UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes
July 6-7, 1911

Volume OD - Pages 293-304

                         Reno, Nevada
                         July 6, 1911

A meeting of the Board of Regents was held in the Office of the
Regents on July 6th.  Present were Chairman Codd, members H. E.
Reid and J. W. O'Brien.  Absent were Henderson and Williams.

The President of the University submitted his report of his
visit to the University of Virginia at Charlottesville and New
York as follows:


Pursuant to the instructions from your Honorable Body, Mr. Bliss
and myself left Reno on the morning of the 15th of June.  I
arrived home this, Thursday morning, July 6th, exactly three
weeks to the day from the time I left.  After our interview with
Mr. Mackay, Mr. Bliss left me, and arrived home, I presume,
Thursday, June 29th.

We arrived in Washington, Monday morning, June 19th, and I left
Monday evening for Charlottesville, Virginia, the site of the
University of Virginia.

I spent a few hours at the Bureau of Standards and soon found
I had not allowed enough time to satisfy myself upon the various
points that were raised, and consequently I left with a promise
to return before I came West.

Early Tuesday morning we were on the grounds of the University
of Virginia.  The Campus comprises some 200 acres, and is a
natural site.  It is one of great beauty which has been increased
by careful cultivation.  Indeed, the entire country around
Charlottesville is rolling country -- hills and valleys innumer-
able.  Two and one half miles from Charlottesville is Monticello,
the home and burial place of Thomas Jefferson, a beautiful place
situated on the top of a hill, the top of which was literally
shaved off to provide a suitable place for his house and grounds.

Mr. Bliss had a letter of introduction to one of the Professors
and we presented it.  The Professor himself was absent, but his
good wife did all she could to make our stay pleasant, and gave
us the opportunity to see every part of the University, both
buildings and grounds.  I am not surprised that Mr. Mackay was
strongly impressed with the beauty of the University, and with
that certain atmosphere which seems to pervade the entire Uni-

We were impressed with the fact that we can in time make the
University of Nevada as beautiful, as attractive and an inspir-
ing as the University of Virginia is today.  In fact, the basis
of the plans for the improvements and the buildings of the Uni-
versity of Nevada follow somewhat the plan of the buildings of
the University of Virginia.

I submit herewith a number of photographs which I think will give
you a fair idea of the arrangement of the buildings around the
quadrangle and the provision for buildings outside the quad-

The first photograph shows the Library building as it appears
from the front, with the steps, platforms and so forth leading
up to the Library building from the street.  The location of our
proposed building is similar:  beginning at Ninth Street, the
steps, platforms and basin for the waters of the ditch, leading
from Ninth Street up to the site of the proposed Library and
Administration building.

Photograph No. 2 shows the front of the Library building and
the nature of the approach to it from the street.

Photograph No. 3 shows the quadrangle and the Library fronting
upon the quadrangle.

I am not sure of the measurements, but will state them approxi-
mately, reserving until some future time more exact estimates.
One feature to be noticed is the growth of large and majestic
trees.  There is a forest of elm, beech, maple, hickory, locust,
walnut and other trees on the grounds.  There are two rows of
these trees around almost the length of the quadrangle, one upon
the east side, the other upon the west side.  You will notice in
photograph No. 7 the flanking buildings on one side of the quad-
rangle.  The low one story houses are for students.  The plan of
these was worked out by Thomas Jefferson and these buildings are
probably one hundred or more years old.

The quadrangle is about 1200 feet long; ours is about 800 feet
long.  The width of their quadrangle is about 170 feet; ours 154
feet between walks and 240 feet between buildings.

The plan for the University of Nevada shows a similar quadrangle
which already had the Mackay building at one end and provides
for the Library and Administration building at the south end.
All the buildings around the quadrangle to be on the plan of
the Mackay building, though less expensive.

At the north end of the quadrangle is placed the Academic build-
ing, erected by Mc Kim, Mead & White, which has, in addition to
recitation rooms, an auditorium which will seat about 1200

Having an hour or two left at the close of the day, we drove out
to Monticello, two miles and one half distant, visting the home
and tomb of Thomas Jefferson.

We arrived in New York Wednesday morning, the 21st of June.  At
about ten o'clock Mr. Mackay's Secretary called me up at the
hotel and made an appointment with Mr. Mackay for half past one
Thursday.  At the appointed hour we were there and Mr. Bliss
and I had a conference of about two hours and a half with Mr.
Mackay.  I have met Mr. Mackay a number of times for conferences
and he made the same impression upon Mr. Bliss and myself, name-
ly, that the improvement and growth of the University of Nevada
lay very near his heart, and that he was one with the Regents
of this University in building up and enlarging the University
of Nevada.  There were two questions which we said were funda-
mental to the growth and improvement of the grounds and they
were these:

1.  That we should make arrangements to have an abundant supply
    of water at all times for the grounds as well as the build-
    ings and laboratories.

