Student Activities Office: Subject Folders

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Student Activities Office: Subject Folders, 1933-1964
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Call Number: UA293
Dates: 1933-1964
Physical Description: 1.39 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: University of Rochester Archives

Table of Contents:

Revision Information
Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Related Materials
Bibliography
Content List
Subject Files
Collection Overview
Title: Student Activities Office: Subject Folders, 1933-1964
Call Number: UA293
Dates: 1933-1964
Physical Description: 1.39 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: University of Rochester Archives

Biographical/Historical Note
The College of Arts and Science Bulletin for 1931-1932 described "extra-curricular activities . . . as a means of promoting the education and developing the character of all students." While pointing to their potential value in "the development of a rounded individual," the University noted that student activities should not be compulsory because they depend on students' interest, available time, and academic work (page 45).

This collection bridges the period when the University was coordinate—with a separate College for men and College for Women—and after it became coeducational in 1955. Student activities for men were housed in Todd Union, one of the original buildings on the River Campus that opened in 1930. During the period from 1930 to 1955, the College for Women continued to remain on the Prince Street Campus, where their Student Activities Office was located in Cutler Union. When the Colleges for Men and Women integrated in 1955 on the River Campus, their activities offices consolidated as well. Todd Union was redesigned at this time to suit its new coeducational role. Several offices, such as the Dietary Office, were moved out of the building to accommodate the larger student body that would use the space. Kitchen facilities were also downsized in Todd Union as two new dining halls were added on the River Campus, and this created more room for activities.

Cornelis de Kiewiet was the president of the University at the time of the merger, having been inaugurated in 1951. The 1955-1956 issue of the College of Arts and Science Bulletin noted that, "Under [his] leadership there has been a sharpening of educational purpose at Rochester based on the conviction that 'we must concentrate on the coordination and efficiency of all those activities which constitute each student's total educational experience'" (page 18). Therefore, in 1955 Todd Union became a center of student activities for all students. Residence Hall governments provided activities as well, but these were often limited to the residents of those buildings and were not coeducational for the most part. At Todd Union, men's and women's groups often merged into a single entity; for example, The Campus newspaper from the men's college and The Tower Times newspaper from the women's college merged into the Campus Times.

Scope and Content
This collection contains material from the Student Activities offices of the College for Men and the College for Women, and, starting in 1955, their merged office. The material dates from 1933-1964. The collection covers a variety of organizations and topics such as theater groups, community service organizations, student government, and organization finances. These files were the offices' records on clubs and other activities, and the material in the folders primarily reflects what the groups themselves collected. They also contain records from the Student Activities offices themselves. Materials include correspondence, meeting minutes and agendas, notes, budgets, press releases, programs, and newsletters.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Received before 1968.Access
For access to this collection, please contact the University of Rochester Archives (archives@library.rochester.edu) at least two business days prior to your planned visit.

Please note: Some materials may be restricted or require permission for use.

Use
To request reproductions or permission to publish materials from the collection, please contact the University of Rochester Archives (archives@library.rochester.edu). Researchers may be responsible for determining any copyright questions.



Citation
[Item title, item date], Student Activities Office: Subject Folders, 1933-1964, UA293, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
Additional material can be found in the Student Activities Office: Subject Folders, 1926-1968, collection.

Bibliography
Bulletin of the University of Rochester: College of Arts and Science Catalogue, 1931-1932. University of Rochester, 1930.

Bulletin of the University of Rochester: College of Arts and Science, Issue for 1955-1956. University of Rochester, 1955.

Pieterse, Janice Bullard. Our Work Is But Begun. Meliora Press, 2014.


Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: University of Rochester Archives
Address: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation
River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd.
Rochester, New York 14627-0055
archives@library.rochester.edu


Revision Information
March 2018: After carrying out further processing of the collection in 2018, John Cole (Class of 2018) revised the finding aid, including adding new notes about the history and contents.

Content List
Subject Files
Box 1, Folder 1Alpha Phi Omega Newsletters, 1957-1959
Newsletters sometimes include meeting minutes. Also includes Smoke Signals Boy Scouts newsletter.

