Collection Number: 40129

Collection Title: Department of University Housing of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1950-1980

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Size 6.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 3900 items)
Abstract The position of Housing Officer was created in 1946 in the university's Office of Admissions to handle arrangements for student housing. In 1954, the Housing Officer was moved to the newly created Division of Student Affairs. The title of both the officer and office have varied though their functions have remained essentially the same. From 1956 to 1970, the Director of Housing was in charge of the Housing Office. In 1970, the Department of Residence Life was created, and the Housing Office was incorporated into it. In 1973, the Department of University Housing was established. Records include correspondence and other files relating to the work of the Department of University Housing, including housing policy statements, staff meeting minutes, annual reports, budget information, and various surveys and studies of university housing needs and procedures; also statistics and documentation regarding dormitories, capacity, occupancy, etc.
Creator University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Department of University Housing.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Department of University Housing of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records #40129, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Periodic transfer from the offices that create these records.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The influx of veterans after World War II necessitated a full-time administrator to manage student housing. In April 1946, James E. Wadsworth was appointed to the newly established position of Housing Officer in the Office of Admissions. On 1 July 1954, with the establishment of the Division of Student Affairs, the Housing Office was placed under the supervision of the Dean of Students (later Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs). The late 1950s and early 1960s witnessed the construction of a number of dormitories on the campus, and the period 1962-1967 saw the opening of the South Campus high-rise residence halls: Craige, Ehringhaus, Morrison, and Hinton James.

This was also a period of significant change in the administration of the dormitories. In the fall of 1960, the Resident Advisor system was instituted. Originally envisioned as a program for freshmen, the system was gradually expanded after the residence college concept was adopted as the guiding principle of the Housing Office during the 1963-1964 academic year. The incorporation of responsibility for the housing needs of women students into the Housing Office in November 1967 and the efforts of Harry Smith as Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Residence Life led to experiments in coeducational living.

On 1 July 1970, the Department of Residence Life was created in the Division of Student Affairs with the Housing Office as an integral part. By November 1971, the department had control of married student housing and responsibility for staff salaries and maintenance/renovation funding. The residence college at UNC-Chapel Hill never achieved the academic status, with resident professors and on-site classes, that characterized such colleges at the University of Michigan and Yale University. On the Chapel Hill campus, the concept never progressed past the social stage, and this failure coupled with ongoing fiscal accounting problems led to student dissatisfaction with the program and eventually to loss of administrative support for it.

On 1 July 1973, the Department of University Housing was established with James D. Condie as director. The new department consisted of the following divisions: Contracts Office; Finance and Personnel Office; Operations Office; Residence Life Office; Married Student Housing Office; and the Off-Campus Housing Information Center.

At this time, the university was faced with a shortage of housing, and off-campus rents were spiraling. In an effort to develop a fairer system of room assignment, the Department of University Housing tried a first-come-first-serve system, then a lottery. In the process, a room contract was instituted, restricting room shifts by making the student responsible financially for the room assigned. The pressure of this system and the bitterness of students' reactions to it led to Dr. Condie's resignation in 1981. The involvement of Student Government in the operation of the lottery eventually eased student grievances.

Names, titles and tenures of those who have headed the Housing Office and the Department of University Housing are listed below.

1946-1956 James E. Wadsworth, Housing Officer
1956-1970 James E. Wadsworth, Director, Housing Office
1970 James E. Wadsworth, Housing Assignment Officer
1970-1972 James E. Wadsworth, Assistant Director for Housing, Department of Residence Life
1972-1973 James E. Wadsworth, Assistant Director for Single Student Housing, Department of Residence Life
1973-1981 James D. Condie, Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Director of University Housing
1981-1983 George F. Harpster, Acting Director of University Housing
1983-1999 Wayne T. Kuncl, Director of University Housing
2000-2005 Christopher A. Payne, Director of University Housing and Residential Education
2005- Larry Hicks, Director of University Housing and Residential Education
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Records of the Department of University Housing consist of files relating to policy development and revision, especially in the area of room assignment, as well as annual reports, budget information, staff meeting minutes, and various studies and surveys of university housing needs and procedures. Also included are statistics and other documentation regarding dormitories, housing capacity, housing occupancy, etc. The majority of the records date from the 1970s and 1980s.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Administrative/General Subject Files.

Series 1 consists of two subseries: Administrative Files and General Subject Files. Subseries 1 contains letters to and from the Department of University Housing, housing policy statements, and staff meeting minutes and information. Subseries 2 contains annual reports; budget information; publicity; tables and Files related to the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare's 1979 lawsuit against the University of North Carolina system; and surveys and studies of various local and national housing policies.

