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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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Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Morris Biography Research - Willard Klimstra interview transcript, 1983 February 2Add to your cart.
Willard Klimistra, Professor, Zoology, Director, Wildlife Research Institute
Folder 2: Morris Biography Research - Robert Layer interview transcript, 1983 January 26Add to your cart.
Robert Layer, Chair, Economics; Chair, Faculty Council
Folder 3: Morris Biography Research - Tom and Lenora Leffler interview transcript, 1984 May 4Add to your cart.
Lenore Leffler, John Rendleman's second wife
Folder 4: Morris Biography Research - Howard Long interview transcript, 1984 April 4Add to your cart.
Howard Long, Chair, Journalism
Folder 5: Morris Biography Research - John Lonergan interview transcript, 1984 April 5Add to your cart.
John Lonergan, Campus Landscape Service
Folder 6: Morris Biography Research - William Lyons interview transcript, 1984 April 4Add to your cart.
William Lyons, Director, Information Service
Folder 7: Morris Biography Research - Alexander MacMillan interview transcript, 1980 January 28Add to your cart.
Alexander MacMillan, Commandant AFROTC; Director, Transportation Institute
Folder 8: Morris Biography Research - Robert W. MacVicar interview transcript, 1984 April 13Add to your cart.
Robert MacVicar, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Chancellor, Carbondale
Folder 9: Morris Biography Research - Harris Mahlan interview transcript, 1982 October 14Add to your cart.
Harris Mahlan, Classmate of Morris at Park College
Folder 10: Morris Biography Research - William Marberry interview transcript, 1981 August 4Add to your cart.
William Marberry, Professor, Botany; Director, Campus Greenhouse
Folder 11: Morris Biography Research - Virginia Marmaduke interview transcript, 1981 October 7Add to your cart.
Virginia Marmaduke, Reporter, Chicago Sun-Times; TV personality
Folder 12: Morris Biography Research - Ralph McCoy interview transcript, 1983 June 17Add to your cart.
Ralph McCoy, Director of Libraries, Assistant to Vice President Ruffner
Folder 13: Morris Biography Research - John McDermott interview transcript, 1984 March 7Add to your cart.
John McDermott, Director, Labor Relations Institute
Folder 14: Morris Biography Research - Robert McGrath interview transcript, 1981 May 12Add to your cart.
Robert McGrath, Professor, Government; Registrar
Folder 15: Morris Biography Research - Jim Metcalf and Florence Gillig interview transcripts, 1984 May 4Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Morris Biography Research - A.B. Mifflin interview transcript, 1983 February 8Add to your cart.
A.B. Mifflin, Established Southern Illinois University Press; Director of Publication
Folder 17: Morris Biography Research - Kenneth Miller interview transcript, circa 1983Add to your cart.
Kenneth Miller, Assistant to the President
Folder 18: Morris Biography Research - Willis Moore interview transcript, 1984 April 4Add to your cart.
Willis Moore, Professor, Philosophy; Member, University Council
Folder 19: Morris Biography Research - Paul Morrill interview transcript, 1981 May 18Add to your cart.
Paul Morrill, Ex-President Park College: Assistant to the President
Folder 20: Morris Biography Research - George Mace interview transcript, 1981 June 4Add to your cart.
George Mace, Professor, Government - Edwardsville
Folder 21: Morris Biography Research - Delyte Morris interview transcript, circa 1981Add to your cart.
Delyte Morris, Southern Illinois University President
Folder 22: Morris Biography Research - Dorothy Morris interview transcript, 1981 October 16Add to your cart.
Dorothy Morris, wife of Delyte Morris
Folder 23: Morris Biography Research - Peter Morris interview transcript, 1981 April 17Add to your cart.
Peter Morris, son of Delyte Morris
Folder 24: Morris Biography Research - Delyte Morris Memorial Service transcript, 1982 April 13Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Morris Biography Research - Bob Mueller interview transcript, 1983 February 2Add to your cart.
Robert Mueller, Professor, Music
Folder 26: Morris Biography Research - James Neckers interview transcript, 1980 November 3Add to your cart.
James Neckers, Chair, Chemistry
Folder 27: Morris Biography Research - William Norwood interview transcript, 1984 June 13Add to your cart.
William Norwood, Student 1955-1959, later member Board of Trustees
Folder 28: Morris Biography Research - Loretta Ott interview transcript, 1983 February 28Add to your cart.
Loretta Ott, Assistant Dean, Student Affairs
Folder 29: Morris Biography Research - Frank Paine interview transcript, 1984 September 5Add to your cart.
Frank Paine, Director, Film Unit
Folder 30: Morris Biography Research - Charles Pulley interview transcript, 1984 May 2Add to your cart.
Charles Pulley, University Architect
Folder 31: Morris Biography Research - Henry Rehn interview transcript, 1984 April 25Add to your cart.
Henry Rehn, Dean, College of Vocations and Professions
Folder 32: Morris Biography Research - Carolyn Saunders interview transcript, 1983 February 28Add to your cart.
Carolyn Saunders, Secretary, John Rendleman and Robert MacVicar
Folder 33: Morris Biography Research - William Simeone interview transcript, 1983 January 20Add to your cart.
William Simeone, Professor, English; Dean, Graduate School
Folder 34: Morris Biography Research - Ernest Simon interview transcript, 1980 January 17Add to your cart.
Ernest Simon, Dean, Vocational Technical Institute
Folder 35: Morris Biography Research - Clarence Stephens interview transcript, 1984 March 28Add to your cart.
Clarence Stephens, teacher, University School; Director, Student Work Office; Budget Director; Vice President Edwardsville; Assistant to the President
Folder 36: Morris Biography Research - Robert "Rip" Stokes interview transcript, 1983 February 4Add to your cart.
Robert "Rip" Stokes, Campus Photographer
Folder 37: Morris Biography Research - Lawrence Taliana interview transcript, 1984 May 4Add to your cart.
Lawrence Taliana, student in 1940; Director of Admissions 1957 Carbondale, then Edwardsville
Folder 38: Morris Biography Research - John Voigt interview transcript, 1983 January 31Add to your cart.
John Voigt, Professor, Botany; Assistant Dean, Liberal Arts and Sciences; Dean, General Studies
Folder 39: Morris Biography Research - Howard Webb interview transcript, 1983 February 7Add to your cart.
Howard Webb, Professor, English; Dean, Graduate School
Folder 40: Morris Biography Research - Faye Wham interview transcript, circa 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Morris Biography Research - John Wham interview transcript, circa 1982Add to your cart.

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