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Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

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On-Campus Housing

Bound Housing Reports, Regulations and Standards

Housing Newsletters

Off-Campus Housing Records


University Housing records, 1925-2009 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

By Tony Bittle

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Collection Overview

Title: University Housing records, 1925-2009Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1940-2009

ID: 3/RG 13/16

Primary Creator: Southern Illinois University (Carbondale campus). Housing Office.

Extent: 8.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged in 4 series:  1. On-Campus Housing.  2. Bound Housing Reports, Regulations and Standards.  3. Housing Newsletters.  4. Off-Campus Housing Records.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1967. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Dormitories - Illinois - Carbondale, Southern Illinois University (Carbondale campus) - Student housing, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale - Student housing, Southern Illinois University Carbondale - Student housing, Student housing - Illinois - Carbondale

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The University Housing Records document the history, procedures, and activities of the housing office at Southern Illinois University.  The records include correspondence, policies and procedures, printed brochures and booklets, judicial decisions, and examples of official forms, collectively dated 1925 to 2009.  The records provide information on student housing facilities and residence life during these years.  Also included is a box of China from the Woody Hall cafeteria from when it served as the women's dormintory from 1953 to circa 1965-1968.

Biographical Note

Student housing options and management at Southern Illinois University Carbondale formalized slowly over the early decades of the university’s history.  From when the first students enrolled in 1874 up to 1912, students rented rooms or resided in private boardinghouses in Carbondale, or, if close enough, commuted from home.  The Kelly Club boardinghouse, operated by Cordelia Carbaugh Kelly, and the “B. J. Club” are well-known examples.  These local residents were called “householders,” and the university created the first rules governing their obligations toward students in 1912.  The first dormitory on campus, Anthony Hall, opened in 1913 and could house 70 women.  Men, and the women not residing in Anthony Hall, continued living in private residences throughout town.

A Faculty Housing Committee was organized in 1915 to supervise student housing arrangements.  Because most students lived off-campus, university administration created a “rooming agreement” in 1921 to be signed by householders and the students they boarded, which was filed in the president’s office.  As enrollment slowly but steadily increased, Dean of Men Eli G. Lentz and Dean of Women Lucy K. Woody established cooperative housing units.  The first of these facilities was Harwood Hall (1936-1942), the former home of Professor S. E. Harwood that was remodeled into a boardinghouse for 16-18 male students.  The property was first rented, but later purchased by the university with a Federal Housing Administration loan but managed by the residents.  Harwood Hall and 8 to 13 other cooperative units closed as male enrollment dropped during World War II.

The administration of housing and student affairs formalized in the 1940s and 1950s.  The university created a Housing Committee in 1940 to plan future housing and supervise existing facilities.  The committee consisted of the Deans of Men and Women, a representative from the Health Department, 2 student representatives nominated by the Student Council, and 4 faculty members nominated by the Faculty Senate.  In 1942, a twenty-five year development plan for the university, designed by architects Chance Hill and C. Herrick, included proposed living centers for students.  The Housing Office, responsible for regulating off-campus housing, was established in 1945 and directed by Mable Pulliam, wife of the late university President Roscoe Pulliam (1935-1944).  She drafted Regulations and Standards for the householders, and initiated training and inspection of householders and their facilities.

Male students, and women not in Anthony Hall, continued living in remolded single-family homes that were given monikers by the students who lived there such as “La Casa Siesta,” “The Stag Club,” “Jewel Box,” and “Mary Margaret Manor.”  The university supplied its first on-campus housing for men in September 1951, which were a group of barracks acquired from Camp Ellis and called Dowdell Halls, named after the tract of land they were located near the Illinois Central Railroad tracks on east campus.  William Rogge was appointed the first Supervisor of Men’s Residence halls that same year.  Also in 1951, the SIU Board of Trustees created the Office of Student Affairs to coordinate all student personnel services not associated with academic instruction, and supervise all student activities and organizations.  The Housing Office became a unit within the Student Special Services Division of the Office of Student Affairs.  In 1954, it was referred to as the Student Housing Center.

Housing options grew significantly in the 1950s and 1960s as the university’s enrollment rose rapidly.  In 1951, the Southern Acres residence halls opened on the Vocational Technical Institute campus and housed male students attending both the VTI and Carbondale main campus.  Woody Hall was completed in 1953 and replaced Anthony Hall as the women’s dormitory, which was then occupied by men.  The Chautauqua housing area also opened circa 1953.  The Thompson Point dormitories were completed in phases from 1956-1962.  The university purchased the Illinois Avenue Residence Hall in 1955-56.  The Small Group Housing buildings, or Greek Row, were completed in phases from 1959-1962.  Southern Hills family housing opened in 2 stages in 1960 and 1962.  The Washington Square building complex was purchased in 1962.  Forest Hall (1964), Elizabeth Street Apartments (1965), Baptist Student Center (1967, later called the Northwest Annex) also opened in the mid-1960s.  The east campus housing complex consisting of Brush Towers and the Triads opened in phases from 1965-1968.

