EMORY UNIVERSITY. OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT.
Office of the President records, James T. Laney 1978-1993

Emory University

Emory University Archives

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322

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Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/bndpn


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Emory University. Office of the President.
Title: Office of the President records, James T. Laney 1978-1993
Call Number:Series No. 62
Extent: 56 linear ft. (117 boxes)
Abstract:Records include primarily correspondence from James T. Laney’s tenure as President of Emory University. Materials relate in particular to the administration of the University, academic affairs, and events. Records document years of expansion of the University, overseen by Laney.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Selected materials are closed to research in accordance with the Emory University Archives Access Policy.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Related Materials in This Repository

James T. Laney Papers (Series 235)

Source

Transfer.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], Office of the President records, James T. Laney, Emory University Archives, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Processing

Processed by Michael Hessel-Mial, 2014.


Collection Description

Administrative History

James T. Laney, Dean of Candler School of Theology from 1969 to 1977, was elected as President of Emory University in 1977 and formally inaugurated during commencement in 1978. In 1979 the University received the so-called Woodruff gift, the transfer of 105 million dollars of Coca-Cola stock to establish the Emily and Ernest Woodruff fund. At the time the single largest gift to a higher-education institution in the United States, the establishment of the fund set off a period of expansion around campus. While serving as executive of the University, Laney continued to serve as an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church, frequently lecturing and preaching on the relationship between moral values and higher education. In 1993, Laney was appointed United States Ambassador to South Korea, and stepped down from his role as President of Emory University.

James T. Laney, Dean of Candler School of Theology from 1969 to 1977, was elected as President of Emory University in 1977 and formally inaugurated during commencement in 1978. In 1979 the University received the so-called Woodruff gift, the transfer of 105 million dollars of Coca-Cola stock to establish the Emily and Ernest Woodruff fund. At the time the single largest gift to a higher-education institution in the United States, the establishment of the fund set off a period of expansion around campus. While serving as executive of the University, Laney continued to serve as an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church, frequently lecturing and preaching on the relationship between moral values and higher education. In 1993, Laney was appointed United States Ambassador to South Korea, and stepped down from his role as President of Emory University.

Scope and Content Note

Series 1: Administrative records relate to the administration of Emory University, including the physical plant, financial records, Campus Life, standing committees, and relationships with other governing bodies in the University. It also documents the President's role as the public face of the University, including materials relating to development, alumni affairs and honorary degrees. Annual reports from academic and administrative divisions are included in the series. Lastly, the series contains materials relating to institutes and initiatives belonging to or affiliated with the Emory University, such as the Carter Center, the Michael C. Carlos Museum, the Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center, and the Emory Clinic. The series is comprised mostly of correspondence, arranged alphabetically by subject.

Series 2: Academic affair materials relate to the academic departments and divisions of Emory University. Along with correspondence of routine operations, Series 2 contains material relating to the hiring of deans, tenure decisions and changes in departmental and curricular organization. Notable materials include files on the phasing out of the School of Dentistry, and the University’s transition from the trimester to the semester system. Annual reports and self-studies submitted to the President are included in Series 1: Administrative records. The bulk of materials consist of correspondence, arranged alphabetically by subject.

Series 3: Correspondence contains chronologically arranged correspondence from 1986 to 1992. The correspondence in this series is distinct from correspondence found elsewhere in the collection in that it includes official communication with individuals associated with a wide variety of University initiatives. Roughly half of the correspondence concerns acknowledgement of gifts to the University, and have been restricted for 75 years from date of creation. Series 3 also contains a record of mail referrals from 1981 to 1982. The series contains a gap between April 1987 and December 1990.

Series 4: Events materials relate to regular and occasional University events. The bulk of materials relate to yearly events: Boards of Trustees and Board of Visitors annual addresses; the annual mailing of Christmas cards and gifts to Emory employees, alumni, and friends of the University; and Commencement. Along with the correspondence associated with University events, notable materials include drafts of Laney’s speeches.

Series 5: Subject files include alphabetically organized subject files, as well as miscellaneous alphabetical files categorized by the first letter of the correspondent or subject’s name. Materials relate to events, programs and organizations (both Emory and non-Emory) that are significant to the University but are not under the direct control of the Office of the President. Notable contents include those relating to the Sabrina Collins affair, a public controversy over alleged racial harassment in University dormitories; Korean students, politics, and culture at Emory; Emory’s divestment from business in South Africa; and Emory’s relationships with foundations, inter-institutional organizations and other universities.

Series 6: Audiovisual contains audio recordings of speaking engagements James T. Laney gave as president, and events over which Laney presided. Notable contents include Laney’s annual addresses to the Board of Trustees and the Board of Visitors, as well as the periodic retreats of the trustees and University administration.

Series 7: Restricted includes all materials that have been restricted from the remainder of the collection. Materials have been arranged in the order that they appear in the collection as a whole; by series and then by the contents of that series.

Arrangement Note

Organized into six series: (1) Administrative records, (2) Academic Affairs, (3) Correspondence, (4) Events, (5) Subject files, (6) Audiovisual, and (7) Restricted material.


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