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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 6Add to your cart.
Item 50: Sarah Mitchell, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 51: Willis Moore, Professor, Philosophy; Member, University Council - Mitchell, 1984 April 4Add to your cart.
Item 52: Paul Morrill, Ex-President Park College: Assistant to the President - Mitchell, West, Gelman, eulogy at Morris Memorial Service, 1981 May 18Add to your cart.
Item 53: Delyte Morris, Memorial Service - West, 1982 January 13Add to your cart.
Item 54: Dorothy Morris, wife of Delyte Morris; Gelman, Harper, 1981 October 16-December 1Add to your cart.
2 tapes
Item 55: Lossie Morris, brother of Delyte Morris - Mitchell, 1983 August 11Add to your cart.
Item 56: Peter Morris, son of Delyte Morris - Mitchell, 1981 April 17Add to your cart.
Item 57: Robert Mueller, Professor, Music - Mitchell, 1983 February 2Add to your cart.
Item 58: James Neckers, Chair, Chemistry - Mitchell, SIU Information Service, 1980 November 3Add to your cart.
Item 59: William Norwood, Student 1955-1959, later member Board of Trustees - Mitchell, 1984 June 13Add to your cart.
Item 60: Loretta Ott, Assistant Dean, Student Affairs - Mitchell, 1983 February 28Add to your cart.
Item 61: Frank Paine, Director, Film Unit - Mitchell, 1984 September 5Add to your cart.
(see Norwood, William)
Item 62: Charles Pulley, University Architect - Mitchell, Gelman, West, 1984 May 2Add to your cart.
Item 63: Henry Rehn, Dean, College of Vocations and Professions; Dean, School of Business - Mitchell, 1984 April 25Add to your cart.
Item 64: Ralph Ruffner, Dean, International Programs; Vice-President for Area and Student Affairs - Gelman, 1984 May 4Add to your cart.
Item 65: Carolyn Saunders, Secretary, John Rendleman and Robert MacVicar - Mitchell, Gelman, 1983 February 28Add to your cart.
(see Ott, Loretta)
Item 66: William Simeone, Professor, English; Dean, Graduate School - Mitchell, 1983 January 20Add to your cart.
Item 67: Ernest Simon, Dean, Vocational Technical Institute - Mitchell, Gelman, 1980 January 17Add to your cart.
Item 68: Emil Spees, 1983 February 23Add to your cart.
see Mark, Bob
Item 69: Clarence Stephens, teacher, University School; Director, Student Work Office; Budget Director; Vice President Edwardsville; Assistant to the President - Mitchell, Gelman, 1984 March 28Add to your cart.
Item 70: Robert "Rip" Stokes, Campus Photographer - Mitchell, Gelman, 1983 February 3-4Add to your cart.
two tapes
Item 71: Lawrence Taliana, student in 1940; Director of Admissions 1957 Carbondale, then Edwardsville - Mitchell, 1984 May 4Add to your cart.
(tape 1, see Comer, Jim) no date (tape 2), two tapes
Item 72: William Tudor, Director, Area Service - Mitchell, 1984 May 4Add to your cart.
see Ruffner, Ralph
Item 73: John Voigt, Professor, Botany; Assistant Dean, Liberal Arts and Sciences; Dean, General Studies - GelmanAdd to your cart.
Item 74: Howard Webb, Professor, English; Dean, Graduate School - Mitchell, 1983 February 7Add to your cart.
see Butler, Charles
Item 75: Faye McCall Wham, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 76: John Page Wham, Lawyer, Chair, Board of Trustees - Mitchell, West, undatedAdd to your cart.

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