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Name of Creator:Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Student Activities Office.
Title:Student Activities Office records
Date:1941-2010 (bulk 1980-1995)
Reference Code:A45
Location Code:29/3-4, 31/2, 35/3
Extent:19.55 cubic ft. (24 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection documents over 300 clubs and organizations, providing insight into student life primarily during the 1980s through the 1990s. Records on each organization typically consists of a proposal to start the specific group, a request for provisional status, a request for full recognition, a letter granting full recognition to the organization, program planning guides, and officer rosters. Series 1. Administration contains general information, correspondence, financial reports, and regulations pertaining to all student organizations. Series 2. Student Organizations is organized into 12 categories of clubs and organizations: A) Academic and Departmental, B) All University, C) Art and Music, D) Ethnic and Cultural, E) Fraternities and Sororities, F) Honor Societies, G) Media, H) Political and Social Action, I) Professional Societies, J) Religious Organizations, and K) Special Interest Clubs. Extensive files exist for the Northeastern University Flying Huskies and the Students Aligned for Nuclear Disarmament (SAND). Series 3 contains individual case files on students who sought legal assistance from the Group Legal Services Corporation.
Historical Abstract:Student extracurricular activities at Northeastern University began in 1917 with the publication of the senior yearbook, the Cauldron. The Department of Student Activities was formed in 1921 and was comprised of a publicity division, the athletic association, and miscellaneous divisional activities. The Division of Music was added later, and by 1925 included a Band, Concert Orchestra, Glee Club and Dramatic Club. The Student Council began in the 1920s. By 1959, the Department of Student Activities was responsible for all student activities, with the exception of chapel services. In 1970, the Dean of Students Office changed its name to the Office of Student Affairs.
System of Arrangement:Organized into 3 series: 1. Administration; 2. Student Organizations; and 3. Legal Services Student Case Files.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Student Activities Office.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Bands
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Societies, etc.
  • Reserve Officers' Training Corps.

  • African American students -- Massachusetts -- Boston.
  • Asian American students -- Massachusetts -- Boston.
  • College radio stations -- Massachusetts -- Boston.
  • College student government -- Massachusetts -- Boston.
  • Greek letter societies--Massachusetts--Boston.
  • Student activities -- Massachusetts -- Boston.
  • Student service -- Massachusetts -- Boston.
  • Students, Foreign -- Massachusetts -- Boston.
  • Students -- Political activity -- Massachusetts -- Boston.
  • Students Recreation -- Massachusetts -- Boston.

Conditions Governing Access:Records are closed for 25 years from the date of their creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office. Personnel records (box 1, folder 23) and student records (boxes 11-14) are closed for 75 years from their date of creation.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Linda W. Hom, Katie Geiszler, February 2001, September 2003; updated by Migyeong Geum, October 2012.