Sidney Boutwell Collection

Identifier: MSS.0725

  • Staff Only

Scope and Content Note

The Sidney Boutwell Collection is contained within a single, flat box with the vast majority of it being photographs. Also in the collection is a more detailed biography, fraternity certificates, newspaper clippings, and a scrapbook.


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Biographical Note

Sidney Boutwell was born on June 14, 1933 in Macon, Georgia and on died August 9, 2007 in Springfield, Missouri at the age of 74.

He graduated from Vanderbilt’s College of Arts and Science in 1955. After graduation Boutwell became a resident adviser while working towards a master’s in history and economics. In 1957 he joined the Office of the Dean of Men, from 1960 to 1962 he was a development officer, and finally in 1962 he became the Dean of Men. At the time, Boutwell was the youngest dean of a major university in the United States at only 30 years old.

For eight years Boutwell served as Dean of Men until the Mens’ and Womens’ Deans were integrated. He and the former Dean of Women, Margaret Cuninggim, were made co-deans in 1970. Boutwell became the executive assistant director for the annual fund of the Development Office. In 1984 Boutwell left Vanderbilt University to work in real estate in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Boutwell contributed to the creation of many aspects of Vanderbilt’s modern student life, including the Impact Symposium, student volunteerism, independent student communications and the Sarratt Student Center. He founded the VUceptor program to facilitate the freshmen orientation process. During his tenure, Vanderbilt underwent the desegregation of its previously single-gender housing. Furthermore, the University began to racially integrate its undergraduate population and Boutwell directed the creation of the Afro-American Association, which led to the Black Student Alliance and Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center.


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Physical Location

Special Collections & Archives

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Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Library
1101 19th Ave. S.
Nashville TN 37212 United States


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