Guide to the Men's Interhouse Council Records

Collection Title: Men's Interhouse Council Records
Dates: 1936-1951
Identification: 31/6/2
Creator: Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Men's Interhouse Council
Extent: 1 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Men's Interhouse Council was an organization of representatives from each of Northwestern University's “open,” or independent, men's housing units, hence, it served as a counterpart to the Interfraternity Council. This series consists of records of the Men's Interhouse Council. Among the records are copies of constitutions, beginning with the one adopted on March 10, 1932, and including a number of subsequent revisions.The MIC records also include minutes of meetings held between February 26, 1936 and February 5, 1951.
Processing Information: K. Crews, July 1976
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

The Men's Interhouse Council was an organization of representatives from each of Northwestern University's “open,” or independent, men's housing units, hence, it served as a counterpart to the Interfraternity Council. Prior to October 3, 1949, the MIC was called the Interhouse Council. The 1938-1939 student handbook stated that the Interhouse Council “cooperates with the Interfraternity Council as a men's governing body.”

Among other activities, the IC fostered an interest in and supervised intramural sports and advised “the Houses concerning the policies to be pursued in University student affairs.” The constitution's preamble set forth the IC's purpose: to promote a spirit of cooperation and unity among the members of the open houses represented in it, and to organize these houses as an unit in University scholastic, political, social, and cultural activities.

The Interhouse Council involved itself in a wide variety of activities, including “interhouse sings” and a formal dance held each spring. It was also involved in more serious matters. On April 4, 1949, the IC unanimously supported a Student Governing Board resolution which called for the elimination of all mention of race and religion in Northwestern University's application and scholarship forms “in accordance with the report of the Committee on Civil Rights of the President of the United States.” The Interhouse Council was also involved in the movement to establish the “Student Bill of Rights.” Foremost among these rights were those concerned with civil rights in connection with university admissions and housing policies.

On October 3, 1949, the organization began using the name “Men's Interhouse Council.” Constitutional changes throughout that time period gradually increased the number of housing units represented, as well as the number of representatives from some of the units. Each house originally had one IC representative. New rules, however, provided for one representative per forty residents; with a minimum of one representative per house.

The most important MIC activity during the early 1950's involved participation in the annual Big Ten Dormitory Conferences. Organizations similar to the MIC, and the Women's Interhouse Council, at other Big Ten universities sent representatives to these conferences. The third conference was held at Northwestern University on April 27-29, 1951.

Scope and Content

This series consists of records of the Men's Interhouse Council. Among the records are copies of constitutions, beginning with the one adopted on March 10, 1932, and including a number of subsequent revisions.

The MIC records also include minutes of meetings held between February 26, 1936 and February 5, 1951. Subjects recorded in the minutes generally include intramural sports, social events, housing conditions, efforts to install vending machines in dormitories, and attempts to restrict dormitory lounges to residents. The issue of civil rights becomes an important topic in the minutes beginning in 1949

The minutes often include treasurer's reports and reports from the organization's representative on the Student Governing Board.

The records also contain correspondence between Bill Hartney, Interhouse Council President, and the organizers of the first annual Big Ten Dormitory Conference in 1949, as well as printed materials from the conferences of 1951 and 1953, and a report of the Career Conference held at Northwestern University in 1950.

Finally, the records include an “Idea File” containing correspondence between Men's Interhouse Council members concerning ideas for activities, and a folder of miscellany including: “The Asbury Plan,” a proposal for organized campus government; copies of the “Student Bill of Rights;” the Report of the Student Governing Board Judiciary Committee November 28, 1951; a memorandum to future MIC publicity chairmen (May 29, 1950); and MIC recommendations pertaining to various matters made on April 30, 1951.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Interhouse Council

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Men's Interhouse Council

Subjects

College student government--Illinois--Evanston

College students--Illinois--Evanston--Societies and clubs


Container List / Contents

  • Addenda
    • Minutes, 1949-1958Box 1, Folder 9
    • Correspondence, Questionnaires, Budget, etc., 1949-1958Box 1, Folder 10
    • Fisk Area Governing Board, Minutes, Financial Reports, Correspondence, etc., September 1948-April 1950Box 1, Volume 1
  • Minutes, February 26, 1936 - November 2, 1942Box 1, Folder 1
  • Minutes, January 22, 1945 - November 19, 1945Box 1, Folder 2
  • Minutes, October 6, 1947 - February 6, 1950Box 1, Folder 3
  • Minutes, February 20, 1950 - February 5, 1951Box 1, Folder 4
  • MiscellaneousBox 1, Folder 5
  • “Idea File”Box 1, Folder 6
  • Big Ten Dormitory Conferences, 1949, 1951, 1953Box 1, Folder 7
  • A Master Plan for Northwestern University Career Conference, 1950Box 1, Folder 8