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Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, University Archives
Physics and Astronomy Department. Collection, 1985-Ongoing.
MSU Archives Collection 113



Physics and Astronomy Department Collection, 1985-Ongoing MSU Archives Collection 113. 2 Hollinger boxes, 1 cubic foot.

Abstract:

The collection consists of items from the Physics and Astronomy Department at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The collection is made up of correspondence, office meeting minutes and memorandums, and a graduate program brochure.

Historical Note:

Courses in physics were first offered at the Mankato State Teachers College in 1936, offering a major in 1938. Astronomy began to be taught in 1952, but a minor program was not begun until 1970, expanding to a major in 1975. Both started as part of the Division of Science and Mathematics, later part of the College of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Home Economics.

Growing demand for technological offerings led to the creation of School of Physics, Engineering and Technology in 1985. Originally, astronomy was included in the Mathematics Department, part of the College of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Home Economics while the Physics Department was part of the College of Physics, Engineering, and Technology. However, in 1994 these two colleges were merged into a single college, the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology. The next year, the astronomy program was relocated from the Department of Mathematics, Astronomy, and Statistics and merged with the Department of Physics, creating the current Physics and Astronomy Department. The department offers undergraduate programs in Physics and Astronomy, and a graduate program in Physics.

Physics and Astronomy Department Website http://cset.mnsu.edu/pa/

Scope and Content:

This collection is composed of Physics and Astronomy Departments office records, including correspondence and departmental meeting minutes. They are organized alphabetically first, and then chronologically by year.

These records provide information on critical periods in the history of the Physics and Astronomy Department as reorganization and restructuring of departments at Mankato State University led to debate. Also, debate surrounding "affirmative action" in the hiring of faculty in the College is also reflected. Finally, much information on the budget crises of the University during this period is also reflected.

Restrictions:

There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Citation:

Physics and Astronomy Department. Collection, 1985-Ongoing. MSU Archives Collection 113, University Archives, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Acquisition:

Cindy Flitter, on behalf of the Physics and Astronomy Department, donated this collection in August 2002.

Processed By:

Harris Burkhalter processed this collection in May 2010.

Related Collections:

Academic Affairs. Collection, 1916-Ongoing. MSU Archives Collection 14, University Archives, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Mankato State University-Records and correspondence
Academic departments- Physics
Academic departments- Astronomy

MSU Archives Collection 113

Box

Folder

Correspondence, March 1992

1

1

Correspondence, April 1992

1

2

Correspondence, May to October 1992

1

3

Correspondence, 1993

1

4

Correspondence, February to April 1994

1

5

Correspondence, May 1994 to February 1995

1

6

Graduate Study in Physics, Brochure, 1989

1

7

Thin Film Technology Proposal, 1995-1996

1

8

Office Meeting Minutes and Memorandum, 1985 to 1987

2

1

Office Meeting Minutes and Memorandum, 1988

2

2

Office Meeting Minutes and Memorandum, 1989

2

3

Office Meeting Minutes and Memorandum, 1990

2

4

Office Meeting Minutes and Memorandum, 1991

2

5

Office Meeting Minutes and Memorandum, 1992

2

6

Office Meeting Minutes and Memorandum, 1993

2

7

Office Meeting Minutes and Memorandum, 1994

2

8