In 1957, the Board of Trustees created the position Director of Housing and appointed William Rogge.  Mable Pulliam resigned as Supervisor of Off-campus Housing effective August 1, 1959, and Rogge resigned the same year.  Albin Yokie was appointed Coordinator of Student Housing on September 14, 1959, and Anita Kuo was appointed Assistant Supervisor of Off-campus Housing on October 15, 1959.  At the July 1, 1964 meeting, the Board of Trustees approved a university reorganization that grouped administrative units into divisions according to function: academic affairs, business affairs, student services, and area services.  The student services division was led by the Chief Officer for Student Services, a position within the university President’s Office, who divided time between the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses.  The student services division included the units of the Health Service, Student Work Office, and Office of Student Affairs, the latter of which included the Housing Office.

The Office of Student Affairs within the student services division was reorganized in August 1966.  Albin Yokie resigned in 1964, and his Coordinator of Housing position was eliminated in 1966.  The student affairs and housing offices within the division were merged into a new unit entitled Student Affairs and Housing.  It was headed by Ralph Prusok, the Dean of Students, Carbondale Campus.  Reporting to Prusok was Samuel Rinello in the new position of Coordinator of Housing Business Services.  With the 1966 reorganization, assistant deans to the Carbondale Dean of Students were appointed for each residence complex: Thompson Point, University Park, Small Group Housing, Woody Hall, Southern Acres, and Off-campus Housing.  Anito Kuos resigned as Supervisor of Off-campus Housing effective July 1, 1966, and Joseph P. Zaleski made responsible for both Off-campus Housing and motor vehicle registrations.

At its June 16, 1972 meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the new position of Vice President for Student Affairs.  Dr. George Mace was selected to serve as Dean of Students, pending the appointment of a permanent vice president.  On September 15, 1973, Bruce Swinburne was appointed the Dean of Students and in 1975 became the first Vice President for Student Affairs.  University housing remained a functional unit within the Student Affairs Division.  In 1996, to reflect the administrative structure at other universities, the campus-level administrative position titles changed from “president” to “chancellor,” and the SIU System-level administrative positions changed from “chancellor” to “president.”

The university purchased University Hall in 2004, originally a privately owned off-campus residence hall built in 1967 and called Wilson Hall.  In 1987 the facility name changed to University Hall and was allowed to house freshmen.  Building I of the university-owned Wall and Grand Apartments opened in 2006 and Buildings II and III opened in 2007.  The Triads on east campus (Boomer, Allen, and Wright halls) were demolished in 2012.

In response to declining enrollment, SIUC administration reorganized the offices and functions pertaining to student services to improve student success, recruitment and retention, and administrative efficiency.  On December 2, 2010, the units reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs were reassigned on an interim basis.  At the April 14, 2011 meeting, the Board of Trustees formally approved several administrative changes, and University Housing became a unit of the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance.  The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students and its remaining units began reporting to the Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

In the fall semester 2014, interim Chancellor Paul Sarvela commissioned the Student Affairs Task Force to review the efficiency and effectiveness of the non-academic units that provide services to students.  Upon the Task Force’s recommendation, the Board of Trustees reestablished the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at the April 16, 2015 meeting, which would be effective July 1 of that year.  Several units, including University Housing, were realigned and became subordinate to the VCSA.

Subject/Index Terms

Dormitories - Illinois - Carbondale
Southern Illinois University (Carbondale campus) - Student housing
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale - Student housing
Southern Illinois University Carbondale - Student housing
Student housing - Illinois - Carbondale

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Accruals: Off-campus housing complaint files were acquired in the early 1970s and inventoried on April 26, 1976.  Accession 682, received from Robert Wenc on October 23, 2007.

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

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 Source: unknown

Preferred Citation: [item], University Housing records, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Processing Information: Original inventory created January 23, 1967.

Finding Aid Revision History: An inventory of off-campus housing complaint files was created April 26, 1976.  The collection was formally processed by Tony Bittle in January-February 2019.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: On-Campus Housing, 1964-2009],
[Series 2: Bound Housing Reports, Regulations and Standards, 1945-1967],
[Series 3: Housing Newsletters, 1950-1968],
[Series 4: Off-Campus Housing Records, 1940-1969],
[All]

