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Swarthmore College Student Council records

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG6-M003

Scope and Contents

Contains the records of the Swarthmore College Student Council from 1943-2012, with gaps in some series. The collection includes Student Council minutes, correspondence, reports, publications, and a large number of Student Budget Committee records. Also records of Student Affairs, Elections, Student Activities Fund, and Curriculum Committees, Women's Student Government Association, and records of several smaller committees.

Organized into seven series.
  1. Constitution and History
  2. Minutes
  3. Correspondence and Reports
  4. Committees
  5. Miscellaneous
  6. Women's Student Government Association
  7. Student Budget Committee

Dates

  • 1943 - 2018

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open to researchers

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Biographical / Historical

Student Council was created in 1937 and has often changed in structure since then. It was originally created as a companion organization to the Women’s Student Government Association (WSGA) and the Men’s Student Government Association (MSGA), charged with governing situations and activities involving both men and women. In 1940, MSGA was replaced by the Men’s Executive Committee (MEC) which was designed to be a smaller, more useful version of the MSGA, but it too ceased to exist in 1958. WSGA survived until 1970. After 1970, Student Council became the sole non-judicial student governing body on campus. As such, Student Council was responsible for a wide range of activities, including acting as liaison for communicating student concerns to the faculty, administration, and board of managers; chartering and funding student groups and activities; appointing student representatives to college committees; and overseeing student employment and publication policies. In fall of 2014, Student Council elected to function on the working constitution of the larger, more-representative Student Government Organization for that academic year. After achieving significant success, the new constitution was ratified by the student body on April 16, 2015.

Student Government Organization has two branches: the Executive Board and the Student Senate. The Executive Board meets on a weekly basis to make efficient decisions regarding campus policy and student initiatives. The Student Senate meets on a bi-weekly basis as a part of the full SGO to review decisions made by the executive board and to offer support and ideas for SGO initiatives. The Co-Presidents head the Executive Board of eight elected SGO committee chairs: Academic Affairs, Diversity, Environmental Impact, Internal Affairs, Student Life Policy, Student Organizations, Student Outreach, and Visual and Performing Arts. Together, the Executive Board votes to pass proposals and amendments to the constitution. The Student Budget Committee Chair is an appointed member to the Executive Board and acts as a liaison between SBC and the elected chairs. The Student Senate is comprised of sixteen elected senators and an undetermined number of representational senators. This includes two senators for each class year, eight senators elected at-large, and one senator from each of the following affinity groups: Intercultural Center, Black Cultural Center, Women's Resource Center, Title IX, Interfaith, Low Income/First Generation, International, Lang Center, Music, Visual Art, Drama, Greek Life, and Student Athletic Advisory Committee. This body may propose amendments to the constitution and work with the Executive Board to initiate referenda and pass resolutions. The Executive Board committee chairs head standing committees comprised of members from Student Senate.

Extent

7.5 Linear Feet (18 boxes)

Language

English

Overview

Contains the records of the Swarthmore College Student Council from 1943-2012, with gaps in some series. Student Council was created in 1937 as a companion organization to the Women’s Student Government Association (WSGA) and the Men’s Student Government Association (MSGA), charged with governing situations and activities involving both men and women. After 1970, Student Council has been the sole non-judicial student governing body on campus.

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: Student Council

Date: Various, to 2018

Processing Information

Materials inventoried under old College Archives format. Reprocessed Fall 2004 together with accession 91-010.

In 2018, a new addition of Student Budget Committee records were received. Paper SBC and processed into the collection along with a small amount of WSGA records that had never been processed before.

Born-digital SBC records, received in 2018, are as yet unprocessed.
Title
Finding aid for Swarthmore College Student Council Records, 1943-2003
Date
2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

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