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Records of the Dean of the School of Speech, David Zarefsky

Identifier: 20/75

Scope and Contents

The series consists of the administrative files of David Zarefsky acting in his capacity as dean of the Northwestern University School of Speech. The records fill 34 boxes and span the period from 1986 to 2001. The bulk of the records date between the years 1988 to 2000. Records are arranged into three groups roughly equivalent in size: correspondence files, circulation files, and subject files.

Dean Zarefsky's administrative correspondence files are arranged into folders chronologically by month. Within folders the correspondence appears in reverse chronological order. These files contain mainly copies of Zarefsky's outgoing correspondence dealing almost entirely with issues of administrative concern to the School, its faculty, students, and alumni. The circulation files contain the correspondence of both Zarefsky and other School of Speech administrators. These files, like the correspondence files, are arranged into folders chronologically by month. Within folders the correspondence, largely outgoing, again appears in reverse chronological order. Circulation files are labeled as such because they include materials open for circulation among the Dean's Office staff

Subject files contain correspondence and related materials arranged into folders according to topical headings. Strongly represented here are materials pertaining to general departmental activities within the School and to Zarefsky's official travel.


  • 1986 - 2001
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1988 - 2000


Conditions Governing Access

Restricted; consultation with University Archivist required prior to use.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored at a remote campus location 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.


34.00 Boxes

Language of Materials



The records of the Dean David Zarefsky date from 1986 through 2001 and fill 34 boxes. The records are divided into three subseries: correspondence, circulation, and subject files.

Arrangement Note

The papers are arranged into folders chronologically by month, or alphabetically according to topical headings.

Method of Acquisition

Six accessions make up this series: # 89-124, 99-104, 01-192, and portions of 90-180, 95-23, and 02-150.

Processing Information

Processor: Nicholas Cizek and Asher Miller; January-August, 2009.

Guide to the Records of the Dean of the School of Speech, David Zarefsky
Nicholas Cizek and Asher Miller
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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