Guide to the Student Life Chapin Hall Files

Collection Title: Student Life Chapin Hall Files
Dates: 1968-1975
Identification: 31/6/7
Creator: Chapin Hall (Evanston, Ill.)
Extent: 1 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: Chapin Hall was erected on University-owned property in 1901 with funds provided by Dr. O. K. Pearsons. Pearsons stipulated that the new dormitory at 726 University Place be put in the charge of the Women's Educational Association (WEAA) to house up to 60 financially disadvantaged women. This series consists chiefly of records of Chapin's financial transactions from 1968 to 1975.
Acquisition Information: This series was withdrawn from the Northwestern University Archives general files and accessioned as #81-94.
Processing Information: Catherine M. Krane, May, 1981.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Related Materials: Additional information about day-to-day experiences in Chapin's history can be found in the WEAA Subject File held by the University Archives and in the Evanston Historical Society's file on the WEAA.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Chapin Hall was erected on University-owned property in 1901 with funds provided by Dr. O. K. Pearsons. It was named for his sister-in-law, Julia Chapin. Pearsons stipulated that the new dormitory at 726 University Place be put in the charge of the Women's Educational Association (WEAA) to house up to 60 financially disadvantaged women.

The WEAA assumed the responsibility for running the dorm as a co-operative, but under the proviso that if it became unprofitable or undesireable to carry out the arrangement, WEAA involvement might be terminated with notice of one academic year. The WEAA tentatively exercised their option in 1966 when a financial dispute between the University and the WEAA led to the end of the women's organization's management of Chapin Hall.

Problems developed between the WEAA and the University over financial and other responsibilities. One such major disagreement concerned the WEAA allegations that NU was responsible for an estimated plumbing and electrical repair cost of $51,355.

On March of 1967, the WEAA and NU made a formal agreement clarifying each body's financial duties and insuring WEAA management of Chapin until June, 1968. The expense and time necessary to manage the dormitory proved too much for the WEAA, however. Over the 1967 Christmas vacation, 60 women were notified that Chapin was to become a university residence the following year.

Chapin remained a housing unit primarily for women on WEAA scholarship, although it was open to other women, until 1980, when it became a co-educational Humanities Residential College housing 80 undergraduates.

Scope and Content

This series consists chiefly of records of Chapin's financial transactions from 1968 to 1975. The ledger lists expenditures and receipts recorded in the vouchers and deposit slips. The folder of paid bills contains original receipts for selected expenditures for Chapin from 1969 to 1974. Treasurer's materials include instructions and information for properly keeping account records. Some of these materials originated from the Student Activities Office, some from Norris Center, and one letter was from an existing treasurer to advise future officers.

An additional folder contains unrelated information and regulations about the Hall, the constitution, and WEAA by-laws. A list of the 1973-1974 residents, a newsletter, and materials related to housing are also included.

The entries in the expenditure vouchers give some insight into what life for a Chapin woman might have been like. Money spent on events such as ski trips, parties, Easter egg hunt foods, refreshments for finals week, etc., demonstrated typical college entertainment of the day. Also, the Hall rules and regulations suggest the specific lifestyle for college women of the period–restrictions on male callers, dressing code, curfew hours, and the like.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Chapin Hall (Evanston, Ill.)

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)--Students

Women's Educational Aid Association


Container List / Contents

  • MiscellaneousBox 1, Folder 1
  • Ledger, Fall, 1968 - Spring, 1974Box 1, Folder 2
  • Vouchers, October 27, 1969 - February 6, 1972Box 1, Folder 3
  • Vouchers, February 15, 1972 - February 19, 1975Box 1, Folder 4
  • Deposits, March 14, 1969 - May 27, 1975Box 1, Folder 5
  • Paid Bills, 1969 - June, 1974Box 1, Folder 6
  • Treasurer's MaterialsBox 1, Folder 7