Fonds UBCA-ARC-1202 - Dean of Women fonds

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Dean of Women fonds

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1.1 m of textual records.
15 photographs.

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The Dean of Women's position was established in 1921, with Miss Mary L. Bollert appointed to the post. Initially, the functions were largely ill-defined, but it sought to assist female university students with any "emotional," financial, social or academic problems over the years. The Office of the Dean of Women sponsored programmes of interest to students, including orientation, continuing education, and vocational counselling. It also played an important role in supervising women's residences. Beginning with Fort Camp's construction (UBC's first permanent women's residence) in 1950, maintaining the halls and the welfare of the residents was assumed by the Dean's Office. Supervision was maintained by Dons, Residence Staff, and Resident Fellows, who reported to the Dean. With the rapid growth of residences, the responsibility for maintaining the buildings passed to the Housing Administration. Simultaneously, the Dean's Office continued to recruit, train and supervise staff for the residences. By the mid-1960s, the residence expansions resulted in establishing a Supervisor of Women's Residences who reported to the Housing Director. After that, the new position slowly assumed many of the previous functions of the Dean's Office. The Dean of Women were: Mary L. Bollert (1921-41); M. Dorothy Mawdsley (1941-59); Helen McCrae (1959-73); and E. Margaret Fulton (1974-78). In 1978, the Dean of Women's position was abolished, and the Women Students Office assumed its remaining functions.

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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.

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Scanned digital images of the Dean of Women photographs may be accessed on-line at UBC Library Open Collections series 17.1/.

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These are institutional records and subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Researcher access to these records is subject to review.

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