Guide to the Records of the Director of Dormitories and Undergraduate Housing

Collection Title: Records of the Director of Dormitories and Undergraduate Housing
Dates: 1937-1971
Identification: 30/12
Creator: Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Undergraduate Housing Office
Extent: 5 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Director of Dormitories and University Housing oversaw the leasing, decorating, and maintenance of fraternity and sorority houses, dormitories, and dining halls. The Records of the Director of Dormitories and Undergraduate Housing fill four archival boxes and one drop-front box. The materials are arranged in two categories: administrative files and building files. Although the files span the years 1937-1971, the bulk of the materials falls within the 1940s and 1950s.
Acquisition Information: The records in this series were transferred to the University Archives in two accessions. William Templemeyer of the Office of the Director of University Housing transferred Accession #81-193 on August 14, 1981 and Jim G. Carlton, Vice President for Student Affairs, transferred Accession #81-199 on September 22, 1981.
Processing Information: Morgen MacIntosh, April 1998.
Separated Materials: One inch of duplicates and receipts was discarded.
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

For much of the first half of the twentieth century, undergraduate men and women not living at home were required to live in University housing, fraternity houses or sorority houses.  The Director of Dormitories and University Housing oversaw the leasing, decorating, and maintenance of fraternity and sorority houses, dormitories, and dining halls.  Between 1935 and 1974 three men served as Director of Dormitories: J. Leslie Rollins (1935-1942), Willard J. Buntain (1942-1968), and Anthony V. Capillo (1969-1974).

Scope and Content

The Records of the Director of Dormitories and Undergraduate Housing fill four archival boxes and one drop-front box. The materials are arranged in two categories: administrative files and building files. Although the files span the years 1937-1971, the bulk of the materials falls within the 1940s and 1950s.

The administrative files include requisitions for materials, furniture, and maintenance; decorating schedules, damage reports, work repair orders; summaries of operating costs and room capacities; internal memoranda and correspondence concerning fraternity leases; and correspondence regarding professional activities. The folders are arranged alphabetically by topic and, within each file, chronologically by date Four volumes, titled “Housing Book” (1943-1968), record expenses relating to parties and events, and statements summarizing income from men's and women's housing fees, guest fees, special groups, and summer institute programs. The binders holding the “Housing Books” were removed and the contents paced in folders.

Although the administrative files and the building files include similar types of materials, the latter are organized according to the individual buildings. These files contain requisitions, decorating schedules, building inventories, work repair orders, copies of leases, and internal memoranda regarding student's fees and charges that pertain to specific buildings. Folders are arranged alphabetically by building address and, within the folder, chronologically by date.

Of particular interest are the decorator's sketchbook in Box 5, which contains floor plans, furniture sketches, fabric swatches, and price information relating to the decoration of Willard and Scott Halls (ca. 1938), and the file on emergency housing (Box 3, Folder 13), which shows how the University met the problem of the post-war campus housing shortage.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Undergraduate Housing Office

Subjects

College students--Housing--Illinois--Evanston

Dormitories--Administration


Container List / Contents

  • Administrative Files
    • Centennial, 1949-1950Box 1, Folder 1
    • Damages, 1944-1946Box 1, Folder 2
    • Decorating Schedules, 1945-1947Box 1, Folder 3
    • Dormitory Staff Meetings, 1941-1942Box 1, Folder 4
    • Fraternities, 1943-1955Box 1, Folder 5
    • Freshman Riot - Damages, 1938Box 1, Folder 6
    • Golf Course, 1946-1953Box 1, Folder 7
    • Goodrich Grill, 1945-1950Box 1, Folder 8
    • Housekeeping, 1937-1939Box 1, Folder 9
    • Housing, 1942-1948Box 1, Folder 10
    • Housing Book Vol. I, 1940-1945Box 1, Folder 11
    • Housing Book Vol. I, 1945-1948Box 1, Folder 12
    • Housing Book Vol. II, 1948-1950Box 1, Folder 13
    • Housing Book Vol. II, 1950-1953Box 2, Folder 1
    • Housing Book Vol. III, 1953-1955Box 2, Folder 2
    • Housing Book Vol. III, 1955-1957Box 2, Folder 3
    • Housing Book Vol. IV, 1958-1960Box 2, Folder 4
    • Housing Book Vol. IV, 1960-1963Box 2, Folder 5
    • Housing Calendar, 1938-1940Box 2, Folder 6
    • Housing - Post War, 1942-1944Box 2, Folder 7
    • Interfraternity Board, 1942-1946Box 2, Folder 8
    • Lunt Cafeteria, 1947-1950Box 3, Folder 1
    • National Restaurant Convention Food Service Meetings, 1947-1952Box 3, Folder 2
    • Off-Campus Housing, 1952Box 3, Folder 3
    • Policy Manual Materials, 1940-1942Box 3, Folder 4
    • Reports - Statistical, 1942Box 3, Folder 5
    • Seabury Western Theological Seminary, 1943-1944Box 3, Folder 6
    • Special Party Costs, 1943-1970Box 3, Folder 7
    • Synopsis of Eating Units - Dormitories and Commons, 1952Box 3, Folder 8
  • Building Files
    • Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, 1945-1952Box 3, Folder 9
    • 1636 Chicago Ave., 1944-1947Box 3, Folder 10
    • 1729 Chicago Ave. - Chi Psi Fraternity, 1946-1950Box 3, Folder 11
    • 1838 Chicago Ave., 1954Box 3, Folder 12
    • Emergency Housing - Quonset Huts and Steelcraft Houses, 1946-1952Box 3, Folder 13
    • Fraternity Annexes - Hut Inspection Damage Lists and Correspondence, 1947-1949Box 3, Folder 14
    • Haven House - Kappa Sigma Fraternity, 1942-1957Box 3, Folder 15
    • 1502 Hinman and Garage Apartment at 515 Grove St., 1946-1949Box 3, Folder 16
    • 1810 Hinman Ave., 1943-1949Box 3, Folder 17
    • 1818 Hinman Ave., 1954-1955Box 3, Folder 18
    • Holgate House, 1943-1949Box 3, Folder 19
    • Lunt and Swift, 1942-1943Box 3, Folder 20
    • North Shore Hotel, 1967-1971Box 4, Folder 1
    • 1819 Orrington Ave.- Delta Sigma Pi Frat. McFarland House, 1946-1957Box 4, Folder 2
    • Orrington House, 1945-1956Box 4, Folder 3
    • Pembridge, 1943-1960Box 4, Folder 4
    • Pembridge - Furniture and Decorating, 1954-1955Box 4, Folder 5
    • Roland Hall, 1938-1946Box 4, Folder 6
    • Sherman House, 1953-1961Box 4, Folder 7
    • 1914 Sheridan Rd., 1943-1946Box 4, Folder 8
    • 1960 Sheridan Rd. Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, 1948-1954Box 4, Folder 9
    • 1960 Sheridan Rd. - Theta Chi Fraternity, 1950-1958Box 4, Folder 10
    • 2344 Sheridan Rd. - Sheridan House Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity Triangle Fraternity, 1952-1954Box 4, Folder 11
    • Spencer House, 1944-1949Box 4, Folder 12
    • Tau Delta Phi - 2023 Orrington Ave., 1943-1947Box 4, Folder 13
    • Willard Annex - 620 University Place, 1943-1947Box 4, Folder 14
    • Willard Hall, 1937-1945Box 4, Folder 15
    • Willard Hall - Decorating, Mrs. Browning, 1938Box 4, Folder 16
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