University of King’s College King’s Students’ Union Fonds

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University of King’s College King’s Students’ Union Fonds

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King’s Students’ Union Fonds

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  • 1890- (Creation)
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    University of King's College

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29m of textual records
approximately 100 artifacts
3 3½” computer diskettes

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Fonds consist of materials created and collected by the University of King's College King’s Students’ Union and its committees while carrying out their mandated functions. Documents reflect all aspects of the Union’s sphere of responsibility and include meeting minutes and agendas; governance documents; financial, operational, and administrative records; both internal and external relations; and information on student societies related to the KSU and its maintenance.

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Fonds have been organized into nine different series:

1) Constating Documents
2) Governance
3) Financial Records
4) Operational Records
5) Administrative Records
6) External Relations
7) HMCS Wardroom Records
8) Publications
9) Student Societies

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UKC.KSU

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Finding aid is available both electronically below, and physically at the University of King's College Library.

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Further accruals expected, and have continued beyond the end date of the finding aid (post-2007).

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The KSU is the governing student organization of the University of King's College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and acts as the students' representative in improving academic and campus life experiences. It functions as a body of students elected to represent the interests of fellow students.

The King's Students' Union ("KSU") includes all students attending the University of King's College. Its purpose is to provide services for its members and represent them politically. The KSU has members on the Board of Governors and on University committees, and works with the University administration to improve the quality of education and student life at College.

The services provided by the KSU include a health insurance plan, Orientation Week, the Student Handbook, the yearbook, and graduation week activities. The KSU also funds many different societies and committees and King's athletics. The KSU operates HMCS King's Wardroom, the campus lounge. The KSU is governed by its members at general meetings, open forums where each member has an equal vote and right to participate in direct democracy. Between the two general meetings each year, Student Council acts as the governing body of the KSU. Council meetings are open to all KSU members, but the only people who may vote are the 17 elected-representatives.

Students have operated on a collective basis from the early years of the University of King's College, which was founded in Windsor, Nova Scotia, in 1789. In 1806, students presented a memorial to the Board of Governors soliciting assistance in meeting their living expenses, obliged, as they then were, to provide their own servants. This was one of many petitions drawn up over the years. Other student organizations that were formed for the furtherance of particular objectives have a long history at King's, as well: the Quintilian, a debating society, was founded in 1845, and the Haliburton literary society was founded in 1884. Both continue today with financial support from the KSU.

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The fonds contain the KSU' s founding documents; Council, Executive and General meeting minutes; correspondence, financial records and budgets, reports, posters and publications. It includes records of KSU services and activities, as well as records documenting KSU' s involvement in issues affecting student life. Most records are from the 1980-2000 period, but records dating to the 1890s as well as to the present day (2022) are also included in the fonds. This fonds includes the KSU records processed in 1993 by John Weeren.

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It is worth noting that, in August of 2020, the literature-based student society which was previously known as The Haliburton Society changed their name to The King's Literary Society. All records mentioning The Haliburton Society and/or The King's Literary Society are referring to the same student society.

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