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Freshman Seminar Program

Identifier: BC13-24

Collection Scope and Content Summary

These records consist of correspondence, articles and instructional manuals, syllabi and course descriptions, evaluations, questionnaires, reports, grant applications, and faculty files.

Correspondence relates to the implementation and logistics of the program including budgets and staffing. Articles and instructional manuals were used to research the design of the program and in workshops held for faculty on how to teach writing to students. Course descriptions and syllabi were submitted by professors or are photocopies from the course catalogue.

Reports have been generated periodically throughout the program from the collection of student evaluations. Also included in this collection are the application materials for two grants that the Freshman Seminar Program applied to in order for additional funding from the Ford Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).


  • Creation: 1975-2005
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1983 - 1991



Boxes 1, 2, 4-6: Some materials in files relating to budget and staffing are restricted to protect the privacy of personnel.

Box 3: Some materials in files are restricted in compliance with FERPA regulations.

Reproduction Restrictions

Photocopies or scans may be made for research purposes.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Barnard Archives and Special Collections. The Barnard Archives and Special Collections approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Historical Background

The Freshman Seminar program was first launched in the fall of 1984 as one of the requirements implemented after a 1982 report by the Curriculum Review Committee. The report examined both the education requirements at Barnard, and the curriculum which supports the requirements. Through the addition of the Freshman Seminar requirement, the committee felt that students would obtain skills that would prepare them to be successful throughout the Barnard curriculum.

Robert McCaughey, Professor of History and the first Director of the Freshman Seminar program was integral in leading the program in its first few years and was responsible for implementing, developing, refining, evaluating, and administering the program. McCaughey developed seminar requirements, reviewed course proposals, assigned faculty, evaluted students learning outcomes, and sought grant funding.

In the late 1980s, Classics professor Helene Foley took over for McCaughey as Director of Freshman Seminar.


2.5 Linear Feet (6 boxes)




These records document the implementation, development, refinement, evaluation, and administration of the Freshman Seminar Program.

Collection Arrangement

The records are arranged chronologically.

Physical Location

This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or

Acquisition Information

The acquisition date and source is unknown.


Additions are expected.

Processing History

This collection was processed and the finding aid written by Hilary Price in July 2015.

Descriptive Rules Used: Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard. Encoding: Machine readable finding aid encoded in EAD 2002.

Finding aid written in English.


Guide to Freshman Seminar Program Records
In Progress
Hilary Price
© 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

3009 Broadway
New York NY 10027 United States