Collections and Personal Papers:

The Student Dean Program at Syracuse University

PPV Logo Syracuse University's graduate program in higher education began in 1931 as the Student Dean Program. Its mission was to train women to be deans of women at colleges and universities, high school or college counselors, or placement officers. In 1935 M. Eunice Hilton was named Director of the Student Dean Program and held that position until 1959. Under her leadership, the program became nationally known as the program for women in higher education. Beginning in the 1960's, the program became co-educational and led to what is now known as the graduate program in higher education in the School of Education.

In 2004, as plans were beginning to come together for the 75th anniversary of the Student Dean Program, the University Archives proposed that a portion of available Student Dean funds be directed towards re-housing and describing the entire Student Dean Collection. Totaling almost 20 cubic feet of records, the collection included official records dating back to 1931, conference proceedings, lists of students, newsletters, bulletins, anniversary materials and more.

Funds were made available, and a student, Amanda Galvin, was hired in 2005 to begin what turned out to be a year-long effort. The collection was placed in archival folders and boxes, an inventory was prepared, and the entire collection was listed in the Archives database. The finding aid was converted to Encoded Archival Description (EAD) in 2013.The Syracuse University Archives is proud to be the repository for a collection so important to the history of the University and invites scholars to research these papers and former Student Deans to reminisce and share their memories and memorabilia.


Finding Aid