Baynes, Michael J.
The History of the University of Wisconsin La Crosse Housing Operation with Special Emphasis on the Hall Director Position
The purpose of this research was to provide a historical
account of the housing operation at the University of
Furthermore it was the writer's intent
the housemother/head resident/hall director capacity at
deemed necessary primarily because it had not been done to date.
Although the paper does cover the early years of the
housing operation at the University, the emphasis was placed on
the years following the evolution of on campus housing in 1952.
Thanks to the efforts of Dean Edith Cartwright and many
dedicated others, campus living facilities flourished in the
dormitories came the need for individuals to manage them.
the housemother, typically a middle-aged woman, became an
younger, better housemothers as
educated individuals began to replace the
head resident and eventually to hall director.
The research largely consisted of interviews with housing
professionals, past and present. also obtained in the Archives in
Much of the information Murphy Library.