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Breen Lodge Collection

 Collection
Identifier: XUA-002
This is a collection of materials on the former womens' center Breen Lodge. Materials include correspondence to and from the University faculty to the President of Xavier University the Rev. Robert W. Mulligan, S.J. concerning the status of Breen Lodge on the Xavier University campus. Also included are documents from the University Senate, selected issues of the Xavier student newspaper the Xavier News, and other materials.

Dates

  • 1978-1980

Restrictions on Access

Unpublished materials created within the last 40 years are restricted. Materials may only be used with the permission of the creating office. Permission for use is arranged through the University Archives Librarian. Unrestricted materials must be viewed in the University Archives room by appointment.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright is held by Xavier University (Cincinnati, Ohio) but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright is not held. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Extent

.25 Linear Feet (6 folders)

Overview

A collection of materials on the Breen Lodge. Materials include correspondence to and from the University Faculty Committee to the then President of Xavier University the Rev. Robert W. Mulligan, S.J. concerning the status of Breen Lodge on the Xavier University campus. Also included are documents of the University Senate, selected issues of the Xavier student newspaper and other ephemera

History of Breen Lodge

Breen Lodge was a women's center established in 1972 and closed during the presidency of Fr. Robert Mulligan in the spring of 1980. The center, which had become a popular institution at Xavier, had sponsored programming on women's issues for a decade. The announcement of its closing resulted in a students' rally to save Breen. [Source: Fortin, Roger. To See Great Wonders: a History of Xavier University, 1831-2006, pp. 322-323]

The documents in this collection reflect the reactions of the faculty Senate to the closing and the interaction between the Faculty Committee and the university president.

Statement of Arrangement

The collection is arranged into six folders by material type.

Custodial History

Materials were in the possession of Dr. John Getz who formerly was a member of the Faculty Committee at the time of the closure of Breen Lodge.

Acquisition Information

Transfer from Professor John Getz.

Processing Information

This collection was reprocessed into its current arrangement and description as part of a major University Archives reprocessing project in 2012-2013. This reprocessing project was largely an effort to disband a record group system, developed in the late 1970s, used to arrange university records. The record group scheme had been established by the first University Archivist, Lee Bennish, SJ, and chiefly organized materials by originating office and organizational structure. After Bennish’s tenure, oversight of the archives changed several times and resulted in a lack of adherence to the record group scheme for new acquisitions. The 2012-2013 processing project also sought to incorporate records for which little acquisition or contextual information existed. The project staff primarily reorganized records into subject-based collections. Occasionally subjects coincided with offices of origin (e.g. Subject, Presidents; Office, Office of the President; Collection, Xavier University President’s Office). This subject-based arrangement makes it difficult to identify or describe the collections by office of origin but administrative project records do indicate transfers and connections between original record groups and 2012-2013 collections. During the project, records were rehoused in archival folders and boxes, and new finding aids were created using the OhioLINK Finding Aid Creation Tool.

As of 2017, University Archives no longer employs the 2012-2013 system of arranging collections by subject.
Title
Guide to the Breen Lodge Collection
Status
edited-full-draft
Author
Tim McCabe
Date
2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2018-08-07: Removed incorrect bulk date; revised extent statement; removed accrual note; revised access and use statements; revised series titles and added scope and content note for university records series (AR)
  • 2019-10-25: 2019-10-25 - Corrected date in historical sketch (AR)

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Special Collections, Xavier University Library Repository

Contact:
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