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Guide to the Men's Student Government Association Records, 1925-1969

Abstract

The Men's Student Government Association (MSGA) evolved from student councils in the early 1930s at Duke University's Trinity College. The MSGA was supplanted by the Associated Students of Duke University in 1968. In 1993, the Associated Students of Duke University became known as Student Government Association.

Types of material include minutes, committee reports, correspondence, financial records, newsletters, election records (including records of the disputed 1952 election), constitutions, and resolutions. Materials range in date from 1925 to 1969.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Duke University. Men's Student Government Association.
Title
Men's Student Government Association records 1925-1969
Language of Material
English
Extent
2.5 Linear Feet, 2500 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The collection cinludes the minutes, reports and other records of the Student-Faculty-Advisory Committee (SFAC). The SFAC was a subcommittee of the MSGA, created to discuss matters of mutual concern to students, faculty, and the administration (circa 1961-1969). It also includes MSGA minutes, committee reports, correspondence, financial records, newsletters, election records (including records of the disputed 1952 election), constitutions, and resolutions. Major subjects include Duke University, student government, the Men's Student Government Association, history of the Associated Students of Duke University, history of the Student Government Association, policy revision, administration and student relations, alcohol use on campus, segregation, illegal drug use, political activity, origins of the football game Victory Bell, campus traditions, college freshmen, and cheating. Contains restricted materials. Materials range in date from 1925 to 1969.

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Contents of the Collection

Contains correspondence of the Men's Student Government Association from other Duke University departments, student groups, and community organizations. Minutes and correspondence are grouped together in many files. Contains restricted materials.

Minutes,1940-1942 RESTRICTED
Box 1
Minutes and correspondence, 1931-1942
Box 1
Minutes and correspondence, 1945-1946
Box 1
Minutes, 1945 December 6 and 1946 January 23 RESTRICTED
Box 1
Minutes and Social Committee report, 1946-1947
Box 1
Memorandum, 1947 November 6 RESTRICTED
Box 1
Minutes and correspondence, 1947-1948
Box 1
Minutes and correspondence, 1948-1949
Box 1
Minutes, 1950-1955
Box 1
Minutes, 1955-1956
Box 1
Minutes, 1956-1957
Box 1
Minutes, 1960-1962
Box 1
Minutes, 1963-1964
Box 1
Minutes, 1964-1967
Box 1
Correspondence, 1960-1966
Box 1
Correspondence, 1966-1967
Box 1

Includes proposals and recommendations aimed at solving problems on campus faced by students. Proposals usually include background information, research, surveys, and plans for action. Some MSGA proposals concerned long lines in the bookstore, increasing the frequency of the Duke Chronicle so that it could cover more events, establishing a central "ride board," employing housekeepers on Saturdays, and updating the honor code. Ordered by date.

Proposals and recommendations, 1960-1969
Box 1
New acts passed, 1951-1955
Box 1
Resolutions passed, 1951-1955
Box 1
Miscellaneous reports, 1961-1967, undated
Box 1

Includes materials pertaining to the 1952 and 1960 elections. The 1952 election was widely disputed due to party pressure and some allegedly underhanded tactics. Accounts of bystanders and participants are included. Ordered by date.

Election: eyewitness accounts, 1952
Box 1
Election: fliers, announcements, general publicity materials, 1952
Box 1
Election: ballots, results, rules, 1960
Box 1
Inaugurations, 1957-1965
Box 1

Contains the constitutions and bylaws of the Men's Student Government Association, financial materials and an operating manual. The varying dates of constitutions reflect the MSGA's duties and influence on campus. Student groups wishing to be formally recognized at Duke University, and apply for funding from the student government, submitted charters to the MSGA for approval. Ordered by date.

