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Bulletin 1962, No. 13

LAND-GRANT COLLEGES

AND UNIVERSITIES

1862-1962

By HENRY S. BRUNNER
Specialist for Agricultural Education
Division of Higher Education

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF
HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND WELFARE

ABRAHAM RIBICOFF

Secretary
Office of Education
STERLING M. McMURRIN

Commissioner

UNITED STATES

GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

WASHINGTON : 1962

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HE BASIC PURPOSE of this bulletin is to present THE

under one cover the laws and rulings affecting resident instruction is the land-grant colleges and universities. It is, therefore, in large part a revision of the bulletin entitled Land-Grant Colleges and Universities: A Federal-State Partnership published in 1952.

The land-grant institutions, as a group, represent a system designed to provide higher education to the people of all classes in this country. In organization, they exemplify better than most other institutions the most effective relationship of campus instruction, research, and educational assistance for the people of all age groups through extension services. It should be noted that only Federal funds for instruction are administered through the Office of Education, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.

Recognizing the significance of this year as the 100th anniversary of the signing of the first Morrill Act by President Abraham Lincoln, certain data evidencing the growth and present scope of the land-grant colleges and universities have been assembled and are included as chronicles in this Centennial bulletin.

HAROLD A. HASWELL
Director, Programs Branch
Division of Higher Educa-

cation

R. ORIN CORNETT
Acting Assistant Commis-

sioner
Division of Higher Educa-

cation

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THE WHITE HOUSE

Centennial of the Establishment of the National System

of Land-Grant Universities and Colleges

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS July 2, 1962, marks the centennial of the first Morrill Act, approved by President Abraham Lincoln, granting public lands to States and territories in support of colleges to promote “liberal and practical education ... in the several pursuits and professions of life"; and

WHEREAS the Act opened the doors of colleges and universities to all with the ability and will to learn, irrespective of heredity, occupation, or economic status; and

WHEREAS the land-grant institutions in the 50 States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico carry research and teaching to the citizens of these States and the Commonwealth and to people of other nations, particularly the emerging nations, seeking solutions to economic, social, and physical ills, and enriching the cultural life of the people; and

WHEREAS the land-grant system of higher education is the Nation's largest single source of trained and educated manpower and now contribute more than one-half of the Nation's trained scientists and nearly one-half of all Regular and Reserve officers entering the Armed Forces through the military programs conducted at civilian institutions; and

WHEREAS these institutions have historically maintained and currently maintain close cooperative relationships with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which marks the centennial of its establishment on May 15, 1962, and also maintain close working relationships with other departments and agencies of the Government, including the Department of Defense, the Interior, Commerce, Labor, and Health, Education and Welfare, the U.S. Information Agency, and the International Cooperation Administration; and

WHEREAS the Congress, by a joint resolution approved August 25, 1961, has requested the President to issue a proclamation recognizing the centennial of the establishment of the land-grant system of universities and colleges :

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