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Iowa State College. Cardinal Guild records

 Record Group — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 22/1/1

Scope and Content

This collection (1904-1971, undated) contains meeting minutes, constitutions and by-laws, guild publications, election materials, finances, reports on student activities, surveys of the student body, executive addresses, a history, and scrapbooks of newspaper clippings from the Iowa State Daily.

Dates

  • 1904-1971, undated

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives

Biography/Profile

The Cardinal Guild was the origin of student government at Iowa State University, founded in 1904 to "promote the welfare of Iowa State College." According to their constitution, this goal was to be attained through such duties as: preserving and promoting desirable traditions and customs; fostering and promoting a healthy and democratic spirit; welcoming and extending courtesies of the college to visitors; and serving as a medium of communication between the students, alumni, and faculty.

The Cardinal Guild was initially composed of student representatives from each class and certain sports clubs on campus, chosen by the Iowa State College administration. Later, the appointment system changed so that each preceding Guild chose the members of the subsequent Guild. Eventually however, student popular election, including a primary system, became the method of Guild member selection.



Originally a single body, the organization eventually evolved into a three-branched system of student government: Senate, executive cabinet, and a court. The Cardinal Guild changed its name in 1962, becoming the Government of the Student Body (GSB), though it was still referred to as The Guild for several years afterward both by students and GSB itself.

Extent

5.64 Linear Feet (5 document boxes, 1 half-document box, and 2 oversize boxes)

Abstract

Founded in 1904, the Cardinal Guild was the origin of student government at Iowa State. Originally a single body, the organization eventually evolved into a three-branched system of student government: Senate, executive cabinet, and a court. The Cardinal Guild changed its name in 1962, becoming the Government of the Student Body (GSB). This collection contains meeting minutes, constitutions and by-laws, guild publications, election materials, finances, reports on student activities, surveys of the student body, executive addresses, a history, and scrapbooks of newspaper clippings from the Iowa State Daily.

Arrangement

This collection is organized Chronologically.

Items in related collections

RS 22/1. Iowa State University. Government of the Student Body records

Related collection materials

Iowa State University, Government of the Student Body Records, RS 22/1/2

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

Title
RS 22/1/1. Iowa State College. Cardinal Guild records, 1904-1971, undated
Date
April 12, 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Contact:
403 Parks Library
701 Morrill Road
Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
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