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Records of the Dean of Students, Roland "Jack" Hinz, 1963-1972

Identifier: 30/22

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Scope and Contents

The Records of the Dean of Students, Roland "Jack" Hinz includes material created and received by Hinz pertaining to student activism at Northwestern and throughout the United States. The collection is arranged into two archival boxes, a flat box, and one poster and spans from 1963 to 1972.

Series 1: Students’ Rights, 1963-1971, contains material produced by academic journals and magazines, the U.S. government, and university administrations pertaining to the rights of students to demonstrate on university campuses. Most materials are photocopies of journal articles.

Series 2: News Clippings, 1967-1972, contains news clippings and full-page newspapers on subject matter relating to student activism and the Northwestern University community. The second file in the series pertains to Eva Jefferson, the first Black president of the Associated Student Government.

Series 3: Northwestern University Statements and Communications, 1968-1970, contains statements and correspondence produced by faculty, students, and alumni pertaining to student protests at NU.

Series 4: Correspondence, 1967-1970, contains letters written to Dean Hinz concerning public opinion on NU administrative action related to race and social justice. [Series 4 contains harmful language.]

Series 5: Miscellaneous, 1968-1968, contains assorted paper and photographic material. Series includes magazines, notes, a pro-Hinz button, and aerial photos of NU campus.


  • Majority of material found within 1963-1972


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. This collection is stored off-site and requires two business days 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.

Biographical / Historical

Roland "Jack" Hinz (1931-) received his B.A. and M.A. in counseling from Western Reserve University, where he was hired as Director of Admission in 1965. In 1967, Hinz was appointed Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Northwestern University. After leaving Northwestern in 1970, Hinz worked for Northern Illinois University and the College Board. In 2000, he joined the board of the Evanston History Center.


3 Boxes (2 AB, 1 flat box, 1 poster) ; 2.5 linear feet

Language of Materials



Collection contains the records of Northwestern University Dean of Students from 1967-1970, Roland ‘Jack’ Hinz. Hinz was Dean of Students during a takeover of the Bursar’s office by Black Northwestern students in May of 1968 to protest racial injustices on campus, which received national news coverage. The Bursar’s office sit-in was one of a series of student demonstrations throughout the United States at the end of the 1960’s protesting civil rights injustices and the war in Vietnam. Records include full newspapers and clippings about student activism, Northwestern University statements and correspondence concerning the 1968 takeover, and letters from the public to Dean Hinz reacting to administrative action. The collection spans roughly from the late 1960s to the early 1970s.


The collection is arranged into five series: Students’ Rights, News Clippings, Northwestern University Statements and Communications, Correspondence, and Miscellaneous. Series and files are sorted by subject and arranged chronologically except for the file titled “Administration and Student Communications,” which maintains original order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfer (acc. #93-113 and 00-136).

General Note

Collection contains harmful language in Series 4-Correspondence.

Guide to the Records of the Dean of Students, Roland "Jack" Hinz
Kaylee Morlan
August 2023
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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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