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Addition, 1923-1999

Identifier: Series 15

Scope and Contents

From the Collection: The initial portion of the records of University Circle fills seven boxes, spanning the years 1915 through 1984, with the bulk of the materials dating from the mid-1930's through the late 1970's. The records consist of minutes; annual reports; President's files; officers' records and reports; committee materials; special interest group materials; financial records; publicity materials; and membership cards. Numerous additions contain broadly similar materials, bringing coverage of the series to the year 2014.

Two folders at the beginning of the series contain copies of Circle Constitutions, By-laws, and Standing Rules (1932-1982); and lists of suggested changes in policy submitted by committee chairs and other Circle members (1941-49, 1958-60, 1969).

Minutes occupy six folders, including three of, Executive Board minutes (1934-77) and three of general meeting minutes (1923-75).

Annual reports, summarizing the Circle's activities for the preceding year, are filed in two folders. The first contains the reports for the years 1938-75, arranged chronologically; the second contains a radio-broadcast skit version of the reports for 1941-42.

The President's files, comprising thirteen folders, include correspondence, reports, announcements, clippings and notes. These files date from 1960-61 and 1965-77.

Officers' records and reports occupy eleven folders. The first contains lists of officers and committee members (1916-1981), while ten others contain reports submitted by Circle officers from 1915 through 1984, including the President; Vice President; Recording Secretary; Corresponding Secretary; Treasurer; Auditor/Archivist; and Dames Club Sponsors. The President's report file also includes several sheets of "unwritten laws" (ca. 1938).

Committee reports and documents comprise fourteen folders and include annual reports submitted by chairs of Circle committees (e.g., Hospitality, Membership, Social) and occasional announcements, correspondence, and clippings, covering the period from 1934 to 1981.

An additional thirteen folders including reports, correspondence, announcements, and other documents relate to a variety of special interest groups and projects (1922-77). The first three document the University Circle Newcomers Group (1935-76); the remaining ten pertain to such concerns as foreign students, the building of Scott Hall, and World War II activities.

Financial records occupying three folders include budgets, check stubs, bills, and receipts (1943-78).

Publicity materials filling four folders and one scrapbook include calendars of activities, newsletters, clippings and announcements (1934-81).

Membership cards, filling the last box of the series, are arranged in two alphabetical sequences. The first includes members active as of the 1977-78 academic year; the second includes members no longer active at that time.


  • 1915-2014

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.


From the Collection: 19.00 Boxes

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Acquisition information

This addition to the University Circle Records was donated to the University Archives by Mary Paula Bauman and Dorothy Murphy on 11/18/92, 11/10/95, 7/29/99, and 9/2/99 as Accessions # 92-145, 95-190, 99-119, and 99-159 respectively.


Vanessa L. Smith; February 28 – March 30, 2000

Description of the addition

This addition to the Records of the University Circle fills four boxes and one 3″×5″ card-file box and spans the years 1923-1999, with the bulk of the records in groups dating in the 1960s, 1980s and 1990s. These records fall into ten categories: Historical and General Materials; Minutes; President's Files; Officers Reports; Committee Reports; Newcomer's; Special Projects; Gifts; Financial Records; and Membership. Within each category, folders are arranged in chronological order, and within the folders, materials are arranged chronologically. Historical and General Material is contained in ten folders which include the Constitution, By -Laws and Standing Rules; Executive Board and Officers Lists; Historical Materials, Insurance, past policies, photographs and record of silver service, fine linen, and miscellaneous items, owned by the University Circle; Calendars for events and meetings 1950-1969, 1985-86, 1997-99; Newspaper Clippings; Flyers, Announcements, and Programs dating from 1923 through 1999. The most notable being the Program for the 1923 University Circle presentation of "The Pirates of Penzance"; Memorabilia (1961); and Correspondence. Minutes occupy three folders and include minutes of the board meetings for 1961-62; 1983-1990; 1991-95; and 1996-99. President's Files are contained in three folders, most of which relate to the presidency of Jane Corrie, 1991-93. Officer's Reports are contained in eleven folders, with reports from the President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary, Corresponding and Assistant Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer, Courier Editor, Publicity Chairperson, and University Dames from 1959-1999. Committee Reports contain reports from the individual committee chairs. These folders are arranged alphabetically by committee name. Newcomers records are contained in six folders which include President's Reports, Chairman's Reports, Calling Committee Information, Records (Procedures, Minutes, Correspondence), "Newcomers Guide" Publication original hard copy as well as 8×8″ floppy; and (2) 3×3 computer disks. Special Projects consists of four folders including Interest Groups, Social Service Groups, Student Relations, and Big Ten Women's Organization. Most notable here is the Student Relations Committee Report of 1963, in which is documented the decision of the University YWCA board to disband, due to lack of student interest. The Gifts category consists of five folders. Most notable in this category is the "Circle of Gifts" information, including original Artwork and Logo, designed in 1977. "Circle of Gifts" began in 1977 as an annual benefit with Handicraft and Heritage Boutique, Garden Shop, Book Nook, Country Kitchen and Luncheon, with proceeds going to support the Northwestern University Library, as well as to purchase art for the Northwestern University Fine Arts Complex in 1978. The "Circle of Gifts" records date from 1977 through 1980. Financial Records are in three folders. These records are generally in letter form, containing correspondence between the treasurer and various committee chairs. Paid receipts, budgets, and detailed financial information are also documented. The last category, Membership, is contained in six folders of paid and unpaid members records, membership analysis, correspondence, directories, forms, and lists, and in one 3″×5″ box that contains membership cards from 1927 through 1999.


Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US