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Graduate School of Arts and Science

 Collection — other: All
Identifier: 02-MWalB00169A

Scope and Contents

Files in this collection were created from 1952 through 2011. A significant portion of the files were created in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Materials include correspondence, memos on academic and administrative functions, meeting minutes--particularly those of the Graduate Council and faculty--financial files, reports, lists, surveys and profiles of graduate students, statistical materials, publications, commencement preparations and programs. The collection also includes some historical information on the Graduate School and graduate students, departmental and program files, library and committee files, as well as a variety of subject files. A significant amount of the materials were generated by the different deans in the Graduate School.


  • 1952-2010, undated

Conditions Governing Access

This collection contains restricted materials. Please contact the University Archives & Special Collections in advance to request access. Graduate Council Meeting Minutes are only open for access to GSAS permanent staff, the registrar's Office, and upper administrion due to restricted information on individual students.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.

Biographical or Historical Information

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences was established in 1953, when the Board of Trustees authorized graduate programs in the areas of Chemistry, Music, Psychology, and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. The Graduate School today offers the following degrees: Master of Arts, Master of Sciences, Master of Fine Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy in 30 different fields. The first M.A. and M.F.A. degrees were conferred in 1954 and the first Ph.D. degree in 1957. The Graduate Council, of which the Dean of Arts and Sciences is the chair, is in charge of as academic programs and planning, degree requirements, and general regulations.


23.00 Linear Feet

23 record center boxes other_unmapped

23.00 Linear Feet


Arranged in eighteen series: 1. Early Historical Materials, 1953-1978, undated; 2. Deans' Papers, 1952-2006; 3. Graduate Council Meeting Minutes, 1958-1986, 2005-2006; 4. Financial Files, 1953-1987; 5. Departmental and Program Files [R], 1959-1996; 6. Presidents' Correspondence, 1959-1977; 7. Board of Trustees, 1963-1977; 8. Faculty [R], 1960-2005; 9. Statistics, 1960-1994; 10. Graduate Student Profiles, 1954-1988; 11. Committees, 1958-1979; 12. Subject Files, 1953-1996; 13. Student Services, 1958-1995; 14. Library, 1959-1978; 15. Commencement, 1954-1990; 16. General Reports, 1977-1996; 17. Audio Visual Materials, 1998-2007, undated; 18. Addendum, 1963-1967, 2007-2010. Series one, two, five, ten, eleven, thirteen, fourteen, sixteen and seventeen are arranged alphabetically. Series three, six, seven and fifteen are arranged chronologically. Series four, eight, nine and twelve are arranged both alphabetically and chronologically. For more information about each series, please consult the series descriptions in the box and folder listing.

Related Materials

For further research, see also the Dean of Arts and Sciences collection under the Graduate School series.

Other Descriptive Information

Box 22 contains reports and publications in binders that have not been refoldered. There is also material throughout the collection that needs to be photocopied for preservation purposes. Addenda to this collection may not be listed in the finding aid, but may be available for research use. Please contact us for more information.

Carmen Nge, updated by Jessica Vincent
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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

About Us

The Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department at Brandeis University consists of two collecting units, the University Archives and Special Collections. University Archives documents the history and development of Brandeis University and its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Special Collections features a broad array of unique primary source materials across a wide range of disciplines that support research, teaching and learning at Brandeis. Learn more about our collections