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Guide to the Committee on Student Life Records

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1934-1970
Creator: Committee on Student Life (1886-1969)
Extent: 1.75 linear feet.
Collection Number: RG05.0003.019
Repository: University of Iowa Archives

Access: This collection is open for research.

Use: Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Acquisition: These materials were transferred to the University Archives at various times. Finding aid created by Denise Anderson, July 2002. Guide revised December 2006.

Preferred Citation: [Name of collection], The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.

Repository: University of Iowa Archives
Address: 100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5921
Curator: David McCartney

The papers of the Committee on Student Life are comprised of meeting minutes, correspondence, drafts and revisions of policies, in addition to newspaper clippings, reports, and occasional member lists. Documents are arranged in chronological order, with the date or date range listed for each folder. Folders are numbered within each box. Highlights of folder contents are noted in the box list below.The beginnings of these records are dated 1934, pre-dating the formal organization on March 1, 1946. These records presently end in 1970. While the collection spans 1934-1970, the 1960s are most heavily documented.From its inception in 1946 with the union of the Committee on Student Affairs and the Committee on Social Affairs, the Committee on Student Life officially addressed every subject affecting students except those handled by the Board in Control of Athletics, and by the Board of Trustees of Student Publications. The Committee addressed issues generated by the Student Senate, and then drafted recommendations to be reviewed by Faculty Senate. Examples of subjects addressed are student housing and student regulations. Fraternities and sororities are well represented, with documentation of their budgets, membership issues, chapter formation, and sanctions for violations.The documents reveal social changes that span more than three decades. Of particular note is the long-awaited relaxing of curfew for female students, and the slow acceptance of African American membership in fraternities.

Browse by Series:
Series 1: 1934-1955
Series 2: 1956-1961
Series 3: 1962-1964
Series 4: 1965-1970

  • Series 1: 1934-1955
  • Box 1:
  • Clippings - 1946-1969
  • State Board of Education meeting - 1934
  • Patton correspondence to Gilmore about fraternities - 1936
  • Document represents the standard for university/fraternity relations - 1938
  • Committee of Student Affairs meeting minutes; automobile regulations - 1943
  • Dean Thompson memo to fraternities - 1944
  • Correspondence; Committee reports and minutes; Iowa Memorial Union - 1945
  • Correspondence; meeting minutes; guidelines/regulations; calendar of parties; petition for student representation on committee - 1946
  • Correspondence; fraternity expansion; sorority statistics; fraternity grade points; room use regulations; constitution of Iowa Men's Inter fraternity Association; University Women's Association - 1947
  • Correspondence; meeting minutes; fraternity investigation; fraternity budget; housing and student aid pamphlets; petition. Date span of folder contents is January-February - 1948
  • Correspondence; meeting minutes; Central Party Committee plan; fraternity expansion; Code of Student Life. Date span of folder contents is March-December - 1948
  • Correspondence; meeting minutes; New Student Week Handbook; fraternity expansion; Student Council constitution; social calendar - 1949
  • Correspondence; meeting minutes; guidelines for new fraternity petitions; Code of Student Life revisions; questionnaire; petition; survey; fraternity membership statistics - 1950
  • Correspondence; meeting minutes; fraternity suspension for drinking; New Student Week Handbook; Interfraternity Court; 28th General Assembly addressed drinking problem - 1951
  • Correspondence; meeting minutes; amendments to the constitution of the Student Council; Student Personnel Services Committee meeting minutes - 1952
  • Correspondence; meeting minutes - 1953
  • Correspondence; meeting minutes; address by President Hancher - 1954
  • Correspondence; meeting minutes; requirements for new fraternities; chart of regulations of other universities - 1955
  • Series 2: 1956-1961
  • Box 2:
  • Correspondence; meeting minutes; Student Board of Iowa Union; nationwide policy comparison - 1956
  • Information for Judiciary Chairmen and House Directors - 1956-1957
  • Correspondence; meeting minutes; discrimination study by Ohio State; sorority house remodeling; Iowa Acacians budget; Old Gold Days; Governor's veto - 1957
  • Correspondence; meeting minutes; policy on use of buildings; student I.D. cards; Old Gold Days; calendar of social functions; policy on discrimination; fraternities nationwide - 1958
  • Correspondence; meeting minutes; sorority and fraternity statistics; M. Gladys Scott letter; history of the Committee on Student Life, and the Iowa Memorial Union; women's hours; fraternity grade point averages; Interfraternity Council - 1959
  • Correspondence; meeting minutes; off-campus housing; discrimination against Negro and foreign students; sorority statistics. Date span of folder contents is January-May - 1960
  • Correspondence; meeting minutes; M. Gladys Scott letter; women's regulations; housing discrimination; student representation on the Committee on Student Life. Date span of folder contents is June-December - 1960
  • Correspondence; meeting minutes; constitution and code revisions; student representation on the Committee on Student Life; entertainment. Date span of folder contents is January-May - 1961
  • Correspondence; meeting minutes; code and constitution revisions; regulations for female students; sorority chapter approved; student representation on the Committee on Student Life. Date span of folder contents is June-December - 1961
  • Series 3: 1962-1964
  • Box 3:
  • Correspondence; meeting minutes; resolutions 8, 26, and 27; fraternity discrimination; committee business from 1958-1962. Date span of folder contents is January-April - 1962
  • Correspondence; meeting minutes; discrimination policy; resolutions 8 and 20; Associated Women Students by-laws. Date span of folder contents is May-December - 1962
  • Correspondence; meeting minutes; human rights added to Code of Student Life; housing discrimination; women's hours; positions in student office. Date span of folder contents is January-March - 1963
  • Correspondence; meeting minutes; human rights policy; women's hours; sorority membership numbers; Senate Judiciary Committee; unfinished business for the year. Date span of folder contents is April-December - 1963
  • Committee on Student Life report on fraternities and sororities, November 22 - 1963
  • Reports and memoranda including Guidelines on Fraternities and Sororities, Financial Operations, and Physical Facilities - 1963
  • Student Senate trip to Europe - 1963-1964
  • Correspondence; meeting minutes; Committee membership lists; two publications; resolution 21: trip to Europe; Student Senate festival - 1964
  • Series 4: 1965-1970
  • Box 4:
  • Correspondence; meeting minutes; membership discrimination; fraternity publications; student housing coop; women's hours; new sorority - 1965
  • Correspondence; meeting minutes; Committee membership list; The Colorado Alumnus: law suit over a Negro pledge - 1966
  • Correspondence; meeting minutes; financing student organizations; visitation rules relaxed; Associated Women Students survey; organizations must recruit minorities - 1967
  • Correspondence; meeting minutes; visitation policy; President Bowen's version of the Code of Student Life, and Daily Iowan's refusal to print it - 1968
  • Correspondence; press releases; student bill of rights; women's hours; Students for a Democratic Society, charges; Student Guide - 1969-1970
  • Correspondence; Senate meeting; press releases; student handbook - 1970

This collection is indexed under the following subject terms.

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