The records of Chancellor Frank J. Macchiarola document the central administration
of the New York City schools during the period 1978-1983. The Chancellor’s
memorandums to the Board comprise Series 1110 of the Board of Education Record
Group and are part of the subgroup of Records of the Chancellor. They are part
of accession 05-036.
The records were placed in the custody of Teachers College Library by the
Board of Education. They were transferred to the Municipal Archives in 2003.
The series consists of 16 cubic feet of records. They were organized and
inventoried by the Municipal Archives in 2005, with support from the New York
State Archives under its Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund.
Scope and Content
The series of memos to the Board constitutes a portion of the overall group
of records of the Chancellor. They were maintained as a separate file, continuous
through Chancellor Macchiarola’s term of office, while most of the other
central files of the Chancellor were maintained on an academic year basis.
The primary function of the memos, with extensive attachments, was to keep
Board members fully informed on all major activities in the realms of policy
and administration. As a result, their scope is extremely broad and they provide
an in-depth view of many aspects of the public schools.
Series 1110. Chancellor Frank J. Macchiarola. Memos to the Board. 1978-1983.
16 cu. ft.
Memos from the Chancellor to the members of the Board, as a group. Most memos
have attachments, including reports, statistics, audits, copies of correspondence,
and publications. Arranged chronologically by the memo date (attachment dates
vary, but attachments are filed with the covering memo). The memos and attachments
deal with every type of policy and administrative matter, including issues
of governance, teacher selection, desegregation, pupil suspension, curriculum
development, financial oversight, and administrative management and reform.
Included also are memos dealing with matters of immediate importance involving
the need for consultation or meetings between the Chancellor and the Board.
The memos dated February 18-28, 1983, included here, are from Acting Chancellor
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