The Long Crisis: 1930-1946
WHAT IS TO BE SAID about the years 1930 to 1946? The University of Saskatchewan survived a ten-year Depression and the Second World War, which merged with its end. However, by 1946 President Murray had been gone for nine years, and his plan for the development of the university was no longer being followed. Further, the mentality of the people of Saskatchewan had been profoundly modified by the Depression, and the role of government was being redefined by the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.). The University of Saskatchewan had survived, but by 1946 it was proceeding differently in a changed world.
Survival is one theme of this chapter. A second is the constitutional history of the university. Constitutions are usually associated with countries. The University Act of 1907 was the constitution of the University of Saskatchewan. While there were a few amendments in the early years, the only one of significance was that of 1909 which made the university council a faculty council. In 1941 a very small change in wording brought the university more firmly under the control of the government. In 1946 a major change in the act significantly increased government involvement in the university and changed the internal government of the university as well.
The third theme of the chapter is the institutional history of the university. Walter Murray continued until the eve of his retirement to