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Betty Mitchell Collection, 1948-1987 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

By Elizabeth Hartman

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Collection Overview

Title: Betty Mitchell Collection, 1948-1987Add to your cart.

ID: 3/RG 4/FP17-8-F5

Primary Creator: Mitchell, Betty (Betty Lou)

Extent: 5.0 Cubic Feet

Date Acquired: 02/10/1998

Subjects: Morris, Delyte W., 1906-1982, Southern Illinois State Normal University - History, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville., Vietnam War, 1961-1975 - Protest movements

Forms of Material: Morris, Delyte W., 1906-1982 - Correspondence, Morris, Delyte W., 1906-1982 - Interviews, Morris, Delyte W., 1906-1982 - Photographs, Southern Illinois State Normal University - Photographs, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale - History - Photographs

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains Betty Mitchell's research for her biography of Deltye W. Morris. It is composed of correspondence, speeches, reports, meeting minutes, newspaper and magazine clippings, Morris's calendar, as well as tapes and transcripts of the interviews Mitchell conducted with those who knew Morris, along with Morris himself and his family. The research spans from Morris's elementary school report cards, to his time as a Professor of Speech, to his legacy at Southern Illinois University, to a transcript of his eulogy.

Mitchell's research includes general university as well, from its time as a small teacher's college to a multi-campus, internationally recognized research university system, as Morris played a significant role in the growth, expansion, and development of the university. Campus unrest for political and administrative reasons was prevalent around of the time of Morris's resignation, and as such, is documentened here in newspaper clippings, reports, and correspondence. The included newpaper clippings and correspondence also concern the University House controversy, the autonomy of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and the role of universities in public affairs.

Collection Historical Note

Betty Mitchell graduated with a doctorate in English from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1950. She taught English at the university from 1951 to 1997. She received a Distinguished Service Award from the university in 1998. She has published several books on Carbondale history: Delyte Morris of SIU in 1988; Southern Illinois: A Pictoral History in 1993; and Carbondale, A Pictoral History in 2001.

Biographical Note

Betty Mitchell’s 51-year association with Southern Illinois University Carbondale began when she enrolled as a freshman in 1945.  She earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in English in 1949 and 1950, respectively.  She began teaching in the English Department in 1949 as a graduate assistant and then as a faculty member.  As an English professor she helped create the Writing Across the Curriculum program and developed the English 290 and 391 courses.  She also published 4 books: Delyte Morris of SIU (1988), Southern Illinois University: a Pictorial History (1993), 100 Years: the Women’s Club of Carbondale, and Carbondale: a Pictorial History (1991).  She died in 2000.

Mitchell was actively involved in Greek life at SIUC, joining the Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity in 1945.  She served as its advisor from 1952-1998, as secretary for the alumnae chapter from 1959-1997, and edited “Inside Southern,” the group’s alumnae newsletter, from 1963-1996.  She served the SIU and Carbondale community in numerous other roles including Girl Scout leader, the Carbondale Public Library Board and YMCA Board, President’s Council Committee of the SIU Foundation, Carbondale City Panhellenic, the Magic Mentor program, the American Heart Association, faculty representative to the NCAA committee, and the Carbondale Arts Festival,

Mitchell received numerous awards from both the University and the community. She received the SIUC Distinguished Service Award, the Lindell W. Sturgis Memorial Public Service Award (1984), the COLA Outstanding Teacher Award, the Outstanding Greek Advisor Award, the Student Affairs Service Award, the Inter-Greek Council award, the Carbondale Panhellenic Woman of the Year Award, the city of Carbondale’s Citizen of the Year Award, and the Arc of Epsilon Pi with Diamonds for service to Alpha Gamma Delta.

Subject/Index Terms

Morris, Delyte W., 1906-1982
Southern Illinois State Normal University - History
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 - Protest movements

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unlimited 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: Accession MSS 1588 received from Betty Mitchell.

Related Materials: Other oral history recordings and transcripts documenting Delyte Morris's Southern Illinois University presidency can be found in the Delyte Morris Oral Histories (FP 17-25-F3) and the Ben Gelman Collection (1-4-2-F1).

