Guide to the Westminster College Student Council minutes

Table of Contents

Collection Overview

Collection Inventory+/-

Biographical Note/Historical Note

Content Description

Collection Use

Administrative Information


Collection Overview +/-

Title: Westminster College Student Council minutes
Dates: 1945-1956 (inclusive)
Collection Number: ACC-033
Summary: The collection consists primarily of minutes taken at Westminster College Student Council (WCSC) meetings between 1945-1956. Additional materials in the collection include budget reports, correspondence, passed resolutions, notes, receipts, information on the student body officers and editors, and information on fundraising, veteran's benefits, student funds and concerns, parking issues, and social events benefitting returned veterans. The materials in the collection mainly describes social events and organizations hosted by the student council, and the business surrounding the facilitation of each activity.
Repository: Westminster College, Giovale Library
1840 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84105
Phone: (801) 832-2250

Collection Inventory +/-

box 1, folder 1: Minutes (1945 October 12-1946 May 31)
box 1, folder 2: Ephemera (1945-1946)
box 1, folder 3: Minutes (1948 September 16-1956 May 18)
box 1, folder 4: Ephemera (1948-1956)

Biographical Note/Historical Note +/-

During the post-war era the Westminster College Student Council (WCSC) dealt with issues such as fundraising, veterans' benefits, student funds and concerns and parking. Many committees working under the council sold refreshments at activities and athletic events in order to raise money for activities. Most social events offered special benefits and discounts to returning veterans. Several actions to improve student concerns where taken by the council, such as the purchase of a clock for the student lounge, imposing faculty and student parking policies, and working with the administration on the use of student fees.

From 1945-1956, the council consisted of a student body president, Vice-President, secretary and treasurer as well as editors of the newspaper and yearbook, class officers and various other appointed positions. The council met regularly either in the chapel, or in Converse Hall, two to three times each month during the school year. The council only called special meetings to discuss specific, immediate issues. The council's main concerns dealt the planning and preparation of social activities, the approval of clubs and organizations, the approval of athletic letters, the creation and elimination of specific committees related to the council and minor campus issues.

Content Description +/-

The minutes of the Westminster College Student Council are contained in 2 volumes. The first volume is a small spiral notebook which begins on October 12, 1945 and ends on May 31, 1946. The first entry suggests that there are no prior minutes. The second volume is a black, metal bound minute book which begins on September 16, 1948 and ends on May 8, 1956.

Both volumes contain the minutes taken at student council meetings. However, the second volume also includes budget reports, correspondence between the student council and associated committees, as well as passed resolutions to the constitution of the council. Each volume contains supplemental materials such as notes, receipts and correspondence with specific people or organizations.

The material included within the collection mainly describes social events and organizations hosted by the student council, and the business surrounding the facilitation of each activity.

Collection Use +/-

Restrictions on Access:

Open to public research.

Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Twenty-four hours advance notice is encouraged.

Restrictions on Use:

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material must be obtained from the director of the Giovale Library.

Preferred Citation:

Westminster College Student Council minutes, 1945-1956, ACC-033, Giovale Library Archives, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Administrative Information +/-


The minutes are arranged chronologically in both volumes. Loose materials located within the volumes were removed and arranged chronologically in separate folders.

The second volume indicates that the records for the 1946-1948 academic years where lost or "unavailable." Although the second volume acknowledges the missing records, it provides no explanation for their disappearance.

Processing Note:

Processed June 2003 by T. Christopher Wharton.


Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah : 1902-1983). Student Council


Collection materials are in English.


0.2 linear feet; 2 volumes

Language of the Finding Aid:


Author of the Finding Aid:

Finding aid written June 2003 by T. Christopher Wharton

EAD Creation Date:

2010 April 13 by Sarah Shaw


Describing Archives : A Content Standard (DACS)



Related Material:

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Subjects +/-

Corporate Names:

Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah : 1902-1983)--History--Sources
Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah : 1902-1983)--Students

Subject Terms:

Church schools--Utah--Salt Lake City--Students
College student government--Utah--Salt Lake City--History--Sources

Form or Genre Terms:

Minute books
Resolutions (administrative records)

Geographical Names:

Salt Lake City (Utah)--History--Sources