MSGA constitution and bylaws, 1925, 1954-1967
Box 1
MSGA constitution and bylaws, circa 1950s
Box 1
West Campus Student Government Association, proposed constitutions, circa 1960s
Box 1
Student groups, charters and constitutions, circa 1960s
Box 1
Financial materials, 1955-1968
Box 1
President's Operating Procedure Manual, 1955-1956
Box 1

Contains correspondence, short writings, and drafts of policies regarding certain issues on campus during the 1960s. The memorabilia file contains a handmade invitation to an Alumni Affairs Luncheon. Ordered by date. Some items came from general oversize collection box 3 and were transferred to a legal Hollinger box (box 2) on April 18, 2007.

Exterior publicity ban, 1962-1965
Box 1
Freshman government, 1961-1967
Box 1
Judicial Board and Court of Appeals, 1961-1966
Box 2
Parking and Traffic, 1963-1966
Box 2
Trust Fund, 1966
Box 2
Student Life, 1960-1966, 1977
Box 2
Tutorial projects, 1965
Box 2
YMCA, 1960-1961
Box 2
Newsletters, 1962-1963
Box 2
Fliers, 1951, undated
Box 2
Memorabilia, 1963
Box 2
Miscellaneous Documents, Memoranda, 1952-1965 (removed from oversize collection)
Box 2
C.O.R.E. Constitution, undated (removed from oversize collection)
Box 2
Reports and Newsletters, 1955-1966 (removed from oversize collection)
Box 2

Contains materials relating to the Student-Faculty-Advisory Committee. The general issue files contain materials on the honor system, segregation, dormitory room privacy, recruiting policies of the University, alcohol use, illegal drugs on campus, and firearms on campus. Correspondence contains an undated flier to a Red Friars event. Materials were transferred to separate legal-sized Hollinger box on April 18, 2007.

Minutes and agendas, 1963-1966
Box 3
Minutes and agendas, 1966-1967
Box 3
Minutes and agendas, 1968
Box 3
General organization, constitutions, and purpose, 1962-1968
Box 3
Brief chronology of past deliberations, 1962-1967
Box 3
SFAC committees and discussion of student participation on committees, circa 1967
Box 3
General issues, proposals and reports, circa 1963-1968
Box 3
Picketing and protest issue, proposals and reports, circa 1968
Box 3
Correspondence, 1964-1967, undated
Box 3

Historical Note

The Men's Student Government Association (MSGA) evolved from student councils in the early 1930s at Duke University's Trinity College. In April 1945, the Engineer's Student Government Association merged with the Trinity College Student Government Association to form the Men's Student Government Association. The MSGA created policies governing students, reviewed student group charters, and represented student interests to faculty and administration.

The Men's Student Government Association debated over the administration of the Duke University traditions test to freshmen (and required freshmen caps called dinks), the organization of the Committee on Freshmen Rules and Traditions, and measures taken when students failed the traditions exam. Meetings from the 1940s through the late 1960s included discussions about parking registration, aid for Hungarian students, alcohol use on campus, the issue of segregated seating in Wallace Wade Stadium, integration, and disciplinary actions. Meetings of the 1960s especially reflected student involvement in social issues like the Vietnam War, segregation in the Wallace Wade Stadium, and co-educational housing.

The Student-Faculty Advisory Committee (SFAC), a subcommittee of the MSGA, was composed of presidents of student groups, faculty, and administration. Meetings of the elite SFAC were closed to non-SFAC members, much to the protest of other students. Issues discussed at SFAC meetings significantly impacted policies at Duke University. The committee focused on regulation of illegal drugs, campus political organizations, campus traditions, cheating, the coordinate college system, and the Pickets and Protests Policy. The SFAC was most likely associated with the Order of Red Friars, a secret society of administrators, faculty, and students at Duke University.

The MSGA was supplanted by the Associated Students of Duke University in 1968. In 1993, the Associated Students of Duke University became known as Student Government Association.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Associated Students of Duke University Records (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library/University Archives, Duke University)
  • Women's Student Government Association Records (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library/University Archives, Duke University)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Men's Student Government Association Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Men's Student Government Association Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1973 and 1986.

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Glenn, February 2003

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, July 2007

Accessions A73-19, A86-99 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.