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Records of the President of the University of Nevada, Reno, Charles J. Armstrong

Identifier: AC 0563
The Records of the Office of the President, Charles J. Armstrong contains materials created during the tenure of Armstrong from 1958-1967. The collection primarily includes speeches and remarks by Armstrong as well as information from the University Press Service. Also included is a stamp certificate received from President John F. Kennedy in observance of the centennial of the Morrill Land-Grant Act.


  • 1958-1963

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 box)


Charles J. Armstrong (1911-1994) served as the 10th president of the University of Nevada, Reno from 1958-1967. The collection contains records created by the Office of the President during the tenure of Armstrong. Materials are primarily speeches and issues worked on by the University press service.

Historical Note

Charles Johnstone Armstrong, 10th president of the University of Nevada, was born on June 22, 1911, in Victoria, British Columbia. He attended Victoria College and graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1932. He received his doctoral degree in classical philology from Harvard University in 1936. Armstrong taught at Rollins, Dartmouth, and Brown Universities as well as serving as an administrator at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington before becoming the president of Pacific of the Pacific in Forest Grove, Oregon. He served in that position from 1953-1958 when he was hired as president by the University of Nevada in 1958.

Armstrong brought to his presidency a background in the classics, and his speeches frequently drew from the literature of ancient Greece and Rome. He described the desireable atmosphere for the university as being "one of freedom and the responsibility inherent in freedom, an atmosphere in which all the university community's students, faculty, staff, and administration may work toward our common goals, in mutual confidence and respect.

Over his tenure, from 1958-1967, Armstrong worked closely with faculty to implement a faculty reorganization plan, established a faculty council, worked to stimulate research, train doctoral students, created the Desert Research Institute, added a new library building, greatly increased the number of library volumes, supported the establishment of the University of Nevada Press, and created a systematic sabbatical leave program. He resigned from the University of Nevada to become the president of the Dayton-Miami Valley Consortium, a group of 11 colleges and universities in Ohio. In 1973, Armstrong retired and settled in San Diego, California.

Armstrong died in San Diego on December 29, 1994.

[Information from "Charles J. Armstrong, former university president, dead at 83" in Reno Gazette Journal, January 7, 1995]


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfer from the Office of the President. The space requirements report was transferred from the Vertical File in 2017. Additional materials received from the University Press in November 2019.
Records of the President of the University of Nevada, Reno, Charles J. Armstrong
Betty Glass
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. University Archives Repository

Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
1664 N. Virginia St.
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno NV 89557-0322 USA
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