Guide to the Northwestern Community Council

Collection Title: Northwestern Community Council
Dates: 1968-2000
Identification: 30/17
Creator: Northwestern Community Council
Extent: 3 Boxes
Abstract: The Northwestern Community Council (NCC), an organization of students, faculty and staff, was founded in 1969 to address the extra-curricular life of Northwestern University students on the Evanston Campus. The records document the structure, organization, and activities of the NCC between 1968 and 2000.
Separated Materials: 1 linear ft. of duplicate materials was discarded.
Conditions Governing Access: Box 3, Folder 6 may only be used with permission of the University Archivist.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

The Northwestern Community Council (NCC) was constituted in 1969 to address "all aspects of extra-curricular life of the students on the Evanston campus." It replaced the Council on Undergraduate Life. According to its bylaws the organization had the right to review and recommend policy relating to student environment. Specific duties of the NCC were reviews and recommendations on changes in the University Hearings and Appeals System, in the Student Self-Determination Program to living units, supervisory organizations, and the Associated Student Government (ASG). Further, the NCC advised on the hiring of candidates for Northwestern administrative positions at the level of vice-president or above.

NCC members included Evanston Campus undergraduates and graduate students, administrators, and faculty members representing the College of Arts and Sciences, the Technological Institute, the School of Speech, the School of Music, the School of Education, the School of Journalism, and the Graduate School of Management.

Council meetings were open to the entire Northwestern community. Subcommittees were organized to carry out work of the Council. While initially active, the role and function of the council received less attention over the years, and it was disbanded in 1994.

The specific recommendation of the Northwestern Committee on Interactive Sensitivity Training to develop a Human Relations Committee led to the reconstitution of the Council in Winter 1995. The NCC took on responsibility to review issues related to the maintenance of a supportive campus climate for all persons on the Evanston and Chicago campuses of Northwestern University. Activities grew to include diversity and racial issues and the fostering of a multicultural atmosphere on campus.

Scope and Content

The records of the Northwestern Community Council fill three boxes  and  contain information on the structure, organization and activities of the organization from the years 1968 through 2000. Records consist mainly of interoffice correspondence, memoranda, constitution proposals and bylaws, flyers, clippings, membership lists, minutes and agendas, and reports. Records are arranged first by category and thereafter in chronological order.


Corporate Name

Northwestern Community Council

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)--Faculty--Societies, etc.

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)--Students--Societies and clubs

Container List / Contents

  • Bylaws and Constitution Proposals, 1969-1976Box 1, Folder 1
  • Flyers, 1970-1981Box 1, Folder 2
  • General, 1968-1973Box 1, Folder 3
      Scope and Contents: Charters, Proposals, and Surveys
  • General, 1974-1982Box 1, Folder 4
      Scope and Contents: Materials in this folder include a University Hearing and Appeals System review, clippings, and memoranda.
  • General, 1994-2000Box 1, Folder 5
      Scope and Contents: Materials in this folder include clippings, correspondence, memoranda, NCC activities, Northwestern News, board member list, NCC ballot forms, NCC structure and mandate.
  • Interoffice Correspondence, 1969-1971Box 1, Folder 6
  • Interoffice Correspondence, 1972-1975Box 1, Folder 7
  • Interoffice Correspondence, 1976-2000Box 2, Folder 1
  • Membership Lists, 1969-1997Box 2, Folder 2
  • Minutes and Agendas, 1969-1971Box 2, Folder 3
  • Minutes and Agendas, 1972-1973Box 2, Folder 4
  • Minutes and Agendas, 1973-1975Box 2, Folder 5
  • Minutes and Agendas, 1976-1982Box 2, Folder 6
  • Minutes and Agendas, 1976-1977Box 2, Folder 7
  • Minutes and Agendas, 1978-1982Box 2, Folder 8
  • Minutes and Agendas, 1995-2000Box 2, Folder 9
  • Minutes and Agendas, 1995-2000Box 3, Folder 1
  • Reports, 1969-1971Box 3, Folder 2
      Scope and Contents: Deferred Rushing/Pledging, Educational Policies, Co-Educational Fraternities, Undergraduate Environment, and Student Self-Determination
  • Reports, 1972Box 3, Folder 3
      Scope and Contents: New Student Week Sub-Committee
  • Reports, 1972-1973Box 3, Folder 4
      Scope and Contents: Recreational Facilities, Annual Report, Off-Campus Housing Study
  • Reports, 1975-1997Box 3, Folder 5
      Scope and Contents: Residential Colleges, Recreational and Intercollegiate Athletic Facilities, Gay and Lesbian Life, Rights of Student Workers in Campus Organizations and the Operation of WNUR FM, Tully Report Forum, A Study of the Racial and Ethnic Climate for Undergraduates, Task Force on Underrepresented Minorities
  • Reports, 1998Box 3, Folder 6
  • Report on WNUR FM, 1982Box 3, Folder 7