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Student Senate (also called Student Executive Committee) records

Student Executive Council records

Women's student government records

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Student Government Records, 1910-1988 | Lawrence University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Student Government Records, 1910-1988

ID: LU-RG06/001

Primary Creator: Lawrence University

Other Creators: Lawrence University Student Executive Council, Lawrence University Student Senate

Extent: 2.58 Linear Feet. More info below.


This collection is arranged in 3 series:

Series 1: Student Senate records, 1938-1968

Series 2: Student Executive Council records, 1951-1965

Series 3: Women's student government records, circa 1910-1988

Subjects: College student government

Forms of Material: bylaws, correspondence, minutes, reports

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of the records of the bodies of student government preceding the establishment of the Lawrence University Community Council (LUCC) in 1968. These bodies included the Student Senate, the Student Executive Council, as well as women's student government organizations. Records primarily date from about 1910 to the early 1970s. Materials include constitutions and by-laws, handbooks, meeting minutes, correspondence, and reports.

Collection Historical Note

The Student Senate was established by Samuel Plantz in 1908, in an effort to improve student discipline. It became the Student Executive Council in 1951, then changed its name back to Student Senate in 1965. During these years, the student government was composed of men and women student representatives. It met weekly to maintain a constitution and by-laws for the student body, discuss student activities fees, and meet with student committees. All aspects of student life, both academic and non-academic, were ultimately controlled by the faculty and administration. Students began seeking more influence in the daily operations of Lawrence in the mid 1960s, and a committee was created by the Student Senate in 1967 to explore the possibility of establishing a community government at Lawrence composed of both faculty and students. The Lawrence University Community Council (LUCC) superseded the Student Senate in 1968.

Women students at Lawrence maintained their own governmental bodies, primarily to deal with rules and regulations for women's housing, from the early 1900s until the 1970s. These groups went through a series of names: the Student House Government Association (about 1910-1919), the Women's Student Government Association (1919-1929), the Lawrence Women's Association (1930-1967), the Downer Women's Association (1967-1970), and the Downer Women's Council (early to mid 1970s). When campus housing transitioned toward becoming coeducational in the early-mid 1970s, the group's charge for regulating women's housing became obsolete. The Downer Feminist Council, a student organization dedicated to promoting feminism on the Lawrence campus, grew out of these changes in the mid-1970s.

Subject/Index Terms

College student government

Administrative Information

Repository: Lawrence University Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 5 boxes

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Property rights reside with Lawrence University.  For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the University Archivist.

Acquisition Method: Materials acquired prior to July 2005.

Related Materials: Related materials can be found in the Lawrence University Community Council (LUCC) Records collection (LU-RG06-002), Lawrence University Archives.

Preferred Citation: Student Government Records.  LU-RG06-001.  Lawrence University Archives, Seeley G. Mudd Library, Appleton, Wisconsin.

Processing Information: Preliminary processing completed prior to 2005, date and processor unknown. Processed by Julia Stringfellow, 2010. Final processing completed by Erin Dix, 2011.

Finding Aid Revision History: Revised to incorporate women's student government records, 2015-07-29.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Student Senate (also called Student Executive Committee) records, 1929-1968],
[Series 2: Student Executive Council records, 1951-1965],
[Series 3: Women's student government records, circa 1910-1988],

Series 2: Student Executive Council records, 1951-1965
Extent: 0.4 linear feet
Box 2
Folder 1: Correspondence, constitution materials, and articles, 1951-1963
Folder 2: Meeting minutes and reports, 1952-1965
Extent: 13 folders

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Student Senate (also called Student Executive Committee) records, 1929-1968],
[Series 2: Student Executive Council records, 1951-1965],
[Series 3: Women's student government records, circa 1910-1988],

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