University of Montana Associate Dean of Students records, 1918-1973

Overview of the Collection

University of Montana Associate Dean of Students
University of Montana Associate Dean of Students records
1918-1973 (inclusive)
2.5 linear feet
Collection Number
RG 017
The collection contains materials from the women’s student organizations overseen by The University of Montana's Dean of Women, Associate Director of Student Personnel Services, and the Associate Dean of Students.
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 4062432053
Fax: 4062434067
Access Restrictions

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives & Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana--Missoula.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Dean of Women position was started at the University of Montana in 1907 with Mary Stewart as Dean. Originally, the Dean supervised the students at the university who lived at the women’s dormitory. The Dean of Women became responsible for the administration of the activities, social life, and counseling of the university’s women students. Harriet Rankin Sedman was appointed Dean of Women in 1921 and served in the position until 1935. Sedman initiated several campus organizations and traditions, including Mortar Board, Spur, and Lantern Parade and organized the Association of Women Students and Big Sister movement. Mary Elrod Ferguson served as Dean of Women from 1935 until 1946.

Maurine Clow became Associate Director of Student Personnel Services, a position which superseded that of Dean of Women, in 1946. The title of the position changed to Associate Dean of Students in 1948, although the job responsibilities did not change. Clow became advisor to student organizations that were once the responsibility of the Dean of Women, such as the Spurs, Junior Sponsors, Alpha Lambda Delta, the Mortar Board, the Miss Montana Program, and many others.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains materials from the women’s student organizations overseen by The University of Montana Dean of Women from before and after the position was replaced by the positions of Associate Director of Student Personnel Services in 1946 and the Associate Dean of Students in 1948. The collection contains minutes, manuals, reports, scrapbooks, photographs, and other materials from the following women student organizations: Mortar Board, Alpha Lambda Delta, Panhellenic, Junior Sponsors, and the Miss Montana State University Pageant.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], University of Montana Dean of Students' Student Organization Records, Archives & Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Materials are arranged by student organization.

Acquisition Information

The source and date of acquisition of these materials by the Archives is unknown.

Separated Materials

During processing, national publications were removed from the collection. Panhellenic pamphlets from The University of Montana found in the collection were moved to University Publications.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1/1 University YWCA [Young Women’s Christian Association], minutes 1925-1927
1/2 Mortar Board, minutes 1918-1956
1/3 Mortar Board, minutes 1949-1954
1/4 Mortar Board, minutes 1950-1954
1/5 Mortar Board, minutes 1954-1957
1/6 Mortar Board, history undated
1/7 Mortar Board, suggested service projects 1946-1956 and undated
1/8 Mortar Board, calendar and uniforms 1949-1958
1/9 Mortar Board, Annual Reports 1929-1956
1/10 Mortar Board, service reports 1927-1940
2/1 Panhellenic, miscellaneous 1936-1944 and undated
2/2 Panhellenic Council, meeting minutes 1937-1943
2/3 Panhellenic Council, minutes 1943-1949
2/4 Panhellenic Meeting Agendas 1946 and undated
2/5 National Panhellenic Conference, manuals and reports 1955-1958
2/6 Alpha Lambda Delta, scrapbook 1941-1951
2/7 Alpha Lambda Delta, membership rolls 1936-1972
3/1 Alpha Lambda Delta, scrapbook of alumnae correspondence 1940-1942
3/2 Alpha Lambda Delta 1936-1955
3/3 Alpha Lambda Delta 1956-1971
3/4 Junior Sponsors 1947-1955
3/5 Junior Sponsors 1956-1970 and undated
3/6 Junior Sponsors, photographs 1956-1957 and undated
3/7 Montana Heritage of Spurs undated
4/1 University of Montana women and student groups 1956-1964 and undated
4/2 Women’s housing 1963 and undated
4/3 Miss Montana State University Pageant, clippings 1962-1966
4/4 Volunteer Center 1969-1971 and undated
4/5 Volunteer Center 1972-1973
4/6 Dance and luncheon photographs 1956, 1964, and undated
4/7 Miscellaneous 1957-1973
OS 5 Alpha Lambda Delta, Montana State University Chapter 1936
OS 5 Women students, scrapbook 1944-1950 and undated
OS 5 Turner Hall scrapbook 1962
OS 5 Associated Women Students scrapbook 1963-1967

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Deans (Education)--Montana--Missoula
  • Deans of women--Montana--Missoula
  • Women college students--Montana--Missoula--Social life and customs
  • Women college students--Montana--Missoula--Societies, etc

Corporate Names

  • University of Montana (Missoula, Mont.)--Administration
  • University of Montana (Missoula, Mont.)--Students--Social life and customs
  • University of Montana (Missoula, Mont.)--Students--Societies, etc.
  • University of Montana (Missoula, Mont.). Associate Dean of Students--Archives

Other Creators

  • Corporate Names
    • Montana State University (Missoula). Associate Dean of Students
    • Montana State University (Missoula). Associate Director of Student Personnel Services
    • Montana State University (Missoula). Dean of Women
    • State University of Montana (Missoula). Dean of Women