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JMU Student Government Association records

JMU Student Government Association records, 1915-2015 (bulk 1950-1970 and 1990-2015)
JMU Student Government Association records
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1915-2015 (bulk 1950-1970 and 1990-2015)
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James Madison University Student Government Association records
The JMU Student Government Association Records consist of 18 linear feet of material relating to the activities of the James Madison University's Student Government Association from its establishment as the Student Association of the State Normal School for Women at Harrisonburg in 1915 until 2015
Biographical or historical data
JMU’s Student Government Association was established in February of 1915 as the school’s first student government. Although rumblings of self-government began with the founding of the school in 1908, it took a fair amount of effort to bring this idea to fruition. The roots of the university’s SGA derive from the student Honor Council which began in the 1909-1910 school year. Students involved in the Honor Council began to create an unofficial student government that although unable to act in an official capacity, was instrumental in helping to bring about student support for self-government. By 1914, a small group of students worked together to draft a constitution for the planned student government organization and presented this constitution to the faculty. After completing revisions suggested by the faculty, the constitution was presented and voted on by the entire student body February 25, 1915 and as a result, the Student Association of the State Normal School at Harrisonburg was established. This first iteration of the organization required that the entire student body act as a member. Additionally, the Honor Committee was converted into the first Executive Board. This Executive Board included three officers (president, vice-president, and secretary), and several elected members of each class. As the school and student population grew so did the organization and it eventually became unrealistic for the entire student body to act as members of the organization. Complications also arose within the organization with the introduction of full-time male students in 1946. At the time, it did not seem appropriate for men and women to govern students of the opposite sex. As a result, the male students decided to create their own self-government in 1950, labeling their organization the Men’s Student Government Organization. The female students likewise formally relabeled their existing organization the Women’s Student Government Association in 1953 to better distinguish the separation between the two groups; however, they rarely included this additional identifier. While the two groups worked together on many matters through the 50s and 60s, the organizations formally combine in 1970, creating the current manifestation of the Student Government Association. As of 2015, the SGA at JMU is made up of appointed members on the Executive Staff, Representatives, and At-Large Senators. Elected members include Class Council Senators, College Senators, and Area Residence Senators. The mission: The Student Government Association of James Madison University is an organization dedicated to collaborating with all members of its community to advocate for student opinion, while fostering a proactive, inclusive environment.
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no index present
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non fiction
JMU Student Government Association records
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29 Hollinger boxes, 2 half-size Hollinger boxes, 3 Oversize boxes; 18 linear feet.
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Governing access note
Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Collection is open for research with the Exception of Series 8 - Disciplinary Reports, which is restricted. Permission from the Dean of Libraries is required to view these files. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection
Immediate source of acquisition
The material in this collection was donated by members of JMU’s Student Government Association in seven different accessions between 1993 and 2015. The earlier accessions (1993-2001) were already processed and assigned archival collection numbers SGA 93-0401, SGA 93-1019, and SGA 2001-1010. These materials were reprocessed along with the later accessions and combined into one larger collection, UA 0007.
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This collection is arranged into 12 series: Series 1. Administrative, 1915-2015, undated ; Series 2. Committees, 1931-2002 ; Series 3. Correspondence, 1955-2003, undated ; Series 4. Policies and Regulations, 1931-1971 ; Series 5. Minutes, 1929-2012 ; Series 6. Legislative Files, 1989-2012 ; Series 7. Financial Files, 1987-2014 ; Series 8. Disciplinary Reports-RESTRICTED, 1927-1973 ; Series 9. Photographs, 2000-2014, undated ; Series 10. Scrapbooks, 2001-2009 ; Series 11. Ephemera, 1930-2014 ; Series 12. Visual Media, 2002-2011, undated.

Library Locations

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      Carrier Library Second Floor Room 203, MSC 1704, 880 Madison Drive, Harrisonburg, VA, 22807, US
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