Series 245 - Index to Council and Committee decisions

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Index to Council and Committee decisions


  • 1946 - 1997 (Creation)

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0.5 m (4 type 5 boxes and one folder)

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(1946 -)

Biographical history

The Australian National University Act 1946 establishes the Council as the governing authority of the University. The Interim Council dates from 1 August 1946 to 30 June 1951. From 1 July 1951 the term Council was used. Its membership was provided for by section 11 of the Act including members elected by the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Governor-General, Convocation, students and staff and co-opted members. It is chaired by the Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor is also a member. Amendments to the Act in 1960 increased its members to include the Pro-Chancellor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the Principal of the School of General Studies, and the Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Advanced Studies.

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The index cards record handwritten summaries of Council and Committee decisions by date of meeting under a subject heading. The cards have columns for date, Council (completed with number of meeting), Committee (name of Committee), paragraph (of minutes) and decisions. There are several sets of cards for common topics: Centres, Committees, Graduate Diplomas, Halls of Residence, Leave, Scholarships, Staff and Students. There are two separate runs in the last box of cards culled from the main run, one of which is early staff appointments. Item 5 is a folder of index card headings.


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A 20-30 year rule applies. Archives staff will consult the index for the public as cards may contain both open and closed entries.

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Item 5 is a list of index card headings

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The minutes of Council (ANUA 198), Standing Committee (ANUA 199) and other Committees

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Prepared by Maggie Shapley on 12 July 2007; revised 30 June 2011




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