Merrimack Valley Branch Directors and Deans Files, 1967-1977

Collection number: UA 20/1/2 [Offsite Storage]
Size: 1 box (.33 cu.ft.)

About the University of New Hampshire, Merrimack Valley Branch

The Merrimack Valley Branch of the University of New Hampshire was established in Manchester in September 1967. The branch started as an extension center. There were thirty-one credit courses, taught almost entirely by regular faculty members from the main campus, and enrolling 590 students. There also were seven short-term certificate courses enrolling 231. The first branch director, Frederick J. Robinson '49, had a small office in the Manchester Memorial High School and the classes met evenings in the high school. A year later, a house in the neighborhood was rented as an office and library building, while the growing number of classes continued to meet in Memorial High School and in nearby Southside Junior High. The unit got its first recognition as a separate entity when the 1969 legislature voted an appropriation of $60,000 for planning a campus. During the next few years, with the assistance of interested citizens, members of the Board of Trustees, and legislators, several sites in the region were investigated to determine their suitability for a commuter campus. A site within the City limits of Manchester was finally selected after a Feasibility Study of the site proved that it was satisfactory. The first building, named French Hall in honor of J. Fred French, a trustee for the University System for 11 years, opened on Hackett Hill Road in 1975. In 1977, the Legislature passed the House Bill 1006 establishing the MVB as a college in its own right with all the necessary powers and duties. Renamed the Merrimack Valley College, it became the fourth institution within the University System.

About the Merrimack Valley Branch Directors and Deans Files

This collection contains correspondence and papers from the various directors and deans of Merrimack Valley Branch. The list of names includes: Gordon O. Thayer, Director of the Division of Industrial and Community Services, Director Frederick Robinson, Chairman Raymond Hubbard, Dean Roger Bernard, Associate Dean William A. Cook, and Assistant Dean Frances A. Mahoney.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open. Please note, the MVB files are housed in the Library Storage Building and require 24 hour notice for retrieval.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the University of New Hampshire.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Merrimack Valley Branch Directors and Deans files, 1967-1977, UA 20/1/2, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

These records were transferred from the University of New Hampshire at Manchester Library in March 2002.

Collection Contents

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 11967Dr. Gordon O. Thayer Proposal: A Branch of UNH in Manchester
Box 1, Folder 21968Dr. Gordon O. Thayer: Recommendations for Further Development of M.V.B.
Box 1, Folder 31970Dr. Gordon O. Thayer : Papers
Box 1, Folder 41968Dr. Frederick Robinson, Director: Address from 2nd Annual Public Luncheon
Box 1, Folder 51974Dean Roger Bernard: Open the Doors of Learning
Box 1, Folder 61975Dean Roger Bernard: Supplement to Annual Report on Forum
Box 1, Folder 7March 1975Dean Roger Bernard: Union Leader Interview News Article
Box 1, Folder 81975Dean Roger Bernard: The Beginning of a College Report
Box 1, Folder 91975-1977Dean Roger Bernard Papers: Policy & Procedures Manual
Box 1, Folder 10Dean Roger Bernard Papers: M.V.B. Library Technical Assistants Program Accreditation1976
Box 1, Folder 111976-1977Dean Roger Bernard Papers: Reports to System Trustees
Box 1, Folder 121976-1977Dean Roger Bernard Papers: Administrative Board Minutes
Box 1, Folder 131973-1977Associate Dean William A. Cook Papers
Box 1, Folder 141974-1975Assistant Dean Dr. Frances A. Mahoney Papers
Box 1, Folder 151974-1975Chairman Dr. Raymond Hubbard, Coordinator of Career Studies Papers


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