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Office of Student Affairs (Student Activities) Records

Identifier: WUA-05-wua00149

This collection contains records of student groups and organizations and the general office files created and maintained by University staff in the Office of Student Affairs / Student Activities and the Department of Campus Life.


  • 1947-2011

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7.75 linear feet

Historical Information

In 1940 the “Student Senate of the Student Governing Body” was established at Washington University in St. Louis.  The organization was created to promote a positive relationship between students and faculty and to serve as the official representative body for students.  This early group of student and faculty representatives allocated money to student groups through the “Office of Student Activities” (later called Office of Student Affairs).  In 1968 this system changed to the Student Union, with elected student representatives allocating funding. 

The Office of Student Activities’ focus starting in 1947 was to administer campus-wide programs and support student organizations that received funding from the University budget.  In 1966 this department became the Office of Student Affairs, and was overseen by the Associate Provost for Student Affairs.  In 1966 the Board of Student Affairs was replaced with a University Community Council.  This Council was subsequently replaced in 1971, with the appointment of Executive Vice Chancellor for Campus Affairs, James Laue.  Following a reorganization of the department in 1973 – 1974 and the resignation of the Vice Chancellor, a new “Office of Campus Programming” was created.  In 1977 the department’s name was changed back to the “Office of Student Affairs.”

A major restructuring in 1997 created the Department of Campus Life, which included the Office of Student Activities (OSA), Greek Life, Event Services, Community Services, and aspects of Residential Life, which had previously been handled by different departments.  The Office of Student Activities engages student co-curricular experiences. This is achieved through advising students and student organizations; creating innovative leadership opportunities; and promoting involvement in the campus community.  The Office of Student Activities worked closely with Student Union, the undergraduate student government.  The Assistant Vice Chancellor for Students served as the Director of Campus Life.  As of 2018, the Dean of Students oversees the various functions which are handled by a variety of offices including Campus Life, FIrst Year Center, and more.


The collection is divided into 6 series, and then arranged in alphabetical order.

Series 01: Office of Student Affairs, general subjects, reports and committees, 1940 - 1996

Series 02: Office of Student Affairs, Greek Life, 1940 – 1996

Series 03: Office of Student Affairs, campus-wide events and sports, 1940 – 1973

Series 04: Office of Student Affairs, Student Groups and Organizations, 1940 – 1970

Series 05: Department of Campus Life, general subjects, reports and committees, 1992 – 2011

Series 06: Department of Campus Life, Greek Life, 1997 – 2011

Method of Acquisition

This material was initially donated to the University Archives in late 1966 with additional material donated in October 1977. Series 05 and Series 06 transferred in June 2009.

Accruals and Additions

Accruals are interfiled within the collection.

Related Materials

See also: WUA00259 Student Union Records, WUA00250 Publications - Student Groups, WUA00083 Dean of Women and Dean of Students Office Records, WUA00005 Men's Glee Club Records, and WUA00129 Orientation Collection

Processing Information

Processed by JMK in April 2002. Finding aid revised by Sarah Pabarcus in September 2006. Further processing completed by Miranda Rectenwald in June 2009. Series 05 processed by Ashley Eckhardt in June 2011. Series 06 processed by Lesley Zavediuk in April 2011. Updated by Ashley Eckhardt in August 2011. Updated by Sarah Schnuriger in August 2022.

Office of Student Affairs (Student Activities) Records
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 May 13: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the University Archives Collecting Area

Sonya Rooney
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495