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Guide to the Woman’s Student Government Association Records, 1919-1974

Abstract

The Woman's Student Government Association (WSGA) was formed in 1918, and the organization continued when the Woman's College was incorporated on East Campus in 1930. The WSGA was responsible for the "regulat[ion] of all matters pertaining to the life of the women of the Woman's College of Duke University, not under the jurisdiction of the Faculty." This autonomy along with the segregated campus life style of the coordinate college allowed female students to develop leadership skills and confidence that an integrated student government may not have allowed them to gain.

Collection contains minutes, correspondence, reports, printed matter, memos, clippings, and other official records of the WSGA and its committees, along with records of several student organizations and documents generated by the administrations of the Woman's College and Duke University. Materials range in date from 1919-1974.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Duke University. Woman's Student Government Association.
Title
Woman’s Student Government Association records 1919-1974
Language of Material
English
Extent
13.8 Linear Feet, 12,100 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Extent: 13.7 linear ft. (22 Hollinger boxes + 1 flat box)

Contents: Minutes, correspondence, reports, printed matter, memos, clippings, and other official records of the WSGA and its committees, along with records of several student organizations and documents generated by the administrations of the Woman's College and Duke University. Subjects include the honor system, class reports, dormitory life, athletics, elections, freshman orientation, social organizations, handbooks, celebrations, and social regulations. The collection includes materials, such as handbooks and surveys, received from other schools, and publications and other material from the National Student Association.

Organization: Series: 1. WSGA Minutes; 2. Correspondence; 3. Subject files; 4. Materials from other colleges; 5. National Student Association; 6. Account books; 7. Student Organizations; 8. Oversize

Restriction: Judicial Board case files closed except by permission, University Archivist. Some folders may contain information restricted by FERPA.

