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AAUP - Davidson Chapter. Records, 1963-2007

Identifier: RG11-2

Scope and Contents

The files include a list of Davidson faculty who are members of AAUP and the Davidson chapter minutes of meetings. Information concerning Davidson College committees and advisory councils are also contained in the files. The folders contain comments by committees on concentration of International Studies and Non-Western" courses. The Davidson College Chapter of AAUP held discussions on the subject of professorial inaugural vow at Davidson College. The committee concluded that the policy of administering a professorial vow needs revision. In the fall of 1994, there was a proposal for a revision of the section of the Faculty Handbook dealing with the broad issue of amorous relationships between members of the faculty and students. Terms of employment and principles of academic freedom and tenure also are discussed.The files relate to the Speaker Ban Law passed in North Carolina in 1963. The law prohibited the use of facilities on state-funded colleges and universities for speakers who were members of the Communist Party or who had pleaded the Fifth Amendment in relation to questions about political affliations. Members of the Davidson Chapter actively campaigned for the repeal of the law in 1965. The files contain correspondence and memos of Richard Gift and Jay Ostwalt as well as copies of reports and press releases. There is also a report documenting the 1977 Linden Case for the National AAUP office. The Linden Case concerned faculty religious oaths and requirements. The AAUP conducted the first Faculty Salary and Compensation Report in 1974. In 1980, the Professional Affairs Committee co-sponored the report. Reports after 1980 are housed in RG 3/1.2.002. The files contain extensive correspondence between Davidson College and AAUP from 1955 through 1996. In addition to the files, there is an audiotape (no. 119) of the Speaker Ban Ballad sung by Bill Dale, class of 1967. Note: Dale transferred to UNC-Chapel Hill and graduated from there in 1967."


  • Creation: 1963


Biographical / Historical

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is the professional organization for college and university teachers. The Davidson Chapter of the American Association of University Professors was founded in the early 1950s. The purpose of the group is to encourage the highest standards of professional competence. The chapter was actively involved in the 1950s with decisions relating to tenure, inaugural vows for faculty, tuition exchange programs, and faculty salary schedules. In 1965, the chapter was involved with the campaign to repeal North Carolina's Speaker Ban Law.


3.00 boxes (3 boxes)



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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from Reference Office Vertical file - materials gathered by Mary Beaty

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Part of the College Archives Repository