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Student Activities, 1899+

Collection Overview

Title: Student Activities, 1899+

Predominant Dates:1940-2010

ID: RHC/UA/35/

Extent: 24.0 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Student Activities collection documents campus life from 1899 to the present.  The records are strongest in the post World War II period and weakest in the decade of the 1930's.  The collection has been organized into six series: 1 - Student Affairs Committee Records (1901-2010); 2 - Organizations and Annual Activities (1899-2005); 3 - Homecoming (1950-1974); 4 - Religious Life (1901-1981); 5 - Student Protests and Demonstrations (1967-1977); and 6 - Commencement and Class Programs; Photographs (1900-1979).

Several series give good insight into such annual events as May Fete (later Springfest), Homecoming, Winter Carnival, and Stunt Night during the 1950's through 1970's, and on the period of campus unrest, 1968-1972.  Over one hundred clubs or activities are documented in this collection and the researcher should check the container list below, or the Student Organization Index [available at the Reference Desk], for a specific organization.

Researchers should also check related collections in the archives, especially Sorority Records, Fraternity Records, Student Association Records, Intercollegiate Athletics, Student Publications, and Student Housing Records.  The Northern Star/Publication Index will also lead to information on specific groups or activities

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the materials in this record series.

Acquisition Method: The University Archives acquired records documenting student organizations and activities from various individuals over the past several decades.


