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Student Government Records. Collection, 1907-Ongoing

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSU Archives Collection 017

Scope and Contents

The Student Government Records Collection has been divided into nine series. Items in each section have been arranged in alphabetical and chronological order. The series are: Senate Minutes; Governing Records; Correspondence; Committees; Student Allocations Committee Minutes and General Info; Student Allocations Committee Requests; General Records; MSUSA; and Student Conduct Records.

Student Senate Minutes: This series contains minutes from the various student governing organizations beginning from 1911 to May 1997. Years 1964 through 1986 are bound. Minutes for the years 1912 through 1931, fall semester of 1934 through the fall semester of 1957 and the fall semester of 1958 to the fall semester of 1960 are missing from the collection. Beginning in September 1993 the minutes for each individual meeting are filed separately while all previous records are either filed yearly or biyearly.

Governing Records: This series is arranged alphabetically and chronologically. It contains student senate rules, agendas, handbooks, orientation documents, goals/objectives, constitution/bylaws, student rights documents, and other miscellaneous items. The series ranges from 1960-1991, but not all years are included for every type of documents.

Correspondence: This series is arranged alphabetically and chronologically. It contains correspondence to and from the Student Governing Association from 1954 to 1992.

Committees: This series and arranged alphabetically and chronologically. It contains documents from the different committees that were under the control of the Student Governing Association from 1958 to 1991. Examples of committees included in this series are The Academic Affairs committee. The Parking Advisory Committee, and The Campus Beautification Committee.

Student Allocations Committee Minutes and General Information: The Student Allocations Committee was in charge of reviewing funding requests from campus organizations and then either approving or rejecting the request. This series is arranged alphabetically and chronologically. It contains the minutes and other records from 1955 to 1994. Years 1959-1968 and 1971-1974 are not available.

Student Allocations Committee Requests: This series is arranged chronologically and alphabetically. It contains copies of the funding requests from student organizations, correspondence and other miscellaneous records. Years include 1976-1992.

General Records- This series has been arranged alphabetically and chronologically. It contains various budget reports, task force information, and bus route information. The records range from 1977 to 1989.

MSUSA- This series has been arranged alphabetically and chronologically. The series contains mostly minutes and agendas from 1976-1989.

Student Conduct Records: Restricted. This series includes student conduct board guidelines, cases and correspondence from 1973-1975. There is also one folder on an overcrowding issue from 1988.


  • 1907-Ongoing


Conditions Governing Access

This series includes student conduct board guidelines, cases and correspondence from 1973-1975. There is also one folder on an overcrowding issue from 1988.

Conditions Governing Use

The Student Conduct Records Series is restricted. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply

Biographical / Historical

Student Government at Minnesota State University, Mankato has had several forms throughout its history. The MSU student government has held four names since 1931. They were first known as the Student Council in the 1930s, then the Student Senate in the 1950s, the Minnesota State University Student Association (MSUSA), and the Minnesota State Student Association (MSSA). It is currently known as the Minnesota State Student Association. The state-wide student goveming organization has been called the All School Social Committee (A.S.S.C.), the Minnesota State College Council, and since the 1980s, the Minnesota State University Student Association (MSUSA) http ://

The student goveming body has had different leadership throughout the years and some early leadership includes Erwin Olson in 1931 followed by Ed Dillon in the spring of 1932. In the spring semester of 1957 President Jahnke conducted the senate meetings. He was followed by President Darryl Hill in the fall semester of 1957. President Dean Schuenke presided over the senate meetings in the spring Semester of 1960. On April 27, 1960 he handed leadership to President Dick Maas. He was then followed by David Peterson. In 1964 the student government had a major change in its history by having one of the first female presidents Kitty Hughes. In the spring of 1968 Mike Holmgren held the gavel of the student senate. The line of leadership continues through the spring semester of 1997 with President Tony Hanson leading the student senate. The 2007-2008 President was Chris Frederick. The current MSSA leadership can be found on the MSSA webstite, which has been in operation since 1996.

"Minnesota State Student Association represents Minnesota State University, Mankato students at the Institutional, Local, State and Federal goveming levels through listening to and voicing the thoughts, ideas, and concems of all students." This is the mission statement of the current MSSA which can be found (along with a variety of information) on their website:

The current committees include, the Academic Affairs Committee, Bookstore Advisory Committee, MSSA Budget Committee. Communications Board. Elections Committee. Ensuring Cultural Diversity. Fiscal Affairs Committee, Leadership Training Team, Legislative Affairs Committee, Newspaper Committee, Pubhc Affairs Committee, Steering Committee. Student Affairs Committee, Student Allocations Committee, Student Organization Activity Funding Committee (SOFAC), Student Union Board, and the Student Technology Roundtable (littp:// MSSA also participates in several campus wide committees which include, the Budget Sub Meet & Confer, Constitution Commission, Ethics & Standards, Parking Advisory, Parking Appeals Board, Status of Women and Student Services.

MSSA is organized in a hierarchical way with a president, vice president, senate speaker, senate treasurer and coordinators more information on the organization of MSSA is available on the website:

Presently MSSA awards several leadership scholarships, has a student attorney available for student use and has established a Student Savings Club in an attempt to help college students save money at local businesses. They continue the effort to listen to student needs and attempt to find solutions for students.


19.00 Cubic Feet (16 Archives boxes, 2 Hollinger boxes, 1 oversized box.)

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The Student government records contain student senate meeting minutes, agendas, and correspondence. Along with the main goveming body notes committee and task force notes are also included in the collection. Various financial records for the students goveming body are also included. The collection deals with various issues concerning the student body since 1911. Topics include: allocation of student government fimds, child care for students with children, student parking, and various senate committees.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Mankato State University Archives (sorted from unorganized records from Lower Campus) and Student Governing Organizations donated this collection on an unknown date, 13 March 1987, 7 January 1994, and 20 August 1994.

Student Government Records. Collection, 1907-Ongoing.
John Klima, John Krolak, Kelli Lageson, Angela Oberle, Jose Osorio, Melissa Seeley, and Tiffany Warman
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Repository Details

Part of the Minnesota State University, Mankato University Archives Repository

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Memorial Library
PO Box 8419
Mankato MN 56002-8419 US