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Record Group: 0 C
Record Sub-Group: 22
Records Title: UMC; University General; Student Hangouts; Student Memorabilia Collections
Dates: ca. 1920-1999
Volume: 1/2 cubic foot, 0.63 linear foot

Scope and Content Note

The life of a college student can be chronicled many ways. Chief among them are classes, intramural sports, student groups and organizations, affiliations, and leisure time pursuits. But nothing so epitomizes the college experience as does the student hangout. This Sub-Group consists of duplicated material collected by Joe Franke, the last owner of "The Shack". It is comprised primarily of photographs and newspaper clippings illustrating the significance of The Shack, both in the lives of the general student body and in particular its influence on Mort Walker, creator of the comic strip "Beetle Bailey". Also included in the Sub-Group are color slides of the building demolition at Conley and Maryland, former location of The Shack and other buildings.

Series Descriptions:

Series 1 - C:0/30/1 (A00-13)
This Series contains duplicated materials collected by Joe Franke about "The Shack," a student hangout, and "Beetle Bailey", a comic strip creation of MU alumnus Mort Walker. This Series, (ca. 1920-1999), contains material documenting the history of the building that became The Shack to its fiery demise and the ultimate placement of the Beetle Bailey statue on site. Included in the Series are recollections of both students and proprietors, photographs of The Shack and the "Davis Tea Room" (exterior and interior), newspaper interviews with Mort Walker, photographs of Mort Walker and Beetle Bailey, Beetle Bailey sketches and comics, magazine articles and newspaper clippings, a menu from the "Davis Tea Room," a colored poster promoting Mort Walker as the William Francis English Scholar-in-Residence, and correspondence dealing with the history of The Shack and with the Beetle Bailey sculpture.
(1 OSB, 123, 5)
Note to Researcher: The entity known as "The Shack" began as "The Davis Tea Room" in ca. 1921 and was known as "Jack's Shack" in 1932.

Series 2 - C:0/30/2 (A00-15)
This Series consists of a dozen color slides of building demolition at Maryland & Conley, present site of the Alumni Center (1990). This was the former site of "The Shack" and other student hangouts. The slides were taken by Oral Historians of the Western Historical Manuscript Collection, January of 1990.
(1 Env., 123, 5)

Series 3 - C:0/30/3 (A00-47)
This Series contains menus of, and clippings relating to Student Hangouts (ca. 1934). Included in the Series are menus from Gaebler's Black and Gold Inn, one a full menu and the other a Sunday menu, a tabletop special menu from Harris' and a Boone Tavern menu. Also included in this Series are two duplicated newspaper clippings. The first clipping covers the destruction of The Shack, including a photograph of the smoldering debris (1988), and in the other article columnist Clarissa Start's reminisces about "college spots" (1969).
(1 Env., 123, 5)

Series 4 - C:0/46/47 (A03-111)
This Series contains three wood fragments of the Shack from the building's demolition site and news clippings related to the burning of the building, (ca. 1988). The Shack, a popular student hangout, stood at 704 Conley Avenue. The items were donated by George H. Miller, who received a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri in 1940.
(1/6 c.f., UMLD1)

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