2.  That we ought to acquire the land from Mrs. Evans beginning
    with the southern end of the tennis court and ending with
    Ninth Street.  I said I felt sure that we could in time
    acquire this land from Mrs. Evans at a reasonable figure.

I was sure the Legislature would appropriate an amount sufficient
to purchase this land.  Mr. Mackay then proposed that the Regents
use the ten thousand dollars appropriated by the last Legisla-
ture for the permanent improvement of the grounds to providing a
permanent supply of water and then expending the remainder upon
improvements on the Campus.  While the wording of the appropria-
tion allows us to do this, it might be well for the Regents to
consult the State Board of Examiners and get their approval.  I
stated two or three times that we needed this amount for the
building of the approach from Ninth Street to Morrill Hall,
and Mr. Mackay said that he would provide the money necessary
for the expense of putting in the steps and so forth from Ninth
Street to Morrill Hall according to the plans which were drawn
up by Messrs. Bliss and Faville, and that he would have the
University of Virginia as an example of the kind of work he wants
to secure.  I can see no reason why we cannot use this ten thou-
sand dollars in this way now that Mr. Mackay has agreed to pro-
vide for the payment of the proposed approach from Ninth Street
to Morrill Hall.

Mr. Mackay then discussed at length with us the proposed Library
and Administration building.  You can see in this report from
photographs 2, 3 and 8, the majestic appearance, within and
without, which the Library forms at the head of the quadrangle
of the University of Virginia.  Yet our building would be more
modern, and with the same features of Colonial style, with a
brick or stone cornice instead of wooden.  I may say that build-
ings of brick with white pillars and white cornices make a very
attractive style of architecture.  Wherever the University of
Virginia has departed from this style it has in so much lost.
Mr. Mackay said that we must have the Library and Administration
building at the head of the quadrangle, and he asked Mr. Bliss to
prepare a water color of about three or four feet long and 18
inches or two feet wide representing the buildings as they are
to be, especially showing the approach from Ninth Street, the
Library and Administration building, the quadrangle flanked on
each side by buildings and by trees and the Mackay building at
the north end.

He has spoken several times to Mrs. Vanderbilt and to Mr. Mills.
He has also spoken to Mrs. Oelrichs, and he has but little doubt
that we will be able in time to get two hundred and fifty thou-
sand dollars for this building from these sources named.  He
wanted the water color to put on the wall of his office and be
able to show these poeple what they were giving their money to.
This water color is to be prepared by Mr. Bliss and forwarded
to him not later than the first of October after his return
from Europe.

Incidental to this we touched upon the subject of a Social Hall
and Auditorium.  This appealed to him very strongly.  He said
that he would ask Mr. Flood to do his share toward a Social
Hall.  I feel that this work is clinched for us as expressed in
my former report on my return from New York in January.  I be-
lieve that the University will get these buildings and the ap-
proach to Morrill Hall and probably the building of Social Hall.

I talked to Mr. Mackay about a gardener and he promised to give
it his early attention, saying that a good gardener was very
hard to secure.  I have also gotten Mr. Bliss to see what he can

In all this interview Mr. Bliss took the leading part and if
nothing unforeseen happens, Mr. Mackay and his friends will see
that the Library and Administration building and a Social Hall
will be received by the University within a reasonable time.

On June 28th, accompanied by my son, I had another interview
with Mr. Mackay and read Mr. Codd's telegram respecting bids for
the Electrical building as follows:

     For the Electrical Building   $29,200.00
     Installation                    3,000.00
     Machinery                      12,500.00
                    Total          $44,700.00

In the original telegram from Mr. Codd he mentioned that they
had put in $10,000 for the stone.  I have two bids for furnish-
ing Indiana limestone.  The lowest of the two gives $4311 which
leaves $5689 difference, which would make the lowest bid a
little less than the $40,000 asked for.

I asked Mr. Mackay what he knew about the Bureau of Municipal
Research, Mr. Allen in charge, and he said it was a Bureau of
Research for the study of Municipal questions, in which Mrs.
Harriman had great interest, and which she had given for the
first year's support the sum of forty thousand dollars.  He
said he had a letter from Mrs. Harriman asking him to make a
contribution toward the expense of the Bureau for a second year.
Mr. Mackay said he intended answering her letter and giving some-
thing to the support of the Bureau, but at the same time was
going to say to her that he was so interested in the development
of the University of Nevada that he reserved most of his contri-
butions for that University.

