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ABSTRACT

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

Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Furthermore it was the writer's intent

to

document

and

highlight

those

individuals

who

have

served

in

the housemother/head resident/hall director capacity at

University

through

the

years.

Compilation

of

such

data

the was

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

late

1950's

and

the

1960's.

With

the

construction

of

dormitories came the need for individuals to manage them.

Thus

the housemother, typically a middle-aged woman, became an

integral

part

of

the

housing

operation.

As

the

years

passed

younger, better housemothers as

educated individuals began to replace the

they

retired.

The

title

was

then

changed

to

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.

was

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