Fonds - Dean of Women fonds

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Dean of Women fonds

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  • 1957-1972 (Creation)
    University of British Columbia. Dean of Women

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1.1 m of textual records.
15 photographs.

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The position of Dean of Women was established in 1921, at which time the university appointed Mary L. Bollert to the newly created post. When Bollert assumed the office, the functions were ill-defined, but over the years the Dean provided assistance to female university students with emotional, financial, social or academic problems. In addition, the Office of the Dean of Women sponsored programs of interest to students including orientation, continuing education and vocational counselling. The Dean of Women has also played an important role in supervising women's residences primarily from the early 1950s to the mid-1960s. There have been relatively few Deans of Women. These include, Mary L. Bollert (1921-1941), M. Dorothy Mawdsley (1941-1959), Helen McCrae (1959-1973) and E. Margaret Fulton (1974-1978). With the end of Fulton's term in 1978, the position of Dean of Women was discontinued and the former functions were assumed by the Women's Student Office.

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The fonds includes correspondence, minutes, reports, published materials, and photographs. It spans the period between 1957 and 1972, falling within the tenure of Dean Helen McCrae. The material is arranged in the following series: Committee Records, Dean's Records, Women's Residence Records, Handbook Staff, and Programmes, Associated Organizations and Social Activities. Photographs are listed and stored separately, and catalogued under UBC 17.1.

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Bibliographic records and scanned digital images of the Dean of Women photographs may be accessed on-line at UBC Historical Photographs.

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Fonds consists of institutional records – access requests must be reviewed by the University's FOIPOP Coordinator.

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BCAUL control number: UBCARCH-781

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