Guide to the Archives

RG3 Finance and Administration

Title: Record Group 3 – Finance and Administration
Call #: RG3
Dates: 1916 – 1999
Quantity: 10 cubic feet

Abstract: This record group of the institution was generated by the Working Council beginning in 1916 and, later, the Division of Finance and Administration. In over eight decades of Bank Street College and predecessor, the Bureau of Educational Experiments, several offices were established to govern, manage finances, and provide for essential aspects of running the institution. Correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, financial statements, and other record types document the business of these offices.

Language of Material: English
Location: Bank Street College Archives New York, NY
Preferred Citation: Record Group 3 – Finance and Administration, Box #, Bank Street College Archives, New York, NY

Historical Note

Under the direction of Lucy Sprague Mitchell, administrative decisions were made cooperatively. The finance and administration records reflect this pattern of decision-making. From the founding of the Bureau through the 1940s, many of the administrative duties were handled by the Working Council. The formal establishment of administrative offices coincided with the presidency of John H. Niemeyer and the efforts to create a more formal organizational structure in the 1950s.

Scope and Content Note

The Finance and Administration records (10 cubic feet) are comprised of seven subgroups. These subgroups reflect the offices within the Division of Finance and Administration. They are: College Governance Committees, Business Office, Plant Operations, Human Resources, Library, Computer Services and the Office of the Vice President. The Finance and Administration records cover the time period from 1916-1999.


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Complete Guide to Record Group 3 – Finance and Administration (pdf)

The record group consists of the following subgroups and series.

College Governance Committees

SERIES A – Working Council (1916-1921, 1931-1950)

SERIES B – College Committee

SERIES C – College Policy Committee

SERIES D – Joint Personnel Policies Committee

SERIES E – Professional Staff Council

SERIES F – Other Committees

Business Office

SERIES A – Correspondence and Reports (1954 {1970-1980})

SERIES B – Financial Records (1928 {1956-1969} 1980)

SERIES C – Budgets

SERIES D – 14th Street Building (1960-1971)

SERIES E – 112th Street Building (1961-1973)

Plant Operations

SERIES A – Correspondence and Reports

SERIES B – Plant Procedures (1974-1975, 1998)

SERIES C – Central Services

Human Resources

SERIES A – Correspondence and Reports (1960 {1982-1987} 1999)

SERIES B – Position Vacancies

SERIES C – Union

SERIES D – Staff Directories

SERIES E – Calendars


Scope and Content Note

The Bureau had a small informal library which served primarily as a meeting place. Shortly after John Niemeyer became president, Bank Street’s first librarian Claire Clemmons was hired. The collection was expanded and procedures were formalized in an effort to gain accreditation.

SERIES A – Administration (1957 {1970-1996})

SERIES B – Professional Staff

SERIES C – Collections (1967-1996)

SERIES D – Programs (1968-1993)

SERIES E – College Archives (1968-1992)

Computer Services

SERIES A – Correspondence and Reports

SERIES B – Brochures

Office of the Vice President

SERIES A – Correspondence and Reports

SERIES B – Manuals

Controlled Access Headings

  • Corporate Name(s)
    • Bank Street College of Education
    • New York (N.Y.). Bureau of Educational Experiments
  • Genre(s)
    • Administrative records
    • Correspondence
    • Financial statements
    • Notes
    • Reports
    • School Records
  • Geographic Name(s)
    • New York (N.Y.)
    • United States
  • Personal Name(s)
    • Coolidge, Elizabeth Sprague, 1864-1953
    • Niemeyer, John H.
  • Subject(s)
    • College administrators
    • Educators
    • Finance
    • Teachers colleges — New York (State)
    • Teachers — Training of — History
    • Teachers — Training of — New York (State) — New York