Guide to the Records of the Master of the Communications Residential College

Collection Title: Records of the Master of the Communications Residential College
Dates: 1981-1997
Identification: 5/6
Creator: Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Master of the Communications Residential College
Extent: 2 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Communications Residential College (CRC) is one of eleven Residential Colleges on the Northwestern University campus. The records of the Master of the CRC were accumulated during Roger Boye’s tenure as Master of the Communications Residential College. The bulk of the records date between 1988 and 1995 and consist of administrative files, including meeting notes and agendas from the Council of Masters of the Residential Colleges, CRC resident lists, activity reports and CRC tutorial applications and planning information.
Acquisition Information: These records were transferred to the University Archives by Roger Boye on August 6, 1996, as Accession No. 96-121.
Processing Information: Lorrie A. McAllister; March 2, 1999.
Separated Materials: Two inches of duplicate materials were discarded. Residential College handbooks were added to the University Archives' general files; an officer's handbook was added to the Archives' serials files.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
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 Communications Residential College (CRC) is one of eleven Residential Colleges on the Northwestern University campus.  The Residential Colleges, first established in the 1970s, provide diverse dormitory communities for students based on themes that range from business, science and arts, to multi-thematic.  The Colleges range in size from 37 to 300 students and offer a variety of activities and events that contribute to the education of the students who live or participate in the College.  Within each College, students and faculty work together to plan activities that form the basis of each College’s intellectual community. 

The CRC opened in 1981 at East Fairchild Hall, 1855 Sheridan Road.  The CRC encourages its residents to explore the mass media: broadcast, print and film.  Among the Colleges activities are pianosides (informal performances or presentations by faculty, staff members or other guest speakers); producing plays; managing an in-house radio station; participating in tutorials (academic classes taught in the College and limited to members of the College); and publishing a yearbook and a newsletter. 

Each College has a Master, a senior faculty member who is responsible for the intellectual life of the college.  Roger Boye served as Master of the CRC from 1988 through the 1996 academic year.  During this time, he also served as Assistant Dean and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Medill School of Journalism.

Scope and Content

The records of the Master of the CRC date between 1981 and 1997 and fill two archival boxes. They consist of records accumulated during Roger Boye's tenure as Master of the Communications Residential College, and include records pertaining to the administration of the Residential Colleges in general as well as records specific to the CRC. The bulk of the records date between 1988 and 1995 and consist of administrative files, including meeting notes and agendas from the Council of Masters of the Residential Colleges, CRC resident lists, activity reports and CRC tutorial applications and planning information.

Also included are inter-office memos and newspaper clippings regarding CRC administrative problems such as building floods, ant infestations, a student who grew icicles on his dorm window, and meal-plan expenditure issues. One file contains correspondence and memos to and from Roger Boye regarding the appointment of associate masters, arrangements for guest lecturers, and other administrative matters. Event materials include flyers, menus, newspaper articles, and announcements concerning CRC events.

Arrangement of Materials

Folders are arranged alphabetically by topic, and materials within folders are arranged chronologically by date. Undated records were included at the end of the dated records in each folder. When the records for an academic year filled two folders, the undated material was placed at the end of the dated material for that year.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)--Student housing

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Communications Residential College

Subjects

Dormitories--Illinois--Evanston

Residential colleges--Illinois--Evanston


Container List / Contents

  • Annual and Quarterly Reports, Constitution, 1982, 1988, 1995Box 1, Folder 1
  • Administrative Records, 1981, 1988-1989Box 1, Folder 2
  • Administrative Records, 1989-1990Box 1, Folder 3
  • Administrative Records, 1990-1991Box 1, Folder 4
  • Administrative Records, 1991-1992Box 1, Folder 5
  • Administrative Records, June-December, 1992Box 1, Folder 6
  • Administrative Records, January-March, 1993Box 1, Folder 7
  • Administrative Records, June-March, 1993-1994Box 1, Folder 8
  • Administrative Records, April-May, 1994Box 2, Folder 1
  • Administrative Records, June-March, 1994-1995Box 2, Folder 2
  • Administrative Records, April-May, 1995Box 2, Folder 3
  • Administrative Records, June-March, 1995-1996Box 2, Folder 4
  • Administrative Records, 1995-1997, n.d.Box 2, Folder 5
  • Correspondence, 1990-1996Box 2, Folder 6
  • Events, 1988-1996Box 2, Folder 7
  • Financial Records and Budget Reports, 1989-1996Box 2, Folder 8