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Title: Dean of Women and Dean of Students Office Records, 1915-2003Add to your cart.

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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Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Panhellenic Association - Projects, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Panhellenic Association - Rush, 1957-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Panhelleinc Association - Rush, 1962-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Panhellenic Association - Rush, 1966-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Panhellenic Association - Rush, 1967-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Panhellenic Association - Rush, 1969-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Panhellenic Handbook, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Pennington, Jean, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Peterson, Ann - Sorority Rush, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Phi Mu, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Photographs, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Pickens, Buford L. - Use of Women's Building Rooms, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Proctors (Women's Building), undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Proposal - Alpha Lambda Delta Project for Freshman Year Planning, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Pyramid Club - Phi Sigma Sigma, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Rapoport, Nicole - Assistant Director of Student Activities, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Recommendations, 1960-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Registrar, 1970-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Ritterskamp, James J., Jr. - Director of Purchasing, 1948-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 20: St. Clair, Frederick G. - Supervising Engineer, Building Repairs, 1949-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Sandven, Mrs. Freda Morris, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Senior Women's Seminar, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Shepley, Ethan A. H., 1953-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Sherwood, Susan, 1968-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Sigma Delta Tan/Kappa Chi, 1950-1951Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Social Rules and Regulations, 1965, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Sophomore Commission, 1973-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Sororities, 1955-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Sorority Expansion, 1941-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Sorority Membership, 1953-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Sorority Membership, 1959-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Sorority Membership, 1960-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Sorority Treasurers - Summer Addresses, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Speakers, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Starbird, Dean Adele - Portrait Unveiling, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Stearns, Joyce C. - Dean of Facilities, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Student Activities, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Student Affairs - Administrative Council, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Student Affairs, Board of, 1959-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Student Assembly, 1966-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Student Center, 1947-1951Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Student Senate, 1960-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Student Union Building, 1961-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Students, 1964-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Tolman, Dean Carl, 1955-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Travel Forms and Regulations, 1958-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 47: United States Army and Navy - Recruiting for Women's Programs, 1957-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Vermyle, Dr. Dyckman W. - Associate Provost for Student Affairs, 1964-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Wagner, O. W. - Director of Student Records, 1950-1952Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Wedemeyer, Susan - Counselor in Women's Affairs, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Women's Building - Business, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Women's Building - Calendar, Folder 1, 1953-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Women's Building - Calendar, Folder 2, 1953-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Women's Building - Employees, 1959-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 55: Women's Building - Gifts, 1928-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 56: Women's Building - History, 1925-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 57: Women's Building - Hostess Job Description, 1963-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 58: Women's Building - Maids and Porters Job Description, 1960-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 59: Women's Building - Permissions, 1954-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 60: Women's Building - Policies, Rules, 1933-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 61: Women's Building - Requests for Information and Replies, 1930-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 62: World University Service - Fundraising, 1959-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 63: YWCA, 1965-1967Add to your cart.

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