General Correspondence, 1912-1947, 1973-1980, 1982
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Brief Description: General Correspondence of the Dean of Men with students, parents, administrative officers, faculty, employers and the public concerning students' personal, financial, social, housing, health and extracurricular problems; academic work; character; discipline; financial support; fraternities and other organizations; and vocational guidance. The series includes letters relating to the respective interest of Deans Thomas A. Clark (1912-1931), Fred H. Turner (1931-1943), and Edward E. Stafford (1943-1947) in students, the Council of Administration, the North Central Association, academic standing, probation, petitions, disputes with faculty, absences and cuts, dishonesty in examinations, rules and regulations, health insurance, Hospital Association and building, loans, scholarships, employment, fraternity affairs and publications, Inter-Fraternity Conference, hazing, military affairs and service, alumni clubs and retirement, war veterans, Alpha Tau Omega, Phi Eta Sigma, Rotary Club, Federal Employment Relief Administration, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Freshman Week, Cosmopolitan Club, Illinois Union, National Youth Administration, State Division of Rehabilitation, Illini Publishing Company, Illini Union, Association of College Admissions, Counselors and high school guidance conferences. The 1973-1980 file relates to affirmative action, the Bakke Decision, financial aid, handicapped students, Education Opportunity Programs, education for ex-offenders, minority students, recruiting, student athletes, student transfers and tutorial programs.
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Record Series Number: 41/2/1
Created by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Office of the Dean of Students
Volume: 79.0 cubic feet
Acquired: 4/30/1965; 12/11/1975; 7/7/1986
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Arrangement: Chronological and alphabetical by correspondent thereunder
Biographical Note for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Office of the Dean of Students :

On June 11, 1901, the office of the Dean of Undergraduates and Assistant to the President responsible for the supervision and welfare of male undergraduates was established by the Board of Trustees.1 Dean of Men became the official title in 1910.2 In addition to helping new students adjust to campus life, the Dean and his staff were available to guide and assist students with personal, social and academic problems.3

In September, 1943, the Dean of Men's office became part of the Office of the Dean of Students.4 Housing, financial aid, fraternities and sororities and campus regulations were the primary concerns of the staff.5 With reorganization of the Dean of Students in 1967, a new title and added duties were given to the Dean of Men. The Dean of Student Programs and Services was responsible for programs and policies dealing with student organizations and activities, residence halls, the Housing Division, the Union and the Security Office.6

In 1973, the Dean of Students became Vice-Chancellor for Campus Affairs and with responsibilities including Career Development and Placement, and Foreign Student-Staff Affairs.7 In 1979, the office of the Dean of Students assumed responsibility for Women's Resources, Emergency Services, Educational Opportunities Program (EOP), Veterans' Affairs, Afro-American Cultural Programs and the Latino Cultural House.8 In 1980, further responsibilities included Illini Guides, and Student Leadership-Student Government Association.9 Additional responsibilities assumed in 1982 included the Upward Bound Program, Mothers' Association, Tutoring and La Casa Cultural Latina, formerly Latino Cultural House.10 As of April 23, 1986, the Dean of Students was an Associate vice-chancellor in the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.11

1. Transactions of the Board of Trustees, 21st Report, June 11, 1901, p. 79.

2. Transactions of the Board of Trustees, 25th Report, December 28, 1910, p. 53.

3. Annual Register, 1942-43, p. 112.

4. Transactions of the Board of Trustees, 42nd Report, August 31, 1943, p. 495.

5. Undergraduate Study Catalog, 1968-1969, p. 83.

6. Transactions of the Board of Trustees, 54th Report, September 20, 1967, p. 711.

7. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Student-Staff Directory: 1973-1974, p. 14.

8. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Student-Staff Directory: 1979-80, pp. 17-18.

9. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Student-Staff Directory: 1980-1981, p. 19.

10. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Student-Staff Directory: 1982-83, p. 23.

11. Organizational Chart: Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

Subject Index
Afghanistan - Education
Alpha Tau Omega
Army Specialized Training Program
Black Students
Cosmopolitan Club
Council of Administration
Dean of Men
Dean of Students
Dismissal of Students
Foreign Students
Handicapped Students
Housing, Men's
Illini Publishing Company
Illini Union
Illinois Union
Interfraternity Council
Military Service
National Youth Administration
North Central Association
Phi Eta Sigma
Probation, Academic
Rotary Club
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Special Educational Opportunities Program
Student Discipline
Student Economics
Student Health
Student Services
Tutorial Programs
University Administration
World War I - Agricultural and Industrial Production and Construction
World War I - Service and Training
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]