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Contents of the Collection

Folder title
Box 1
WSGA-Association Minutes, 1921-1929
Box 1
WSGA-Association Minutes, 1930-1939
Box 1
WSGA-Association Minutes, 1940-1949
Box 1
WSGA-Association Minutes and Agenda, 1950-1959 (2 folders)
Box 1
WSGA-Association Meeting Notes (Council Meetings), April 7, 1947-March 15, 1948
Box 1
WSGA-Association Meeting Minutes, April 2, 1945-March 4, 1947
Box 1
WSGA Council Minutes, April 1, 1946-April 2, 1947
Box 1
WSGA-Association Meeting Minutes (Council Meetings), April 6, 1948-April 5, 1949
Box 1
WSGA Assembly Minutes and Agenda, 1960-1963
Box 1
WSGA Council Minutes, 1928-1930
Box 2
WSGA Council Minutes and Agenda, 1950-1951
Box 2
WSGA Council Minutes, 1952-1953
Box 2
WSGA Council Minutes, 1954-1956
Box 2
WSGA Council Minutes and Agenda, 1956-1959
Box 2
WSGA Council Minutes and Agenda, 1960-1961
Box 2
WSGA Council Minutes, 1962-1963
Box 2
WSGA Executive Council Minutes, 1929-1933
Box 3
WSGA Executive Council Minutes, 1933-1935
Box 3
WSGA Executive Council Minutes, 1935-1937
Box 3
WSGA Executive Council Minutes, 1937-1939
Box 3
WSGA Executive Council Minutes, 1940-1942
Box 3
WSGA Executive Council Minutes, 1943-1944
Box 3
WSGA Executive Council Minutes, 1945
Box 3
WSGA Executive Council Minutes, 1946-1949
Box 3
WSGA Executive Council Minutes, 1956-1957
Box 3
WSGA Legislature Minutes and Agenda, 1965-1966
Box 4
WSGA Legislature Minutes and Agenda, 1967-1968
Box 4
WSGA Legislature Proposals and Resolutions, undated
Box 4
WSGA Legislature Minutes and Agenda, 1966-1967(2 folders)
Box 4
WSGA Student Council Minutes, 1920-1929
Box 4
WSGA Student Council Minutes, 1930-1931
Box 4
WSGA Correspondence, 1923-1930
Box 5
WSGA Correspondence, 1935, 1937-1938, 1941
Box 5
WSGA Correspondence, 1949, 1955-1956, 1958, 1959
Box 5
WSGA Correspondence, 1943-1945
Box 5
WSGA Correspondence, 1961-1962
Box 5
WSGA Correspondence, 1963-1965
Box 5
WSGA Correspondence, 1966-1967 (2 folders)
Box 5
WSGA Correspondence, 1968
Box 5
WSGA Correspondence, 1971
Box 5
WSGA Academic Honor Code Correspondence, 1947-1948
Box 6
Academic Honor System Memos, Newspaper clippings, misc., 1963-1965 and undated
Box 6
Alumnae Association of Women's College Misc., 1965, 1968-1969, 1971-1972
Box 6
American Government Committee Report, 1963-1964,
Box 6
Association of Women's Residence Misc., 1967, 1970-1972,
Box 6
Board System, 1968, 1970-1971
Box 6
WSGA Budgets, 1964-1967
Box 6
Building Commission-East Campus Student Center, 1961, 1963-1964
Box 6
Building Plans and Renovations-East Campus, 1966
Box 6
Campus Community Council, 1971-1972
Box 6
Chartering Procedures, 1962, 1964, undated
Box 6
Chronicle Articles, 1961-1962
Box 6
Chronicle Articles, 1962-1963
Box 6
Chronicle Articles, 1963-1964
Box 6
Chronicle Articles, 1962-1964
Box 6
Chronicle Articles, 1965-1966
Box 6
Chronicle Articles, 1966-1967
Box 6
Claremont Trip, 1967 (2 folders)
Box 6
WSGA Annual Class Reports, 1926-1930
Box 6
Class Representative Annual Reports, 1959-1964
Box 6
WSGA Class Structure: Reevaluation of it as Basis for Student Government Organization, 1966-1967
Box 6
Code of Campus Living Revisions and Final, 1963-1965
Box 7
WSGA Monthly and Annual Committee Reports, 1921-1929
Box 7
Committee for Evaluation of Woman's College Regulations-Minutes, 1966
Box 7
Community Council of Woman's College Constitution, By-Laws, Minutes, 1969-1971
Box 7
WSGA Constitution and By-Laws, 1930(?), 1963, 1965
Box 7
WSGA Amendments, Constitution, and Regulations, 1926-1927
Box 7
WSGA Amendments, 1922
Box 7
Amendments to Constitution, 1971-1972
Box 7
Council of Student Body Presidents, Duke University
Box 7
WSGA Course Evaluations, 1963
Box 7
Cunningham, Suzie-Speeches, President of WSGA, 1965-1966
Box 7
Cut System, 1951-1952, 1961-1963
Box 7
Dining Halls Memos and Announcements, 1966 and 1969
Box 7
Change in Drinking Regulations, 1967-1968
Box 7
Dormitories Announcements, Memos, Policies, etc., , 1963-1971
Box 7
Dormitories-Living, Learning Corridors
Box 7
