Student Life Chapin Hall Files Edit




  • 1968-1975 (Creation)


  • 1.00 Boxes (Whole)



  • Abstract

    Chapin Hall was erected on University-owned property in 1901 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 (WEAA) to house up to 60 financially disadvantaged women. This series consists chiefly of records of Chapin's financial transactions from 1968 to 1975.

  • Scope and Contents

    This series consists chiefly of records of Chapin'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 WEAA by-laws. 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, dressing code, curfew hours, and the like.

  • Method of Acquisition

    This series was withdrawn from the Northwestern University Archives general files and accessioned as #81-94.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact us at or 847-491-3136 to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

  • 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.

  • Existence and Location of Originals