Dean of Women records, 1938-1958
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Brief Description: The Dean of Women records highlight the office’s activities and procedures, and matters of concern pertaining to women students at Southern Illinois University Carbondale from 1938-1958.  The collection is predominantly correspondence.  The topics include academics, student employment, sorority and social life, financial aid, and general office business.
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 13/24
Created by: Southern Illinois University (Carbondale campus). Dean of Women., Southern Illinois State Normal University. Dean of Women.
Volume: 1.0 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 12/21/2007.
Arrangement: The files are arranged chronologically.
Biographical Note for Southern Illinois University (Carbondale campus). Dean of Women. :

The first mention of a Dean of Women position at Southern Illinois University is found in the May 31, 1926 minutes of the Illinois Normal School Board.  Lucy K. Woody served as the first Dean of Women from 1926-1948.  Subsequent Deans of Women were Helen Shuman (1948-1950), Leah Farr (1950-1952), and Mildred Schrotberger (1952-1959).  Loretta K. Ott was appointed from Assistant Dean of Women to serve as the acting dean from August 15, 1958 to July 1, 1959, during which Schrotberger took an extended leave of absence and resigned on July 1.  The university did not fill the vacancy with permanent replacement.  The last mention of the Dean of Women position is found in the Board of Trustees 1959-1960 annual report.  Ott served as an Assistant Dean in Student Affairs, and was reassigned as Assistant to the Dean of Student Affairs on July 1, 1966.

The Board of Trustees created the Office of Student Affairs in 1951 to coordinate all student personnel services not associated with academic instruction, and supervise all student activities and organizations.  It consisted of the Student Activities Office, Student Special Services Office, and the Counseling and Testing Service.  The Office of Student Affairs was to be administered by a Director in cooperation with the Dean of Men and Dean of Women.  I. Clark Davis, who had been Dean of Men since 1949, was appointed Acting Director of Student Affairs effective July 1, 1951, and retained the Dean of Men title.  He was made Director of Student Affairs effective July 1, 1958.

Access Restrictions: Portions restricted per The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.
Subject Index
Southern Illinois State Normal University - Students
Southern Illinois University (Carbondale campus) - Students
Student affairs administrators - Illinois - Carbondale
Student affairs services - Illinois - Carbondale
Women college students - Illinois - Carbondale
Genres/Forms of Material
Southern Illinois University (Carbondale campus). Dean of Women - Records and correspondence
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
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Acquisition Notes: Accession 698
PreferredCitation: [item], Dean of Women records, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.