Dormitories-User's Committee for New East Campus Dorm, 1968
Box 7
Dormitories-Visiting Hours for Men (open-opens), 1968-1971
Box 7
Dormitories Meeting Minutes, 1928-1929
Box 7
Dormitories-University Caucus, Student Life Committee: Evaluation of Women's Living Group Regulations and Proposals
Box 7
WSGA Dormitory Association Minutes, 1924-1930
Box 7
Driving Time Sheets
Box 7
WSGA Coordinate Board Constitution, 1960, 1962
Box 8
WSGA Coordinate Board, Academic Freedom (American Civil Liberties Union and National Student Association Publications), 1959
Box 8
Coordinate Board Annual Reports, 1960-1964
Box 8
Coordinate Board Evaluation, 1960-1963
Box 8
Coordinate Board Course Guide, 1961
Box 8
Coordinate Board Exam Schedule, 1961-1962
Box 8
WSGA Coordinate Board Minutes, Reports, and Correspondence, 1952-1957
Box 8
WSGA Coordinate Board Minutes, Reports, and Correspondence, 1957-1960
Box 8
Coordinate Board Minutes, Correspondence, 1960-1961
Box 8
Coordinate Board Misc., 1960-62, 1941
Box 8
Coordinate Board Misc. Projects, 1960-1963
Box 8
Coordinate Board Student Faculty Relations, 1961-1962
Box 8
WSGA-Educated Women Power, 1967
Box 9
WSGA-Educational Affairs Committee, 1964-1966
Box 9
WSGA-Educational Affairs Committee Exam File (2 folders)
Box 9
WSGA-Directions for Educated Women Committee, 1970
Box 9
Educational Facilities Committee, 1963-1964
Box 9
WSGA-Election Information, 1950
Box 9
Election Information, 1964-1967
Box 9
Election Procedures, 1955
Box 9
Election Procedure, 1964
Box 9
Elections, 1928-1929, undated
Box 9
WSGA-Elections, Candidates' Platforms, 1956-1966, 1968
Box 9
WSGA-Evaluation Report, 1959
Box 9
Freshman Advisory Council, 1961-1962, 1966-1968
Box 10
WSGA-Freshman Orientation Week, 1954-1959
Box 10
Freshman Orientation Week, 1960-1963
Box 10
Freshman Orientation Week, 1964, 1965, 1966
Box 10
Freshman Orientation Week, 1967, 1968
Box 10
Freshman Orientation Week, 1963, 1966, 1968, 1969, undated
Box 10
Woman's College Handbook Advisors'/Editors' Reports, 1963-1964
Box 10
Handbook Exams, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968
Box 10
Honor Code Correspondence and Misc., 1950-1959
Box 10
Honor Code Plan No. 2, 1957-1958
Box 10
WSGA-Proposed Honor Code, 1957
Box 10
Honor Code Campaign, Oct.-Nov. 1957
Box 10
Academic Honor Code (200 level), 1958-1959
Box 10
Honor Code-Poll of Woman's College, 1967
Box 10
WSGA-Honor Pledges, 1921-1924, 1925-1926
Box 10
WSGA-House Association Minutes, 1927-1928
Box 10
House President Annual Reports, 1928-1930
Box 10
House Presidents' Board, 1959-1960
Box 10
Human Relations Coordinating Committee, 1961
Box 10
House Counselors, 1964-1971
Box 10
Inter-government Council, 1966-1967
Box 10
Inter-campus Council Minutes and Reports, 1963-1965
Box 10
International Student Committee, 1963-1964, 1966, 1968-1969
Box 10
WSGA-Ivy Constitution, 1938-1939
Box 10
Judicial Board-Chronicle Articles, 1965?
Box 11
Judicial Board-Candidates, 1967
Box 11
Judicial Board-Amendment to Judicial Code, 1970
Box 11
Judicial Board-Guidelines for House Counselors for Presenting Woman's College Regulations, 1964, 1966
Box 11
Judicial Board-Judicial Code, 1967
Box 11
Judicial Board-Form Letters to Students, House Counselors and Parents, 1966, 1967,1970
Box 11
Judicial Board-Guideposts (Student Guide to College Social Regulations), 1968
Box 11
Judicial Board-"Ideal Rule Code" Project, 1966 (summer)
Box 11
Judicial Board-Membership
Box 11
WSGA-Judicial Board Minutes, Reports, Misc., 1950-1959 (2 folders)
Box 11
Judicial Board Minutes, Agenda, 1966
Box 11
Judicial Board Misc., 1937-1970
Box 11
Judicial Board-Procedure Manual for House Judicial Representatives, 1967
Box 11
Judicial Board-National Student Association, 1963
Box 11
Judicial Board Policies, 1960-1963, undated
Box 11
Judicial Board Policies, 1964-1967, 1970, undated
Box 11
Judicial Board-Judicial Procedures "Watson Committee," 1968-1969 (2 folders),
Box 11
Judicial Board Procedures, 1965, 1967
Box 11
Judicial Board Proposals, 1968
Box 11
Judicial Board Regulations-Proposed Changes, 1967
Box 11
