Skip to main content

DePaul University American Studies program records

Identifier: DPUA0045

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of promotional materials, meeting minutes, reports, financial documents, correspondence and memoranda, course listings, and publicity related to the American Studies program and its theme quarters. It also includes departmental publications and biographical information about guest lecturers.


  • 1989-2013
  • Majority of material found within 1992-2000

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Biographical / Historical

DePaul University's American Studies program integrates the study of history, literature, geography, media, politics, popular culture, art and religion in order to critically analyze American society, culture, institutions, and intellectual traditions. The American Studies program offers either a major or a minor with the option of one of five concentrations: Popular Culture and Media Studies; Social and Literary Movements; Politics, Institutions and Values; Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies; and Material Culture and the Built Environment. Previous concentrations related to specific ethnicities, including African-American Studies, European-American Ethnicity, and Latino Studies have since been reestablished in related departments. For several years, the American Studies program maintained a tradition of one "theme quarter" per year related to an aspect of American life. Examples of theme quarter topics include Idealism in America, the Asian Pacific American Experience, and the Jewish Experience in Modern America. The program sponsored events and created special courses to fit the chosen theme.


3 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection is currently organized into three series: 1. Publications; 2. Administrative; 3. Theme Quarters. The Publications series is arranged alphabetically according to publication title, then chronologically. The Administrative series is further divided into subseries; see series level notes for additional details. The Theme Quarters series is arranged chronologically by quarter.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession 1992.22; 2002.43; 2010.28; 2009.22; 2014.003

Related Materials

Center for the Culture and History of the Black Diaspora records; Center for Latino Research records

Processing Information

CLT 1996; ED 2003; KEL 2003; KG 2011; JC 2014

Guide to DePaul University American Studies program records
In Progress
CLT 1996; ED 2003; KEL 2003; KG 2011; JC 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the DePaul Special Collections and Archives Repository

John T. Richardson Library
2350 N. Kenmore Ave.
Room 314
Chicago Illinois 60614