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Student Life Studies Division records

Identifier: uarc 128

Scope and Content

The files represent the period, 1968-1978, when Ralph Berdie was director of the Student Life Studies Division. They also appeared to include the files of Donald Biggs because there was considerable duplication of material.

The collection includes correspondence, commission reports, surveys and studies, policies and staff meeting minutes.


  • 1968-1978


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Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Historical Note

The Division of Student Life Studies (SLS) was established in 1967 within the Office of the Dean of Students. In 1969, it was transferred to the Office of Student Affairs upon the retirement of Dean Edmund G. Williamson.

According to the University of Minnesota President's Report, 1966-1968, during its first year "Student Life Studies staff worked with students and staff members to identify and define problems relevant to the University, to design research and development means for gathering information; to collect, analyze and interpret interpretations of research results to staff members and students and on facilitating the incorporation of research results into the decision-making process."

Issues addressed that year included student freedom, student power and demonstrations, academic underachievement, student finance, the open/closed door question in residence halls, coeducational housing, the role of religious foundations in the University, characteristics of economically underprivileged students and examinations for learning resulting from nonclassroom experiences.

Ralph Berdie was the first director. In 1979, the name was changed to Student Life Studies and Planning.


2 boxes (2 cubic feet)


Collection contains the records of the Student Life Studies Division at the University of Minnesota.

Other Finding Aid Available

A finding aid with a contents list is available in University Archives.

Source of acquisition

The collection was deposited in University Archives in 1977 and 1988.

Related Material in University of Minnesota Archives

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (Paul Cashman) records

Processing Information

Collection has not been processed.

Student Life Studies Division Records, 1968-1978
Karen Klinkenberg
September 2005
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