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Box 1

Correspondence: General, 1969-1979 #40129, Subseries: "1.1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Correspondence: Associate Director of Housing, 1978-1979 #40129, Subseries: "1.1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Correspondence: Contracts Office, 1974-1976 #40129, Subseries: "1.1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Committee on University Residential Living, 1972 #40129, Subseries: "1.1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Policy: General, 1970-1978 #40129, Subseries: "1.1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Policy: Alcoholic Beverages, 1973 #40129, Subseries: "1.1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Policy: Contracts, 1979 #40129, Subseries: "1.1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Policy: Electric Appliances, 1971; 1979 #40129, Subseries: "1.1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Policy: Enhancement Fund, 1973 #40129, Subseries: "1.1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Policy: Financial Aid, 1972-1978 #40129, Subseries: "1.1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Policy: Guests, 1974 #40129, Subseries: "1.1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Policy: Lofts, 1977 #40129, Subseries: "1.1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Policy: Lounge Use, 1972 #40129, Subseries: "1.1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Policy: Manual, 1973-1974 #40129, Subseries: "1.1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Policy: Noise, 1972 #40129, Subseries: "1.1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Policy: Off Campus Housing, 1974; 1978 #40129, Subseries: "1.1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Policy: Office, 1975-1978 #40129, Subseries: "1.1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Policy: Operations, 1977-1978 #40129, Subseries: "1.1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Policy: Paint, 1972 #40129, Subseries: "1.1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Policy: Procedural Manual, 1974 #40129, Subseries: "1.1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Policy: Residency: General, 1971-1978 #40129, Subseries: "1.1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Policy: Residency: Exemptions, 1974 #40129, Subseries: "1.1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Policy: Restricted Entry, 1974; 1977 #40129, Subseries: "1.1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Policy: Solicitation, 1978 #40129, Subseries: "1.1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Policy: Waterbeds, 1973 #40129, Subseries: "1.1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Policy: Withdrawal Procedure, 1970 #40129, Subseries: "1.1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Policy: Women's Housing, 1970 #40129, Subseries: "1.1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Residence Life Staff Meeting Minutes, 1978-1979 #40129, Subseries: "1.1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Staff: Directory, 1971-1976; 1979-1980 #40129, Subseries: "1.1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Staff: Meetings, 1973-1976 #40129, Subseries: "1.1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Staff: Resident Assistant Information, 1973-1978 #40129, Subseries: "1.1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Staff: Resident Directors Program: General, 1973-1978 #40129, Subseries: "1.1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Staff: Resident Directors Program: Accountability Program, 1973-1978 #40129, Subseries: "1.1. Administrative Files." Box 1

Staff: Resident Directors Program: Meeting Minutes, 1974-1975; 1977-1978 #40129, Subseries: "1.1. Administrative Files." Box 1

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Box 2

Annual Reports, 1974; 1979-80 #40129, Subseries: "1.2. General Subject Files." Box 2

Budget/Business: Budget Office, 1972-1979 #40129, Subseries: "1.2. General Subject Files." Box 2

Budget/Business: Cashier's Office, 1973-1977 #40129, Subseries: "1.2. General Subject Files." Box 2

Budget/Business: Room Rents, 1960-1976; 1978-1980 #40129, Subseries: "1.2. General Subject Files." Box 2

HEW Investigation: Correspondence and Data, 1973-1980 #40129, Subseries: "1.2. General Subject Files." Box 2

(investigation by the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare)

Box 5

HEW Investigation-Print-outs of individual housing assignment data, first years, 1978-1980 #40129, Subseries: "1.2. General Subject Files." Box 5

CLOSED to research until 2055.

Box 2

HEW Investigation: Tables, 1978-1980 #40129, Subseries: "1.2. General Subject Files." Box 2

Housing Forms and Letters, 1970-1971 #40129, Subseries: "1.2. General Subject Files." Box 2

Publicity: Clippings, 1972-1974 #40129, Subseries: "1.2. General Subject Files." Box 2

Publicity: Newsletters: Residence Hall, 1974-1976 #40129, Subseries: "1.2. General Subject Files." Box 2

Publicity: Newsletters: University Housing, 1974-1975 #40129, Subseries: "1.2. General Subject Files." Box 2

Publicity: Room to Live: Graduate, 1977-1978 #40129, Subseries: "1.2. General Subject Files." Box 2

Publicity: Room to Live: Undergraduate, 1976-1978 #40129, Subseries: "1.2. General Subject Files." Box 2

Surveys/Studies: Age Distribution of College Students, 1950-1975 #40129, Subseries: "1.2. General Subject Files." Box 2

Surveys/Studies: Coed Survey, 1979 #40129, Subseries: "1.2. General Subject Files." Box 2

Surveys/Studies: "Sign-Up", (B.A. 190 Project), 1979 #40129, Subseries: "1.2. General Subject Files." Box 2

Surveys/Studies: Surveys of University Housing Procedures: Needs, Housing, 1977-1978 #40129, Subseries: "1.2. General Subject Files." Box 2