Box 1, Folder 2College Cabinet: Constitution and Miscellaneous Material, 1964
Includes an organizational chart of the student government at the time.

Box 1, Folder 3College Cabinet: Agendas and Minutes, 1956-1959
Includes a student opinion survey on implementing an honor system for academics and student life.

Box 1, Folder 4College Cabinet: Minutes, 1959-1960
Box 1, Folder 5College Cabinet: Minutes, 1960-1961, 1964
Box 1, Folder 6Finance Board: Minutes, 1955-1960
Also includes balance sheets and statements of the disposition of student fees.

Box 1, Folder 7Kaleidoscope: Correspondence and Reports, 1953-1961
Includes a contract for an orchestra under Robert R. Stills.

Box 1, Folder 8Kaleidoscope: Programs, 1934-1960
Includes programs from when the group was called the Silver Bay Club. Programs are for A Buckeye Legend, Speak of the Devil, Campus Bauble, Atom and Eve, Julep Time, Red, White, and Hullabaloo, The Night They Invented Campaign, or, the Spouse That Roared, I'd Rather Be Stuck, On the Brink, The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, Strikes Me Funny, Indian Summer, What the Devil?, Open Haunting Season, Where Do We Go From Here?, Das Atlantische: The Revolt of the Lasses, The Still of the Knights, The World of Froozies Wronged, and On the Beat Where We Live.

Box 1, Folder 9-10Kaleidoscope: Scripts, circa 1956-1960
Contains scripts for: The World of Froozies Wronged, Red, White, and Hullabaloo, Das Atlantische: The Revolt of the Lasses, and Man Not Superman.

Box 1, Folder 11National Student Association, 1958-1960
Includes information about a student exchange program with the Soviet Union.

Box 2, Folder 1National Student Association, 1958-1960
Includes information about a student exchange program with the Soviet Union.

Box 2, Folder 2Public Affairs Forum, 1933, 1936
Includes posters, memos, and press clippings about events.

Box 2, Folder 3Quilting Club, 1949-1961
Includes a questionnaire about student interest in merging Quilting Club and Kaleidoscope. Contains programs for Harem Scarem, Andean Love Call, Id's a Gamblol, A Star Is Made, My Fir Lady, High Sobriety, The Most Flannel Fella, Flying High, Won If By Land, Two If You're Lucky. Also includes a script for act one of Won if by Land, Two if You're Lucky.

Box 2, Folder 4Red Cross, 1949, 1954-1958
Box 2, Folder 5Red Cross, 1959
Box 2, Folder 6Red Cross, 1960-1961
Box 2, Folder 7Students' Association Board: Auditor's Reports, College for Women, 1949-1953
Box 2, Folder 8Students' Association Board: Ledger and Journal, College for Women, September 1937-June 1944
Box 3, Folder 1-2Students' Association Board: Minutes of Meetings, College for Women, 1937-1948
Box 3, Folder 3Todd Union: Auditor's Reports, 1944-1950
Does not include reports for 1947.

Box 3, Folder 4-5Todd Union: Auditor's Reports, 1951-1957
Box 3, Folder 6Todd Union: Autographed Picture of Arthur Whittemore and Jack Lowe, 1942
Photograph removed from frame.

Box 3, Folder 7-8Todd Union: Cancelled Checks and Receipts, 1956-1957
Box 3, Folder 9-10Todd Union: Statements of Income and Expenditure, 1934-1939
Box 3, Folder 11-12Todd Union: Statements of Income and Expenditure, 1939-1945
Box 4, Folder 1-2Todd Union: Statements of Income and Expenditure, 1946-1957
Does not include statements for 1949.

Box 4, Folder 3Todd Union: Party Reports, 1961-1962
Box 4, Folder 4Touchdown Dinner, 1955-1960
Includes many press clippings, an advertising poster, and programs for the 1958, 1959, and 1960 sports dinners.

Box 4, Folder 5-6WRUR: Correspondence and Reports, 1948-1960
Includes station proposal, advertisement for the first broadcast, report about the studio with floor plans, and blueprint of the studio from circa 1953-1957.



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