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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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Item 1: Frank Adams, Director, Student Work Office - Mitchell, 1983 January 20Add to your cart.
Item 2: Orville Alexander, Chair, Government; Director, SIU Foundation; Lobbyist - Mitchell, 1980 July 2Add to your cart.
2 tapes
Item 3: John Anderson, Professor, Speech; Assistant Dean for Research, Graduate School; Director, International Programs - Mitchell, Harper (telephone), 1983 January 21Add to your cart.
Item 4: Isaac Brackett, Professor, Speech; Director, Speech Clinic; friend - Mitchell, Gelman, 1983 January 27Add to your cart.
Item 5: James Brown, Assistant to the President - Mitchell, Gelman, 1983 January 24Add to your cart.
Item 6: Leo J. BrownAdd to your cart.
2 tapes
Item 7: Van Brown, Board of Trustees, 1965 to end of Morris tenure - Mitchell, Gelman, 1984 April 15Add to your cart.
two tapes
Item 8: Seymour Bryson, student 1955-1959; 1965 Breckinridge staff, student advisement - Mitchell, 1984 April 23Add to your cart.
Item 9: Thomas Busch, student 1965-1970 - Mitchell, Gelman, 1983 February 1Add to your cart.
Item 10: Charles Butler, Assistant to the President - Mitchell, 1983 February 6Add to your cart.
Item 11: Harold Cohen, Chair, Design Dept.; Director, experimental freshman year - Mitchell, 1980 June 20Add to your cart.
Item 12: Claude Coleman, Professor of English, Chair; Head, Plan A; Chair, Committee on Student Relations - Mitchell, 1980 March 21Add to your cart.
see MacMillan, Alexander
Item 13: Jim Comer, (tape 2, see 1 see Davis, Howard), 1984 May 4Add to your cart.
two tapes
Item 14: Jane Crichton, Secretary, Charles Tenney - Mitchell, 1983 January 26Add to your cart.
Item 15: Howard Davis, 1986 May 4Add to your cart.
Item 16: I. Clark Davis, Dean of Students; Assistant to Vice President Ruffner - Mitchell, 1983 February 1Add to your cart.
Item 17: May Dorsey, Faculty - Gelman, 1987 November 12Add to your cart.
Item 18: Clarence Dougherty, Director, Student Union; Vice President for Campus Facilities - Mitchell, 1983 January 24Add to your cart.
Item 19: Ivan Elliott, Board of Trustees, 1967 to end of Morris tenure - Mitchell, 1986 February 12Add to your cart.
Item 20: Charles Feirich, Assistant to the President - Mitchell, West, Gelman, 1980 July 1Add to your cart.
Item 21: Ben Gelman, 1984 April 10Add to your cart.
Item 22: Florence K. Gillig, 1984 May 4Add to your cart.
Item 23: John Gilbert, States Attorney, State Senator - Mitchell, West, Gelman, 1983 February 4Add to your cart.
Item 24: Jack Graham, Director, Student Advisement and Testing; Dean of Students - Mitchell, 1983 March 2Add to your cart.
(tape 1, see Kingsbury, Robert), no date (tape 2, see Simeone, William), two tapes
Item 25: Richard Gruny, Legal Counsel - Mitchell, Gelman, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 26: Addison Hickman, Vandeveer Chair of Economics; Dean, Graduate School - Mitchell, 1980 August 3Add to your cart.
Item 27: Geoffrey Hughes, Executive Director, Southern Illinois Incorporated - Mitchell, 1980 August 3Add to your cart.
Item 28: Neva Isbell, wife of Dean Isbell, Business Office - Gelman, 1984 April 28Add to your cart.
(see Stephens, Clarence)
Item 29: Rex Karnes, Assistant to the President - Mitchell, 1983 January 31Add to your cart.
Item 30: Roland Keene, Assistant to the President, 1983 February 3Add to your cart.
Item 31: David Kenney, Professor, Government; Assistant Dean, Graduate School - Mitchell, 1986 June 5Add to your cart.
Item 32: Robert Kingsbury, Director of University Choirs - Mitchell, 1983 March 2Add to your cart.
Item 33: Willard Klimistra, Professor, Zoology, Director, Wildlife Research Institute - Mitchell, Gelman, 1983 February 2Add to your cart.
Item 34: Robert Layer, Chair, Economics; Chair, Faculty Council - Mitchell, Harper, 1983 January 26Add to your cart.
Item 35: Lenore Leffler, John Rendleman's second wife - Mitchell, undatedAdd to your cart.
see Taliana, Lawrence
Item 36: John Lonergan, Campus Landscape Service - Mitchell, West, 1984 April 4Add to your cart.
Item 37: Howard Long, Chair, Journalism - Mitchell, 1984 April 4Add to your cart.
(tape 1, see Lyoms, William), two tapes
Item 38: William Lyons, Director, Information Service - Mitchell, West, 1984 April 4Add to your cart.
Item 39: George Mace, Professor, Government - Edwardsville - MitchellAdd to your cart.
Item 40: Alexander MacMillan, Commandant AFROTC; Director, Transportation Institute - Mitchell, 1980 January 28Add to your cart.
two tapes
Item 41: Robert MacVicar, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Chancellor, Carbondale - Mitchell:, 1980 January 28Add to your cart.
Item 42: Harris Mahlan, Classmate of Morris at Park College - Mitchell, Gelman, 1982 October 14Add to your cart.
Item 43: William Marberry, Professor, Botany; Director, Campus Greenhouse  - Mitchell, 1981 August 4Add to your cart.
Item 44: Abraham "Bob" Mark, Professor, Mathematics, Director, Computer Services - Mitchell, 1983 February 22Add to your cart.
Item 45: Virginia Marmaduke, Reporter, Chicago Sun-Times; TV personality - Mitchell, Gelman, 1981 October 7Add to your cart.
Item 46: Ralph McCoy, Director of Libraries, Assistant to Vice President Ruffner - Mitchell, West, Gelman: also eulogy for Charles Tenney, 1983 June 17Add to your cart.
two tapes
Item 47: John McDermott, Director, Labor Relations Institute - Mitchell, 1984 March 7Add to your cart.
Item 48: Robert McGrath, Professor, Government; Registrar - Mitchell, Harper (correspondence), 1981 May 12Add to your cart.
Item 49: A.B. Mifflin, Established Southern Illinois University Press; Director of Publication - Mitchell, Gelman, 1983 February 19Add to your cart.
two tapes
Item 50: Kenneth Miller, Assistant to the President - Mitchell, Gelman, undatedAdd to your cart.

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