WSGA-Judicial Board Report, May 4, 1949
Box 11
Judicial Board Reports, 1960-1963, 1965-1967
Box 11
Judicial Board Research Committee, 1963-1965,undated,
Box 11
Judicial Board-Review of Woman's College Regulations, 1961
Box 11
WSGA-Judicial Board Rule Changes, 1945-1948
Box 11
Box 12 - RESTRICTED
WSGA-Executive Committee Minutes (Honor Code Violations), 1925-1929
Box 12 - RESTRICTED
Judicial Board "Call-Downs," 1921-1922
Box 12 - RESTRICTED
Judicial Board-Cases and Penalties, 1943-1945
Box 12 - RESTRICTED
Judicial Board-Correspondence, 1941
Box 12 - RESTRICTED
WSGA-Judicial Board Penalties, 1926-1928
Box 12 - RESTRICTED
WSGA-Judicial Board Penalties "Call-Downs," 1922-1926
Box 12 - RESTRICTED
WSGA-Judicial Board Minutes, 1929-1933
Box 12 - RESTRICTED
Judicial Board-Stealing Case, 1968, 1969-1970
Box 12 - RESTRICTED
WSGA-Executive Committee Minutes (Honor Code Violations),
Box 12 - RESTRICTED
WSGA-Judicial Board Penalties, 1928-1929
Box 12 - RESTRICTED
Lansing Campus Letter, 1953-1958
Box 13
WSGA-Leadership Training Program, 1957-1958
Box 13
Leadership Training Program, 1958, 1960
Box 13
WSGA Legislature-Campus Issues Questionnaire, 1966
Box 13
WSGA Legislature Minutes and Agenda, 1964-1965 (2 folders)
Box 13
Legislature Standing Committee Reports, Misc.
Box 13
Long-Range Planning-Parker, 1958-1960
Box 13
Ad-Hoc Committee on Living-Learning Experiments
Box 13
Maintenance Committee Annual Report, 1961-1962
Box 13
WSGA-May Day Report, 1922
Box 13
May Day Revels, 1926, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1934-1939
Box 13
WSGA-Membership Rolls, 1921-1925
Box 13
WSGA-Membership Roll, 1927-1928
Box 13
WSGA Miscellany
Box 13
Miscellaneous, 1968-1969
Box 13
WSGA Miscellaneous Articles, 1971-1972,undated
Box 13
National Student Association Committee, 1959, 1964 undated
Box 13
WSGA Newsletter, 1964-1966
Box 13
N.C.C., 1968
Box 13
WSGA-N.C. State Legislature, 1967
Box 13
N.C. Student Legislature and National Student Conference, 1964
Box 13
WSGA-N.C. Student Legislature Assembly
Box 13
Miscellaneous Notes, 1947
Box 13
Off-Campus Issues, 1963, 1971
Box 14
WSGA Officers, Legislators, Committee Chairman, etc.
Box 14
Parliamentary Procedure
Box 14
Official Pronouncement, 1966-1970
Box 14
Opinion Poll, 1962
Box 14
Pay Day, 1963-1964
Box 14
WSGA-Point System, 1921-1926
Box 14
WSGA-Point System, 1927-1928
Box 14
WSGA-Point System, 1935-1939
Box 14
Philosophy Committee Minutes, Reports, 1966, 1967
Box 14
Philosophy Committee-Academic Freedom/Student Rights
Box 14
East Campus Policy Committee, 1969
Box 14
WSGA-Annual President's Report, 1950-1958
Box 14
WSGA-President's File Miscellany, 1957-1958
Box 14
President's Reports, 1959-1964
Box 14
President-Advice Letters from Outgoing President to Incoming President
Box 14
Purchasing Bills and Requisitions, 1966
Box 14
WSGA-Recommendations to Staff, 1936-1937
Box 15
WSGA-Recommendations to Staff, 1940-1946
Box 15
WSGA-Regulations, 1970-1971
Box 15
Scholarship Committee, 1964-1967
Box 15
WSGA-Secretary Annual Reports, 1928-1930, 1961-1966
Box 15
WSGA-Secretariat Manual and Misc., 1963-1965
Box 15
WSGA-Secretary Notes for Minutes of Association and Council, 1944-1946
Box 15
WSGA-Secretary Notes for Minutes of Association and Council, 1946-1947
Box 15
Social Code, 1919, 1921
Box 15
Social Code Dorm Discussions, 1959
Box 15
Social-Cultural Committee Report, 1965-1966
Box 15
Social Regulations
Box 15
Social Standards Committee
Box 15
WSGA-Social Standards Committee Annual Reports and Misc., 1930, 1958-1964
Box 15
WSGA-Sorority Evaluation, 1964-1965?
Box 15
Southern Inter-Collegiate Association of Student Government, 1925-1929
Box 15
Speeches, 1966, 1968
Box 16
Woman's College Staff
Box 16
Student Building Commission, 1963-1964
Box 16
Student Center-East, 1961-1962
Box 16
Student Exchange Committee Correspondence, Notes, Misc., 1963-1965
Box 16
Student Faculty Administration Committee Minutes, etc., 1962-1963
Box 16
Student Faculty Administration Committee Minutes, etc., 1963-1966
Box 16
Student Government Philosophy and Ideas
Box 16
Student Lists
