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University of Arkansas Vice President for Academic Affairs Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MC 211

Scope and Content Note

Collection consists of correspondence, reports, and general materials from the Office of Academic Affairs.


  • Creation: 1961-1973


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

Restrictions Apply. All materials in Box 4 are restricted and are not available for research use.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Historical Note

The office of Vice President for Academic Affairs was established in 1962 by University President David Mullins as a way to address the complexity and amount of issues that needed to be handled in regards to academic affairs. The office was responsible for instructional, extension, and research programs at the university excluding those falling under the Agriculture and Medicine programs. Since its founding, the title for this office has changed as follows: Vice President for Academic Affairs (1962-1976), Vice President and Provost (1976-1980), Vice President for Academic Affairs (1980-1982), Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (1982-2000), and Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (2000-2014). The materials in this collection consist predominantly of correspondence between Paul Young and David Mullins and reports prepared by the Office of Academic Affairs.

Dr. Paul M. Young served as Vice President for Academic Affairs from 1962 to 1966. He received his bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and went on to receive his master’s and doctoral degrees in Mathematics from Ohio State University. He taught at Miami University until becoming a faculty member of Kansas State University where he later became the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He served in this position until coming to Arkansas. Dr. Young focused on addressing the prominent issues as enrollment skyrocketed, such as the need to expand the campus and to find more qualified instructors. He was an advocate of maintaining or improving the quality as well as quantity of education, increasing its accessibility, and emphasizing the practical. He left the office in 1966 to become executive director of the Mid-America State Universities Association.

Dr. David Wiley Mullins was President of the University of Arkansas from 1960 to 1974. He was a graduate of the U of A and then went on to receive his master’s degree from the University of Colorado and his doctoral degree from Columbia University. He oversaw the university during a period of rapid growth and development as enrollment more than doubled and a large amount of construction expanded the campus. One notable accomplishment of his administration was the laying of the groundwork for the University of Arkansas System. Dr. Mullins retired in 1974 after the second longest tenure to that point in university history.


3.8 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Arrangement of the Papers

Collection is sorted by item type and then chronologically

Acquisition Information

The University of Arkansas Vice President for Academic Affairs Records were donated to Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries by the Office of Academic Affairs in two groups. The first group was donated in 1974 through Palmer C. Pilcher, and the second group was donated in 1976 through Dr. Leone.

Processing Information

Amy Allen and Heath Robinson; completed in April 2014

University of Arkansas Vice President for Academic Affairs Records
Amy Allen and Heath Robinson
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
(479) 575-8444