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University of Arkansas Residents' Interhall Congress Records

Identifier: MC 2004-UA

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of photographs, reports, newsclippings, and audio/visual materials.


  • 1987-2008

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials. Files from disks and CDs can be made available in the Reading Room. Contact the University Archives in advance of visit at for access to digital media.

Conditions Governing Use

No Use Restrictions Apply. No Interlibrary Loan. Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical / Historical

The Residents’ Interhall Congress (RIC), also sometimes known as Resident’s Interhall Congress and Residence Interhall Congress, is a student organization of the University of Arkansas created to act as a representative group of students that choose to live on campus in the dormitories. One of the RIC’s goals is to address problems that are common across all of the on-campus living quarters in order to provide better quality to students living on campus. The group also hosts a number of social events throughout the school year in the hopes of building a sense of community on campus and for relationships to form between students of different residence halls. The first iteration of the Residents’ Interhall Congress was established in 1950 as the Interhall Council. This was a group that was created to handle problems common to the three women’s dorms. The group started the tradition of hosting social events that would include members of all residence halls by holding exchange dinners between halls and an annual Harvest Moon Ball. Two years later, the men followed suit with the creation of the Men’s Interhall Congress, and the Interhall Council became the Women’s Interhall Council. The goals of the Men’s Interhall Congress included addressing issues common to the men’s dorms as well as attempting to improve the scholarship, fellowship, and well-being of their inhabitants. These two groups began coordinating heavily in 1964 with the inauguration of Residence Hall Week and “Hallabaloo,” the Casino Carnival, and all residence hall dances. These events became popular affairs for many on-campus residents. In 1970, the two groups merged to create the Residence Hall Association. This group continued to host these social events and continued to seek an easier dialogue between students and administrators about residence halls. In 1985 the group’s name was changed to the Resident’s Interhall Congress. The various iterations of the Residents’ Interhall Congress have all sent representatives to the annual meetings of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls, or NACURH for short. This group was founded in 1954 to bring together representatives from campuses across the United States to discuss the problems that the various colleges and universities face with regards to on-campus housing. The Residents’ Interhall Congress and its precursors also sent representatives to regional groups such as the Midwest Affiliates of College and University Residence Halls and later the Southwest Affiliates of College and University Residence Halls (SWACURH).


1 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

128 Megabytes (776 files)


The Southwest Affiliates of College and University Residence Halls (SWACHUR) materials are grouped first, organized chronologically. The remaining subject files are organized alphabetically, and the audio/ visual materials are grouped together in the last box.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The University of Arkansas Resident's Interhall Congress Records were donated to Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries by University Housing through Eric J. Hall in 2014.

Processing Information

Processed by Heath Robinson and Amy Allen, completed in November 2020.

University of Arkansas Residents' Interhall Congress Records
Heath Robinson and Amy Allen
November 2020
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
(479) 575-8444