Box 16
Student Residential Life, 1969
Box 16
WSGA-Student Staff Committee Minutes, 1950-1951
Box 16
WSGA-Student Tutoring, 1963
Box 16
Student Welfare Committee Reports and Correspondence, 1965-1966
Box 16
Students-Misc. Announcements, Bulletins, Memos, etc.
Box 16
Study Abroad Questionnaire, 1963, 1964,
Box 16
Council-Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer Reports, 1928-1930, 1960-1963
Box 16
Council-Treasurer Correspondence and Misc., 1967-1969
Box 16
University Committees-Student Representatives
Box 16
Vice President Annual Reports, 1930, 1950-1951, 1955-1965
Box 16
Town Girl Representative Annual Report, 1928-1930
Box 16
Visiting Scholar in Residence
Box 16
"Voice of the Campus" Committee
Box 16
Woman's Residence Council Correspondence and Misc., 1970-1971
Box 16
Woman's Residence Council Minutes
Box 16
Woman's Residence Council Misc., 1971-1972
Box 16
American University Handbook "Coed Code," 1966-1967
Box 17
Antioch College Student Government
Box 17
Douglass College Handbook "The Red Book," 1966-1967
Box 17
Goucher College Freshman Handbook, 1965-1966, 1966-1967
Box 17
Oberlin College Student Handbook, 1965
Box 17
Pembroke College Student Handbook, 1964-1965
Box 17
Pomona College Social Regulations for Women Students, 1966
Box 17
Radcliffe College Student Handbook, 1962
Box 17
Sarah Lawrence College Handbook, 1966-1967
Box 17
Skidmore College Student Handbook, 1966-1967
Box 17
Smith College Student Handbook, 1966-1967
Box 17
Swarthmore College Bulletin, 1965-1966
Box 17
University of Arizona Women's Handbook, 1966-1967
Box 17
University of Chicago Student Handbook, 1962-1964
Box 17
University of Maryland Women Students Handbook, 1966-1967
Box 17
University of Vermont WSGA Handbook, 1966-1967
Box 17
Vassar College Student Handbook, 1959-1960
Box 17
NSA Pamphlets File I (2 folders)
Box 18
NSA Pamphlets File II
Box 18
NSA Supplied Pamphlets File III
Box 18
NSA Pamphlets File IV
Box 18
NSA Pamphlets File V
Box 18
University of Maryland File VI-Judiciary Handbooks
Box 18
Debating Club Treasurer's Report, 1936-1937
Box 19
Duke Nereidians
Box 19
French Club Treasurer's Report, 1936-1937
Box 19
Pan-Hellenic Treasurer's Report, 1936-1937
Box 19
Social Services Committee Treasurer Reports, 1936-1937
Box 19
Social Standards Committee Annual Treasurer's Report, 1936-1937
Box 19
Social Standards Committee Ledger, 1937-1942
Box 19
Sophomore Commission Annual Treasurer's Report, 1936-1937
Box 19
Treasurer's Report, 1937
Box 19
Town Girl's Club Annual Treasurer's Report
Box 19
Treasurer Reports, 1937
Box 19
Treasurer Reports, 1942
Box 19
WSGA Expenses, 1937-1939
Box 19
Woman's Athletic Association Accounts, 1931-1947
Box 19
Woman's Athletic/Recreation Association Minutes, 1934-1944
Box 19
Woman's Athletic Association Treasurer's Report, 1936-1937
Box 19
ASDU (Association of Students of Duke University), 1966-1967
Box 20
ASDU, 1968-1970
Box 20
Black Problems 1960s and Student Governments, 1960-1970
Box 20
Class Organizations and Officers, 1963-1969
Box 20
Constitutions and By-laws Campus Organizations, 1964-1969, undated
Box 20
Eko-L Miscellaneous Records and Correspondence, 1936-1937
Box 20
Isotes
Box 20
MSGA - Constitution, undated
Box 20
MSGA - Minutes, 1964-1967
Box 20
MSGA - Misc., 1952-1966, undated
Box 20
MSGA - Officers, 1966-1969
Box 20
Methodist Student Fellowship, 1953-1954
Box 20
Music Study Club
Box 21
Nurses Student Government, 1964-1968
Box 21
Pan-Hellenic Rush Booklet, 1947-1980(22 folders)
Box 21
PEP Board Constitution, 1955-1957, undated
Box 21
Phi Kappa Delta
Box 21
Sandals Club
Box 21
Student Activities Finances
Box 22
Student Forum
Box 22
Handbook of the Woman's Athletic Association, 1937-1958 (6 folders)
Box 22
Handbook of the Woman's Recreation Association, 1961-1967 (6 folders)
Box 22
The Weekly Post, 1937-1938 (YWCA Publication)
Box 22
Woman's Alliance, 1973-1974
Box 22
Woman's College Glee Club
Box 22
Woman's College Orchestra
Box 22
May Day: Program Proposals, Other Schools' Brochures, 1925; 1930
Oversize 23
May Day, 1936-1937

