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Overview

Historical Note

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Access Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

The M Book

The Student Handbook

Enchiridion

doing it

Inside SMU

FOCUS

The Peruna Express

SMU Policies for Community Life

Student Handbook

Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University student handbook collection

A Guide to the Collection



Overview

Creator: Southern Methodist University
Title: Southern Methodist University student handbook collection
Inclusive Dates: 1916 – ongoing
Abstract: This collection contains Southern Methodist University student handbooks. The SMU student handbook for new student orientation underwent many name changes and publishers over the years. This collection contains many of them but does not contain a full run of all of the student handbook versions.
Accession No: SMU 1993.0190
Extent: 5 boxes (2.5 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Historical Note

The first student handbook of SMU was called The M Book and was published by the YMCA organization starting in 1916. It contained information for orientating new students to campus. Included in The M Book was information on clubs, classes, buildings, sports, proper clothing attire, student government, traditions, cheers, and religious groups.

Beginning in the fall of 1962 the YMCA stopped publishing the student handbook. Instead, the Student Senate began publishing the Student Handbook, which contained the official university policies, a complete list of SMU activities and organizations, information on services and facilities which SMU offered, and university regulations. It lasted six years.

In the fall of 1968 the Office of the Vice-President for Student Affairs began publishing the SMU Enchiridion. The SMU Enchiridion was a manual of rules governing students of Southern Methodist University and mainly contained rules and regulations. It was published for eight years.

During the 1973/74 school year the Student Senate of SMU published doing it, or a student handbook, which was a student handbook with more depth and humor than the Enchiridion. It contained information about academics, student activities, special programs, organizations, campus facilities, counseling, and entertainment. Doing it lasted only one year.

Inside SMU: The Student Handbook was published in the fall of 1975 as the new student orientation handbook. It lasted only one year.

The university student handbook took another form during the 1976/77 school year, as FOCUS: SMU Student Magazine. It was published for six years before the student handbook changed names yet again and became the Peruna Express in the fall of 1982. The Peruna Express contained similar information as the others with an added "Big 'D'" section, which was an extended section on entertainment in the city. This version of the student handbook lasted until 2005.

Beginning in 1994 the office of student affairs began published the code of conduct separately from the student handbook, as SMU Policies for Community Life. This volume contained only university rules and regulation, lasting for five years.

The SMU Peruna Express reemerged in 2000/01 and was published by the student senate as a handbook and orientation guide.

By the 2004/05 school year, the name was changed back to The Student Handbook and contained university regulations and a planner for incoming students.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection is organized chronologically and by handbook title. Most of the handbooks are in very good shape, including the earliest copies.

Originally, the handbooks were separated in three separate collections by the name of the handbook (SMU 1993.0190, SMU 1993.0191, and SMU 1993.0192). A decision was made in 2010 to consolidate the collection to make it easier for researchers.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 9 series:
Series 1: The M Book
Series 2: The Student Handbook
Series 3: Enchiridion
Series 4: doing it
Series 5: Inside SMU
Series 6: FOCUS
Series 7: The Peruna Express
Series 8: SMU Policies for Community Life
Series 9: Student Handbook

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Restrictions

Access to Collection:

Collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

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Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Southern Methodist University -- Students -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Southern Methodist University.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Southern Methodist University student handbook collection, Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Originally, the papers in this collection were arranged in three separate collections, but were combined since all were student handbooks.

SMU 1993.0190

SMU 1993.0191

SMU 1993.0192.

Finding aid written by

Aaron Sanchez, 2010.

Encoded by

Lara Corazalla, 2010.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1:
The M Book

Box Folder
1 1 Student Handbooks – The M Book, 1916/17; 1919/20
2 Student Handbooks – The M Book, 1935/36 – 1948/49
3 Student Handbooks – The M Book, 1950/51 – 1953/54
4 Student Handbooks – The M Book, 1955/56 – 1959/60
Box Folder
2 1 Student Handbooks – The M Book, 1960/61
2 Student Handbooks – The M Book, 1961/62

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Series 2:
The Student Handbook

Box Folder
2 3 Student Handbooks – Student Handbook/Enchiridion, 1962/63 – 1969/70

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Series 3:
Enchiridion

Box Folder
2 3 Student Handbooks – Student Handbook/Enchiridion, 1962/63 – 1969/70
4 Student Handbooks –Enchiridion/doing it/Inside SMU, 1970/71 – 1975/76

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Series 4:
doing it

Box Folder
2 4 Student Handbooks –Enchiridion/doing it/Inside SMU, 1970/71 – 1975/76

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Series 5:
Inside SMU

Box Folder
2 4 Student Handbooks –Enchiridion/doing it/Inside SMU, 1970/71 – 1975/76

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Series 6:
FOCUS

Box Folder
2 5 Student Handbooks – FOCUS, 1976/77 – 1978/79
Box Folder
3 1 Student Handbooks – FOCUS, 1979/80 – 1981/82

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Series 7:
The Peruna Express

Box Folder
3 2 Student Handbooks – Peruna Express, 1982/83 – 1983/84
3 Student Handbooks – Peruna Express, 1984/85 – 1987/88
4 Student Handbooks – Peruna Express, 1988/89 – 1990/91
Box Folder
4 1 Student Handbooks – Peruna Express, 1991/92
2 Student Handbooks – Peruna Express, 1992/93
3 Student Handbooks – Peruna Express, 1993/94
Box Folder
5 1 Student Handbooks – Peruna Express, 1994/95 – 1996/97
2 Student Handbooks – Peruna Express, 2000/01; 2005/06

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Series 8:
SMU Policies for Community Life

Box Folder
5 3 Student Handbooks – SMU Policies for Community Life, 1994/95 – 1999/2000

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Series 9:
Student Handbook

Box Folder
5 4 Student Handbooks – Student Handbook, 2004/05 – 2005/06

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