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Guide to the University of Chicago Henderson House Records 1960-2016

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Descriptive Summary


University of Chicago. Henderson House. Records




4.5 linear ft. (7 boxes)


Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.


Founded in 1960, Henderson House was a residential unit of the University House System and one of four such units in Stanley R. Pierce Hall. The House Records contain correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports, house constitution, floor plans, contracts, slides, and photographs, as well as the records of the Henderson House Council and materials relating to the Resident Heads of the House.

Information on Use


The collection is open for research.


When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: University of Chicago. Henderson House. Records, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Historical Note

Henderson House, named for Charles Richmond Henderson (1848-1915), a sociologist and first Chaplain of the University of Chicago, was a residential unit of the University House System from 1960-2016. Until 2013 Henderson House comprised the fifth and sixth floors of Stanley R. Pierce Hall, and from 2013-2016 it was located in New Graduate Residence Hall, later renovated and rededicated in 2019 as the Keller Center at the Harris School of Public Policy.

Scope Note

Boxes 1-6 of the Henderson House Records contain materials from 1960-1980: correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports, house constitution, floor plans, contracts, slides, and photographs, as well as the records of the Henderson House Council and materials relating to the Resident Heads of the House.

Records created by the House Council make up much of the Henderson House collection. The work of the House Council was chronicled by a series of Secretaries who are charged with the responsibility of informing the House of the Council's activity. These Secretary's Reports constitute the bulk of the records, but also included are other House correspondence, assorted ephemera, and a few photographs and slides of House activities.

Also included in the Records are a few files which document the considerable attention focused on the House System between 1963 and 1968 and which led to house autonomy, largely unrestricted inter-visitation between the sexes, co-educational residences, creation of the Residential Master's program, reconstruction of the Resident Heads' apartments, and notable changes in Residence Halls and Commons food contract policies.

Box 7 of the collection contains an album of photographs and students’ notes commemorating the last academic year of Henderson House, 2015-2016.

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Subject Headings


Box 1   Folder 1

House Constitution; historical files including drafts, amendments, interpretations

Box 1   Folder 2

House Council minutes, House correspondence, 1960-1964

Box 1   Folder 3

House Council minutes, 1964-1965

Box 1   Folder 4

House Council minutes, 1965-1966

Box 1   Folder 5

House Council minutes, 1966-1967

Box 1   Folder 6

House Council minutes, 1967-1968

Box 1   Folder 7

House Council minutes, House correspondence, 1968-1969

Box 1   Folder 8

House Council minutes, 1969-1970

Box 1   Folder 9

House Council minutes, 1970-1971

Box 1   Folder 10

House Council minutes, Autumn 1971

Box 1   Folder 11

House Council minutes, Winter 1972

Box 2   Folder 1

House Council minutes, Spring 1972

Box 2   Folder 2

House Council minutes, 1972-1973

Box 2   Folder 3

House Council minutes, 1973-1974

Box 2   Folder 4

House Council minutes, 1974-1975

Box 2   Folder 5

House Council minutes, 1975-1976

Box 2   Folder 6

House Council minutes, 1976-1977

Box 2   Folder 7

House Council minutes, 1977-1978

Box 2   Folder 8

House Council minutes, 1978-1979

Box 2   Folder 9

House Council minutes, 1979-1980

Box 2   Folder 10

Floor plans for Henderson House

Box 2   Folder 11

Annual list of residents, 1960-1979

Box 2   Folder 12

Summaries of housing staff, Presidents, Orientation Aides, and students graduating from the House

Box 3   Folder 1

Resident Head's records, including correspondence, memoranda, and reports, 1960-1968

Box 3   Folder 2

Resident Head's records, 1968-1969

Box 3   Folder 3

Resident Head's records, 1969-1970

Box 3   Folder 4

Resident Head's records, 1970-1971

Box 3   Folder 5

Resident Head's records, 1971-1972

Box 3   Folder 6

Resident Head's records, 1972-1973

Box 3   Folder 7

Resident Head's records, 1973-1974

Box 3   Folder 8

Resident Head's records, 1974-1975

Box 3   Folder 9

Resident Head's records, 1975-1976

Box 3   Folder 10

Resident Head's records, 1976-1977

Box 3   Folder 11

Resident Head's records, 1977-1978

Box 4   Folder 1

Resident Head's records, 1978-1979

Box 4   Folder 2

Resident Head's records, 1979-1980

Box 4   Folder 3

Asilee Gary Banks Award, Creation (1973-1974)

Box 4   Folder 4

Asilee Gary Banks Award, Winners 1975-1979

Box 4   Folder 5

Summer letter to incoming students

Box 4   Folder 6

Pierce Tower activities, 1960-1969

Box 4   Folder 7

Pierce Tower activities, 1970-1979

Box 4   Folder 8

Kenneth Northcott Prize, 1977

Box 5   Folder 1

Jack Sawyer Survey (1960) and other surveys and questionnaires

Box 5   Folder 2

Warner Wick, "The Need for Higher Quality in the University Houses," 1965

Box 5   Folder 3

Mark Haller, "Improvements in College House Life," 1965

Box 5   Folder 4

Intervisitation, 1966-1968

Box 5   Folder 5

House Autonomy, 1968-1970

Box 5   Folder 6

Co-ed Houses, 1971

Box 5   Folder 7

Inter-House Council minutes and activities, 1966-197*

Box 5   Folder 8

Inter-House Council Food Committees, 1969-1970 and 1973-1974

Box 5   Folder 9

Histories of the House system

Box 6

File box containing names and most recent addresses of all Henderson House alumni, 1960-1979

Box 7

Henderson House Photo Album, 2015-2016