A Guide to the Student Government Association Papers, 1978-1999. 
Collection Number SGA 2001-1010

JMU Historical Collection, Special Collections

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA 22807


Processed by:  Gillian Schulz, Sarah Vaughan and Chris Bolgiano, October, 2002


Preferred Citation:  Student Government Association Papers, 1978-1999, Collection Number SGA 2001-1010, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. 22807

Descriptive Summary.  

       Physical Characteristics:  This collection consists of 1 record storage box, 1 Hollinger box and 1/2 Hollinger box of minutes, proposed bills, and budgetary information. 

       Abstract:  Minutes, proposed bills, and budgetary information document the operation of the Student Government Association from 1978 to 1999, with gaps.   

Scope & Content.  This collection continues the Student Government Association Records, 1926-1971, although there is a gap between 1971 and 1978.  The bulk of this collection is composed of minutes from 1978 to 1998 with some gaps, which also include some memos, correspondence and other materials.  Proposed bills, many of which indicate action taken, cover 1989 to 1999 with some gaps.  The budgetary information, which covers 1987 to 1999, has significant gaps.

Biographical/Historical Information.  Interest in student government existed from the first session of the school, but the only action taken at that time was establishment of a formal Honor System, with an Honor Committee of students elected from each class.  In 1914, the Honor Committee drafted a constitution which, with some changes by faculty, was adopted by the student body.  In February of 1915, the Student Association was formed as a student government organization with members of the Honor Committee serving as the first officers.   During the 1920s the name was changed to Student Government Association and its functions were enlarged, a process that continued for decades.  After World War II ended in 1945, men were admitted to campus as day students and in1950 adopted a constitution and formed the Men's Student Government Organization.  The women responded in 1953 by renaming their organization the Women's Student Government Association.  The school became fully coeducational in 1966 as men moved into campus housing.  In the spring of 1970, the Men's SGO declared itself defunct and a gender-integrated Student Government Association was born.  

Use Restrictions:  None.

Bibliography:

Dingledine, Raymond C.  Madison College:  the first fifty years, 1908-1958.  Harrisonburg, VA:  Madison College, 1959. 

 Bluestone.  Harrisonburg, VA: Published by the students of James Madison University, 1970.

Organization.  

Series 1:  Administration.
Series 2:  Minutes.
Series 3.  Proposed Bills.
Series 4.  Budgets.  

Contents.     

BOX 1.      Series 1:  Administration.

Folder 1:  Constitutions and house rules, 1990-97.
Folder 2:  Application forms, 1998-99.

Box 1, con't.  Series 2:  Minutes.  Includes Senate, Executive Council, and some committee minutes, miscellaneous reports, memos, resignations, and  some proposed bills on which extensive discussion was held.

Folder 3:   September 1977 - April 1978   
Folder 4:   September 1978 - April 1979
Folder 5:   September 1979 - April 1980
Folder 6:   September 1980 - April 1981
Folder 7:   September 1981 - March1982
Folder 8:   September 1982 - April 1983
Folder 9:   August 1983 - April 1984
Folder 10:  September 1984 - April 1985
Folder 11:  September 1985 - April 1986
Folder 12:  October 1986 - April 1987  
Folder 13:  October 1987 - April 1988
Folder 14:  September 1989 - March 1990
Folder 15:  August 1990 - April 1991
Folder 16:  September 1991 - April 1992
Folder 17:  September 1992 - April 1993
Folder 18:  September 1993 - April 1994
Folder 19:  September 1994 - October 1994
Folder 20:  September 1995 - January 1996
Folder 21:  January 1997 - March 1998

Box 1, con't.  Series 3: Proposed Bills. 
   

Folder 22:  February 1989 – April 1990

Folder 23:  October 1990 – February 1991
Folder 24:  September 1991 – March 1992
Folder 25:  September 1992 – March 1993
Folder 26:  October 1993 – April 1994

BOX 2.  Series 3, Proposed Bills, con’t.


Folder 1:  October 1994 – February 1995
Folder 2:  April 1996 – April 1997  
Folder 3:  September 1997 – April 1998
Folder 4:  September 1998 – April 1999

Box 2, con't.  Series 4: Budgets.
  

Folder 5:  Budget Summary & Financial Reports, Sept. 1994, Sept. 1997 – May 1998 
Folder 6:  Internal Budgets, 1989 – 1990
Folder 7:  Internal Budgets, 1991 – 1995
Folder 8:  Front End Budgets, 1996 – May 1998


                     
BOX 3.  Series 4, con’t.

Folder 1:  Front End Budgets, Sept. 1998 - 1999
Folder 2:  Wheat First Reserve, Sept. 1994 -March 1998
Folder 3:  Scholarships & Stipends, 1997-1998
Folder 4:  Events Budgets, Nov. 1987 - 1998, & undated
Folder 5:  Miscellaneous Groups, 1987 - 1997, & undated
Folder 6:  Ad Hoc Committee on Finance Evaluation, 1998

Acquisition Information:  Gift Agreement signed by David Mills, SGA President, October, 2001.