, students groups, alumni concerns, and faculty organizations comprise a number of files in this collection.

Hester's office used two filing systems to organize its records. Records dating from 1962 to 1969 were arranged alphabetically by folder title. After 1969 the files were grouped into 12 categories: Administration, Associations, Alumni Affairs, Development, Governance, Government Relations, Finance, Facilities and Services, Personnel, Public Relations, Schools and Divisions, and Student Affairs. Because the records created before 1969 represented the same informational categories, the archives decided to incorporate the earlier files into the groupings established after 1969. Each category forms a series with the addition of another series of alphabetical files. Due to the fact that Alumni Affairs constituted only two folders, it was integrated into the Administration series. See series descriptions for more detailed explanations of the kinds of information present.


Series I, II, III, VI, XI, and XII are arranged alphabetically. Series IV and V are arranged according to a numbering system used by Hester's office. Series VII, VIII, IX, and X are arranged by subject. Series XIII is, with some exceptions, mainly chronologically arranged. See individual series descriptions for more details.

The collection is organized into 13 series:

  1. Alphabetical
  2. Administration
  3. Associations
  4. Development
  5. Governance
  6. Government Relations
  7. Finance
  8. Facilities and Services
  9. Personnel
  10. Public Relations
  11. Schools and Divisions
  12. Student Affairs
  13. Interviews, Speeches, and Testimony, 1962-1975