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Student Life Chapin Hall Files

Identifier: 31/6/7

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Scope and Contents

This series consists chiefly of records of Chapin Hall's financial transactions from 1968 to 1975. The ledger lists expenditures and receipts recorded in the vouchers and deposit slips. The folder of paid bills contains original receipts for selected expenditures for Chapin from 1969 to 1974. Treasurer's materials include instructions and information for properly keeping account records. Some of these materials originated from the Student Activities Office, some from Norris Center, and one letter was from an existing treasurer to advise future officers.

An additional folder contains unrelated information and regulations about the Hall, the constitution, and by-laws of the Women's Educational Association. A list of the 1973/1974 residents, a newsletter, and materials related to housing are also included.

The entries in the expenditure vouchers give some insight into what life for a Chapin woman might have been like. Money spent on events such as ski trips, parties, Easter egg hunt foods, refreshments for finals week, etc., demonstrated typical college entertainment of the day. Also, the Hall rules and regulations suggest the specific lifestyle for college women of the period--restrictions on male callers, dress code, curfew hours, and the like.


  • 1968-1975


Conditions Governing Access

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.


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Chapin Hall was erected in 1901 on property owned by Northwestern University, with funds provided by Dr. O.K. Pearsons. Pearsons stipulated that the new dormitory at 726 University Place be put in the charge of the Women's Educational Association to house up to 60 financially disadvantaged women. This series consists chiefly of records of Chapin Hall's financial transactions from 1968 to 1975.

Method of Acquisition

This series was withdrawn from the Northwestern University Archives general files and accessioned as #81-94.

Related Materials

Additional information about day-to-day experiences in Chapin's history can be found in the WEAA Subject File held by the University Archives and in the Evanston Historical Society's file on the WEAA.

Processing Information

Catherine M. Krane, May, 1981.

Guide to the Student Life Chapin Hall Files
Catherine M. Krane
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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
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Evanston IL 60208-2300 US