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Student Activities Bureau papers

Identifier: 995

Scope and Content

This large collection contains the records of student activities at the University of Minnesota beginning in 1911, with the bulk of the materials comprised of the papers of the Student Activities Bureau from its inception in 1943 until 1970. The collection contains membership lists, correspondence, reports, publications by the staff of SAB and articles regarding student activities, surveys, meeting minutes, materials regarding campus orientation, financial papers, data sheets, faculty polls, staff assignments, roster cards, employee applications, materials regarding off-campus agencies, SAB office procedures, and on-campus projects and programs papers.

The papers of various student organizations, including academic, religious, social, cultural, political, and recreational, are contained in the collection. Also, a large portion of the collection consists of materials regarding many of the fraternities and sororities established at the University of Minnesota over the years.

The collection has some overlap of materials with the Office of the Dean of Students papers (collection 994) and the Student Activities Center (collection 996).


  • 1911-1977
  • (bulk 1943-1970)


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Use of Materials

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


Requests for permission to quote from the Student Activities Bureau papers should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives head.

Historical Note

Beginning in 1941, the responsibilities concerning student activities at the University of Minnesota was assigned to the Office of the Dean of Students and the Dean of Women to oversee. In August 1943, at the request of Dr. E.G. Williamson, dean of students, the Student Activities Bureau (SAB) was established at the University of Minnesota. Charles L Rock served as the first director of SAB.

The Student Activities Bureau was responsible for overseeing organized student life outside of the classroom at the University. By working with officers and members of the hundreds of student organizations on campus, the SAB was assigned four major responsibilities:

  1. Administration of regulations and policies established by the Senate with regard to conduct of certain phases of student life.
  2. Advising student leaders with regard to programs sponsored by student organizations.
  3. Financial supervision and advising of student organizations.
  4. Social adjustment counseling through participation in activities.

It was the responsibility of the Student Activities Bureau to implement the policy of the University Senate that it "considers organized student activities and program an integral part of the University's educational program." The SAB also offered services to student organizations, such as leadership training and financial advising, developed a research program to study the programs under its leadership and administered all policies, rules and regulations which affect student organizations at the University.

The Student Activities Bureau was also responsible for overseeing the activities of the fraternities and sororities of the University, and the activities held for recreation and within the University dormitories. In addition, SAB prepared and executed the orientation programs at the University, including freshman camps, Welcome Week and Parent's Day.

In 1972, the Student Activities Bureau became the Student Activities Center under the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. Undergoing another name change in October 1979, it became the Student Organization Development Center.


212 boxes (275.6 linear feet)


Collection contains the papers of the Student Activities Bureau at the University of Minnesota.


The original arrangement of the collection has been maintained.

Source of acquisition

The collection was transferred to University Archives on December 23, 1965. Many subsequent additions have been made to the collection, with the last donation coming on September 26, 1978.

Related Materials in University Archives

University of Minnesota. Office of the Dean of Students papers

University of Minnesota. Student Activities Center papers

University of Minnesota. Student Organization Development Center papers

Student Activities Bureau papers, 1911-1977
Karen Spilman
September 2005
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