Guide to the Association of Research Professors Records 1974-1985
Cage 622

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Association of Research Professors
Association of Research Professors (ARP) Records
Cage 622
Date [inclusive]
2.0 containers.
General Physical Description note
1 linear feet of shelf space.
Includes records and correspondence related to membership; positions on campus issues; nominations for campus administrative positions; and the annual award for outstanding undergraduate research. Also includes ARP constitution, financial records and notices of ARP dinner meetings.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 622, Association of Research Professors (ARP) Records . Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

The Association of Research Professors (ARP) was founded by a small group of Washington State University faculty during the 1974-75 academic year because they perceived a need for an organization that could further the recognition of the importance of research and scholarship in the University. They also sought to encourage the University, the public, and state government to recognize the research accomplishments of WSU faculty. Finally, they sought to encourage the acquisition of funds and time to permit additional high-quality research at the University.

The ARP recruited WSU faculty and staff with sustained publications records as members, because the founders believed that together they could promote common beliefs about the need for superior research programs at the University. An additional requirement to maintain membership was continued research activities. Members were subjected to a review every five years, in which the ARP scrutinized their research and publications records. Those who performed at a level less than expected by the ARP were dropped from member rolls.

By the end of its first year, the ARP had a membership of 64 faculty and staff. It held regular dinner meetings throughout the academic year at downtown restaurants, after which attendees participated in informal discussions with guest speakers over timely matters of concern to the university research community.

ARP members also circulated several position papers on the roll of research at state universities. In addition, it held a competition for oustanding undergraduate research. Finally, the ARP because of its amicable relationship with the University's central administration, served in an advisory capacity during job searches for several key posts.

Some faculty criticized the ARP at its inception for conferring membership only on faculty and staff in the "hard" sciences, with the view that only members of these fields could pursue "real" research, often through extramural funding, and create substantial publication records. By its second year, the ARP accepted for membership a few faculty from the social sciences and the humanities. By the early 1980s, membership included well over 100 faculty and staff from throughout the University community. Nevertheless, the ARP lost the support of some members who perceived it to be drifting away from its original objective of promoting research at the University and instead retreating into a forum in which members conversed about other unrelated topics in a supper club/social club atmosphere.

The ARP's relationship with the Glenn Terrell presidential adminstration was very cordial, with the president often joining the organization at its dinner meetings. The ARP did not enjoy such a relationship with Terrell's successor. Increasingly, it was open to informal charges of meddling with University affairs. By the end of the 1985-86 academic year the ARP all but vanished. Several years later, a similiar organization was founded as the Faculty Association for Scholarship and Research (FASR, "faser"). Nevertheless, the new organization possesses neither the ARP's large membership of the late 1970s and early 1980s nor the strong voice that it once projected on behalf of researchers.

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Arrangement note

The Association of Research Professors Records are arranged in three series. The first series include records and correspondence related to membership nominations and notices for the ARP's regular dinner meetings. The second series includes general correspondence, mostly arranged chronologically, but also including two subject-oriented files. The third series is a mixture of records, including ARP position papers on several campus issues, administrative position searches, and the organization's annual award for outstanding undergraduate research. Finally, it includes the ARP's constitution, accounting records, and a recap of the organization's first year, 1974-75.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1995
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The Washington State University Libraries acquired the Association of Research Professors Records from Wesley Leid in October 1989. (Accessioned number MS89-54.)

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Association of Research Professors --Archives
  • Washington State University Association of Research Professors. waps
  • Washington State University--Faculty--Societies, etc.


  • Colleges and Universities
  • Education, Higher--Research--Societies, etc.
  • Learned institutions and societies--Washington (State)--History
  • Universities and colleges--Washington (State)--Faculty--Societies, etc.
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Series 1. Membership 

Box Folder

Membership Nominations 1974-1975 to 1977-1978 

1 1

Membership Nominations 1978-1979 to 1984-1985 

1 2

Membership 1970s-1980s 

1 3

Agenda, ARP Meetings 1975-1985 

1 4

Guest List, ARP Meetings 1975-1978 

1 5

Minutes, ARP Meetings 1975-1983 

1 6

Officers and Committees 1975-1985 

1 7

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Series 2. Correspondence 

Box Folder


1 8


1 9


1 10


1 11


1 12


1 13


1 14


1 15


1 16


1 17


1 18


1 19

Invited Guests, ARP Meetings 1975-1984 

1 20


2 21

Executive Committee 1984-1985 

2 22

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Series 3. Miscellaneous 

Box Folder

Director of Development Search 1976-1977 

2 23

Dean, College of Sciences and Arts, Sciences Division, Search 1978 

2 24

Budget Director Search 1978 

2 25

Vice President-Academic, Search 1978 

2 26

Dean, College of Pharmacy, Search 1979 

2 27

Provost Search 1981 

2 28

Dean, College of Engineering, Search 1984 

2 29

President of the University, Search 1984-1985 

2 30

ARP's Annual Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research 

2 31

Annual Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research, 35mm b/w negatives of 1978 awards meeting 

2 32

Undergraduate Awards, Tom K. Kerppola 1984 

2 33

Undergraduate Awards, Christine S. Schultz 1984 

2 34

Undergraduate Awards, Lee Walls 1984 

2 35

On the Importance of Research Activity by the Undergraduate Instructional Staff 1975-1976 

2 36

On the Role of the Washington State University's Major Research Centers in Undergraduate Education undated 

2 37

Distinguished Professor Rank, Petitions 

2 38

Council for Postsecondary Education (CPE) 1976 

2 39

Grants (Indirect Costs, Related Subjects) 1976-1977 

2 40

Salary Grievances 

2 41

Survey on Obstacles to Research at WSU 1982-1983 

2 42

Questionnaire on Future Activities and Goals for ARP 1982-1983 

2 43

Administrators' Salary Increases 1983 

2 44

ARP Position Statements, "official" and unofficial 

2 45

ARP article [no title] 1984 

2 46

Report of the ARP Ad Hoc Committee on the Legislative Audit 

2 47

Newspaper Clippings 

2 48

ARP Constitution 

2 49

ARP--The First Year 

2 50

Accounting records, tax records 

2 51

ARP nametags 

2 52

ARP letterhead 

2 53

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