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Employee Newsletter November 21, 2005 : Vol. 30, No. 7
7 explores student housing

Storied residences, unusual abodes focus of new pieces

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The Kappa Sigma fraternity house was a women's dormitory during the 1944-45 and 1945-46 school years.

In partnership with the KU Department of Student Housing, has added another 20 articles examining the history of the residence life experience at KU's scholarship halls, dormitories and housing co-ops.

Based on archival research, plus an extensive collection of personal reminiscences from Jayhawks who were undergraduates from the 1930s through the 1960s, the new articles take a look at some of the most storied student residence halls in KU history. These include Carruth Hall, Varsity House, Hopkins Hall, Hodder Hall and Monchonsia Hall.

The new series also contains a growing body of work concentrating on many of the housing co-ops at KU in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s that provided low-cost student accommodations in an environment that fostered self-help and mutual assistance.

Of particular note are Harman Co-op, a women's residence that was considered one of the leading student co-ops in the country; and the Henley House Co-op, which became the first integrated undergraduate women's housing unit at KU.

There are also examinations of some of the more unusual student housing setups in KU history. These include men's dorms located in such unlikely venues as Memorial Stadium, a leased church building in downtown Lawrence, a former U.S. Army barracks and the basement of Spooner Hall when it was still the University's main art gallery.

There are also articles about such women's dorms as Tipperary Hall, which existed in the temporarily vacated Kappa Sigma fraternity house for two years in the mid-1940s; and Westminster Hall, a near-campus housing option offered by the Presbyterian Church.

The KU Department of Student Housing provided technical assistance and underwriting support for the development of this new content. is a project of the KU Memorial Unions. A complete table of contents for Living History: Residence Life in Retrospect can be accessed at

Copyright 2005, an official employee publication from the Office of University Relations.


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