Box and Folder Listing

Series I: Student Affairs Committee Records
Box 1A
Folder 1-4: Student Affairs Committee, Minutes and Correspondence, 1933-1955
Folder 5-6: President's Panel, 1949-1953
Folder 7-8: Programs, 1947-1974
Folder 9: Health Services, 1952-1964
Folder 10-13: Student Activities Fund Board, Minutes and Budget, 1949-1965
Folder 14: Activities Advisers, 1941-1972
Folder 15: Athletic Board, 1953-1965
Folder 16-19a: Orientation, Student, 1935-1998, 2000, 2003-2005
Folder 19b: Orientation, Family, Booklets, 2003-2005
Folder 19c: New Student Welcome Days, 1997
Folder 20-22: Activity Tickets; Student Handbooks, 1920-1925; 1901-1956
Folder 23: Campus Assistance Center, 1981-1982, 1987
Box 1B
Folder 1-4b: Student Handbooks, (1969-2009)
Box 1C
Folder 1: "Corn Country Women's Almanac", circa 1976
Folder 2: Parent Handbooks, 1974, 1982-1983, no date
Folder 3: Family Handbooks, (1996-2005), 2009/2010
Box 2
Folder 1-6: Activity Calendars, 1966-1976
Series II: Organizations and Annual Activities
Box 2
Folder 7-9: Organizations, Lists and Handbooks, 1961-1972
Box 3
Folder 1: Advertising Club
Folder 2: Accounting Society
Folder 3: Alpha
Folder 4: Ars Nova
Folder 5-8: Artist Series, 1899-1979
Box 4
Folder 1: Band, 1959-1965
Folder 2: Beavers Club, 1965-1970
Folder 3: Biology Club, 1954-1967
Folder 4: Black Choir, 1971-1979
Folder 5: Black Student Union, 1967-1978
Box 5
Folder 1: Boots and Calico, 1959-1968
Folder 2: Cavaliers, 1938-1972
Folder 3: Commuters Club, 1960-1962
Folder 4: Concert Choir, 1957-1964
Folder 5: Drama Clubs, 1911-1967
Folder 6: Earth Science Club, 1960-1962
Folder 7: Ellwood and Glidden Societies, 1901-1917
Folder 8: English Clubs, 1959-1970
Folder 9: Film Clubs, 1965-1979
Folder 10: Fine Arts Festival, 1931-1965
Folder 11: Flunkies, 1965-1966
Folder 12: Flying Huskies, 1963-1968
Folder 13: Foreign Student Clubs, 1955-1978
Box 6
Folder 1a: Forensics, 1953-1964
Folder 1b: Freshman Day, June 17, 1911
Folder 2: Graduate Student Association, 1968-1974
Folder 3: History Club, 1957-1967
Folder 4: Home Economics Club, 1955-1970
Folder 5: International Club, 1964-1970
Folder 6: Jazz Ensemble, 1971-1979
Folder 7: Journalism Club, 1960-1970
Folder 8a: Latin American Students, 1974-1978
Folder 8b: Literary Contest, March 18, 1910
Folder 9: Madrigal Singers/Dinners, 1960-1975
Folder 10-11: May Fete, 1925-1978
Folder 12: Men's Union, 1959
Folder 13: Model U.N. Club, 1969
Folder 14: Mother Sunshine, 1971-1981
Folder 15: Norther, 1953-1964
Box 7
Folder 1: Northern Star, 1950-1965
Folder 2: Orchesis, 1937-1972
Folder 3: Outdoor Club, 1967-1979
Folder 4: Philosophy Club, 1969-1973
Folder 5: Physics Club, 1951-1970
Folder 6: Pleiades, 1937-1969
Volume 1-3: Pleiades (3 volumes), 1937-1969
Folder 7: Psychology Club, 1960-1975
Folder 8: ROTC Cadet Corps, 1971-1981
Folder 9: Scuba Diving Club, 1969
Folder 10: Ski Club, 1969-1972
Folder 11: Sociology Club, 1959-1968
Folder 12: Spanish Club, 1949-1957
Box 8
Folder 1: Speech Club, 1965-1970
Folder 2-3: Stunt Night, 1955-1961
Folder 4: Student Alumni Association, 1961-1971
Folder 5: Symphony Orchestra, 1957-1964
Folder 6: Towers, 1957-1964
Box 9
Folder 1-5: Town Girls, 1954-1967
Box 10
Folder 1: Town Girls, 1964-1969
Folder 2: Veteran's Club, 1968-1971
Folder 3: Volunteer Bureau, 1970-1971
Folder 4-5: Winter Carnival, 1957-1972
Folder 6-7: Wives Club, 1958-1971
Volume 1: Student Wives Club Album (1 volume), 1967-1974
Box 11
Folder 1: WNIU-FM, 1952-1964
Folder 2: Women's Recreation Association, 1922-1970
Folder 3: Student Committee for Animal Welfare, 1987
Folder 4: Young Republicans, NIU, 1962-1965, 1960-1993
Series III: Homecoming
Box 12
Folder 1-2: Minutes, 1951-1970
Folder 3: Memorabilia, 1964-1979
Folder 4-6: Committees, 1956-1970
Box 13
Folder 1-3: Homecoming, 1955-1970
Folder 4-5: Activities, 1955-1973
Folder 6: Royalty, 1950-1960
Box 14
Folder 1: Dances, 1955-1967
Folder 2: Parades, 1964-1967
Folder 3: Bike Race, 1959-1964
Folder 4-7: Programs, (1922-1974)