Surveys/Studies: Surveys of University Housing Procedures: North Carolina Universities, 1976 #40129, Subseries: "1.2. General Subject Files." Box 2

Surveys/Studies: Surveys of University Housing Procedures: Married Student Housing, 1978 #40129, Subseries: "1.2. General Subject Files." Box 2

Surveys/Studies: Surveys of University Housing Procedures: Off-Campus Housing, 1976-1979 #40129, Subseries: "1.2. General Subject Files." Box 2

Surveys/Studies: Surveys of University Housing Procedures: Private Home Owners, 1978 #40129, Subseries: "1.2. General Subject Files." Box 2

Surveys/Studies: Surveys of University Housing Procedures: Other Universities, 1950; 1979 #40129, Subseries: "1.2. General Subject Files." Box 2

Surveys/Studies: Surveys of University Housing Procedures: Southeastern Association, 1976 #40129, Subseries: "1.2. General Subject Files." Box 2

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Series 2 contains statistics and other documentation, including policies and procedures, concerning dormitories, sign-up, housing capacity, occupancy, and consolidation.

Box 3

General, 1974-1979 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 3

Capacity, 1969-1979 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 3

Consolidation Policy, 1970-1973; 1979 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 3

Dormitories: Carr, 1976 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 3

Dormitories: Coed, 1975 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 3

Dormitories: Craige, 1972-1980 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 3

Dormitories: Ehringhaus, 1975-1979 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 3

Dormitories: Granville Towers, 1968-1978 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 3

Dormitories: Henderson Residence College, 1974 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 3

Dormitories: Hinton James, 1971-1979 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 3

Dormitories: Morrison, 1973-1976 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 3

Dormitories: Odum Village, 1972 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 3

Dormitories: Physical Facilities Improvements, 1973-1977 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 3

Dormitories: Women's North Campus, 1976 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 3

Occupancy Reports, 1955-1980 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 3

Sign-Up: Data, 1972-1978 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 3

Sign-Up: Office Information: General, 1969-1978 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 3

Sign-Up: Office Information: Guidelines, 1979-1980 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 3

Sign-Up: Office Information: Instructions: Graduate, 1979 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 3

Sign-Up: Office Information: Instructions: Grant-in-Aid Athletes, 1979 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 3

Sign-Up: Office Information: Instructions: Granville Towers Residents, 1979 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 3

Sign-Up: Office Information: Instructions: Undergraduates, 1979 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 3

Sign-Up: Office Information: Memos to the Resident Directors, 1979 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 3

Sign-Up: Office Information: Miscellaneous, 1979 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 3

Sign-Up: Office Information: Preliminary Drawing, 1979 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 3

Sign-Up: Office Information: Preliminary Results: Men, 1979 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 3

Sign-Up: Office Information: Preliminary Results: Women, 1979 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 3

Sign-Up: Office Information: Results of Residence Hall Drawings, 1979 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 3

Sign-Up: Office Information: Sign-Up Schedule #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 3

Sign-Up: Proposals, 1975-1976 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 3

Box 4

Special/Temporary Housing: Special: Athletic: General, 1971-1980 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 4

Special/Temporary Housing: Special: Athletic: Policies, 1977-1980 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 4

Special/Temporary Housing: Special: International Students, 1971-1979 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 4

Special/Temporary Housing: Special: Singles, Guaranteed, 1968; 1970 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 4

Special/Temporary Housing: Special: Triples: Temporary, 1970-1971 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 4

Special/Temporary Housing: Special: Triples: Voluntary, 1977-1978 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 4

Special/Temporary Housing: Temporary Housing: Commencement, 1971-1980 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 4

Special/Temporary Housing: Temporary Housing: International Program In Environmental Aspects of Industrial Development, 1972-1974 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 4

Special/Temporary Housing: Temporary Housing: International Program in Sanitary Engineering Design, 1972 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 4

Special/Temporary Housing: Temporary Housing: Latin American Scholars Program, 1978; 1980 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 4

Special/Temporary Housing: Temporary Housing: Medical Allied Health Professions Program, 1975-1976 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 4

Special/Temporary Housing: Temporary Housing: Medical Education Development Program, 1977 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 4

Special/Temporary Housing: Temporary Housing: Medical Technician Program, 1974 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 4

Special/Temporary Housing: Temporary Housing: Minority Orientation, 1977-1978 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 4

Special/Temporary Housing: Temporary Housing: National Science Foundation Institute, 1960 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 4

Special/Temporary Housing: Temporary Housing: Short-Term and Extension, 1950; 1972-1980 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 4

Special/Temporary Housing: Temporary Housing: Summer Housing, 1970-1980 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 4

Special/Temporary Housing: Temporary Housing: Tar Heel Days, 1977-1978 #40129, Series: "2. Space Assignment Records." Box 4

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Processed by: University Archives Staff, May 1986, August 1986, February 1988, May 1989, January 1991, March 1992

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