Preferred Citation: [Item], Betty Mitchell Tape Collection, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Processing Information: Processed by Elizabeth Hartman in August-September 2013.

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Folder 1: Morris Biography Research - Morris's date book, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Morris Biography Research - Morris's date book, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Morris Biography Research - Morris's date book, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Morris Biography Research - Morris's date book, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Morris Biography Research - Morris's date book, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Morris Biography Research - Morris's date book, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Morris Biography Research - Morris's date book, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Morris Biography Research - Morris's date book, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Morris Biography Research - Morris's date book, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Morris Biography Research - Morris's date book, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Morris Biography Research - Morris's date book, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Morris Biography Research, 1948-1949Add to your cart.
Correspondence, meeting minutes, speeches, clippings, inauguration, pictures
Folder 13: Morris Biography Research, 1950Add to your cart.
Reports, meeting minutes, building plans
Folder 14: Morris Biography Research, 1951Add to your cart.
Speeches, correspondence - ROTC, College of Communications
Folder 15: Morris Biography Research, 1952Add to your cart.
Board of Trustees annual report, Letter to Parents, Board of Trustees/Administration/Faculty Informational Pamphlet
Folder 16: Morris Biography Research, 1953Add to your cart.
Meeting minutes, reports, correspondence
Folder 17: Morris Biography Research, 1954-1955Add to your cart.
Speeches, reports, trail survery, correspondence (with American Association of University Professors and Board of Trustees), freshman assembly, university press establishment.
Folder 18: Morris Biography Research, 1955Add to your cart.
Speehces, correspondence, budget concerns
Folder 19: Morris Biography Research, 1956Add to your cart.
Speeches, Letter to Parents, correspondence, teaching fellows, home economics.
Folder 20: Morris Biography Research, 1957Add to your cart.
Speeches, correspondence, reports - fine arts, university growth, Rehabilitation Institute, Board of Trustees Report.
Folder 21: Morris Biography Research, 1958Add to your cart.
Speehces, correspondence, faculty meeting minutes - campus growth
Folder 22: Morris Biography Research, 1959Add to your cart.
Clippings, correspondence - campus growth
Folder 23: Morris Biography Research, 1960Add to your cart.
Clippings, correspondence, reports - Plochman ordeal, campus growth, general education department
Folder 24: Morris Biography Research, 1960Add to your cart.
Clippings, masterplans - new Edwardsville campus
Folder 25: Morris Biography Research, 1961Add to your cart.
Reports, correspondence, clippings - legislative development, experimental freshman year
Folder 26: Morris Biography Research, 1962Add to your cart.
Correspondence, reports - Morris's trip abroad, university architect, general studies, Communications and Publications Report
Folder 27: Morris Biography Research, 1963Add to your cart.
Letter to Parents, medical school controversy, reports of faculty, university vehicles
Folder 28: Morris Biography Research, 1963Add to your cart.
Morris's trip abroad
Folder 29: Morris Biography Research, 1963Add to your cart.
Southern Illinois Informational pamphlet
Folder 30: Morris Biography Research, 1964Add to your cart.
Reports to faculty, campus growth, "Challenge to Poverty," correspondence, clippings, informational pamphlet
Folder 31: Morris Biography Research, 1964Add to your cart.
Campus planning - building plans, Campus Lake survey
Folder 32: Morris Biography Research, 1965Add to your cart.
Photos, clippings, correspondence - John Dewey project, Breckenbridge Jobs Corps Center, England and Ireland trip (journalism school).
Folder 33: Morris Biography Research, 1966Add to your cart.
Reports, clippings, correspondence - Coleman Report, International Center (Italy Trip), President's Residence
Folder 34: Morris Biography Research, 1967Add to your cart.
Correspondence, clippings - Letter to Parents, Board of Trustee meeting minutes, international trip
Folder 35: Morris Biography Research - Report of the President, 1966-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Morris Biography Research, 1968Add to your cart.
Clippings, reports, correspondence - campus growth, campus unrest, law school
Folder 37: Morris Biography Research - Reports, 1967-1968Add to your cart.
Report on Reorganization of University System, President's Report, Informational Pamphlet

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