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Prepared by Barbara Bass, April 10, 2002; Revised by Katy L. Watts, December 5, 2005; Updated March 2017
Inclusive Dates: 1938-1982
Bulk Dates: 1938-1945
Extent: 1 document case, .33 cubic foot
Physical Location: 11th floor
Karl Clayton Leebrick came to serve as Kent State's fourth president in 1938. During Leebrick's presidency, he transformed the curriculum and departmental structure of the university similar to that of a liberal arts school setting. The Schools of Journalism, Music, Art, and Speech were created during this time. Also, the Agriculture and Library Science programs were cut from the curriculum. Leebrick's most significant accomplishment in office was ending the feud between state universities in Ohio by creating the Inter-University Council in 1939. Due to his rapid changes and strained personal relations, Leebrick was dismissed in 1943; Raymond M. Clark replaced him in office and served as Acting President until George Bowman was charged to lead the University in 1944.
Note: More information on Karl Clayton Leebrick can be found in the book, The Years of Youth: Kent State University, 1910-1960, which is catalogued in KentLINK .
Scope and Content
This collection consists of interdepartmental correspondence between Leebrick and other university figures. Notable documents in this collection are correspondence with the United States War Department to establish correspondence courses for soldiers nearing the end of World War II.
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