Series IV: Religious Life
Box 15
Folder 1: Ba'hai, 1970-1971
Folder 2: Campus Crusade, 1942-1979
Folder 3: Christian Science, 1953-1971
Folder 4: Hillel, 1971-1981
Folder 5: Liahona Fellowship
Folder 6: Lutheran Student Association, 1968-1979
Folder 7-8: Newman Center, 1955-1979
Folder 9: Orthodox Fellowship, 1964-1965
Folder 10: Wesley Fellowship, 1956-1970
Folder 11: YWCA (Young Womens Christian Association), 1901-1937
Folder 12-13: University Religious Council, 1955-1970
Box 16
Folder 1-9: University Religious Council and Associated Campus Ministries, 1959- 1971
Volume 1: Associated Ministries Council, ledger (1 volume), 1964-1971
Series V: Student Protests and Demonstrations
Box 17
Folder 1: American Indian Committee
Folder 2: Campus Americans for Democratic Action
Folder 3: Citizens for Democracy
Folder 4: Choice '68 Committee, 1968
Folder 5: Coalition for an Anti-Imperialist Movement
Folder 6: DeKalb Tenants Association
Folder 7: DeKalb Area Alliance for Responsible Energy
Folder 8: Everywoman
Folder 9: Environmental Teach-In Committee
Folder 10: Friends for Bikecology
Folder 11: World Development Committee
Folder 12: Impeach Nixon Committee
Folder 13: Kennedy Action Corps
Folder 14: Libertarians for Capitalism
Folder 15: MIR
Folder 16: Marxist Study Group
Folder 17: New American Movement
Folder 18: Movement for a New Congress
Folder 19: NIU Progressives
Folder 20: Rehire Peter Roman Campaign, 1969
Folder 21: Revolutionary Student Brigade
Folder 22: ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corp) Protest, 1968-1970
Folder 23: Student Mobilization Committee
Folder 24: Student Peace Union
Folder 25: Students for Bakalis
Folder 26: Students for a Democratic Society
Folder 27: Students for Harold Hughes
Folder 28: NIU-DeKalb Committee to Support the Farm Workers
Folder 29: Students for Israel
Folder 30: Kennedy for the IL Presidential Primary Club; Students for Kennedy
Folder 31: Students for McGovern
Folder 32: Students for McCarthy
Folder 33: NIU Youth Coalition for Muskie
Folder 34: Student Committee for Peace
Folder 35: Students for Rockefeller, 1968
Folder 36: Total Repeal of Illinois Abortion Laws (TRIAL)
Folder 37: Vietnam Veterans Against the War
Folder 38: Women '77, 1977
Folder 39: Women's Studies Center
Folder 40: Walk for Development
Folder 41: Women United Against the War
Folder 42: Students for Nonviolent Action
Folder 43: United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC) Lettuce Boycott, 1971
Folder 44: University Democrats
Folder 45: Young Americans for Freedom
Folder 46: Young Socialist Alliance
Box 18A
Folder 1: Human Relations Council, NIU, 1948-1957
Folder 2-7: May 1970 Protests, May 1970
Box 18B
Folder 8-9: Student Unrest Correspondence, 1969-1970
Folder 10: DeKalb County Journal, May 19-21, 1970
Box 19A
Folder 1: Draft Resistance, Memos & Announcements
Folder 2-4: Draft Counseling Center, 1968-1972
Folder 5: Resist, 1968-1972
Box 19B
Folder 1-4: News From Nowhere, (1968-1971)
Box 20
Folder 1-74: New Left Student Newspapers, various; Related Publications, (1967-1972); (1965-1988)
Series VI: Commencement and Class Programs; Photographs [See also UA 34]
Box 21
Folder 1-11: Classes, 1900-1910
Box 22
Folder 1-9: Classes, 1911-1919
Box 23
Folder 1-4: Classes, (1920-1959)
Box 24
Folder 1-6: Classes, (1960-1982)
Box 25
Volume 1-4: Class Photographs (4 volumes), 1900-1910
Box 26
Folder 1-5: Class Photographs, 1911-1914
Box 27
Folder 1-2: Class Photographs, 1914-1924
Addendum 1
Series II: Organizations
Box 28
Folder 1: A.I.E.S.E.C. (originally Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales), 1966, 1978
Folder 2: American Institute of Biological Sciences, 1968, 1970
Folder 3: Association for Childhood Education, 1970
Folder 4: Circle K, 1966
Folder 5: Mortar Board, 1971, 1973
Folder 6: Society for Advancement of Management, 1965-1970
Folder 7: Student Education Association, 1959, 1969
Box 29
Folder 1: Ban ROTC Immediately Coalition (BRIC), 1990
Folder 2: Black Student Union, 1989-1990
