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International Student Organization (ISO)

  • US US-IaGG Archives/RG-S-1.13
  • Series
  • 2001 - ?
  • Part of RG-S: Students

Mission Statement: The purpose of the organization shall be: a) To promote international understanding, tolerance, and cooperation among cultures on campus and in the Grinnell community. b) To encourage all students to broaden their horizons and their exposure to international cultures. c) To provide a forum for discussion of current global issues. d) To act as a network group for members during their stay at Grinnell College and elsewhere in the community. Papers span the years of 2001-2004, and will be processed and added to as necessary. Provenance: Transferred to the Grinnell College Archives after 2001.

Student Government Association (SGA)

Members of the SGA transferred papers to the Archives at various times beginning in 1989. Generally the papers were in random order, many undated, in which case they are filed with adjacent papers. Some items may, thererfore, be incorrectly placed; this could be corrected by checking dates when events mentioned in the papers occurred, dates when named people (if any) were enrolled. The collection is arranged in approximate chronological order and by subject with original folder labels (plus dates) where possible.

Mortar Board Records

Historical Note: In February 1918 the Grinnell College Cap & Gown Society was organized; in 1937 it affiliated with Mortar Board and retained the name for its chapter name. The honor society is active on campus and in the community with service projects. Includes membership lists, annual reports, meeting minutes, information booklets, and correspondence. Provenance: Donated to the Archives late 1980s; and by Susan Ferguson in 1997.

Scarlet and Black

  • US US-IaGG Archives/RG-S-1.10
  • Series
  • 1972-1978
  • Part of RG-S: Students

The contents of this series include photographs and graphics used in the Scarlet and Black. Files are arranged chronologically. Provenance: Donated to the Archives by Tanya Hedges, 1996 yearbook editor, September, 1996.

Student Organization for Latinxs (SOL)

  • US US-IaGG Archives/RG-S-1.20
  • Series
  • 1995-2000
  • Part of RG-S: Students

SOL Mission Statement: To address the specialized needs of all Latino students by providing referrals, creating resource, developing leadership training, and supporting their unique cultural and social needs.

Their name was formerly Student Organization of Latinos/Latinas.

Journalistic Fraternities

  • US US-IaGG Archives/RG-S-1.04
  • Series
  • 1919-1978
  • Part of RG-S: Students

Includes records of Sigma Delta Chi (men) and Theta Sigma Phi (women), journalistic organizations. Sigma Delta Chi, (1919-1978) professional men's journalistic fraternity, founded at DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, 1909.  Grinnell Chapter of the national organization was formally installed January, 1919.  Theta Sigma Phi (1923-1973) was also called Women's Press Club, and Women in Communications). Received from Ruth Prescott, Associate Director of College Relations, 1978.

KDIC Radio Station

The first radio station at Grinnell College, KGRW, started on December 6, 1948. It was an AM station that broadcast news, interviews, and popular and classical music. By 1961-62 the station needed better equipment, because their existing equipment was obsolete. KGRW also needed to upgrade to a FM frequency, because FM is more powerful and there is little interference. The station broadcast with a closed circuit. At one point, it broadcast illegally outside of campus, and lost its license, so the station had to return to the closed circuit system. Students living in Norris Hall could not listed to KGRW because the dormitory’s electrical wiring interfered with the station’s signal. Students appealed to the Board of Trustees for funding for the upgrade to FM, but the Board did not have the funds at that time. KGRW was shut down and there was no radio station on campus for the next six academic years. During the 1966-67 and 1967-68 years several students, headed by Babak Armajani ‘68, worked to start another station. They were successful, and KDIC began broadcasting on May 20, 1968.In the fall of 1968 KDIC broadcast 121 hours per week, and had eighty-five students on the staff. Forty of the staff were DJs. The station received news from UPI, outside newspapers, and campus reporters. Classical, jazz, rock, and folk music were played. In addition, there were special programs from Radio Netherlands, the French Radio System, and the PAN-American Union.   Content: Contains audio tapes of speeches, performances, symposia, and radio programs taped and/or broadcast by the student staff of the radio station during a time of active student political involvement on the Grinnell College campus. Of special note is the tape of Dean Joseph Wall at a community meeting discussing the proposal for closing the college early in the spring as a result of Kent State (5/8/70). Provenance: Donated to the Archives by Siclinda Canty-Elliott and KDIC staff, September 1998.   Processed by Leslie Czechowski and Emily Burke, September 1998.

Debating Union

Videocassette recordings of Debating Union events.

Concerned Black Students (CBS)

  • US US-IaGG Archives/RG-S-1.14
  • Series
  • 1995-2000
  • Part of RG-S: Students

Mission Statement; The purpose of this organization shall be to develop strategies, implement procedures, and engage in activities that will positively impact the entire Grinnell Black Community and which facilitate the recreation and maintenance of the "sense of community" for persons who reside within the Grinnell community. Papers span the late 1990s, generally from around 1997 -1999, and are for the most part official publications, correspondence, or organizational documents relating to CBS. Related materials may be found if 72.9/pCo1.

Freehand Press

  • US US-IaGG Archives/RG-S-1.16
  • Series
  • 1987-1998
  • Part of RG-S: Students

Historical Note: The Freehand Press was a student-run, campus publication in which students could showcase their own short stories, poetry, illustrations, photographs, and other works of art. It operated from 1987 until it merged with the Grinnell Review in the 1998-99 academic year. Provenance: Donated to the Archives by Joe Heads, May 11, 1999.

Grinnell College Anti-War Alliance

  • US US-IaGG Archives/RG-S-1.21
  • Series
  • October 2002- May 2003
  • Part of RG-S: Students

Mission Statement: While actively opposing the U.S. mobilization for war, non-violently, the Anti-War alliance is guided by three main goals. 1) Maintain Visibility - To maintain a presence on campus and in the town of Grinnell and keep the issue of war in Iraq prominent. 2) Education and Outreach - Fostering dialogue, conversation, and education on the issue 3) Participate in State and National Networks - Be part of a larger national movement Historical Note: The Grinnell College Anti-War Alliance existed from October of 2002 to May of 2003. The Grinnell Anti-War Alliance was created to oppose to U.S. military action in Iraq because they were unconvinced that Iraq posed a threat worthy of U.S. military intervention. According to Eli Zigas, by the end of spring 2003, the anti-war alliance had an e-mail distribution list of 220 people. There was also overlap with the faculty anti-war group which was started by Bob Grey and maintained by David Ellison. The student group had about 25-30 active members. The materials in the collection encompass both information collected by the group to use as resources, information put out by the group, and documentation of a few of their events. The Update and Digest is an extensive, approximately weekly, online notice to members of the Anti-War Alliance about events and news relating to the group's purpose. Provenance: Donated to the Archives by Eli Zigas, coordinator of the group, in 2004.

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