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Bylaws, Governance Policies, Board of Regents Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RG-01-07-00

Scope and Contents

The records include the bylaws, policies, and rules that govern the Board of Regents for the University of Nebraska system. The governance manuals outline information on operations, roles, instruction, teaching, personnel, finances, and facilities. Amendments to bylaws and governance documentation are included in the records. Amendments to the bylaws were guided by the University Governance Committee that consistented of representatives from the Board of Regents, and faculty, students, staff, and administrators from each campus in the university system.


  • Creation: 1872-2007

Conditions Governing Access

The records are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights and copyright reside with the University of Nebraska. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections.

Biographical / Historical

An act of the Nebraska Legislature, passed on February 15, 1869, established the University of Nebraska and created a Board of Regents as the governing body. Originally there were twelve regents, nine of them chosen by the Legislature in a joint session. The three remaining regents, the chancellor, the superintendent of public instruction, and the governor, were ex officio members. In 1877, after the approval of a new state constitution in 1875, six regents, elected by state electors, governed the university, with an individual term running six years. The state constitution amended in 1920 stated that regents were elected by popular vote from the six Nebraska districts, with two regents elected every two years. The Board consists of a president, vice-president, and a secretary appointed by the board. The Board of Regent focuses on general university policies and administration.


3 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

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Repository Details

Part of the Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries Repository

Archives & Special Collections
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries
P.O. Box 884100
Lincoln NE 68588-4100 United States