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This collection consists of the digitized minutes of the meetings of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents from 1921-1991. The 70-year scope of this collection captures the expansion of the University of Wisconsin from one four-year campus in Madison with 7,344 students to a statewide system of 26 campuses annually serving more than 173,000 students and over one million Wisconsin residents through statewide Extension.

The minutes of the Board’s monthly meetings provide a well-rounded sense of life in the University. Through the years, the Regents dealt with a wide variety of campus issues, including budget development, construction of new buildings and infrastructure, approval of new departments and classes, acquisition of new property, oversight of inter-collegiate athletics, and regulation of student conduct and behavior. The Wisconsin Idea is manifest through minutes reflecting the leadership of President Charles Van Hise by which UW-Extension was charged with the mission of extending the resources of the University to serve all of Wisconsin’s citizens. Contemporary observers will undoubtedly recognize the Regents’ frequent discussions about such topics as free speech on campus, student protests, and budgetary debates with the State Legislature. <more>