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Xavier University Acquisition of Edgecliff College records

 Collection
Identifier: XUA-48

Scope and Content

This collection gives a picture of the negotiations leading to the purchase of Edgecliff College by Xavier University and subsequent transitional activities during and after the purchase process. Included in the collection are correspondence files of various academic vice presidents. Both the purchase agreement of 1983 and the sale agreement of 1987 are included in this collection.

Dates

  • 1967-1989

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Restricted access. Please contact the Xavier University Archives staff.

History of Xavier University Acquisiton of Edgecliff College

Xavier University purchased a three year option to purchase the Edgecliff College property in 1980. In 1983 the purchase was completed. In 1987 Xavier University sold the Edgecliff property but incorporated many of the Edgecliff academic programs into its curriculum.

Originally called Our Lady of Cincinnati College at its founding in 1935 by the Sisters of Mercy, the college educated young women exclusively until 1970 when it opened its classrooms to men and adopted a new name, Edgecliff College. On July 1, 1980 Xavier University announced that it had purchased from the Sisters of Mercy a three year option to buy the Edgecliff campus property by June 30, 1983. Edgecliff College then became known as Edgecliff College of Xavier University, the fourth undergraduate college at Xavier University. In the spring of 1983 Xavier completed the purchase of the Edgecliff property from the Sisters of Mercy. In April 1987 Xavier University sold the Edgecliff property. Academic programming was transferred to the main Xavier campus that year. Edgecliff's departments of art, music, and theatre arts joined the College of Arts and Sciences, while its departments of nursing and social work were incorporated into Xavier's new College of Professional Studies.

Biographical / Historical

Originally called Our Lady of Cincinnati College at its founding in 1935 by the Sisters of Mercy, the college educated young women exclusively until 1970 when it opened its classrooms to men and adopted a new name, Edgecliff College. On July 1, 1980 Xavier University announced that it had purchased from the Sisters of Mercy a three year option to buy the Edgecliff campus property by June 30, 1983. Edgecliff College then became known as Edgecliff College of Xavier University, the fourth undergraduate college at Xavier University. In the spring of 1983 Xavier completed the purchase of the Edgecliff property from the Sisters of Mercy. In April 1987 Xavier University sold the Edgecliff property. Academic programming was transferred to the main Xavier campus that year. Edgecliff's departments of art, music, and theatre arts joined the College of Arts and Sciences, while its departments of nursing and social work were incorporated into Xavier's new College of Professional Studies.

Extent

1 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This is a collection of correspondence and related documents concerning the relationship of Edgecliff College and Xavier University from the Office of the Provost. The subject content deals chiefly with negotiations on the sale of Edgecliff to Xavier, on subsequent Xavier programming on the Edgecliff campus, and the eventual sale of the Edgecliff property by Xavier.

Statement of Arrangement

The collection is arranged in these general categories:
  1. Correspondence Files
  2. Transitional Topics (Committees, Academic Programs, etc.)
  3. Legal Documents

Custodial History

These records were transferred to University Archives from the Office of the Administrative Vice President and principal assistant to the president (transfer, XUA2008-11). This office currently manages property acquisition for the university. Much of the correspondence files was originally held in the Office of the Xavier University Academic Vice President, know known as the Office of the Provost and Chief Academic Officer.

Acquisition Information

Transfer from the Office of the Administrative Vice President, XUA2008-11.

Processing Information

This collection was reprocessed into its current arrangement and description as part of a major University Archives reprocessing project in 2012-2013. This reprocessing project was largely an effort to disband a record group system, developed in the late 1970s, used to arrange university records. The record group scheme had been established by the first University Archivist, Lee Bennish, SJ, and chiefly organized materials by originating office and organizational structure. After Bennish’s tenure, oversight of the archives changed several times and resulted in a lack of adherence to the record group scheme for new acquisitions. The 2012-2013 processing project also sought to incorporate records for which little acquisition or contextual information existed. The project staff primarily reorganized records into subject-based collections. Occasionally subjects coincided with offices of origin (e.g. Subject, Presidents; Office, Office of the President; Collection, Xavier University President’s Office). This subject-based arrangement makes it difficult to identify or describe the collections by office of origin but administrative project records do indicate transfers and connections between original record groups and 2012-2013 collections. During the project, records were rehoused in archival folders and boxes, and new finding aids were created using the OhioLINK Finding Aid Creation Tool.

As of 2017, University Archives no longer employs the 2012-2013 system of arranging collections by subject.
Title
Xavier University Acquisition of Edgecliff College records
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
Tim McCabe
Date
2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Special Collections, Xavier University Library Repository

Contact:
3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati Ohio 45207 US
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