Series 4: Off-Campus Housing Records, 1940-1969Add to your cart.
The off-campus housing records document the interaction between the university housing office and owners of private housing facilities throughout Carbondale, Murphysboro, and Carterville in which students lived.  Private landlords were referred to as "householders," and were subject to having thier facilities inspected and approved by the university housing inspector.  This series also highlights issues pertaining to race relations, clubs, community developement, veteran housing, and judicial procedures.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Housing Complaints, 1940-1949Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Housing Complaints, 1950-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Housing Complaints, 1960-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Housing Complaints, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Housing Complaints (A-M), 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Housing Complaints (N-Z), 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Housing Complaints, 1963-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Housing Complaints Cleared, 1963-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Householder Complaints, 1960-1969Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Housing Correspondence, 1947-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Off-Campus Housing Correspondence, 1960-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Off-Campus Housing Correspondence, 1961-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Off-Campus Housing Correspondence, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Off-Campus Housing Correspondence, January-July 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Off-Campus Housing Correspondence, August-December 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Off-Campus Housing Correspondence, February 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Off-Campus Housing Correspondence, March 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Off-Campus Housing Correspondence, April 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Off-Campus Housing Correspondence, May 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Off-Campus Housing Correspondence, June 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Off-Campus Housing Correspondence, July 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Housing Written Complaints, 1964-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Housing Complaints-Bening Real Estate, 1966Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Off-Campus Housing Correspondence, August 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Off-Campus Housing Correspondence, September-October 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Off-Campus Housing Correspondence, November-December 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Off-Campus Housing Correspondence, January-February 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Off-Campus Housing Correspondence, March-April 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Off-Campus Housing Correspondence, May-December 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Examples of Housing Programs at Other Universities, 1926-1952Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Veteran Housing, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 9: House Trailer Information, 1945-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Housing Committee Minutes, 1945-1950Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Post-War House Planning and Renovations, 1945-1950Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Food Establishment Inspection, 1945-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Organized Houses, 1945-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Housing Standards, 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Fire Prevention Correspondence, 1946-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Historical Housing Statistics, 1946-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Housing History, 1946-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Dorm Information, circa 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Housing Options/Projects, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 20: State Slum Clearance Plans, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Health and Safety Report, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Scholarships, 1949, 1953, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Grade Point Average Reports, 1949-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Clippings, 1949-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Southern Illinois Normal University Foundation Constitution, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 26: View of Off-Campus Householder Food Operations, 1950-1951Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Food Handler School, 1950-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Newsletter Ideas, 1950-1958Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Householder Workshops, 1950-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Race-Related, 1950-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Practicum/Class Papers, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Alumni Association, 1951-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Board of Trustees, 1951-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 6: House Trailer Regulations, 1952-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Women's Rules, 1952, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Householder Course Material, 1952, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Householder Meetings, 1952-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Fire Protection Information, 1953-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Housing Staff Meetings, 1953-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Newsletter Templates, 1954-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Householders, 1954-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Historical Fire-Control Equipment, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Civil Defense, 1955-1956Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Housing Staff Meeting Minutes, 1955-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Foreign Students, 1955-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 18: City Limit Map, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Student Living Center Evaluation Questionnaire, 1956-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Southern Illinois University Women's Club, 1956-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Paper Regarding Relationship of Householder to Student, 1956-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Householder List, 1956-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Budget Request, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Class of 1921, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Speeches, 1957, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 26: College Health Conference, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Community Development Program, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Michiko Takaki, 1958Add to your cart.
1958 clipping from The Southern, about SIU student Michiko Takaki.  Also included in the folder, are copies of the Smithsonian Collections blog, describing Michiko's later anthropological work.
Folder 29: Party Information, 1958-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Off-Campus President's Council Minutes, 1958-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Householder Association, 1958-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Course Exams Related to Housing, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Student Work Office, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Housing Survey, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Presentation Regarding Deaf Students at Southern Illinois University, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Foreign Teacher Development ProgramAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: Housing Policies and Standards, 1959-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Procedure Letters, 1959-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Housing Memos, 1959-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Resident Fellow Selection Procedure, 1959-1962Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Staff Meeting Minutes, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Housing Bulletin Drafts, circa 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 3: General University Policies, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Exploration of Off-Campus Housing Procedures, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Trouble-Shooting Committee Meetings, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Wesley Foundation, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Carbondale Trailer Locations, 1960-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Housing Regulations, 1960-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Constitution Committee, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Changes in Women's Rules, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Policy Letters, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Housing Check-In Procedures, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 13: "Operation Friendship"  Community Development, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Proposed University Park Residential Area, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Housing Office Minutes, 1961-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Faculty and Staff Correspondence, 1961-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Carbondale Zoning Ordinance, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Southern Illinois University Bus Service to Murphysboro, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Department of Public Safety Correspondence, 1962-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Housing Information, 1962-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Example of House Inspection Forms, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Housing Letter from Mrs. Christian H. Moe, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Housing Regulations Draft, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Unsupervised Housing Denials/Appeals, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Samples of Letters Requesting to Live in Unsupervised Housing, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 26: News Releases, 1963-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Names of Students in Organized Houses, 1963-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Sanitation Correspondence, 1963-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Mock Nominating Convention, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Student Affairs Letters of Reprimand, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Examples of Motor Vehicle Registration, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Resident Fellow's Positions, 1964-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Judicial Board, 1964-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Off-Campus Area Projects, 1964-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Formation of Student Government (Off Campus), 1964-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Action Party, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Exploration of the Collection of Off-Campus Fees, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Guidelines for Off-Campus Housing, 1967-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 39: History of Housing at SIU 1874-1953, 1953Add to your cart.

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[Series 1: On-Campus Housing, 1964-2009],
[Series 2: Bound Housing Reports, Regulations and Standards, 1945-1967],
[Series 3: Housing Newsletters, 1950-1968],
[Series 4: Off-Campus Housing Records, 1940-1969],
[All]

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