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University of Northern Colorado, Student Activities collection

Identifier: RG010-S018

Collection Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials related to student activities. It includes freshman and new student handbooks ranging from 1904 to 1983 that helped students navigate college life, information on student rights and responsibilities, student body constitutions, information on class gifts, documentation on the BYU Wrestling Protest and UNC protests in response to the Kent State and Jackson State tragedies in 1970 (as well as other materials on protest and demonstrations), early class photographs, and memorabilia such as a 1952 CSCE Beanie.


  • 1890 - 2014


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. User is responsible for all copyright compliance. Please contact the Archives and Special Collections Department for further information.

Historical Note

Originally opened in 1889 as the "State Normal School", UNC has a rich history of student involvement and student activities. Much of the student activities history is documented in photographs and first hand accounts/documents. Some of the highlights from this collection include photographs and materials relating to the BYU Wrestling Protests and UNC student protests relating to the Kent State and Jackson State tragedies in 1970. In 1967, UNC students from the BSU (Black Student Union) staged a protest against the BYU (Brigham-Young University) Wrestling match at UNC. They were protesting the Mormon practice of dicrimination against African Americans and the racist policies of the Mormon church at the time. In 1970, in response to the tragedies of the Kent State shooting and shortly thereafter, the Jackson State shooting, UNC students went on strike at the university. Many students also went on a lobby trip to downtown Denver to speak to state legislators at the State Capitol, and other students went all the way to Washington DC to speak to the Colorado representitive in Congress to influence change. These protests also coinsided with the Vietnam War era, and so many students led petitions that were also in opposition of war and violence. Another highlight of this collection is the student handbooks that range from 1904 to 1983. These were published by administration as a way to provide freshmen and new UNC students with a reference guide for navigating campus, contacting services, and other information about college. There are also many newspapers in the collection that have circulated around UNC for the last 100+ years. These newspapers, such as "The Mirror", "Totem", and "Prospectus", helped to keep students and other members of the university up to date on the latest events happening in Greeley.


9.3 Linear Feet (7 boxes and 1 oversized folder)

Language of Materials



This collection contains materials relating to various student activities such as protests and demonstrations, UNC publications, and student organizations. Within this collection there are photographs, publications, student handbooks, and memorabilia.


This collection is arranged into 2 series: Series 1: Publications and Related Materials. Subseries 1.1: Publications, 1904-2010, 0.83 linear feet, Subseries 1.2: Materials about Publications, 1933-2014, 0.42 linear feet. Series 2: Campus Involvement, 1890-2013, 3.66 linear feet.

Acquisition Information

Acquisition information for most of the materials in this collection is unknown. In 2007, Martha Bullock donated a 1928-29 Freshman Handbook. The Young Alumni Leaders scrapbook was transferred from Alumni Relations on May 22, 2012. The UNC Office of Student Life transferred Tunnel Painting event materials in 2018. The UNC Alumni Association transferred activity books in 2021. Student publications transferred into this collection from RG009-S003, UNC Admissions Records in 2022.

Related Materials

Materials related to Student Activities can be found in most collections with an identifier number beginning with RG009 and RG010. In particular, see publications such as the Crucible and the Mirror which document student life. These are fully avilable online on Digital UNC.

Processing Note

The following materials were merged into this collection: RG010-S001-F10, Miscellaneous Student Publications; RG010-S002, Student Rights and Responsibilities; RG010-S003, Student Body Constitutions; RG010-S004, Student Handbooks; RG010-S008, Photographs; RG010-S009, Class Gifts; RG010-S010, Protests/Demonstrations; RG010-S011, Activities Calendar; RG010-S012, National Student Exchange; RG010-S013, Volunteers; RG010-S014, Memorabilia; RG010-S015, Young Alumni Leaders; RG010-S016, Activity Tickets; RG010-S017, Class Mottoes, Slogans, Etc.

Processing Information

Processed by Aubry Van Oss, 2020. Transferred materials added by Leah Bookman in 2022.

University of Northern Colorado Student Activities Collection
Shirley Soenksen, updated by Shan Watkins, updated by Aubry Van Oss, updated by Leah Bookman
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Edition statement
Outline of contents created in 1988 and updated in 1991, 1993-1996, 1999, and 2001. A finding aid was prepared in 2015. Updated to conform to DACS in 2018. Major revisions to finding aid made during processing in 2020. New acquisition added in 2021. Material added in 2022.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Northern Colorado Repository

University Libraries
James A. Michener Library L119
Campus Box 48
Greeley CO 80639