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Augustana College Student Government Association records

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 66
The Augustana College Student Government Association records, 1892-2000 and undated, largely includes minutes and records from student government meetings and from various student committees’ meetings. Also included are constitutions (including copies with revisions), bylaws, financial records and contingency requests from student organizations, and correspondence with faculty. In addition, this collection includes student surveys, reports, proposals, the student government’s and committees’ policies, student government and student committee membership records, and articles kept by the student government.

The Augustana College Student Government Association records are arranged chronologically in the following series:

Series I. Augustana College Students’ Union records, 1892-1962, includes minutes and treasury books from the Students' Union. Some correspondence with faculty about students who had broken the honor code is included in the minutes books. This series also includes the constitution, correspondence, and membership letters of the House of Representatives of Augustana College.

Series II. Augustana College Representative Assembly records, 1956-1988, includes RA minutes and student committee meeting minutes and records, including policies, proposals, and correspondence, as well as the RA constitution along with revisions, proposed revisions, and a Bill of Rights. Included in this series are records the RA kept related to King Carl XVI Gustaf’s visit in 1976.

Series III. Augustana College Student Government Association records, 1977-2000, includes minutes, notes, and budget information from SGA meetings and from various student committees. Included in this series are Augustana College Board of Trustees Meeting papers from 1993 and 1998, faculty correspondence on student relations, professor evaluation procedures and surveys, and proposals and policies for Campus Security, as well as notes kept by SGA from the Pi Upsilon Gamma (PUG) fraternity trial and SGA’s promotions and records related to AIDS Awareness Week in 1993-1994.

Dates

  • 1892-2000 and undated

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from Augustana College Special Collections and the copyright holder.

Extent

4.7 Cubic Feet (/ 12 Boxes)

Overview

Student government began at Augustana College in 1892 with the group calling itself the “Students' Union.” Upholding the honor system, assigning committee members, and overseeing committees were among some of the first responsibilities of the Students' Union. Eventually the group changed its name to the Representative Assembly and then the Student Government Association. The group currently operates as a governing body on campus and a liaison between students and Augustana College administration. The Augustana College Student Government Association records, 1892-2000 and undated, largely includes minutes and records from student government meetings and from various student committees’ meetings, in addition to constitutions, bylaws, correspondence, membership records, and clippings.

Historical Note

Student government began at Augustana College in 1892 with a group calling itself the “Students' Union.” Upholding the honor system, assigning committee members, and overseeing committees were among some of the first responsibilities of the Student Union.

In the 1960-1961 school year, the group changed its name to “Representative Assembly,” abbreviated RA. During this time, the RA became responsible for many more committees in order to satisfy a larger and more diverse community at Augustana. These new committees addressed topics such as residential life, hazing, gender equality and awareness, faculty-student relations, and budgeting for student groups on campus.

During the 1986-1987 school year, the group changed its name for the final time to the “Student Government Association,” abbreviated SGA. SGA continued the policies and practices of the RA, but it also became more of a medium between the student body and the administration. For example, SGA members attend Augustana College Board of Trustees meetings and correspond with the faculty and administration regularly about campus security and professor evaluations. In addition, the SGA began to promote more campus events for students, such as AIDs Awareness Week, and manage contingency requests from student groups on campus.

Arrangement

Chronological.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Recieved from Thilini Lansakara, 2004.

Processing Information

Processed by Kelsey O’Connell, 2010. Revised by Atticus Garrison, June 2016.
Title
Augustana College Student Government Association records, 1892-2000 and undated.
Status
completed
Author
Atticus Garrison
Date
June 2016
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Augustana College Special Collections Repository

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