Guide to the Northwestern University Centennial Celebration Records

Collection Title: Northwestern University Centennial Celebration Records
Dates: 1949-1952
Identification: 0/12/1
Creator: Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)
Extent: 19 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: As Northwestern University approached its centennial year of 1951 plans began for both a celebration and a fund-raising campaign. Work was initiated in September 1949, when University President J. Roscoe Miller appointed A. C. Van Dusen (Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Summer Sessions) as Assistant to the President for the Centennial Celebration. The University formally announced the Centennial Campaign at the end of October 1949. The Records are arranged in eight categories: Preliminary Planning; Founders' Day (1951); Academic Conferences; Centennial Campaign; Meetings Indirectly Related to the Centennial; Related Correspondence and Greetings; Founders' Day (1952); General Reports/Publications.
Acquisition Information: Unknown
Processing Information: William K. Beatty; 1977.
Separated Materials: A 12”x18”x1” serving tray illustrated with a color photoprint of Deering Library and captioned, “Deering Library [/] Northwestern University Centennial, 1851-1951.”A wire recording identified as from the Centennial Academic Conference “Problems of an Aging Population” was discovered among the holdings of the University Archives on January 15, 1996. The “Problems of an Aging Population” conference took place on June 7th and 8th, 1951.Transcripts of conference presentations may be found among the records of the centennial celebration.The wire recording has been shelved with the University Archives' collection of audio discs; other centennial celebration recordings are available in disc format.The wire recording was processed as an addition, but does not appear in the finding aid. It was Processed by Kevin Barry Leonard; January 18, 1996.
Conditions Governing Access: Unknown.
Related Materials: Records of the Centennial Conference on the Arts, 1950-1951 (Series 0/12/2)Records of the Centennial Loan Exhibition of Modern Painting, 1950-1951 (Series 11/3/3/3)
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Scope and Content

The Records of the Northwestern University Centennial Celebration are arranged in eight main categories in 19 boxes containing 195 folders, a bound volume, and several notebooks and transcriptions. Photographs of the individuals who received Centennial Awards and of the individuals and buildings involved in the John Evans Program have been removed from this collection and placed in the photographic files.

1. Preliminary Planning and Appointments, 66 folders, Boxes 1-6. This includes material on the early appointments of individuals and committees, correspondence related to Van Dusen's eastern trip, committee minutes, calendars, mailing lists, budget information, historical sketches of various departments and groups, publicity materials and reports, brochures, and clippings.

2. Founders' Day (1951) and Other Meetings and Events Directly Related to the Centennial, 34 folders, Boxes 6-9. Here are correspondence, worksheets, programs, and other items concerning Founders' Day (1951), the John Evans Program, the Centennial Convocation, and the other University-related events.

3. Academic Conferences, 34 folders, Boxes 10-15. This contains general material on the six academic conferences as well as, in most cases, planning documents and correspondence, worksheets, papers, acknowledgements, and a history of each conference.

4. Centennial Campaign, 3 folders, Boxes 15-16. Contains planning materials and correspondence, publications, and reports of gifts.

5. Meetings and Events Indirectly Related to the Centennial, 22 folders, Box 16-17. Contains correspondence and planning materials for these meetings and events, as well as some material on meetings and events that either did not ultimately take place or were finally held outside the University and its vicinity.

6. Related Correspondence and Greetings Pertaining to Northwestern's Centennial and to Centennial and Other Celebrations Elsewhere, 24 folders, Boxes 17-18. Includes material sent to or from celebrating colleges, universities, and industries.

7. Founders' Day (1952), 1 folder, Box 18. Contains correspondence and planning materials, as well as programs and announcements.

8. General Reports and Publications, 11 folders, Boxes 18-19. Includes material related to the athletic and pictorial histories and the budget, as well as information on attendance, catalogues and guides, summary reports, and outlines and notes for the history of the Centennial Celebration.

These records, in general, are comprehensive, and in many cases several drafts exist of letters, reports, and other documents. This collection provides a sound historical basis for a major event in the University's development. Not only will it be useful to future historians of Northwestern but it will also be of value to other educational institutions planning for similar celebrations.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)--Employees

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)--History

Subjects

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)--Centennial celebrations, etc.


