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The Associated Students of Duke University (ASDU) was the student government at Duke from 1967 to 1993. It originated in March 1967 when the student body voted to merge the Men's Student Government Association and the Women's Student Government Association. ASDU consisted of an executive branch and a legislative branch. A student referendum in April 1993 replaced ASDU with a new organization, Duke Student Government, in which the legislative and executive branches were consolidated. ASDU records consist of minutes, correspondence, legislation, reports, printed matter, judicial decisions, charters, memoranda, speeches, receipts, vouchers, and other records. The ASDU records provide insight into student life during a time when students were becoming more active in university affairs. The records also document student organizations at Duke at this time and demonstrate some of the services provided to students by ASDU.

The records of the Associated Students of Duke University span from 1965-1991, covering the years that ASDU existed, as well as a few items prior to the establishment of ASDU in 1967. The bulk of the material focuses on the 1970s and early 1980s. The records consist of agendas and minutes, charters, correspondence and memoranda, resolutions and statutes, reports, studies, financial material, photographs, newspaper clippings and other printed matter.

The ASDU records provide insight into student life during a time when students were becoming more active in university affairs. The collection is useful in examining issues that were important to students in the 1970s and 1980s such as divestment in South Africa, financial aid and campus race relations and the actions taken on those issues; how effective student government was during this period; and also illuminates student organizations at Duke at this time -- both what they were and what they did. The records also demonstrate some of the services provided to students by ASDU: the Bail Loan Fund; Legal assistance; van/shuttle services; and the distribution of the Student Activities fee.

Additional ASDU records can be found inter-filed with Duke Student Government records. Please contact University Archives for additional information.

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The Duke Parliamentarians were a student group dedicated to the study and practice of parliamentary law. The collection includes minutes, reports, bylaws, publications, and correspondence by the Duke Parliamentarians from 1990-1996.

The collection includes minutes, reports, bylaws, publications, and correspondence by the Duke Parliamentarians from 1990-1996. Minutes and reports include resolutions, discussions, and motions of the group, as well as some correspondence related to activities. Also included are copied of the Parliamentary Primer by Stan Brown and Handbook for Members created by the group.

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Duke Student Government records, 1960-2019 28 Linear Feet — 0.44 Gigabytes

The Duke Student Government (DSG) replaced the existing student government, Associated Students of Duke University (ASDU), in 1993. DSG is the governing body of Duke undergraduate students and acts as the principal liaison between them and the University administration. It presents students' views on the affairs of the University community, appoints students to University and Board of Trustees committees, and oversees and allocates funds to student clubs and organizations. The Duke Student Government Records, 1960-2007, contain materials of both the DSG its organizational predecessor, Associated Students of Duke University (ASDU). Records consist of correspondence, legislation, minutes, reports, printed matter, judicial decisions, charters, memoranda, speeches, receipts, vouchers, and other materials, and document student governance and political activity, organizations, events planning, housing, and interaction with Duke University administration and the Board of Trustees.

The Duke Student Government Records, 1960-2019, contain materials of both the Duke Student Government (DSG, formed in 1993), and its organizational predecessor, the Associated Students of Duke University (ASDU, formed in 1967). Records consist of correspondence, legislation, minutes, reports, printed matter, judicial decisions, charters, memoranda, speeches, receipts, vouchers, and other materials. The collection documents a broad spectrum of student social life, including student governance and political activity, organizations, events planning, housing, and interaction with Duke University administrative officers, offices, and the Board of Trustees.

Arranged in order by accession number, except that in all cases Board of Trustees materials have been transferred to the Board of Trustees Series, housed at the end of the collection.

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The Men's Student Government Association (MSGA) evolved from student councils in the early 1930s at Duke University's Trinity College. The MSGA was supplanted by the Associated Students of Duke University in 1968. In 1993, the Associated Students of Duke University became known as Student Government Association. Types of material include minutes, committee reports, correspondence, financial records, newsletters, election records (including records of the disputed 1952 election), constitutions, and resolutions. Materials range in date from 1925 to 1969.

The collection cinludes the minutes, reports and other records of the Student-Faculty-Advisory Committee (SFAC). The SFAC was a subcommittee of the MSGA, created to discuss matters of mutual concern to students, faculty, and the administration (circa 1961-1969). It also includes MSGA minutes, committee reports, correspondence, financial records, newsletters, election records (including records of the disputed 1952 election), constitutions, and resolutions. Major subjects include Duke University, student government, the Men's Student Government Association, history of the Associated Students of Duke University, history of the Student Government Association, policy revision, administration and student relations, alcohol use on campus, segregation, illegal drug use, political activity, origins of the football game Victory Bell, campus traditions, college freshmen, and cheating. Contains restricted materials. Materials range in date from 1925 to 1969.

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The Duke University Office of Student Activities and Facilities (OSAF) serves as a liaison between the university administration and student groups, clubs, and organizations. The Office of Student Activities and Facilities Records, 1936-ongoing, contain correspondence, charters, directories, annual reports, financial statements, and other information on Duke University student organizations, including Duke Student Government, Associated Students of Duke University, the Undergraduate Publications board, the Duke University Union, and the Office of University Life. The OSAF Records also document Duke University student life more generally, including their social life, customs, and political activity.

The Office of Student Activities and Facilities Records, 1936-ongoing, contain correspondence, charters, directories, annual reports, financial statements, and other detailed information on many Duke University student organizations, including Duke Student Government (DSG), Associated Students of Duke University (ASDU), the Undergraduate Publications board, the Duke University Union, and the Office of University Life. In addition to documenting the histories of specific on-campus groups, the OSAF Records provide a wealth of material on Duke University students in general, including but not limited to their social life, political activity, and changing social customs throughout the 20th century.

Arrangement: unless stated otherwise, all accessions are arranged as received, generally in alphabetical order.

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The Vice President of Student Affairs oversees the Division of Student Affairs, involved in all aspects of student life at Duke University. William J. Griffith was Dean of Student Affairs and then Vice President of Student Affairs from 1963-1991. The Vice President for Student Affairs Records include correspondence, reports, memorandums, and other materials related to the operations of the Division of Student Affairs and cover such topics as student organizations, student housing, student government, student activities, administrative planning around student facilities and resources, and many other subjects.

The collection includes a wide variety of materials related to the operations of the Student Affairs office. Much of the collection is correspondence, with many reports, printed materials, and memorandums, as well as other materials.

Topics include student organizations and activities, including student government, fraternities, student living groups, interest groups, and publications; administrative activities and policies focused on student life and well-being, including student housing, student health and insurance, resources for supporting student life, and facilities for students; administrative and campus activities including arts and cultural activities such as the Duke Players, Chapel activities and services, and the Publications Board; and events of significance to the Duke community, including materials related to the Allen Building Takeover, protests and demonstrations, and many other topics.

An addition (Accession UA2018-0084) contains correpondence and subject files from Larry Moneta, VP of Student Affairs.

Some materials were removed April 2007 and now make up the Office of Student Affairs Reference Collection.

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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.

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.