I reminded Mr. Mackay that I had sent a letter to Mrs. Harriman
which she had graciously read and turned over to Mr. Allen for
answer, stating she could make no gift for this purpose.  Mr.
Mackay said he had read my letter and that it was a very excel-
lent one indeed; he said "Don't you want to take up this matter
personnaly with Mrs. Harriman?  If you do I would be glad to
give you a personal letter of introduction to Mrs. Harriman."
I said, "If you will do this I would greatly appreciate it and
would seek an interview with Mrs. Harriman some time in the Fall
after the Summer vacation is over and we have all gotten back
to our accustomed work."

I still have faith that the University of Nevada is going to
receive the sum of $50,000 for the farm.

I would suggest to the Board of Regents that they quietly, with
the assistance of two or three of the agricultural men, look
around and get an option upon a farm for a year, and in the
meantime we can see what can be done.

Land is growing valuable and if the owners of the farm get the
idea that the University wanted the land they would probably put
up the price.


It might be well to set forth the sums which the University of
Nevada is reasonably sure of securing:

1.  The building of steps, platforms and basin and so forth from
    Ninth Street to Morrill Hall, the amount to be paid by Mr.
    Mackay .......................................... $ 10,000.00
    If it exceeds $10,000 Mr. Mackay will provide more.

2.  Library and Administration building
    From friends .................................... $250,000.00

3.  Social Hall
    From friends .................................... $ 50,000.00

4.  Water, trees and other improvements on the
    grounds ......................................... $ 10,000.00

                                    Total             $320,000.00


I returned to Washington and spent one day, June 26, with Dr.
S. W. Stratton, Director of the Bureau of Weights and Measures.
Dr. Stratton assured me that he would like to cooperate with us
and promised to give the University a complete set of weights
and measures, and suggested that in the organization we should
take for our deputy some man with tact and discretion who is
specially capable in Physics and Electrical Engineering.

The outline of our work for the Laboratory, as laid down by Mr.
Stratton, is as follows:

    Weights ....... Commercial, Assayers

    Length ........ Commercial, Engineers' Tapes

    Capacity ...... Commercial

    Electrical .... Commercial

    Plutometric ... Gas, Electricity

The field as outlined by Mr. Stratton is a large and very im-
portant one.


The University is subdivided into the Academic Department and
the Professional Department.

Under the Head of the Academic Department is the College and the
Department of Graduate Studies.

Under the Professional Departments are the Department of Law;
the Department of Medicine; the Department of Engineering, con-
sisting of Civil, Mechanical, Mining, Electrical and Chemical;
and the Department of Agriculture.

According to their list, there were registered in the College,
344 students.

    In the Department of Graduate Students          30
    In the Department of Law                       183
    In the Department of Medicine                   78
    In the Department of Engineering                91

These numbers show the University of Virginia is not making the
showing that would be expected of it, but we are to remember that
they have suffered the loss of attendance since the war and are
just gradually recovering now.  It is a good University and has
many lessons for us which from time to time I will endeavor to
present to you.

I gave the thanks of the Board of Regents to Mr. C. B. Zabriskie
for the gift of a scholarship of $200 to be known as the Herbert
H. Howe Scholarship.

I take pleasure in announcing two new scholarships which I secur-
ed.  One a scholarship of $100 by Ralph S. Stubbs, to be given
each year as long as he is able.  The other scholarship for $100
from Ray Richards.  Whether he will continue this scholarship
after this year or not he does not say.

I am very anxious to get as large a number of students as pos-
sible at the University at the beginning of the year.  A letter
just received from the Adjutant General's Office says that if
we do not have 150 students at the inspection next year they
will not detail an army officer from the active list.  I am
putting forth every effort to secure all the students that I
can.  I need not remind you that the name of our State, unjust-
ly criticized in many respects, is yet held in high esteem.  We
are meeting some opposition in this State on the ground that it
is not safe to send children here.  I suggest that we continue
our policy of last year and put our advertisement in the papers
of the State and of California east of the mountains, setting
forth some of our advantages.

The Supreme Lodge of Odd Fellows have elected to accept the Otto
Hartung bequest under the conditions he has imposed.  This means
that they are to build in Washoe County an Orphans' Home to be
named the Royal D. Hartung Home, and then the Directors are to
be paid annually the income from his Estate.

On motion the President of the University was authorized to
prepare and have published proposals for the Electrical build-
ing and for the Dam.

No further business appearing, the Board adjourned subject to
the call of the Chairman.

                             A. A. Codd

Geo. H. Taylor