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Collection Abstract

Administrative Records of Robert Burnett, 1978-1999. 43 linear feet. 1978-1999. Memos, correspondence, audits, proposals, policy statements of Robert Burnett as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences (1978-1980), Vice-President (1980-1985), Acting President (1982-1984) and President (1984-1999), arranged in the following series:

Series One: Subject files, 1978-1999, 18 linear feet.

Series Two: News clippings, 1965-1999, 2 MS boxes, 1 linear foot.

Series Three: Complaints, 1984-1998, 1 MS box, 0.5 linear foot.

Series Four: Departmental files, 1978-1989, 16 linear feet.

Series Five: Copies of Correspondence, 8/1982-1/1988, 2.5 linear feet.

Series Six: University System, 1982-1989, 5 linear feet.

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History, Robert A. Burnett



Scope of Collection

The bulk of the records are for the period 1978-1990. They document Dr. Burnett's administration of the College, its daily operations, curriculum, program development, accreditation, and building programs. Correspondence with administrators, faculty and departments on campus, especially Athletics form the bulk of the record. The program exchange with Savannah State (1979-), discussions of merger with Savannah State College(1978-1988) and the plans for developing a Regional University (1987-1998) are well documented. Dr. Burnett's work with community organizations, such as the Boy Scouts, and his membership on the Board of Trustees of Candler Hospital and correspondence with educational associations are also a significant part of the record.

The Burnett records were stored in the Central Supply Department on Campus for approximately 10 years until transferred to the Archives and processed during 1999-2000. The condition of the paper was good; the boxes had been sealed. Temperature and humidity in the storage shed was uncontrolled. The boxes had been labeled and some included container lists. The files appeared to be in original order, which was maintained in the present arrangement. Dr. Burnett transferred 4 boxes of records (late 1980's through 1999) directly to the University Archives after his retirement June 1999. Dr. Burnett reviewed these records before transfer and included brief contextual notes (Box 59.1 Regional University Collaboration.) All of Dr. Burnett's records transferred to the Archives through August 2000 are processed, arranged and described this finding aid.

Some of the more routine records from President’s office from the later 1990s seem to be missing/not yet transferred to the University Archives.


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50-75 Administrative Records of Robert A. Burnett, 1978-1999.

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