Albert E. Waugh Papers
Scope and Content Note
The collection contains the personal and professional papers of UConn professor Albert E. Waugh. The papers include professional papers such as convention journals, bulletins, positions taken, and addresses made to the academic conventions. Among the professional papers in the collection are many of Albert Waugh's publications. Included among them is his Master's Thesis, "A Basis for the Computation of Index Numbers of Prices of Farm Products in Connecticut." There are also scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings which relate to Waugh's research, as well as lecture notes and aids used by Waugh during his economics and mathematics lectures. The collection also features a large collection of photographs taken by Waugh, documenting the campus and university events from the 1930s to the 1960s. Among the photographs are images of the campus, banquets celebrating the 50th anniversary of the University, President Jorgensen's inauguration, the opening of the College Theatre, and Trustees' meetings. The files also contain correspondence, both incoming and outgoing, and files devoted to particular people, projects, or events connected to Professor Waugh's interest in sundials.
Among the personal papers that make up the collection are numerous papers that provide valuable insight into Waugh's political views and activities, as well as the political activity in Connecticut during this period. Additionally, the collection contains numerous journals, keep by Waugh for more than four decades, containing Waugh's observations and comments on the University of Connecticut, the town of Storrs, and his family.
- undated, 1924-1984
The collection is open and available for research.
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Albert E. Waugh was born in 1902 in Amherst, Massachusetts. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1924. He received a Master of Science degree in economics from Connecticut Agricultural College in 1926. He also attended Columbia University in 1925 and the University of Chicago in 1931-1932 and 1942-1943. Waugh was hired as an instructor of agricultural economics at Connecticut Agricultural College in 1924. He was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1928, Associate Professor in 1932, and Professor in 1937. He served as head of the Department of Economics from 1939 to 1945,and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1945 to 1950. He became Provost of the University of Connecticut in 1950, and served in that position until he retired in 1965.
In 1938, Waugh published the textbook, Elements of Statistical Method, and its accompanying laboratory manual. The text was translated into Portugese in 1946; and in 1947, he published Principles of Economics. He also served on many university committees; including Scholastic Standards, of which he was chairman; The Committee on Athletics; Curricula and Courses Committee; Senate Salary Committee; and Advisory Committee to the President. He was also a member of the University Senate, elected and ex-officio, during most of his years at the University.
In addition to his University commitments, Waugh was also a member of the American Economic Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association of University Professors, and Phi Kappa Phi. He was an active member of his community as well, serving on the Board of Trustees of the Windham Community Memorial Hospital, and as Director of the Willimantic Trust Company>. He was well known as the moderator of Mansfield Town Meetings, a service he began in 1941. He served on a number of State commissions; and in 1965, he was chosen by the Republican Party to attend the State Constitutional Convention.
Dr. Waugh died in 1985 at the age of 82.
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Language of Materials
Personal and professional papers, notebooks, and photographs of Albert E. Waugh, Professor and administrator at the University of Connecticut from 1924 until his retirement in 1965. Materials document his career, political activities, research interests and retirement.
Series I: Constitutional Convention (1965). Albert Waugh's deep interest in politics was rewarded when he was selected by the Republican Party for Connecticut's Constitutional Convention in 1965. Included in Series I are working papers such as convention journals, bulletins, positions taken, and addresses made to the convention. Also here is a personal scrapbook containing numerous newspaper clippings which relate to the Convention meetings and resolutions.
