Collection ID: C179
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Indiana University, Bloomington. Bloomington Faculty Council
The origins of the Bloomington Faculty Council can be traced back to a University reorganization begun by university president Elvis J. Stahr. In 1969 the Bloomington Faculty began their own council for policy and academic decisions, as the University Faculty Council became a legislative body for all faculty in the Indiana University system. This collection consists of the agendas, minutes, circulars and supporting documents of the Bloomington Faculty Council, the governing body of the university faculty on the Indiana University -Bloomington campus. The collection is organized into six series: Agendas, Minutes, Circulars, Supporting documents, Committee Files, and Subject Files.
20.2 cubic feet
Materials are in English unless otherwise indicated.
Preferred citation:

[Item], Bloomington Faculty Council records, Collection C179, Indiana University Archives, Bloomington.


Biographical / Historical:

The Bloomington Faculty Council began meeting 7 October 1969. Formerly part of the Faculty Council, the Bloomington Faculty Council was created as part of a major University reorganization initiated under University President Elvis J. Stahr. The goal of the University reorganization was to divide the University into three autonomous units: Bloomington, Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis, and the remaining regional campuses. In January 1969 the proposed amendments to the Faculty Council Constitution were presented. The Faculty Constitution, which had provided the guidelines for University-wide faculty, would become exclusively the constitution of the Bloomington Faculty. Other faculties were given the option of creating their own faculty constitutions.

The authority of the Bloomington campus faculty is expressed by the Bloomington Faculty Council and its thirty members elected at-large. Through this body the faculty has authority over the academic mission of the University, the academic calendar, faculty tenure policies, the conferring of degrees, etc. The council works with the Chancellor and the Deans of the schools of: Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Graduate, Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Law, Library and Music, to effect change within the Bloomington campus. The President and Vice-President of the Student Body were given ex officio voting member seats in the council as well.

Thus, the Bloomington Faculty Council's primary functions are to create and regulate policies regarding the faculty and student body within the university, to consult with members of the administration on terms of policy, to initiate proposals for the council's own, as well as the general faculty's, consideration, to elect committees for the discharge of the council's functions, to fill vacated offices within the council, and to make a continuing study of the effects of past legislation.

In 2002 the Bloomington Faculty Council is led by the Chancellor of the University, but also a President Pro Tempore, Parliamentarian and Secretary. It is composed of seventeen standing committees: Affirmative Action, Agenda, Associate Instructor Affairs, Budgetary Affairs, Constitution and Rules, Distributed Education, Educational Policies, Election Supervisor, External Relations, Faculty Affairs, Foundation Relations, Fringe Benefits, Library, Long-Range Planning, Nomination, Student Affairs, and Technology. The BFC generally meets the first and third Tuesday of each month, with a minimum of four meetings per semester.

Scope and Content:

This collection of the Bloomington Faculty Council Records consists of five series: Minutes, Circulars, Supporting documents, Committee Files, and Subject files.

Series one consists of the Minutes (1969-2019) for the regular meetings of the Bloomington Faculty Council and are also arranged chronologically. Minutes from the 1995-1998 time period are often unedited, however these are all that exist and according to the Bloomington Faculty Council these should be considered the official record. In the case of some of these meetings a synopsis of the meeting does exist and has been included with the minutes, while in others the synopsis is all that exists.

The Circulars (1969-2019) are supplementary documents which are the basis of discussion at meetings, and compose Series three. The Circulars are arranged by the classification scheme developed by the BFC which is generally governed numerically by school year. The assigned number corresponds to the order in which the document was issued to the Bloomington Faculty Council for review, and the date corresponds to the creation date of the document or the date of the Minutes to which it was attached (for example, circular 11-70 was created 21 July 1969). By exception, for circulars dated 1970-1972, the same numerical system was used for both the Bloomington Faculty Council and the University Faculty Council. In order to avoid confusion the complete list of circulars has been included in both collections. Some circulars from 1972 include a (B) or a (U) following the number of the circular in order to attribute it to the appropriate office.

The Supporting documents series (1969-2016), or series four, consists of three subseries: in subseries one miscellaneous legislative documents have been arranged chronologically. In subseries two, memos, issued by and to the Bloomington Faculty Council have been arranged chronologically and in subseries three, annual summaries, have been placed in chronological order.

The Committee files (1975-2010), contains three subseries, Budgetary Affairs (1975-2010), Faculty Grievance Committee (1984-1993) and Miscellaneous Other Committee Files (1995-2010). Files represent BFC Standing and Elected committees as well as Campus Committees on which a BFC member serves as a faculty representative.

Subject files (1995-2011), the final subseries, consists of files relating to the development of major university policies such as those on Intellectual Property and Firearms, as well as those that are administrative in nature such as procedures for Memorial Resolutions and Organizational meetings.

Acquisition information:
Accession 1206, 7991, 97/103, 2004/042, 2004/059, 2006/068, 2006/069, 2007/054, 2008/079, 2009/109, 2010/090, 2011/013, 2011/034, 2013/060, 2013/124, 2014/116, 2015/142
Custodial history:

Records transferred to the Indiana University Archives by the Bloomington Faculty Council Office.

Processing information:

Processed by Nicole M. Mares in 2002.

Reprocessed by Carrie Schwier in 2010.


Organized into five series: Minutes, Circulars, Supporting documents, Committee Files, and Subject files.

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The Faculty Grievance files are restricted while the rest of the collection is open for research. Advance notice required for access.


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[Item], Bloomington Faculty Council records, Collection C179, Indiana University Archives, Bloomington.

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