Fonds F-74 - Simon Fraser Student Society fonds

Simon Fraser University Yearbook 1965-66 Simon Fraser University Yearbook 1966-67

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Simon Fraser Student Society fonds

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  • 1964 - 2009 (Creation)
    Simon Fraser Student Society

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4.32 m of textual records
ca. 250 photographs
ca. 200 posters

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The Simon Fraser University Society (SFUSS) was established on October 5, 1965. "University" was later dropped and it is now known as the Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS). The SFSS still maintains its original constitutional objectives: "to promote, direct, administer, coordinate all student activities of, by and for the students of Simon Fraser University, and to promote cooperation amongst the students of Simon Fraser University and cooperation between the members of the Society and students within the Province and elsewhere." Its mandate has come to include advocating for students rights and providing services to graduate and undergraduate members. These include advocacy services, such as Legal Aid and Women's Centre, and retail services, such as Quad Books, the Print Shop and the Pub.

In its first year, the Society organized social events, co-sponsored Vietnam teach-ins, started a co-op bookstore, and protested against the poor quality food offered on campus. In the 1970s, the Society organized against tuition fee increases, lobbied for improved on-campus housing, started a women's centre, and opened a student-run pub. The 1980s saw the development of plans for a student union building and a continuation in the struggle for affordable education. In the 1990s the Society has constructed the Maggie Benston Centre, expanded its services and continues to advocate on behalf of students for accessible, affordable education.

The Executive Council originally consisted of 14 elected officers: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Ombudsman, Clubs Director, Public Relations Officer, Arts, Science and Education Presidents, Athletics Coordinator, Social Convenor, Cultural Director, and Housing coordinator. This remained until 1977 when changes to constitutional by laws established five at large positions: President, Treasurer, External and Internal Relations Officers, Secretary, and Public Relations Officer and the Ombuds Office. Currently, six elected Executive officers and 36 Student Union representatives elected by students from each academic department sit on the Forum, the student representative body responsible for all major Student Society decisions. The Departmental Student Unions and Standing Committees supply information and recommendations to the Forum. Student Society Standing Committees deal with every aspect of the Society's operations.

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Fonds consists of records created, received, and collected by the Simon Fraser Student Society and its affiliated groups on campus in the course of administration of student government and business. Included are records relating to the Constitution, minutes of Executive meetings, the Executive, finance and budgets, campus committees, elections, student unions, clubs and affiliated groups, publications, subject files, and audio material.

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The fonds was donated by the Simon Fraser Student Society.


The arrangement of the records into series was established by the archivist to reflect the main functions and activities of the Society. Note that two series numbers are no longer in use:

Series 9 (Publications) was replaced by series 12 (Publications) when the archivist re-organized its contents into sub-series.

Series 11 (Audio recordings) was discontinued in 2008 when the Archives deaccessioned its contents (recordings of Society meetings).

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Some files may contain personal or confidential information. Access to these files may be restricted as stipulated by Archives policy or the donor. Files marked 'pending review' must be reviewed by an archivist prior to release, and as a result of the review access restrictions may apply. Please see the file lists and consult the archivist for more details.

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See also F-17, The Peak Publications Society fonds; The Peak is SFU's student newspaper funded by the SFSS. The Archives also holds the records of the Simon Fraser University Women's Centre, a constituency group of the SFSS; see fonds F-40.


All accessions have been processed as of June 2006. Further accruals are expected.

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Photographs are found only in series 8 (Clubs and affiliated groups), sub-series 3 (Outdoor club); see sub-series description for file locations. Posters comprise all of series 12 (Publications), sub-series 4 (Posters).

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May 2016: new sub-series 5-12 added to accommodate digitized Yearbooks (Richard Dancy).
Jun 2006: accruals added (Lisa Beitel).
Jun 1999: finding aid prepared (Krisztina Laszlo, Carolyn Casenas, Frances Fournier, Enid Britt).

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