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Creator:Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Division of Student Affairs.
Title:Division of Student Affairs records
Dates: 1933-2008 (bulk 1965-1985)
Call Number:A84
Volume:5 cubic ft. (5 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The Division of Student Affairs records document the everyday operations of the Office of the Dean of Students and its later incarnation as the Division of Student Affairs. Much of the collection consists of materials from Vice President of Student Affairs John D. O'Bryant, who served in that capacity from 1979-1984. These materials reflect both the Division as a whole and its individual departments, the wider Northeastern University administration and the Division's relationship to that administration, and the activities of John D. O'Bryant acting independently of the University. The collection also includes materials dating from before and after O'Bryant's tenure as Vice President, documenting Division of Student Affairs/Office of the Dean of Students activities such as student admissions and enrollment, freshman advising, housing, freshman and transfer student orientation, and student behavior and discipline.
Historical Abstract:The Division of Student Affairs was originally known as the Office of the Dean of Students. In the 1950s, the office comprised a dean of freshmen, dean of women, and dean of men. In 1970, the Office of Dean of Students was reorganized into the Division of Student Affairs, and many of the tasks that had originally been handled directly by the dean and his assistants were separated into departments that reported to the Vice President of Student Affairs. Among these services were counseling and testing, student housing, and financial aid. The Division of Student Affairs continues to oversee programs and services relating to student life today.
Arrangement: Organized into 2 series: 1. Vice President's Files and 2. General Files.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Karp, Ruth.
  • Norman, John C.
  • O'Bryant, John D.

  • Boston Housing Authority (Boston, Mass.).
  • Greater Roxbury Community Corporation (Boston, Mass.).
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.).
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Division of Student Affairs.

  • Affirmative action programs.
  • African American students -- Massachusetts -- Boston.
  • Minorities -- Education (Higher) -- United States.
  • Minority college students -- United States.
  • Minority college students -- Recruiting -- United States.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Administration.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Class of 1985.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Funds and scholarships.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Student government.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Student housing.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Students.
  • Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975 -- Protest movements -- Massachusetts -- Boston.

Restrictions:Records are closed for 25 years from the date of creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office. Student records are closed for 75 years from the date of their creation.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Jeanine Rees, April 2005