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University of Northern Colorado, William Robert Ross records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RG002-S005

Collection Scope and Contents

This collection contains documents from William Robert Ross's presidency, including correspondence, reports, and biographical information. Included in the reports and correspondence are faculty and board meeting notes and minutes, an administration, faculty and staff list and salaries document, budget reports, and administrative council minutes. The biographical information includes documents relating to Ross's inauguration and 50th Anniversary, various clippings, and a copy of the Four Seasons of Ross 1980 autobiography. The collection also includes various Colorado State College artifacts, including a flag, book jacket, plaque, and a Colorado State College sweatshirt.


  • 1926 - 1993
  • Majority of material found within 1948 - 1964


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. User is responsible for all copyright compliance. Please contact the Archives and Special Collections Department for further information.


A Colorado native, William Robert Ross (1899-1983 ) served as president of Trinidad Junior College, and was President Frasier's Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds before being named College President. Ross had a long history of teaching and administration in public education throughout the state and he knew what kinds of teachers were needed. Ross took a very practical approach to education, creating programs such as Special Education and Nursing, for which there was a demand in Colorado. Ross was faced with not only preparing for the post-war influx of students, but also for the baby-boom generation. He purchased what became the Darrell Homes (West) Campus, and set in motion the expansion of what was then Colorado State College.

President Ross assumed office on December 20, 1947. He was president from 1947-1964.


14.2 Linear Feet (13 boxes)

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This collection contains documents from William Robert Ross's presidency (1947-1964), including correspondence, reports, clippings, inaugural materials, and Colorado State College artifacts.

Acquisition Information

Copy of Ross's inauguration acquired March 19, 1980 from Schmucker Memorial Library at Gettysburg College.

Related Materials

See also: University of Northern Colorado photographic prints and negatives, RG021-S001.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Northern Colorado Repository

University Libraries
James A. Michener Library L119
Campus Box 48
Greeley CO 80639