RG 345

Title: Neill House fonds. - - 1963-1996. - - 13.0 cm of textual records.

Administrative History: Neill House was one of a complex of eight men's residences that were constructed on the UNB campus in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Neill House and it's twin, Neville House, were both financed through funds raised in the University Building Campaign. Neill House was named after the Neill family of Fredericton, in recognition of their "magnificent assistance" to the University over the years. The cornerstone was laid by J. Stewart Neill on May 16, 1961, and the house officially opened that fall, at the beginning of the academic year. After a lengthy correspondence, on February 15, 1962, Neill House was granted an official coat of arms. It remained a men's residence until September, 1996, at which point, amid considerable controversy, it became co-ed.

Scope and Content: This fonds consists of House Committee Minutes (1978-1996), and issues of the Neill House newsletter, The Knightly Herald (1963-1996), which document Neill House's history as a male residence, and some aspects of the controversy when the house became co-ed.

Title based on content of fonds.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: These records were deposited by Craig Maskill, January 12, 1999.

Related Material: UA Case 162 [Neill House], UA Case 135 [Cornerstone Speech], UA RG 185 [building plans]; Stone Photograph fonds.

Series 1: House Committee Minutes. - - 1978-1996.-- 5.0 cm of textual records.

Scope and Content: This series contains Neill House committee minutes from 1978-1996. Items discussed within the minutes include social events, financial matters and other topical tidbits of information concerning the house and it's residents. Also included are minutes from general house meetings, financial reports, and formal letters written to and by members of the house concerning events or situations at the time. Positions on the house committee included president, vice-president, treasurer, disciplinarian, bar chairman, social chairman, sports representative and secretary.

Series 2: The Knightly Herald. - - 1963-1996; predominant 1963-1970. - - 8.0 cm of textual records.

Administrative History: The Knightly Herald, UNB's oldest residence newspaper, was a mimeographed non-profit newsletter published by and for the members of Neill House. During the academic year 1962-63, many of the Neill House residents thought that communication within the house could be improved, and decided to start a regular newsletter. In so doing, it was hoped that information regarding events and other matters of interest concerning the house would be more readily brought to the resident's attention, as well as generating more "esprit de corp". It began publication in October, 1963, (Vol.1, no.1) under the co-editorship of Keith Scott and Bob Taylor, and continued publication until 1974 (Vol.14). Publication started again in 1991, renumbered as Volume 1 number 1.

Scope and Content: This series consists of issues of the Neill House newsletter, The Knightly Herald, from 1963-1996


Vol.1, issues 1, 6-11, 1963
Vol.2, issues 1-8, 1964
Vol.3, issues 1-6, 1964
Vol.4, issues 1-9, 1965
Vol.5, issues 1-6, 8-15, 17, 1965-66
Vol.6, issues 1-7, 1966-1967
Vol.7, issues 1-3, 1967-68
Vol.8, issues 1-5, 1968-69
Vol.9, issues 1-6, 1969-70
Vol.12, issues 1-2, 1973
Vol.14, issues 1-2, 1974
Various miscellaneous papers from 1991-1996.

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Last Update:  1999/06/15