Guide to the Genieve L. Doering (1904-1980) Student Handbook

Collection Title: Genieve L. Doering (1904-1980) Student Handbook
Dates: 1925-1926
Identification: 31/6/101
Creator: Doering, Genieve Linda, 1904-1980
Extent: 0.50 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Genieve L. Doering Student Handbook provides a unique and very personal view of student life at Northwestern in the early 20th century. Each year, Northwestern University students received a Student Handbook—a small (3 x 5) cloth-bound book, published by the campus University Christian Associations. The Handbooks comprised an introductory message from President Walter Dill Scott, information regarding Northwestern's campus, history, and organizations, as well as a substantial quantity of advertisements for Evanston businesses. Doering used the calendar supplied in the handbook as a diary, reflecting on different happenings during her freshman year at Northwestern. Common topics are the outcomes of athletic events, events with friends, and the stresses of academic life.
Acquisition Information: Susan Cunningham donated Doering's Student Handbook to the Northwestern University Archives in August 31, 2010 (Accession 10-161)
Processing Information: Tim Garrett; September 1, 2010.
Conditions Governing Access: No restrictions.
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

Genieve Linda Doering was born in Oakley, Kansas, on October 24, 1904. She attended Garnett High School, and briefly worked in her father's bank. She was admitted to the Northwestern College of Liberal Arts in 1925, living in Willard Hall (later renamed the Music Administration Building.) While at Northwestern, she played tennis, and participated in the mathematics and French clubs, among others. She was also a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. She transferred to the School of Commerce in 1927, graduating in 1929 with a B.S. Doering married Patrick Clarence McEnany, one of her classmates in the School of Commerce. Little information about their post-college life is available; Patrick spent some time as an accountant for the Order of Railway Conductors, and passed away in 1979. Genieve only briefly outlived him, dying on January 2, 1980.

Scope and Content

The Genieve L. Doering Student Handbook provides a unique and very personal view of student life at Northwestern in the early 20th century. Each year, Northwestern University students received a Student Handbook—a small (3 x 5) cloth-bound book, published by the campus University Christian Associations. The Handbooks comprised an introductory message from President Walter Dill Scott, information regarding Northwestern's campus, history, and organizations, as well as a substantial quantity of advertisements for Evanston businesses. Doering used the calendar supplied in the handbook as a diary, reflecting on different happenings during her freshman year at Northwestern. Common topics are the outcomes of athletic events, events with friends, and the stresses of academic life.

Note: The University Archives holds an extensive collection of blank student handbooks, dating from the late 19th century to the present. The handbooks are among the many resources held by the Archives to document student life over the years. Other resources include yearbooks, scrapbooks, photographs, diaries, records of student groups, and personal papers of alumni.

Arrangement of Materials

The collection is comprised of a single student handbook.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)--History

Personal Name

Doering, Genieve Linda, 1904-1980

Subjects

College students--Illinois--Evanston

Women college students--Illinois--Evanston

Women college students--Illinois--Evanston--Diaries


Container List / Contents

  • Student Handbook, 1925-1926Box 1, Folder 1