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Name of Creator:Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Student Government Association
Title:Student Government Association records.
Date:n.d., 1940–2008 (bulk 1980s–2000s)
Reference Code:A114
Location Code:33/4 – 34/1, 35/1
Extent:18 cubic feet (19 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection documents the work of the Student Government Association as an advocate for Northeastern University students. The records reflect the Association's involvement with issues including housing; financial aid; special events such as dances, theatrical performances, and guest speakers; and hiring for staff positions. The Association pursues its work through the Student Senate and standing committees and boards, including the Budget Review Committee, Student Center Governance Board, and Student Affairs Board, the activities of which are documented in the collection. The records include correspondence and memoranda, press releases, reports, minutes, agendas, resolutions and “Sense of the Senate” legislation, by–laws, and budgetary materials. Photographs and negatives donated with the collection have been removed to A103, the Northeastern University Photograph collection.
Historical Abstract:The Student Council was created in 1921 as a vehicle for student participation in University affairs. It originally comprised the officers of the senior and junior classes, and the members of the Student Activities Committee which was also created in 1921. In the 1960s, the Council became more active as a mediating body between students and University administration, and it was involved in student implementation of draft resistance counseling, dissemination of abortion and birth control information, and establishment of gay liberation programs on campus. The Council also mediated between students and administrators during on–campus student protests of the Vietnam Conflict, Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), and controversial speakers. In 1973, with the support of the Northeastern University administration, the Council dissolved and recreated itself under a new constitution as the Student Federation. The Federation continued the Council's work to bring the concerns of the student body to the attention of the administration and to improve the student experience at Northeastern. The Federation existed until 1981 when, after a prolonged period of discussion within the Federation and with Northeastern administrators, it became the Student Government Association. Between 1981 and 2009, the Association was involved with a variety of campus issues including hiring at the Lane Health Center, providing services for deaf students, and the ongoing issues of financial aid, class availability, and student housing.
Language and Scripts:The collection is entirely in English.
System of Arrangement:The collection is arranged in 4 series: 1. Administration; 2. Boards and Committees; 3. Issues and Events; and 4. Student Senate.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) – Student Government Association.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) – Student Senate.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.).
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) – Student Government Association.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) – Student Senate.

  • College student government – Massachusetts.
  • Committees.
  • Student activities – Massachusetts – Boston.
  • Student government – United States.
  • Student participation in administration – United States.
  • Student participation in policy making.

Conditions Governing Access:The records are restricted for 25 years from their date of creation. Records containing student information are restricted for 75 years. For more information, consult the University Archivist.
Technical Access:Four 3 ½ inch floppy disks in Box 1 could not be opened by Archives staff.
Immediate Source of Acquisition:The collection was donated by the Northeastern University Student Government Association.
Accruals:Further accruals are expected.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Hanna Clutterbuck and updated by Dominique Medal, August 2011