Container List / Contents

  • Preliminary Planning and Appointments
    • Early Annals (1949-1950)Box 1, Folder 1
    • Eastern Survey Trip (1949)Box 1, Folder 2
    • Committee Appointments, Lists, and GuidelinesBox 1, Folder 3
    • Conferences, President & Dean of FacultiesBox 1, Folder 4
    • Conferences, Gerber & StaffBox 1, Folder 5
    • Centennial CommitteesBox 1, Folder 6
    • Van Dusen's Trustee CommitteeBox 1, Folder 7
    • Centennial Committee of Board of TrusteesBox 1, Folder 8
    • Board of TrusteesBox 1, Folder 9
    • Correspondence – BrayerBox 1, Folder 10
    • Functional CommitteesBox 1, Folder 11
    • Coordinating CommitteesBox 1, Folder 12
    • Alumni Participation CommitteeBox 1, Folder 13
    • Administration RepresentativesBox 1, Folder 14
    • Chicago Campus RepresentativesBox 1, Folder 15
    • EmeritiBox 1, Folder 16
    • Honorary CommitteesBox 1, Folder 17
    • Student Participation CommitteeBox 1, Folder 18
    • Community RepresentationBox 2, Folder 1
    • Consultants – John Price JonesBox 2, Folder 2
    • Calendar of Events for 1951Box 2, Folder 3
    • Northwestern History – CorrespondenceBox 2, Folder 4
    • Centennial Stationery & SuppliesBox 2, Folder 5
    • MiscellaneousBox 2, Folder 6
    • Mailing ListsBox 2, Folder 7
    • Endowment FundsBox 2, Folder 8
    • Foundation AidBox 2, Folder 9
    • Budget PlanningBox 2, Folder 10
    • Budget – ApprovedBox 2, Folder 11
    • University Achievement – 1Box 2, Folder 12
    • University Achievement – 2Box 2, Folder 13
    • Faculty RepresentativesBox 3, Folder 1
    • Staff RepresentativesBox 3, Folder 2
    • Governmental CommissionsBox 3, Folder 3
    • SuggestionsBox 3, Folder 4
    • Suggested Committee MembersBox 3, Folder 5
    • VolunteersBox 3, Folder 6
    • Tentative PlansBox 3, Folder 7
    • General Historical SketchesBox 3, Folder 8
    • A Cappella Choir & Glee Club - Historical SketchBox 3, Folder 9
    • Centennial Guest ListsBox 3, Folder 10
    • Progress ReportsBox 3, Folder 11
    • Space ArrangementsBox 3, Folder 12
    • Selection & Processing of ArchivesBox 4, Folder 1
    • Suggested Events for CelebrationBox 4, Folder 2
    • Honorary DegreeBox 4, Folder 3
    • Publicity - GeneralBox 4, Folder 4
    • Publicity Policy CouncilBox 4, Folder 5
    • Public Relations - Publicity ReportsBox 4, Folder 6
    • Public Relations and Publicity CommitteeBox 4, Folder 7
    • President's NewsletterBox 4, Folder 8
    • Radio & Television - 1Box 4, Folder 9
    • Radio & Television - 2Box 4, Folder 10
    • Publicity - NewspaperBox 5, Folder 1
    • Publicity – StudentBox 5, Folder 2
    • Northwestern's Educational PolicyBox 5, Folder 3
    • PublicationsBox 5, Folder 4
    • Federal Security AgencyBox 5, Folder 5
    • Tours of the CampusesBox 5, Folder 6
    • Speakers' BureauBox 5, Folder 7
    • Special FilmsBox 5, Folder 8
    • U.N. FilmBox 5, Folder 9
    • Exhibits & SignsBox 5, Folder 10
    • Commemorative ArticlesBox 5, Folder 11
    • Clippings - 1Box 5, Folder 12
    • Clippings - 2Box 6, Folder 1
  • Founders Day (1951) and Other Events and Meetings Directly Related to The Centennial
    • Founders' Day (Jan. 28, 1951) - WorksheetsBox 6, Folder 2
    • Founders' Day (Jan. 28, 1951) – Correspondence, Planning, and Execution - 1Box 6, Folder 3
    • Founders' Day (Jan. 28, 1951) – Correspondence, Planning, and Execution – 2Box 6, Folder 4
    • Founders' Day - HistoryBox 6, Folder 5
    • Spring Management Conference (Feb. 1-2)Box 7, Folder 1
    • John Evans Program (Feb. 4)Box 7, Folder 2
    • John Evans WorksheetsBox 7, Folder 3
    • John Evans HistoryBox 7, Folder 4
    • Yungmeyer's Talk on John Evans (Feb. 21)Box 7, Folder 5
    • Modern Painting Exhibit (Apr. 9-26)Box 7, Folder 6
    • Tree Planting (May 13)Box 7, Folder 7
    • Viking Fund Conference (May 17)Box 7, Folder 8
    • Homecoming (June 4-8)Box 8, Folder 1
    • Back-to-School Program (June 4-11)Box 8, Folder 2
    • Commencement (June 10)Box 8, Folder 3
    • Dr. Gainza Paz – visit (Oct. 1)Box 8, Folder 4
    • Day of Cooperative Education (Nov. 8)Box 8, Folder 5