Folder 3: Coalition for Unity, 1987
Folder 4: Day of Action III Committee, 1989
Folder 5: Feminist Front, 1988-1990, no date
Folder 6: John Lennon Society, 1986-1989, no date
Folder 7: Marxist Humanist Forum, 1988-1991, no date
Folder 8: Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA), 1987-1988
Folder 9: Northern Illinois Peace Action Coalition, 1986
Folder 10: NIU Community for Peace, 1991
Folder 11: Students for a Democractic Society (SDS), 1986, 1988
Folder 12: Students for the Freedom of Martha Palmer, 1988-1989
Folder 13: Veterans and Conscientious Objectors Peace Coalition (VETCO), 1988
Box 30
Folder 1: Gay Liberation Front, 1970-1975
Folder 2: Gay Liberation Front, Meeting Minutes, 1972
Folder 3: Gay Christian Fellowship, 1972, 1980
Folder 4: NIU Gay Community Organization: Constitutions, and Phone Lists, 1975-1979
Folder 5: NIU Gay Community Organization: Meeting Minutes, 1975-1980
Folder 6: NIU Gay Community Organization: Newsletters, (1976-1980)
Folder 7: NIU Gay Community Organization: Newspaper Clippings, 1976-1980
Folder 8: NIU Gay Community Organization: Correspondence; Flyer, 1980; 1975
Folder 9: NIU Gay Community Organization: Budget Requests and Information, (1976-1980)
Folder 10: Gay and Lesbian Alliance of Northern Illinois University, 1992, no date
Folder 11: Gay Lesbian Union: Flyers, Clippings, Calendars, etc., (1980-1991)
Folder 12: Gay Lesbian Union: Minutes, (1980-1992)
Folder 13: Gay Lesbian Union: Speaking Out Newsletters, 1980-1981
Folder 14-16: Gay Lesbian Union: Prideletter, (1982-1992)
Box 31
Folder 1: Gay Lesbian Union: Correspondence, (1980-1992)
Folder 2: Gay Lesbian Union: Newspaper Clippings & Letters to the Editor, 1980-1993
Folder 3: Gay Lesbian Union: Press Releases, (1980-1991)
Folder 4: Gay Lesbian Union: Advertizing and Flyers, 1984-1992
Folder 5a-b: Gay Lesbian Union: Gay Awareness Week, (1983-1991)
Folder 6: Gay Lesbian Union: Corn County Picnic, 1985-1991
Folder 7: Gay Lesbian Union: Coors Boycott, 1985
Folder 8: Gay Lesbian Union: Public Relations, 1986-1988
Folder 9: Gay Lesbian Union: National March on Washington, 1987
Folder 10: Gay Lesbian Union: Report, "Give a Little Respect..., "by Adrienne Arnold, May 4, 1989
Folder 11: Gay Lesbian Union: ROTC, 1989-1993
Folder 12: Gay Lesbian Union: Activism, 1992
Folder 13: Gay Lesbian Union: National Condom Week, 1992
Folder 14: Gay Lesbian Union: Photographs, (8 prints), 1991, no date
Folder 15: Gay Lesbian Union: Budget/Funding Information, 1980-1987
Box 32A
Folder 1-6: Gay Lesbian Union: Office Log Books, February 26, 1980-August 24, 1987
Box 32B
Folder 1-3: Gay Lesbian Union: Office Log Books, August 24, 1987-December 7, 1993
Folder 4-7: LGBC and PRISM, Office Log Books, 1994-2002
Box 33A
Folder 1: Lesbian Gay Bisexual Coalition (LGBC): Constitution and By-laws, 1991
Folder 2: Lesbian Gay Bisexual Coalition (LGBC): Newspaper Clippings, 1993-1998
Folder 3: Lesbian Gay Bisexual Coalition (LGBC): "A Gift From the Past: A Transition Manual for the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Coalition", 1997
Folder 4: Lesbian Gay Bisexual Coalition (LGBC): Correspondence, 1994-1998
Folder 5: Lesbian Gay Bisexual Coalition (LGBC): LGBC Surveys, 1996, no date
Folder 6: Lesbian Gay Bisexual Coalition (LGBC): Accomplishments, Spring 1997-Spring 1999
Folder 7: Lesbian Gay Bisexual Coalition (LGBC): Letters to President LaTourette, 1997
Folder 8: Lesbian Gay Bisexual Coalition (LGBC): AIDS Quilt, April 1997, 1998
Folder 9: Lesbian Gay Bisexual Coalition (LGBC): Love Makes a Family: Living in Lesbian and Gay Families, Exhibit Comment Book, October 4-18, 1997
Folder 10: Lesbian Gay Bisexual Coalition (LGBC): Meeting Minutes; PRISM/LGBC Minutes, (1995-1998), 1998-1999
Folder 11: Lesbian Gay Bisexual Coalition (LGBC): Posters and Flyers, (1993-1998)
Folder 12: Lesbian Gay Bisexual Coalition (LGBC): Gay Jam, Photographs, 1997-1999
Folder 13: Lesbian Gay Bisexual Coalition (LGBC): Photographs, 1997-1998
Box 33B
