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This collection is comprised of records of different creators, including Professor Edward Dew, Dr. Lisa Perkins, Dr. John Barone (Provost), and others who were involved with the Constitutional Convention that convened from 1969 through May 1971. Professor Edward Dew’s files include his summary of the Convention and its significance reflecting the political and civil issues of the day. Also included in this collection are the files maintained by Dr. Lisa Perkins about the Constitutional Convention, the Tri-Partite Council, and the final Constitution. Included are meeting minutes and drafts, newspaper clippings, correspondence, as well as the final Constitution.


In early 1969, Fairfield University formed a tri-partite council, an advisory group comprised of twelve that included representatives from students, faculty, and administrators, to improve communication between the groups during a time of civil unrest. The council held its initial meeting in February 1969 and established the Constitutional Convention which convened until the Constitution was finalized in March 1971. Professor Edward Dew who participated in the convention has provided a summary of Fairfield University’s effort to develop a shared government, as were many universities at this time. This collection contains the files of both Dr. Edward Dew and Dr. Lisa Perkins who participated in the work of the convention. The final document, Fairfield University Constitution for University Governance, was ratified on March 20, 1971. The Board of Trustees was presented with the content of the Constitution and, while acknowledging the need for better communication within the university, praised the work of the convention, but reserved any final decision on the matter to the University President.


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Various sources, including Records of Professor Edward Dew, Professor Lisa Perkins, and Student Government

Processed By

Ann Munnelly

Last Updated

November 2023


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Fairfield University

Place of Publication

Fairfield, Conn.


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Fairfield University Archives and Special Collections



University Governance Collection (1969-71 Constitutional Convention/Tri-Partite Council)