Series II: University of Connecticut (1930-1965) is organized in four subseries: President Babbidge, Lecture Notes/Aids, Photographs, and Retirement. President Babbidge consists of materials on the President's inauguration on 20 October 1962, including a program of the inauguration ceremony and a special issue magazine commemorating the event. Lecture Notes/Aids contains notes and aids used by Waugh during his economics and mathematics lectures. Included are notes related to the operation of an abacus; worksheets for computing planetarium projected settings; worksheets for determining time from the height of the sun; a large circular slide rule; lecture notes on parliamentary practice; lecture notes from Economics 111, 112, and 221; and old forms of currency, both paper and coin, indicating his deep interest in numismatics, and class grade books. In addition, Mr. Waugh's popularity as an educator is evident in this subseries. Photographs, circa. 1930-1960, contains photographs of the campus, banquets celebrating the 50th anniversary of the University, President Jorgensen's inauguration, the opening of the College Theatre, and Trustees' meetings. Retirement contains the most valuable material of the papers, consisting of citations, correspondence, State newspaper clippings, all of which pay tribute to Waugh's career at the University of Connecticut. This subseries provides not only excellent biographical material, but also a summary of his legendary activities. The significance of this material lies in its ability to illustrate the respect which Waugh's work generated in the community. The documentation of Mr. Waugh's tenure as Provost is located in the Provost's Office Records.
Series III: Writings and Personal (undated, 1924-1968) contains some of Albert Waugh's writings. Among them are his Master's Thesis, "A Basis for the Computation of Index Numbers of Prices of Farm Products in Connecticut"; articles which appeared in various publications; notes from his many speeches; and copies of other speeches. Contained in the Personal subseries are jottings entitled "Day by Day", along with obituaries and a newspaper clipping concerning his brother, artist Sidney Waugh. The subseries Writings provides an appreciation of Waugh's competence as a writer; and his personal recollections, which resemble a diary, supply an intimate glimpse of the man himself.
Series IV: Political Correspondence (1938-1952) includes correspondence between Waugh and Governor Baldwin, and other prominent political figures in Connecticut. Included in the correspondence are discussions of party affiliations, reasons for supporting candidates, attitudes toward government actions, and reactions to legislation. This series provides valuable insight into Waugh's political views and activities, as well as the political activity in Connecticut during this period.
Series V: Daily Journal (1941-1983) includes volumes which cover the years that Waugh was employed at the university. The journals contain Waugh's observations and comments on the University of Connecticut, the town of Storrs, and his family. Dr. Waugh's journals have been digitized and are available in the Library's digital repository.
Series VI: Sundials (undated, 1929-1984) includes alphabetically arranged subject files covering several aspects of Albert Waugh's interest in sundials. The majority of documents are dated, and nearly all of these run from the late 1950s to 1984. Prof. Waugh's knowledge of sundials, and sundial books, was well developed by the 1950s. The files consist of correspondence, both incoming and outgoing, and files devoted to particular people, projects, or events connected to Prof. Waugh's interest in sundials. Notable folders include those from his co-enthusiast, and later friend Kenneth Lynch, a metalworker from western Connecticut who manufactured sundials and armillary spheres, those on Prof. Waugh's work on a sundial for the planetarium at Mystic Seaport in the early 1960s, and folders on the design and construction, and the dedication of the Waugh sundial at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. Perhaps most important are the folders devoted to his book, Sundials: Their Theory and Construction. It is clear from the correspondence that this book made him a leading figure among sundial enthusiasts, who offered their admiration and sought his advice. Finally, a few folders include horological calculations, often for unknown purposes.
Series VII: Astronomy (1970, 1972) contains Prof. Waugh's two notebooks, similar in internal structure and content, and with meticulous penmanship, each of which chronicled an expedition by automobile to observe a solar eclipse. Each spiral-bound notebook, in a separate folder, contains a travel log, and records of the eclipse itself. A third folder contains black and white prints of the same size, found with the notebooks, and labelled on the rear with exposure data. One clearly depicts a comet, and the others may depict multiple exposures of the Sun.
Series VIII: Surveying (undated) contains papers from one or more surveying projects Prof. Waugh conducted on or around his property in Storrs, Connecticut. Some of the papers have dates from the 1950s and 1960s. The folders' contents include measurements, sketches, and printed maps of the town of Mansfield.
The collection was donated by Mrs. Waugh in 1985. Daily Journal (1974-1983) materials were donated by Dr. John Waugh in 2010.
Location of Copies or Alternate Formats
Digital reproductions of materials in this collection may also be found in the Archives & Special Collections digital repository.
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