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Records of the Director of Dormitories and Undergraduate Housing

 Collection
Identifier: 30/12

Scope and Contents

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. 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 placed in folders.

The administrative files and the building 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.

Of particular interest are the decorator's sketchbook in Box 5, which contains floor plans, furniture sketches, fabric swatches, and price information for 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.

Dates

  • 1937-1971

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Boxes 1-4 of this collection are stored off-site and require 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. This collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at specialcollections@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored at a remote campus location and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at specialcollections@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Extent

5.00 Boxes

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Director of Dormitories and University Housing at Northwestern University 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.

Arrangement

The materials are organized into: administrative files (arranged alphabetically by topic and, within each file, by date); and building files (arranged alphabetically by building address and, within the folder, by date).

Method of Acquisition

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.

Separated Materials

One inch of duplicates and receipts was discarded.

Processing Information

Morgen MacIntosh, April 1998.
Title
Guide to the Records of the Director of Dormitories and Undergraduate Housing
Author
Morgen MacIntosh
Date
01/04/1998
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Contact:
Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US
847-491-3635