    • Centennial Convocation (Dec. 2) – Preliminary ArrangementsBox 8, Folder 6
    • Centennial Convocation (Dec. 2) – EventsBox 8, Folder 7
    • Centennial Convocation (Dec. 2) – ProgramBox 8, Folder 8
    • Centennial Convocation (Dec. 2) – Special AwardsBox 8, Folder 9
    • Centennial Convocation – Selecting the AwardeesBox 9, Folder 1
    • Centennial Convocation – Special Award LettersBox 9, Folder 2
    • Centennial Convocation – Special Award Letters – Pres. Miller's AnswersBox 9, Folder 3
    • Centennial Convocation – EventsBox 9, Folder 4
    • Centennial Convocation – Tickets, Staff & PublicBox 9, Folder 5
    • Centennial Convocation – AcknowledgmentsBox 9, Folder 6
    • Greyhound Tablet (Dec. 28)Box 9, Folder 7
    • Centennial Sermons - Correspondence & Planning DocumentsBox 9, Folder 8
    • Long Service University EmployeesBox 9, Folder 9
    • Miscellaneous EventsBox 9, Folder 10
    • Musical and Theatrical ParticipationBox 9, Folder 11
    • Northwestern SongwritersBox 9, Folder 12
    • Athletic EventsBox 9, Folder 13
  • Academic Conferences
    • GeneralBox 10, Folder 1
    • Academic Conference No. 1 – Planning Documents & Corr.Box 10, Folder 2
    • Academic Conference No. 1 – WorksheetsBox 10, Folder 3
    • Academic Conference No. 1 – Student Delegates Papers – processed, stenographic, & printedBox 10, Folder 4
    • Academic Conference No. 1 – HistoryBox 11, Folder 1
    • Academic Conference No. 2 – Planning Documents & Corr.Box 11, Folder 2
    • Academic Conference No. 2 – WorksheetsBox 11, Folder 3
    • Academic Conference No. 2 – Stenographic DraftsBox 11, Folder 4
    • Academic Conference No. 2 – PapersBox 12, Folder 1
    • Academic Conference No. 2 – PublicityBox 12, Folder 2.10
    • Published ProceedingsBox 12, Folder 2.20
    • Academic Conference No. 2 – HistoryBox 12, Folder 3
    • Academic Conference No. 3 – Planning Documents & Corr.Box 12, Folder 4
    • Academic Conference No. 3 – WorksheetsBox 12, Folder 5
    • Academic Conference No. 3 – Ticket RequestsBox 12, Folder 6
    • Academic Conference No. 3 – AcknowledgmentsBox 13, Folder 1
    • Academic Conference No. 3 – HistoryBox 13, Folder 2
    • Academic Conference No. 4 – Planning Documents & Corr.Box 13, Folder 3
    • Academic Conference No. 4 – WorksheetsBox 13, Folder 4
    • Academic Conference No. 4 – PapersBox 13, Folder 5
    • Academic Conference No. 4 – AcknowledgmentsBox 14, Folder 1
    • Academic Conference No. 4 – PublicationBox 14, Folder 2
    • Academic Conference No. 4 – HistoryBox 14, Folder 3
    • Academic Conference No. 5 – Planning Documents & Corr.Box 14, Folder 4
    • Academic Conference No. 5 – InvitationsBox 14, Folder 5
    • Academic Conference No. 5 – Participants & HostsBox 14, Folder 6
    • Academic Conference No. 5 – PapersBox 14, Folder 7
    • Academic Conference No. 5 – AcknowledgmentsBox 14, Folder 8
    • Academic Conference No. 5 – HistoryBox 14, Folder 9
    • Academic Conference No. 6 – Planning Documents & Corr.Box 15, Folder 1
    • Academic Conference No. 6 – ParticipantsBox 15, Folder 2
    • Academic Conference No. 6 – WorksheetsBox 15, Folder 3
    • Academic Conference No. 6 – PapersBox 15, Folder 4
    • Academic Conference No. 6 – AcknowledgmentsBox 15, Folder 5
    • Academic Conference No. 6 – HistoryBox 15, Folder 6
  • Centennial Campaign
    • Planning Documents & Corr.Box 15, Folder 7
    • PublicationsBox 15, Folder 8
    • Reports of GiftsBox 16, Folder 1
  • Meetings and Events Indirectly Related to The Centennial
    • Organic Chemistry Conference (Aug. 29-Sept. 2, 1950)Box 16, Folder 2
    • American Institute of Physics (Oct. 25)Box 16, Folder 3
    • American Mathematical Society (Nov. 24-25)Box 16, Folder 4
    • YMCA Dinner (Feb. 8, 1951)Box 16, Folder 5
    • Midwest Renaissance Conference (Apr. 14)Box 16, Folder 6
    • Careers Conference (Apr. 24)Box 16, Folder 7
    • American Psychological Association (Apr. 27-28)Box 16, Folder 8
    • American Philosophical Association (May 3-5)Box 16, Folder 9
    • Society for American Archaeology (May 11-12)Box 16, Folder 10
    • Centennial Jubilee (June 7-9)Box 16, Folder 11
