Guide to the Papers of Thomas Roos, 1964 - 1986Manuscript MS-1154

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of Thomas Roos, 1964 - 1986

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1154

Collection Dates:

1964 - 1986

Size of Collection:

6 boxes (9 linear ft.)

Abstract:

Thomas Roos (1930-2003), professor of biology at Dartmouth College. The papers contain correspondence, reports, news clippings, memorandum, and other materials related to the governance of Dartmouth, outside organizations interested in higher education, as well as professional interests of Roos', including biological sciences and college controversies.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

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Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

These materials may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.).

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Thomas Roos include materials related to the many Dartmouth governing organizations and committees that he served on, as well as materials related to organizations interested in supporting higher education. Additional material relates to college controversies and the biological sciences. They include correspondence, reports, memoranda, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, open letters to the community, conference notes and minutes of meetings of committees such as the Committee on Curriculum and Year Round Education; Commission on Undergraduate Education in the Biological Sciences; Ad Hoc Council on Diversity; Ad Hoc Council on Relocation of the Medical School; Ad Hoc Council Subcommittee on Finances; Committee on Equal Opportunity; the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program; Dana Biomedical Library Committee; Executive Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Dartmouth Faculty; and Planning and Priorities Committee.

Biography

Thomas Roos was born March 19, 1930, in Peoria, Ill. He attended Harvard University for his undergraduate degree and earned his Ph.D. in 1960, from the University of Wisconsin. He served with the Army during the Korean War and joined the Dartmouth faculty in 1960. Professor Roos became a full professor in 1970, and twice chaired the department of biology in 1969 to 1970 and again in 1978 to 1982. He taught introductory biology and comparative anatomy to generations of Dartmouth undergraduates. His research interests included endocrinology, animal development, comparative anatomy, and evolution. His work involved work with monkeys, chinchillas, rodents, pheasants, and sea horses. Roos was an early proponent of the integration of computers into biological research and education. As an outspoken member of the Dartmouth faculty, Professor Roos worked to strengthen academic freedom for Dartmouth faculty and students, helped extend the college's mandate to include women, argued that ROTC programs are incompatible with intellectual independence, and served as an advisor to Native American students. He served as the faculty representative to the Board of Trustees and worked on numerous committees addressing the economic positioning of the faculty and the budget priorities of the college, the role of faculty in the governance of the college, and disciplinary standards for students. Professor Roos served on the original committee that created the plan for year-round operation of the college in 1971, and chaired the committee that developed the college's Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program. Roos died in 2003.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Academic Organizations and Committees, 1964-1986

Correspondence, reports, news clippings, memorandum, and other materials related to the governance of Dartmouth, outside organizations interested in higher education, and interests of Roos', including biological sciences and college controversies.

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Box: 1, Dates: 1967-1980

Contains materials from the conference on "The Optimal Preparation for the Study of Medicine"; patterns and statistics for the "Coeducation and Year-Round Operation (CYRO)" report; a draft of the CYRO Final Report; correspondence concerning the Committee on Year-Round Operation of the College; minutes of meetings and memorandums about CYRO; materials from the CYRO subcommittee on Education; and correspondence, memorandum, and other materials from the Committee on Curriculum and Year Round Education.

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Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 2, Dates: 1965-1985

Contains materials about faculty petitions on college governance; the Organization of the Faculty of Dartmouth College; issues of the "Valley News" and "The Dartmouth" containing articles about faculty meetings regarding the leadership of Dartmouth; the Organization of Faculty about ROTC at Dartmouth; correspondence and other materials about institutional organization; "Extra-Departmental Programs - A Pattern of Exploitation" by Arthur Luehrmann; "Some Thoughts on Organizing a University" by Thomas Roos; "Corporatization of Academe" by Thomas Roos; a report on the Nantucket Conference on the Future of the Arts at Dartmouth; materials from the task force on the Structure of the Academic Community; materials about the Parkhurst incident of May 6th, 1969, including the committee advisory to the president's report on disciplining faculty involved in the takeover; materials from the Commission on Undergraduate Education in the Biological Sciences (CUEBS), focusing on the Panel on Pre-Professional Training in the Medical Sciences (PPTMS), including correspondence from members, conference materials, materials about consultation between CUEBS and the American Institute of Biological Sciences, "Guidelines for Planning Biological Facilities," "An Opinion Concerning Tomorrow's Colleges of Agriculture" by J.H .Meyer, Report of the Conference on Biology in the Junior College , "Biological Prerequisites for Education in the Health Sciences" a position paper, proceedings of the Conference on Undergraduate Curriculum and the Handbook of Policies and Procedures; PPTMS questionnaire; materials from the Committee on the Economic Status of the Faculty; and correspondence about the fuller utilization of women physicians.

