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University of Northern Colorado, President Robert C. Dickeson records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RG002-S008

Collection Scope and Contents

This collection contains documentation from President Robert C. Dickeson's presidency (1981-1991), including reports from the faculty senate, campus morale task force, the Higher Education Commission, Dickeson's 1981 "A Plan for the Future" and 1986 "Resurgence" reports, and reports about the transition from a quarter system to a semester system. Additionally, correspondence, clippings, staff meeting minutes, and departmental reports display Dickeson's emphasis on teacher education, business, and the nursing and health professions while revealing some of the difficulties caused by university reorganization, including layoffs and department cuts. Collection also contains materials from Dickson's career before and after his presidency, including correspondence and speeches.


  • 1957 - 2016
  • Majority of material found within 1980 - 1991


Conditions Governing Access

Boxes 002.042, 002.43, and 002.78 contain materials that are labeled confidential by the originator or are subject to attourney-client privilege. Those boxes should be reviewed prior to access. Addition 16.52 has not been processed and may contain restricted materials. Please contact the Archives and Special Collection in advance to request access.

Conditions Governing Use

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


The Director of Arizona's Department of Administration, Robert C. Dickeson, came to UNC to bring focus to the academic program and use his administrative skills to guide the school through increasingly tighter budgetary years. Dickeson streamlined the educational offerings of the University, and placed the school on a firm financial footing. He focused resources on four areas of emphasis: teacher education, business, music, and the nursing and health professions. As the University celebrated its centennial, Dickeson laid the academic and financial foundation for a solid beginning to a second century of quality higher education for the people of Colorado.


50.6 Linear Feet (57 boxes)

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This collection contains documentation from President Robert C. Dickeson's presidency (1981-1991), including reports, correspondence, and clippings. Collection also contains materials from Dickeson's career before and after his presidency, including his work with the CIA and the Lumina Education Foundation.

Acquisition Information

Some personal and official documents acquired in 2016 from Robert C. Dickeson. Flyers, announcements, and "Commitment to Diversity" report transferred from collection #RG008-S005, UNC Office of the Registrar, in June 2021. Acquisition information for remainder of collection is unknown.

Minimally Processed
Updated by Lisa Hartman
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Edition statement
Original finding aid created in 1992. Revised and retyped in 1994, 1997, 2002, and 2017. Updated to conform to DACS in 2018.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Northern Colorado Repository

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