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Betty Mitchell Collection


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

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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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Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Morris Biography Research, 1969Add to your cart.
Clippings, Board of Trustee meeting minutes, reports - University House, campus unrest, river festival
Folder 2: Morris Biography Research, 1970Add to your cart.
Clippings, Board of Trustee meeting minutes, reports - University House, campus unrest, Morris's resignation
Folder 3: Morris Biography Research, 1971Add to your cart.
Correspondence, Mitchell's research material - Morris's retirement and legacy
Folder 4: Morris Biography Research, 1973Add to your cart.
Correspondence, magazine article - honorary degree, CHANGE article on Southern Illinois University
Folder 5: Morris Biography Research, 1974Add to your cart.
Clippings, American Association of University Professor Southern Illinois University Chapter newsletter - "Carbondale 104"
Folder 6: Morris Biography Research, 1982Add to your cart.
Clippings, eulogy - death, funeral, legacy
Folder 7: Morris Biography Research, 1983Add to your cart.
Clippings, pamphlets, speech transcript - Morris Tribute and Statue
Folder 8: Morris Biography Research - Pictures, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Morris Biography Research - Charter Day Convocation - Southern Illinois University Centennial Celebration, 1969 February 13-1971 March 6Add to your cart.
Item 1: Morris of Southern Illinois - Working Draft, circa 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Morris Biography Research, 1971-1984Add to your cart.
Doctoral Fellowship Program, clippings, correspondence
Folder 11: Morris Biography Research - Abraham Mark interview transcript, 1983 February 22Add to your cart.
Abraham "Bob" Mark, Professor, Mathematics, Director, Computer Services
Folder 12: Morris Biography Research - Frank Adams interview transcript, 1983 January 20Add to your cart.
Frank Adams, Director, Student Work Office
Folder 13: Morris Biography Research - Orville Alexander interview transcript, 1980 July 2Add to your cart.
Orville Alexander, Chair, Government; Director, SIU Foundation; Lobbyist
Folder 14: Morris Biography Research - John Anderson interview transcript, 1983 January 21Add to your cart.
John Anderson, Professor, Speech; Assistant Dean for Research, Graduate School; Director, International Programs
Folder 15: Morris Biography Research - Jo Ann and Donald Boydston interview transcript, 1983 January 25Add to your cart.
Don Boydston, Chairman of the Health Education Department; Jo Ann Boydston, Professor of Library Science
Folder 16: Morris Biography Research - Isaac Brackett interview transcript, 1983 January 27Add to your cart.
Isaac Brackett, Professor, Speech; Director, Speech Clinic; friend
Folder 17: Morris Biography Research - James Brown interview transcript, 1983 January 24Add to your cart.
James Brown, Assistant to the President
Folder 18: Morris Biography Research - Leo Brown interview transcript, 1980 February 12Add to your cart.
Leo J. Brown, Board of Trustees, 1949-1951
Folder 19: Morris Biography Research - Seymour Bryson interview transcript, 1984 April 23Add to your cart.
Seymour Bryson, student 1955-1959; 1965 Breckinridge staff, student advisement
Folder 20: Morris Biography Research - Thomas Busch interview transcript, 1983 February 1Add to your cart.
Thomas (Jim) Busch, student 1965-1970
Folder 21: Morris Biography Research - Charles Butler interview transcript, 1983 February 6Add to your cart.
Charles Butler, Assistant to the President
Folder 22: Morris Biography Research - Harold Cohen interview transcript, 1980 June 20Add to your cart.
Harold Cohen, Chair, Design Dept.; Director, experimental freshman year
Folder 23: Morris Biography Research - Claude Coleman interview transcript, 1980 March 21Add to your cart.
Claude Coleman, Professor of English, Chair; Head, Plan A; Chair, Committee on Student Relations
Folder 24: Morris Biography Research - Stella Collins interview transcript, 1984 April 30Add to your cart.
Stella Collins, Board of Trustees, 1953-1961
Folder 25: Morris Biography Research - Jim Comer interview transcripts, 1984Add to your cart.
Jim Comer, Assistant Professor of Education; Assistant Dean in Education; Academic Affairs (Edwardsville)
Folder 26: Morris Biography Research - Jane Crichton interview transcript, 1983 January 26Add to your cart.
Jane Crichton, Secretary, Charles Tenney
Folder 27: Morris Biography Research - Clarence Dougherty interview transcript, 1983 January 24Add to your cart.
Clarence Dougherty, Director, Student Union; Vice President for Campus Facilities
Folder 28: Morris Biography Research - Clark Davis interview transcript, 1983 February 1Add to your cart.
Clark Davis, Dean of Students; Assistant to Vice President Ruffner
Folder 29: Morris Biography Research - Howard Davis interview transcript, 1985 May 4Add to your cart.
Howard Davis, Assistant Professor of Education (Edwardsville)
Folder 30: Morris Biography Research - Charles Feirich interview transcript, 1980 July 1Add to your cart.
Charles Feirich, Assistant to the President
Folder 31: Morris Biography Research - Ben Gelman interview transcript, 1984 April 10Add to your cart.
Ben Gelman, Southern Illinoisan journalist, Public information specialist for University Relations.
Folder 32: Morris Biography Research - John Gilbert interview transcript, 1983 February 4Add to your cart.
John Gilbert, States Attorney, State Senator
Folder 33: Morris Biography Research - Jack Graham interview transcript, 1983 March 2Add to your cart.
Jack Graham, Director, Student Advisement and Testing; Dean of Students
Folder 34: Morris Biography Research - Richard Gruny interview transcript, 1983 February 16Add to your cart.
Richard Gruny, Legal Counsel
Folder 35: Morris Biography Research - Addison Hickman interview transcript, 1980 September 3Add to your cart.
Addison Hickman, Vandeveer Chair of Economics; Dean, Graduate School
Folder 36: Morris Biography Research - Geoffrey Hughes interview transcript, 1984 March 6Add to your cart.
Geoffrey Hughes, Executive Director, Southern Illinois Incorporated
Folder 37: Morris Biography Research - Neva Isbell interview transcript, 1984 April 2Add to your cart.
Neva Isbell, wife of Dean Isbell, Business Office
Folder 38: Morris Biography Research - Rex Karnes interview transcript, 1983 January 31Add to your cart.
Rex Karnes, Assistant to the President
Folder 39: Morris Biography Research - Roland Keene interview transcript, 1983 February 2Add to your cart.
Roland Keene, Assistant to the President
Folder 40: Morris Biography Research - Robert Kingsbury interview transcript, 1983 March 2Add to your cart.
Robert Kingsbury, Director of University Choirs

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