UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes
December 17-18, 1907
Volume OD - Pages 15-19
December 17, 1907
Special meeting of the Board of Regents was held at the Office
of Mr. Oscar J. Smith, No. 204 North Virginia Street, at 8:00
P.M., Tuesday, December 17, 1907, due notice being mailed to all
members of the Board. Present, Regents O. J. Smith, John Sunder-
land, J. E. Souchereau and President Stubbs. Absent, Regents
Charles R. Lewers and Charles B. Henderson.
Upon motion of Regent Sunderland, seconded by Regent Souchereau,
the report of President Stubbs as read, was received and ordered
recorded in the minutes as follows:
December 17th, 1907
To the Honorable
the Board of Regents
of the University of Nevada,
I left Reno Wednesday morning, November 6th. I spent part of
Friday and Saturday at the Lincoln County Experiment Farm. I
left Salt Lake on Sunday, the 10th of November, for New York,
arriving there on Thursday evening, November 14th. On Friday,
November 15th, I telephoned Mr. Mackay and he made an appoint-
ment with me for Monday, November 18th.
I had three conferences with Mr. Mackay. At the first one we
went over the grounds as they are set forth in the blueprints
and drawings by Mr. Bliss. He wanted to know if I had the exact
estimate of what the quadrangle would cost. At his request I
telegraphed Mr. Bliss for his estimate, and I also telegraphed
Professor Young to get his view. I called on Mr. Richardson, of
the firm of Mc Kim, Mead and White, with regard to the plans
made by Mr. Bliss and the estimated cost of doing the work upon
the quadrangle. I met Mr. Mackay the second time in company
with Mr. Richardson on Monday, November 25th. Mr. Mackay asked
if we could not obtain some more exact figures and submit them
to him. So on Tuesday, the 26th, Mr. Richardson and I conferred
about the matter and he undertook some correspondence with Mr.
Bliss. Mr. Mackay asked me at this second interview if I would
be willing to wait until this matter was concluded. I said cer-
tainly I would await his pleasure.
I called up his office by request on Wednesday, the 4th of Decem-
ber, to be informed by his Secretary that Mr. Mackay was in the
South and would probably be absent all of that week. He re-
quested me to call him up on Monday, the 9th of December. I did
so and Mr. Mackay made an appointment for me on Tuesday, the 11th
of December. Mr. Richardson accompanied me. It seemed very con-
clusive from the best estimates that this quadrangle could not be
finished according to the plans and according to Mr. Mackay's i-
deas for less than $20,000 and probably it would require $22,000.
Mr. Mackay gave me authority, therefore, to say to the Board of
Regents that he would bear the expense of completing this quad-
rangle according to the plans which I have laid before the Board.
After Mr. Richardson had retired, Mr. Mackay and myself took up
the subject of the dedication of the new building and the unveil-
ing of the statue. I had previously urged upon him that these
ceremonies be made the feature of our Commencement exercises
from Sunday, June 7th, to Wednesday, June 10th. He said that
while it was difficult for him now to say that he would do so,
that he would say that he would try to give this time to the
University and that he would be accompanied West by Mrs. Mackay
and a few of his friends. He was very careful however to urge
upon me to do everything in the plainest and best way, and said
that, so far as it could be arranged, he would like to meet and
get acquainted with the members of the Board of Regents, with
the members of the College faculty, and, as far as possible, with
the students. He will try to secure Archbishop Ireland for the
Baccalaureate sermon and President Nicholas Murray Butler for the
Commencement address. Of course, he does not know whether he can
get these two distinguished men or not.
Mr. Mackay wished to be remembered most cordially to the Board of
I had Professor Young and Dr. Smith make a blueprint of the
furniture for the Mackay building, stipulating that this furni-
ture be made in quarter-sawed Oak. I received this blueprint
on November 25th. On November 28th I went to Chicago and sub-
mitted these plans to several of the manufacturers of that place,
because the architects of New York assured me that I could do
better in Chicago than I could in New York. They wanted a week
to look over the plans and make the bids and I left these blue-
prints with them for that purpose. On my return to Chicago,
December 13th and 14th, Friday and Saturday, I gave these two
days to investigating the different bids for the furniture.
The following are the different bids submitted:
Schedule A $5,198.00
Schedule B 469.00
Schedule C 511.00
Schedule E 100.00
A. H. Andrews & Co.
Schedule A $5,741.18
Schedule B 325.35
Schedule C 597.75
Schedule E 100.00
Alex H. Revell & Co.
Schedule A $5,585.00
Schedule B 226.50
Schedule C 544.00
Schedule E 119.00
Globe Wernicke Co.
Schedule A $6,961.00
Schedule B, C, D, E 500.00
The two bids which will receive our consideration will be those
of the Library Bureau and A. H. Andrews and Company. I do not
wish the Board to take any action on the bids tonight, as I wish
Professor Young and Dr. Smith to look over these bids before
anything is done about them. I will say that I was very much
pleased with what I saw of the manufacturing work done by the
Library Bureau and A. H. Andrews and Company. I think that the
Library Bureau especially has put in an extremely low bid on
account of their desire to get their work in this University as
representative of their work to the State, and, further, because
of the financial stringency which has caused a reduction in
I have pleasure to say that Dean Russell, Head of the Teachers'
College of Columbia University, has promised to visit the Uni-
versity of Nevada this Spring and deliver two or three lectures.
He is one of the foremost school men in the United States.
Very respectfully your,
J. E. Stubbs
No further business, upon motion, the Board adjourned, to meet
at the call of the Chairman.
Oscar J. Smith
Geo. H. Taylor