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MS 685 - Wilma Minton Papers


The Wilma Minton Papers were donated to the Center for Archival Collections in May 1994. The one box collection consists of Wilma Minton's writings, records documenting her involvement with professional associations and subject files on various student issues. The papers date from 1962 to 1994. No restrictions exist on the use of these papers and duplication is permitted for research purposes. The collection was arranged and finding aid prepared by W. Alex Smith, archives assistant, in June 2006.

Wilma Minton was born in Independence, Kansas. She received her Masters in Guidance and Counseling from Kansas State College of Pittsburg (now Pittsburg State University) in 1965. She was appointed the Assistant Dean of Women (a newly-created position) at Kansas State College that same year. The next year, a lecturer position opened in Psychology and Minton took that position and also served as a counselor in the Counseling Center. Three years later, she was appointed to the position of Dean of Women. She was in charge of all women's residence halls, women's organizations, women student discipline, the university student handbook and the study skills programs. In addition, she taught courses in Psychology and Women's History. Minton also became an active member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the Kansas Association of Student Personnel Administrators, as well as the Kansas Association of Women Deans and Counselors. In 1973, she was named Director of Student Services and placed in charge of Admissions, Financial Aid, Housing, the Student Union and Student Health. Later Career Placement and Counseling, International Programs and the Campus Police and Parking services were added to her list of responsibilities. Her career came to an end in the spring of 1994 as she retired from her final position as Vice President for Student Affairs after thirty years at Pittsburg State University. For more information on her career, please see her work, "Reflections On A Career In Student Affairs," located in the first folder of the collection.

Record Group

The Wilma Minton Papers are organized into two Record Groups: Literary Documents and Subject Files. These Record Groups are divided into Record Series which are described below.

Literary Documents

1966, 1994
Arranged chronologically
Includes two publications by Wilma Minton. One is a speech on college life and the other is a personal reflection on her career.

Subject Files

Professional Associations
Arranged by association name
Includes conference brochures, discussion transcripts, speeches and correspondence from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), the Kansas Association of Student Personnel Administrators (KASPA) and the Kansas Association of Women Deans and Counselors (KAWDC).

Student Affairs Issues
1966-1983 (scattered dates)
Arranged by subject
Includes papers, speeches, publications and correspondence on various student affairs issues, such as women students, residence halls, and student organizations. Also includes three issues of the Intercollegian, published by the National Student Councils of the YMCA and YWCA.


Record Group: Literary Documents, Subject Files

Box 1

  1. Publications by Minton, 1966, 1994
  2. NASPA-Institute for Chief Student Personnel Officers program files and a survey for chief student affairs officers, 1975, 1982
  3. KASPA-conference files and discussion transcripts, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1993
  4. KAWDC-history, constitution, correspondence, minutes, 1957, 1962-1963, 1966-1971
  5. Papers and speeches by other authors on various student affairs issues, 1966, c. 1968, 1976, 1980, c. 1980, 1983
  6. The Intercollegian, 1962, 1963, 1965
  7. Publications on various student affairs issues from other colleges and universities, 1968, 1971, 1973, 1977
  8. Publications on college/university women's issues, 1963, 1966, 1967, 1971
  9. Speeches and papers on college/university women's issues, 1966, 1967, c.1968, 1981
  10. Kansas State College-Pittsburg-residence hall files, 1966-1989 (scattered dates)