Historical Note

The Woman's College was established in 1930, as coordinate college to Trinity College for men, with the appointment of Alice M. Baldwin as Dean of the Woman's College. Prior to that women had a long history of attending Trinity College (the antecedent of Duke University). Three Giles sisters were awarded degrees in 1878 on the basis of private instruction by faculty members before Trinity College moved to Durham in 1892. In 1892 the Board of Trinity College officially admitted women to the college, and the first women to attend regular classes graduated in 1896. These women had been permitted to attend classes but they were not given residence on the campus.

In 1896, Washington Duke made a gift of $100,000 to Trinity College urging that women be admitted "on equal footing with men." A small dormitory, the Mary Duke Building was subsequently built in 1898; however it was torn down in 1912. It was replaced by Southgate dormitory for women in 1921. The increase in women students during World War I gave rise to the instatement of a Dean of Women, Martha Buchanan, as well as the formation of the Woman's Student Government in 1918. In 1924, Alice M. Baldwin was named Dean of Women. Upon reflection of her early years at Trinity College Alice Baldwin notes:

  • When I first came to Trinity, it was primarily a man's college, run by men, where some women had studied for years, it is true, but where women had no part in administration except to some extent in the social life and the management of the one women's dormitory.

With the creation of the coordinate Woman's College this gradually began to change and women (administrators and students) were given more control over East Campus.

The Woman's Student Government Association was formed in 1918 and its purpose listed in the 1922 amended constitution was "to preserve student honor, to develop self-control, and to govern the young women matriculated of the College." In order to fulfill these functions the Association mandated that several committees should be formed including a social committee, social service committee, social standards committee, and room committee plus a journal, publicity, and social room committees.

With the incorporation of the Woman's College in 1930 the purpose of the Woman's Student Government Association (WSGA) of Duke University broadened to encompass "regulat[ion] of all matters pertaining to the life of the women of the Woman's College of Duke University, not under the jurisdiction of the Faculty." Furthermore the organization was "to increase a sense of individual responsibility; to further a spirit of unity among the women of the College; and to cooperate with the Faculty in creating and maintaining high ideals for the Women of the University."

Therefore the WSGA in cooperation with the Administrative staff of the College was responsible for the formation and enforcement of the regulations for the Woman's College. These regulations include those related to specific classes (i.e. freshmen, upperclassmen, etc.), general social regulations (drinking, smoking, automobiles, dates), house regulations (closing/quiet hours, men callers, late leaves, serenades), off-campus regulations (Durham area restaurants, hotels), and social standards regulations (attire on campus, off campus, and behavior becoming to Woman's College students).

The segregated campus life style of the coordinate college allowed female students to develop leadership skills and confidence that an integrated student government may not have allowed them to gain. For "in addition to the judicial board, the Woman's Student Government Association consisted of a strong network of dorm representatives and legislators." Upon reflection most alumnae said that they appreciated the leadership experiences inherit in the creation of policy and self-discipline. Indeed the Woman's College produced many political and cultural luminaries including: Elizabeth Dole; Ann K. Covington; Nancy Hanks; Eleanor Smeal; Margaret Taylor Smith; and Anne Tyler.

During the 1960s a perpetual request from the student body was the liberalizing of social regulations, especially those that were traditionally imposed upon women and not on men. This issue became a driving-force in the creation of a university unified student government, and in 1967 the student body voted to merge the Men's Student Government and the Woman's Student Government Association creating the Associated Students of Duke University (ASDU). Valerie Ann Mosley (1980) was the first female president of ASDU. In 1972, the consolidation of the two separate colleges became complete when the Board of Trustees approved the merger of the Woman's College and Trinity College.

Works cited

  • "President Few and the Woman's College" in folder 1198, William Preston Few Records and Papers, University Archives, Duke University.
  • "WSGA Amendments, 1922," Box 7, Woman's Student Government Association records, University Archives, Duke University.
  • 1930 Woman's College Handbook, University Archives, Duke University.
  • Daub, Tammy. "Smashing the Glass Ceiling," The Chronicle 11 October 1996.
  • ibid. and Arnold, Autumn ,"White Gloves and Parlor Games," The Chronicle 18 January 2006.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Associated Students of Duke University records, 1965-1993. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Woman’s College records, 1928-1974. (University Archives, Duke University.)

Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

The Woman’s Student Government Association Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1974-1997.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives staff, October 2007

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, October 2007

Accessions 74-108, A89-0031, A94-119, A97-59 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

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