Folder 1-3: Prideletter, (1993-2009)
Box 33C: "Project Alliance, DeKalb, IL", banner; "Homosexual Acts", white t-shirt, circa  1997; circa late 1990's
Box 34
Folder 1: PRISM: Prism/Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Allies Coalition, Constitution, April 2001
Folder 2: PRISM: Position Descriptions, Responsibilities, 2003-2004
Folder 3: PRISM: Transition Manual, 2004
Folder 4: PRISM: Planning Sessions, Agendas and Minutes, (1999-2004)
Folder 5: PRISM: Spring Retreats, 1999, 2001
Folder 6: PRISM: Correspondence, (1999-2004)
Folder 7: PRISM: Newspaper Clippings, 1998-2010
Folder 8: PRISM: Tearing down flyers is a hate crime, circa  2003
Folder 9-10: PRISM: Advertizing/Flyers, (1998-2010)
Folder 11: PRISM: Gay Jam, Flyers, 1999-2010
Folder 12: PRISM: Miscellaneous Materials, (1998-2004)
Folder 13: PRISM: Photographs, 1998-
Box 35: EMPTY - holding for PRISM additions
Box 36
Folder 1a: Native Americans Together Insuring Our National Sovereignty (NATIONS) Constitution, circa  2004
Folder 1b-4: Native Americans Together Insuring Our National Sovereignty (NATIONS), PowWow Records, 1994-1997, 2004
Folder 5: Native Americans Together Insuring Our National Sovereignty (NATIONS), Financial Records, 2004-2005
Folder 6: Native Americans Together Insuring Our National Sovereignty (NATIONS), Correspondence and Meetings, 2004-2005
Folder 7: Native Americans Together Insuring Our National Sovereignty (NATIONS), Native American Conference, 2003
Cassette Tape 1: PowWow, 1996, 1997
Box 37
Folder 1: Fine Arts Club of Northern Illinois State Teachers College (N.I.S.T.C.), Constitution and Minutes, 1930-1937
Folder 2: Fine Arts Guild of N.I.U., Constitution and Member Photos, 1968
Folder 3: NIU Chess Club, Photographs, 1985-1986, 1999
Folder 4: Believing In Culture (BIC), 2007, 2010
Folder 5: NIU Vets Club: Applicants, no date
Folder 6: NIU Vets Club: Membership Applications, 2002-2006
Folder 7: NIU Vets Club: Officer Forms, 1994-2005
Folder 8: NIU Vets Club: Contact Lists, 2002-2006
Folder 9: NIU Vets Club: Attendance Sheets, 1994
Folder 10: NIU Vets Club: Students Who Are Non-traditional (S.W.A.N.), 1997
Folder 11: NIU Vets Club: Student Data Request, 2004
Folder 12: NIU Vets Club: Perspective Member, 2002
Folder 13: NIU Vets Club: Correspondence, 1994-1999
Folder 14: NIU Vets Club: "Vet's Night Out" Northern Star Ads, 2004
Folder 15: NIU Vet's Club: Office Space Access, 1994-2000
Folder 16: NIU Vet's Club: Flyers, 1998-2011
Folder 17: NIU Vet's Club: Professor Albert S. King, Detailed Vita, no date
Folder 18: NIU Vets Club: Programs Evaluation Form, 2002-2005
Folder 19: NIU Vets Club: Space Request Forms, 2003-2005
Folder 20: NIU Vets Club: Schedules, NIU Veterans Club Events, 2005-2007
Folder 21: NIU Vets Club: "Stand Down", 2002-2003
Folder 22: NIU Vets Club: Support Our Troops, 2003-2004
Folder 23: NIU Vets Club: Valentine's Day Bake Sale, 2003
Folder 24: NIU Vets Club: Veteran's Appreciation Football Game, 2003
Folder 25: NIU Vets Club: Veterans' Day Ceremonies, 1998-1999
Folder 26: NIU Vets Club: Blood Drivers, 2004
Folder 27: NIU Vets Club: Outdoor Facilities Requests, 2003
Folder 28: NIU Vets Club: Friday Fest NIU Veterans Club Participation, 2003-2004
Folder 29: NIU Vets Club: NIU Veterans Club Brochure, 2002
Folder 30: NIU Vets Club: Job Instructions, no date
Folder 31: NIU Vets Club: Newspaper Articles, 1994-2007
Folder 32: NIU Vets Club: The Veterans Voice Newsletter, 1994-1999
Folder 33: NIU Vets Club: Photographs: Veterans Day Ceremony, 2002 (11)
Folder 34: NIU Vets Club: Photographs: Homecoming, 2002 (3)
Folder 35: NIU Vets Club: Photographs: Toilet Bowl, 2006 (24)
Folder 36: NIU Vets Club: Photographs: Events, 2006-2007, no date (13)
Box 38
Volume 1: Scrapbooks, 1983-1984, 1992-1999, 2002-2004, 2005-
Volume 2: Scrapbooks, 1983-1984, 1992-1999, 2002-2004, 2005-
Volume 3: Scrapbooks, 1983-1984, 1992-1999, 2002-2004, 2005-
Volume 4: Scrapbooks, 1983-1984, 1992-1999, 2002-2004, 2005-
Folder 1: Oversize Photographs, no date (3)