Jo Ann Argersinger administrative records, 1998-1999
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Brief Description: The Jo Ann Argersinger administrative records consist primarily of correspondence "defense files" documenting her tenure as Chancellor of Southern Illinois University Carbondale from 1998-1999.  The correspondence documents discussion of numerous issues pertaining to university administration, including: university policies, administrative appointments, personnel issues, academic affairs issues, collegiate athletics, discussions on campus facilities and building leases, thank you letters to monetary donors and visiting dignitaries, and various other business matters pertaining to academic departments and university functions.  Also included are clippings and correspondence regarding the conflict between Chancellor Jo Ann Argersinger and SIU System President Ted Sanders.
Held at:
Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
605 Agriculture Dr.
MC 6632
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618-453-2516
Fax: 618-453-3451
Email: speccoll [at]
Record Series Number: 3/RG 2/16
Created by: Argersinger, Jo Ann E., Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Office of the Chancellor.
Volume: 3.0 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 12/23/2008. Accession 2017_005, the correspondence "defense files," were transferred from Records Management to University Archives on April 3, 2017.
Arrangement: The collection is arranged into 1 series: Administrative Correspondence and Related Documents.  The correspondence "defense files" are maintained in original chronological order.  The clippings, correspondence, and printed material on Jo Ann Argersinger's hiring and conflict with SIU System President Ted Sanders was originally 1 file compiled by former Director of Special Collections David Koch, and has been separated into 3 folders based on record format.
Biographical Note for Argersinger, Jo Ann E. :

Jo Ann E. Argersinger received her bachelor's degree from University of Maryland Baltimore County (1974) and her master's (1976) and doctoral degrees (1980) from George Washington University, all of which were in history. Her area of expertise is 20th century U.S. labor history.  Argersinger began her teaching career at Dickinson College from 1980 to 1983.  She was then faculty at the University of Maryland Baltimore County from 1983-1994,and served as provost from 1994 to 1998.

During her time at UMBC, Argersinger helped establish its Phi Beta Kappa chapter.  She was a leader in a K-16 initiative that sought to reform teacher education by emphasizing the liberal arts in teacher training.  As Provost she began the Provost's Undergraduate Research Awards.

Argersinger became the first female chancellor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, serving the university from 1998 to 1999.  After a tense working relationship with the SIU Board of Trustees and SIU System President, she was reassigned to the history department faculty.

Argersinger has written three books, Toward a New Deal in Baltimore: People and Government in the Great Depression (1988), Making the Amalgamated: Gender, Ethnicity, and Class in the Baltimore Clothing Industry (1999), and The Triangle Fire: A Brief History with Documents (2009). She has coauthored another three books, The American Journey (1998, 2001, 2004), Twentieth Century America: A Social and Political History (2005), Women At Work (A. B. Longman).  Argersinger also appeared in an episode of a PBS documentary called American Experience which aired March 2011.

Access Restrictions: Restricted.
Subject Index
Southern Illinois University Carbondale - Administration
Women college administrators - Illinois - Carbondale
Genres/Forms of Material
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Southern Illinois University Carbondale - Records and correspondence
Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Office of the Chancellor - Records and correspondence
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.
Acquisition Notes: Accession 754  Transfered from the office of Special Collections Research Center Directory David Koch.
PreferredCitation: [Item], Jo Ann Argersinger administrative records, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale