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Title: Associated Students Records, 1926-2009Add to your cart.
ID: MS-0380
Extent: 43.36 Linear Feet
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In 1921, the San Diego Normal School merged with San Diego Junior College to form San Diego State College.  Initially, both schools kept their separate student governing bodies. In May of 1922, however, these separate bodies combined into one student organization, creating the Associated Student Body (ASB).  Although ASB was the primary student organization, Associated Women's Students and Associated Men's Students supplemented ASB, and provided more service-oriented activities.  Campus President Walter Hepner endorsed student governance, and so Associated Students remained a student-run organization with little to no interference from campus administration.  The campus held elections annually to select ASB's new student officers.  On March 7, 1932, the State of California officially incorporated Associated Students (AS) as a non-profit corporation, making the group a San Diego State affiliate. 

In 1956, Associated Student fees became mandatory for all students on campus.  This increase in budget led to an expansion of AS services, events, programs, and facilities for students, faculty, and staff.  AS facilities include the Aztec Center (established in 1968), the Campus Childcare Center (1971), the Mission Bay Aquatic Center (started in 1975 in conjunction with the University of California, San Diego), the Open Air Theater (the AS lease began in 1978), the Aztec Recreation Center (1997), Viejas Arena (1997), and the Aquaplex (2007).  Associated Students also runs Aztecs Shops, which includes the campus bookstore.  AS also ran the Cultural Arts Board, which promoted and coordinated cultural events on campus, including guest speakers and performers such as the California Ballet Company, Raquel Welch, Andy Warhol, Teatro Campesino, Bill Cosby, Krishnamurti, and Ralph Nader.

Today, Associated Students is one of the largest associated student groups in the California State University system, and is administered by five elected student executive officers, the AS Council, and the Student Board of Directors.  It operates on a budget of over $20 million a year, twenty-five percent of which comes from student fees, and employs close to a hundred full-time employees and about a thousand part-time employees.  AS continues to promote educational, social, and cultural activities and programs on campus; actively advocate for students; endorse leadership opportunities; and provide services to students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Author: Amanda Lanthorne
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I. Constitution, By-laws, Resolutions, 1935-1978

II. Election Files, 1959-1992

III. Officer Files, 1960-1998

IV. Council Files, 1926-1994

V.  Board, Committee, and Task Force Files, 1944-1995

VI. Student Union Planning Files, 1963-1965

VII. Aztec Center Files, 1943-1997

VIII. Operation Files, 1955-1998

IX. Activity and Project Files, 1938-1997

X. Open Air Theatre Files, 1978-1987

XI. Cultural Arts Board and Visitor and Performer Files, 1964-1974

XII. Minutes, 1926-2009

XIII. Photographs Files, 1980-2008

XIV. Fliers, Newsletters, and Brochures Files, 1988-2007

XV. Audio and Video, 1984-2009

XVI. Assorted Merchandise

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Acquired: 01/01/2002. 2002-020, 2006-076, 2011-014
Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Rights: The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish.  Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
Acquisition Note: Associated Students
Related Materials:

San Diego State University Historical Collection

University Archives Photograph Collection

University Archives Topical File

Uncataloged Periodicals

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Associated Students Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.
Finding Aid Revisions: 2011 accession was added to the processed collection by Conor Higgins in 2012. Collection was then reprocessed in 2013 to correct box and folder number discrepencies as well as box spacing issues.
Collection Material Type: Official Records
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