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Office of Delinquency Control Records, 1945-1983

Summary Information
Title: Office of Delinquency Control records
Dates: 1945-1983
Creator: University of Minnesota. Office of Delinquency Control
Extent: 11 boxes Extent: (14.3 linear feet)
Language: English
Collection Number: uarc 13
Collection contains the records of the Office of Delinquency Control at the University of Minnesota.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries. University of Minnesota Archives

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Preferred Citation:

Office of Delinquency Control papers, University Archives, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.


The collection is arranged in alphabetical order.

Historical Note

The Office of Delinquency Control was established at the University of Minnesota in 1960 with administrative ties to Continuing Education and Extension and the Law School. It began as a project to study the amount and kinds of delinquent behavior handled by Minnesota law agencies. Programs and policies for the office were set by the All-University Committee for Community Programs. The office also offered institutes held during the summer, including the Juvenile Officers Institute (1955-1983), the Juvenile Court Justice Institute and the Principals Institute.

Project Newgate began in 1969 as means to offer University classes and group therapy to inmates at the State Reformatory in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Vocational training was added to the curriculum at a later date. The Office of Delinquency Control was involved with organizing programs associated with the National Council of State Committees for Children and Youth in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Activities included a White House Conference on Children and Youth in 1971 and several national workshops. Locally, the office conducted a Police and Community Activity Project in the 1970s. This was an effort to bring police and community organizations together.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The materials represent a broad range of projects in youth development, delinquency prevention, training, education, and research. Major programs of the Office represented in these records were the Juvenile Officers’ Institutes, Juvenile Court Judges’ Institute, Principals’ Institute, Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners (LAMP), Pre-Hearing Information Service and Project Newgate.

Records of the institutes constitute the largest series in the collection. Records for the various institutes include registration lists, faculty lists, class schedules, correspondence regarding the institute, and course material distributed during the institute where it included a year and name of instructor. Some classes were shared between the three institutes.

Also included in the collection are proceedings of the National Council of State Committees for Children and Youth, as well as reports and survey data for locally offered community activity projects.

Related Material

A finding aid with a contents list is available in University Archives.

Subject Terms
Index Terms
  • This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • Clendenen, Richard J.
  • Ellingston, John R. (John Rocky), b. 1897
  • Minnesota. Dept. of Corrections
  • National Council of State Committees on Children and Youth
  • University of Minnesota. Office of Delinquency Control -- Archives
  • Juvenile delinquency -- Study and teaching