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Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 3, Dates: 1964-1985

Contains material on "The Preparation for the Study of Medicine"; the Macy Conference on the Preparation for Medical Education in the Traditionally Negro College; a US/Japan Science Conference on College Biology; "Biological Preparation for Education in the Health Sciences" by Thomas Roos; information on schools with a pre-med major or combined degree programs; catalogs from schools without a pre-med major; "The Report of the Committee on Educational Policy to the Faculty of Dartmouth College" and related materials; "The Option: An Analysis of an Educational Innovation" by Robert Feldmesser; the calendar and curriculum plan for Biology at Dartmouth; information on the Ray Winfield Smith Lecture Series; the ad hoc Council on Diversity in 1986 and a moratorium on classes; the procedures for faculty grievances; the modification of the tenure agreement at Dartmouth; institutional relations and governance at Dartmouth; the compensation for professors; academic freedom at Dartmouth; the place of ROTC at Dartmouth; correspondence and newspaper clippings about the destruction of the shanties on the Green in 1986; minutes of the meetings of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as well as materials from the ad hoc committee on governance; and a collection of poems written by Roos for use in his Introduction to Biology class.

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 4, Dates: 1970-1986

Contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, models, and proposals about moving Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC); a copy of report from a subcommittee of the faculty analyzing the possible move of DHMC; the final report from the "Ad Hoc Council on Relocation of the Medical School"; resolutions passed by the Ad Hoc Council; drafts of the Ad Hoc Council's reports, as well as memorandum and correspondence pertaining to the council; correspondence, reports, and other materials from the Ad Hoc Council Subcommittee on Finances; materials from the neuroscience steering committee as well as reports from Neuroscience Day (7/19/1986); a copy of "Health Education at Dartmouth: Bridging the Interface Between the Medical School and the College"; materials about neuroscience seminars at Dartmouth; directions for laboratory dissections of frogs and roaches and the excitation of nerves; proposals for majors in linguistics and in cognitive science; materials from the Committee on Equal Opportunity including annual reports and memorandum; correspondence, memorandum, budget information, minutes, and other materials from the Native American Council; copies of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) Newsletter; materials on the summer colloquium of the MALS program for 1976; information about summer term MALS students of 1976; materials about the search for a new MALS director; policy papers from MALS; and reports, correspondence, and other materials about the creation of the MALS program at Dartmouth.

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 5, Dates: 1973-1992

Contains magazine articles, newspaper clippings, and correspondence about controversies at Dartmouth; materials from the 1984 freshman seminar "Hierarchy and Hiericide" including readings, student information, and a syllabus; notes and correspondence about prospective undergraduate courses; the "Dana Biomedical Library Study" by Marylin Taylor Lindsay; copies of "Dana Interface"; Dana Biomedical Library Committee Meeting agendas, minutes, and reports; the 1989-1990 Annual Statistics of Medical School Libraries in the US and CA; the Report of the Dartmouth Medical School Committee on the Academic Impact of Relocation Plans; reports on grading at Dartmouth and records of Roos's grading; correspondence and materials about admissions policies; materials about Black Studies at Dartmouth; minutes, agendas, reports, and other materials from the Executive Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; materials about the proposed abolition of the Speech Department at Dartmouth; correspondence and other materials about student counseling; materials about Roos serving on the Committee on Standards; reports from the Committee on Freshman Seminars; the 1985-1986 report on the College; the Planning and Priorities Committee Report; correspondence from and drafts of reports by the Planning and Priorities Committee; reports from the Committee to Review the Academic Support Centers; Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Program Scope and Cost Estimate; Report of the Inter fraternity Council Committee on Residential Life and related materials; correspondence with Donald Kennedy; correspondence and other materials about the Borison Lectures at Dartmouth; materials about premedical training for undergraduates; open letters to the Dartmouth community complaining about the Dartmouth Review; and reports from the Subcommittee on Instructional Equipment.

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 6, Dates: 1973-1980s

Contains the Report of the Task Force on Budget Priorities and annual reports from the Council on Budgets and Priorities; budget projections for the College; and minutes, budget codes, budget figures, summaries, and more materials about Dartmouth College's budget through the late 1970's and early 1980's.

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

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