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Student Council Records, 1917-1975
2 records storage boxes, 1 archives box (2.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Minutes, financial records, correspondence, reports, and various printed matter documenting the activities of student government at Amherst College, 1917-1975 (with gaps), including budget allocations to student clubs and organizations, election of officers, and administration of the honor system.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

Access to Series 4, Sub-Series B is restricted. Permission to examine the restricted materials should be requested from the Head of Archives and Special Collections. Excepting this, there is no restriction on access to the collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Amherst, MA

Historical Note

Student government at Amherst College was first instituted under President Julius H. Seelye in the fall of 1880. Seelye wished to put into practice theories he had long held that undergraduates should be presumed mature enough to be responsible for their own behavior and that of their classmates. The "Amherst System," as it was called, placed a large measure of control in the hands of the College Senate, consisting of ten elected representatives from each class. Its primary responsibility was for settling matters of "college order and decorum." This included considering cases of objectionable behavior such as hazing and academic dishonesty. A case in the early 1880s involving a student who had been expelled from Amherst for hazing resulted in a student protest which was eventually referred to the Senate, which voted to reinstate the student. According to Cornelius Patton (AC 1883), this was believed to be "the first case of student self-government in any American college." However, the Amherst System -- always more impressive in theory than in practice -- was suspended in the 1890s; throughout the 20th century student government seems to have gone through waves of enthusiasm and derision.

Other functions of the Student Council included overseeing student organizations and sponsoring events.

[Source: Fuess, Amherst: The Story of a New England College (Boston: Little, Brown, 1935), 220-222.]

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Minutes, financial records, correspondence, reports, and various printed matter documenting the activities of student government at Amherst College, 1917-1975 (with gaps), including budget allocations to student clubs and organizations, election of officers, and administration of the honor system.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

Access to Series 4, Sub-Series B is restricted. Permission to examine the restricted materials should be requested from the Head of Archives and Special Collections. Excepting this, there is no restriction on access to the collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in Amherst College Student Council Records [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library.

History of the Collection

Processing Information

Processed in June 2010 by Peter A. Nelson and Colleen O'Connor 2011.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives

Language
English

Contents List
Series 1: FINANCIAL RECORDS,
1918-1942


Estimates
1918-1935

Box 1: folder 1
Final reports
1919-1927

Box 1: folder 2
Final reports
1927-1933

Box 1: folder 3
Miscellaneous
1918-1942

Box 1: folder 4
Time reports
1921-1925

Box 1: folder 5
Student employment
1919-1920

Box 1: folder 6
Series 2: CORRESPONDENCE, ca.
1919-1939


Correspondence: Incoming
1920s-30s

Box 1: folder 7
Correspondence: Outgoing
1920s-30s

Box 1: folder 8
Thank you note from Woodrow Wilson's widow
1924

Box 1: folder 9
Doshisha University
1919-1925

Box 1: folder 10
Relations
1919-1921

Box 1: folder 11
Petitions
1928-1929

Box 1: folder 12
Series 3: STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS AND ACTIVITIES,
1917-1974 (bulk 1917-1932)


Schedules
1928-1933

Box 1: folder 13
Faculty Committee
1928-1929

Box 1: folder 14
Results of competitions
1928-1930

Box 1: folder 15
Athletic awards
1928-1929

Box 1: folder 16
Music awards
1927-1929

Box 1: folder 17
Trophies
1917-1926

Box 1: folder 18
Rules Committee
ca. 1921-1926

Box 1: folder 19
The Amherst Student
1919-1974

Box 1: folder 20
Baseball
1921-1925

Box 1: folder 21
Basketball
ca. 1918-1925

Box 1: folder 22
Cheer Leading
1921-1922

Box 1: folder 23
Conferences
1921-1925

Box 1: folder 24
Cross Country
1923-1924

Box 1: folder 25
Dances
1921-1929

Box 1: folder 26
Dances
1929-1934

Box 1: folder 27
Debate
1919-1925

Box 1: folder 28
Note:

NOTE: because of the Debate record-keeping practices, much of the club's financial information is located in this series instead of Series 1 with the other clubs'.

Debate
1925-1942

Box 1: folder 29
Debate
1940s

Box 1: folder 30
Football
1917-1932

Box 1: folder 31
Freshman Games
1923-1926

Box 1: folder 32
Golf
1918-1926

Box 1: folder 33
Hockey
1917-1926

Box 1: folder 34
Library
1922

Box 1: folder 35
National Student Federation of the US
1926

Box 1: folder 36
Press Club
ca. 1921-1923

Box 1: folder 37
Publicity (see also: Press Club)
1920-1925

Box 1: folder 38
Rifle Team
1919-1929

Box 1: folder 39
Soccer
1918-1925

Box 1: folder 40
Swimming
1921-1932

Box 1: folder 41
Tennis
1920-1925

Box 1: folder 42
Track
1917-1932

Box 1: folder 43
"The Fraternity System at Massachusetts State College"
n. d.

Box 1: folder 44
Series 4: HONOR SYSTEM COMMITTEE,
1917-1928


Sub-Series A: General



General
ca. 1921-1924

Box 2: folder 1
Elections
1920

Box 2: folder 2
Revised constitution and interpretation
1925

Box 2: folder 3
Constitution comments
n.d.

Box 2: folder 4
General correspondence
1917-1918

Box 2: folder 5
General correspondence
1921-1922

Box 2: folder 6
General correspondence
1922-1923

Box 2: folder 7
General correspondence
1923-1924

Box 2: folder 8
General correspondence
1924-1925

Box 2: folder 9
General correspondence
1925-1926

Box 2: folder 10
General correspondence
1926-1927

Box 2: folder 11
Correspondence - Committee of Seven
1921-1927

Box 2: folder 12
General business
1921-1923

Box 2: folder 13
Meeting of the student body - Discussion of proposed honor system
1922 Jan-Feb

Box 2: folder 14
Sub-Series B: Student Trials,
1921-1928


Restrictions on access:

NOTE: Access to this sub-series is RESTRICTED. No access without written permission of the President's Office.

Student trials [RESTRICTED]
1921-1928

Box 3: folder 1-54
Series 5: MINUTES,
1927-1969


Student Council minutes
1927-1949

Box 2: folder 15
Student Council minutes and reports
1949-1953

Box 2: folder 16
Student Council minutes
1953-1957

Box 2: folder 17
Student Council minutes
1967-1969

Box 2: folder 18
Collected Papers of the Student Council
1968-1969

Box 2: folder 19
Series 6: OTHER STUDENT GOVERNING BODIES,
1916-1975


Student Association
1922, 1938

Box 2: folder 20
Student Association - rules and regulation books
1916-1932

Box 2: folder 21
Student Assembly
1972-1975

Box 2: folder 22

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