    • Centennial Jubilee (June 7-9) – ScriptsBox 16, Folder 12
    • Fourth of July ProgramBox 16, Folder 13
    • Transportation Conference (Sept. 13-14)Box 16, Folder 14
    • American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (Dec. 26-27)Box 16, Folder 15
    • Big Ten MeetingsBox 17, Folder 1
    • Learned Societies & Special Groups – MiscellaneousBox 17, Folder 2
    • Non-Centennial or Non-Held Meetings: American Historical AssociationBox 17, Folder 3
    • Association of Collegiate Schools of BusinessBox 17, Folder 4
    • Conference on Social ScienceBox 17, Folder 5
    • Home Economics LecturesBox 17, Folder 6
    • Mississippi Valley Historical AssociationBox 17, Folder 7
    • National Educational AssociationBox 17, Folder 8
  • Correspondence and Greetings Pertaining to Northwestern's Centennial and to Centennials and Other Celebrations Elsewhere
    • GeneralBox 17, Folder 9
    • Albion CollegeBox 17, Folder 10
    • Alfred UniversityBox 17, Folder 11
    • Baylor UniversityBox 17, Folder 12
    • Beloit CollegeBox 17, Folder 13
    • Bethany CollegeBox 17, Folder 14
    • City College of New YorkBox 17, Folder 15
    • Columbia UniversityBox 17, Folder 16
    • Duke UniversityBox 17, Folder 17
    • Emory UniversityBox 17, Folder 18
    • Harvard UniversityBox 17, Folder 19
    • Knox CollegeBox 17, Folder 20
    • Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyBox 17, Folder 21
    • Mary Baldwin & Mount HolyokeBox 17, Folder 22
    • Ohio Wesleyan UniversityBox 17, Folder 23
    • Princeton UniversityBox 17, Folder 24
    • University of IllinoisBox 18, Folder 1
    • University of RochesterBox 18, Folder 2
    • Villanova CollegeBox 18, Folder 3
    • Yale UniversityBox 18, Folder 4
    • Miscellaneous SchoolsBox 18, Folder 5
    • Other Centennials – Student ParticipationBox 18, Folder 6
    • Industrial CentennialsBox 18, Folder 7
    • Centennial Greetings with Other OrganizationsBox 18, Folder 8
    • Founders' Day (1952)Box 18, Folder 9
  • General Reports and Publications
    • Northwestern Song BookBox 18, Folder 10
    • Athletic History of Northwestern UniversityBox 18, Folder 11
    • Pictorial History ContestBox 18, Folder 12
    • Pictorial History of Northwestern UniversityBox 18, Folder 13
    • Budget SummariesBox 19, Folder 1
    • Budget ExpendituresBox 19, Folder 2
    • Budget Correspondence and MemosBox 19, Folder 3
    • Attendance at Centennial EventsBox 19, Folder 4
    • Catalogues and GuidesBox 19, Folder 5
    • Summary ReportsBox 19, Folder 6
    • Centennial Celebration HistoryBox 19, Folder 7
  • Correspondence (Addition)
      Description of the addition:  This addition to the records of the Northwestern University Centennial Celebration consists of three folders of correspondence, dating between December 1949 and April 1951, concerning an exhibit and reception held on February 4, 1951, to commemorate the life and work of University founder John Evans. The correspondence is largely to and from Professor Richard C. Overton, Chairman of the Centennial's John Evans Committee. It primarily concerns the loan of certain items for the exhibit from the State Historical Society of Colorado (the repository of the John Evans Papers) and the microfilming of the Papers by the Society for the Northwestern University Archives. (The microfilm copy is University Archives Record Series 0/1/2.) There is also correspondence between Overton and other University administrators concerning arrangements for the exhibit and reception, and with John Evans, Jr., grandson of John Evans, concerning his attendance at and participation in the event. Acquisition information:  These materials were transferred to the University Archives by Fred Ash, Department of Development Services, on August 23, 1985 (Accession #85-174). Conditions governing access:  None. Separated materials:  None. Processor:  James G. Carson; August 28, 1985.
    • Correspondence, December 1949 – April 1950Box 19, Folder 8
    • Correspondence, May 1950 – December 1950Box 19, Folder 9
    • Correspondence, January 1951 – April 1951Box 19, Folder 10