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Creator: Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Dept. of Residential Life.
Title:Dept. of Residential Life records
Call Number:A49
Volume:0.35 cubic ft.
Scope and Content Abstract:Northeastern University's Dept. of Residential Life collection contains records documenting campus housing between 1966 and 1997, with the bulk of the material dated 1987-1995.  The collection contains information published for students and their parents, including guidebooks on campus living, rules and regulations, and pamphlets concerning off-campus living.  There are also administrative records concerning the department's functions and organization. In addition, there is a small amount of material relating to the Faculty Associate Program.
Historical Abstract:Northeastern University (NU) opened its first dormitory at 428 Marlborough St. in 1950. By 1967, NU had opened nine new residence halls, housing over 2,000 students; by 2001, over 4,100 students lived in NU resident halls.  NU's Department of Residential Life was created in 1962 as the Office of Student Housing.  It became known as the Department of Residential Life in 1987.  The office was headed by both a dean of men and a dean of women until 1970, when it was replaced by a director of student housing, reflecting student pressure for co-ed dorms.  Until 1993, the department operated as three separate offices, the Office of the Director (Administrative and Technical Services), Student Life, and Facilities and Operations.  In 1993, the offices were integrated at 4 Speare Place.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) Dept. of Residential Life

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Student housing
  • Dormitories -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Dormitories -- Rules and regulations
  • Student housing -- Massachusetts -- Boston

Restrictions:Records are closed for 25 years from the date of their creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Stein Helmrich, May 2001