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Dean of Women and Dean of Students Office Records

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Collection Overview

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Predominant Dates:1940–1968

ID: WUA/01/wua00083

Primary Creator: Office of the Dean of Women - Washington University in St. Louis

Other Creators: Office of the Dean of Students - Washington University in St. Louis

Extent: 2.75 Linear Feet

Arrangement: This collection is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection includes early materials about McMillian Hall, the first women’s dormitory on campus; sororities; women’s honor societies, including Sophomore Commission, Chimes, and Mortar Board; and the administration of the Women’s Building.  Primarily materials are paper office files, supplemented with a few photographs and a small number of audio recordings from the 1970s.

More recent additions include miscellaneous flyers, brochures, memos, and group rosters from women’s groups on campus, including the Women’s Leadership Training Institute and the Student Union’s Women’s Issues Commission. These folders are filed at the end of Box 3.

Collection Historical Note

These files originated with the Dean of Women, Adele Starbird, who served from 1931 until her retirement in 1959.  The office of Dean of Women was started at Washington University in 1913, with primary responsibility for all female students (commonly referred to as “co-eds”) on campus.  Duties included recruitment, advising, student conduct, dormitories, and all other non-academic areas. Starbird was the last person to hold the title Dean of Women.  The duties of this position were absorbed by the Office of the Dean of Students, staffed in 1959 by Dean Arno Haack, and Assistant Dean of Students, Catherine M. Draper.

In 1962 Gertrude Knelleken, already an Associate Professor of physical education for women, joined the staff as Assistant Dean of Students.  Knelleken, a member of the National Association of Women Deans and Counselors, then assumed management of non-academic activities for women students.  In 1965, with the first of many reorganizations, the department was renamed the Office of Student Affairs (also at times known as the Office of Student Activities).  In 1967 Helen Trudi Spigel took Kenelleken’s place as Assistant Director in the Office of Student Affairs.  Spiegel was promoted to Director of Student Affairs in 1970, and remained in this position until 1974 when she transferred to work on special projects for the University’s Public Affairs department.  During this time Susan Wedemeyer was pointed as Assistant Director of Student Affairs and Counselor in Women's Affairs (circa 1971 – 1974).

The position was revived by Shannon Collier-Tenison under the title of Women’s Programming Coordinator in 1995. She was succeeded by Stephanie N. Kurtzman in 1998 as Coordinator for Women’s Programs and Community Service (in the Office of Student Activities, which was part of the newly created Department of Campus Life).

Administrative Information

Repository: WUA University Archives

Accruals: Accruals are added at the end of the existing files.

Access Restrictions: Open.  Access to audio materials dependent on physical condition of materials.

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Method: This material was transferred to the archives by Trudi Spigel in 1974. Additional materials were transferred by Stephanie N. Kurtzman in 2008.

Related Materials:

For related departmental files consult the Office of Student Affairs / Student Activities Records, Publications of Student Affairs, and Student Union Records, all located at University Archives.

For similar topics consult the Women’s Pan-Hellenic Records, Athletic Department Records (Series 02), Publications by Student Groups, Women’s Resource Center Records, and Women’s Studies Program Administrative Papers, all located at University Archives.

Preferred Citation: [Item description]. From the [collection title, series, box, folder]. University Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

Processing Information: Inventory processed by Archives Staff in 1992. Top level information processed, and finding aid converted to DACS by Miranda Rectenwald in June 2011.  Updated by Rebecca van Kniest in October 2011.

Finding Aid Revision History: This finding aid was entered into Archon by Hannah Barg in June 2012.


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Folder 1: Alpha Epsilon Phi, 1958-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Alpha Lambda Delta, 1955-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Alumnae, Prominent Women, 1949-1951Add to your cart.
Folder 4: American Association of University Women, 1953-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 5: American Association of University Women, 1962-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Association of College Honor Societies - Information Booklet, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Association of Women Students, 1948-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Athletics, 1966-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Budget - Women's Building, 1966-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Camps, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Campus Planning Committee - Dormitory Planning Committee, 1956-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Chimes, 1971-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Chimes - National, 1949-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Commencement, 1964-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Committees, University-Wide, 1965-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Conference on Social Programming, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Connole, Paul, 1954-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Council of Mothers' Clubs, 1946-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Deans of Women - Missouri Association of Women Deans and Counselors, 1951-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Deans of Women - National Association of Women Deans and Counselors, 1957-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Deans of Women - NAWDC Convention, St. Louis, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Deans of Women - NAWDC Conventions, 1961-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Delta Phi Epsilon, 1962-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Ewing, Jim - Director of Student Activities, 1965-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Faculty and Administrators - Lists and Hierarchy, 1961-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Faculty Night, 1964-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Forensics Union, 1967-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Forsyth Residence Halls - Guides, 1965-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Fraternities - Orientation, 1970, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Fraternity Housemothers, 1948-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Freshman Orientation, 1960-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Gamma Rho, 1940-1955Add to your cart.
Folder 33: General Studies Course - Psychology and Theology, Susan Wedemeyer, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Haack, Dean Arno, 1951-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Haack, Dean Arno - Report from the Dean of Students, 1958-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Hartmann, Charles J. - Coordinator of Residence Programs, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Honors Assembly Program, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Housing - Millbrook Faculty Apartments, 1953-1954Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Humanistic Education Institute, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Independent Women's Association (IWA), 1931-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Information, Office of, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Injury Report Form, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 43: In-Town Student Association, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 44: Janitorial Services - Women's Building, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Job Analysis, Payroll, Tax Exemptions, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Knelleken, Gertrude, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 47: Leadership - Responsibility, Communication, Studies, Recruiting for Positions, Group & Committee Work, 1957-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Liess, Daniel - Superintendent of Safety and Security, 1960-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Life Planning Program, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Maintenance Center, 1967-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 51: McMillan Hall - Dormitory for Women, 1944-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Mortar Board, 1961-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Mortar Board - Black Book, Constitution, 1935-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Mortar Board - Membership Rosters, 1915-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 55: National Spurs - Junior Honorary, 1963-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 56: Newman Club, 1951-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 57: Panhellenic Administration - Status of Fraternities and Sororities, Budget Proposals, 1969-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 58: Panhellenic Advisory Council, 1964-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 59: Panhellenic Advisory Council, 1967-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 60: Panhellenic Association, National, 1957-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 61: Panhellenic Association, St. Louis, 1956-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 62: Panhellenic Association, Washington University, 1948-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 63: Panhellenic Association, Washington University, 1969-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 64: Panhellenic Association - Business Telephone, 1963-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 65: Panhellenic Association - Change of Status, 1965-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 66: Panhellenic Association - Minutes of Meetings, 1959-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 67: Panhellenic Association - Old Constitutions, 1952-1958Add to your cart.

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