Richard C. Bowers scrapbooks, 1973-1980  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Bowers, Richard C. (Richard Charles), 1927-1996
Title
Richard C. Bowers scrapbooks
Dates
1973-1980 (inclusive)
Quantity
12 volumes
Collection Number
Mss 752
Summary
The collection consists of twelve scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings about Richard C. Bowers and The University of Montana-Missoula, with occasional mention of his wife, Florence Bowers. The scrapbooks begin in 1973 when Richard Bowers was Vice President of Academic Affairs at Northern Illinois University and continue through his hiring at The University of Montana in 1974 and into 1980, the year before his term as President of The University of Montana ended.
Repository
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
59812-9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
library.archives@umontana.edu
Access Restrictions

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana-Missoula.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Richard C. Bowers was born May 3, 1927 in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. He received his B.S. from the University of Michigan in1948 and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1953. Bowers was a professor of chemistry at both the University of Minnesota and Northwestern University before becoming Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Northern Illinois University. He was soon promoted to Provost and later to Vice President of Academic Affairs. Bowers competed with 270 other applicants to win the position of President of The University of Montana-Missoula.

During his 1974-1981 term as president, Bower's administration fought to improve conditions for students, particularly women. In 1974, Bowers called for a national ban on athletic scholarships, except those based upon need. He dropped the $5 mandatory student athletic fee and encouraged support for women's intercollegiate sports to equal support for men's athletics. He established the University of Montana Excellence Fund and brought growth to university facilities. Buildings erected during his tenure include Urey Underground Lecture Hall, 1981; Pharmacy/Psychology Building (Skaggs Complex), 1981; and additions to Law Building and Mansfield Library. Programs established include African-American, Latin-American, Asian, and Soviet Studies as well as Pre-Agriculture/Horticulture curriculum. Despite a reduction of state funding, Bowers secured the funds for the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Building. He also worked to establish and strengthen the university's connections to Montana communities.

After his term in Montana, Bowers was appointed the Vice President of Academic Affairs at the University of Maine and also served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. He contributed to several formal publications in the field of education. He retired in 1992 and returned to Montana.

Richard C. Bowers married Florence I. Olson on June 17, 1950. She was born April 14, 1928. She had a B.S. in zoology and an M.S. in guidance and counselling. The Bowers had three children, Robert, Lesly and Janet. Richard Bowers died in his Polson, Montana, home on May 26, 1996.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The twelve scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings about Richard C. Bowers and The University of Montana-Missoula with occasional mention of his wife, Florence. The scrapbooks begin in 1973 when Richard Bowers was Vice President of Academic Affairs at Northern Illinois University and continue through his hiring at The University of Montana in 1974 and into 1980, the year before his term as university president ended. Also included are some memorabilia such as invitations, place cards from dinner party seating, membership cards, and event programs.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], Richard C. Bowers Scrapbooks, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • College presidents--Montana--Missoula
  • Personal Names :
  • Bowers, Florence, 1928-
  • Bowers, Richard C. (Richard Charles), 1927-1996
  • Corporate Names :
  • Northern Illinois University
  • University of Montana (Missoula, Mont.)
  • University of Montana (Missoula, Mont.) Presidents.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Scrapbooks