Guide to the Class of 1981 Individual Freshmen Photographs

Collection Title: Class of 1981 Individual Freshmen Photographs
Dates: 1981
Identification: 75/32/2
Creator: Northwestern Alumni Association
Extent: 2 Packages
Abstract: These additions are photographs of individual members of the class of 1981. The additions supplement and complete earlier accession of freshmen photographs processed as University Archives Series 75/32/2 (Accession #81-111).
Acquisition Information: The University Archives received these photographs from the Northwestern University Department of Alumni Relations (Accession #81-117).
Processing Information: Kevin Leonard; June 5, 1981.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
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

Biographical/Historical Information

The December 7, 1936 issue of the Northwestern University Information bulletin announced the launch of the “Century Plan” by the newly consolidated Alumni Association and the Foundation Fund. The purpose of the Plan was to raise funds for future buildings on the Chicago and Evanston campuses and for other projects, including faculty salary increases—to be implemented by the time of the University's Centennial in 1951. Fund-raising efforts included the “One Gift” plan, established in 1936, whereby a donor became a member of the Alumni Association, a subscriber to the Alumni News, and a contributor to the Century Fund.

By the early 1940's, alumni could contribute defense stamps (or cash) to the University, which would then purchase Defense Bonds—thus benefiting both Northwestern and the government. They could also establish trust funds in the form of endowments. Individual schools were also targeted for specific projects; in 1948, Law School alumni were offered the opportunity to contribute to the John Henry Wigmore Library Fund. A constant stream of letters, newsletters, and reports issued by the Alumni Association kept alumni up to date on the progress of the Century Fund.

Scope and Content

These additions are photographs of individual members of the class of 1981. The additions supplement and complete earlier accession of freshmen photographs processed as University Archives Series 75/32/2 (Accession #81-111). The photographs appeared in the booklet, "Introducing the Class of 1981," published by the Northwestern University Alumni Association for freshmen entering the University. The photographs, usually wallet-size portraits, are mounted in groups, alphabetically arranged by student surnames, on fifty-seven over-sized sheets of cardboard. A few photographs that arrived at the University too late to be alphabetically arranged are mounted at the end of the series. The cardboard sheets also are alphabetically arranged and are grouped into tow wrapped packages. A small number of photographs are missing from the additions. The Alumni Association booklet, "Introducing the Class of 1981," should be consulted as a supplement to the photographs. This booklet contains information concerning students' home addresses, their hobbies, the secondary schools from which they graduated, the Northwestern schools to which they were admitted, and their anticipated major courses of study.

Arrangement of Materials

Arranged alphabetically by student surname. A few photographs that arrived at the University too late to be alphabetically arranged are mounted at the end of the series.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)--Students--Photographs

Subjects

College students--Illinois--Evanston--Photographs


Container List / Contents

  • Freshmen Photographs, Surnames: A-MPackage 1
  • Freshmen Photographs, Surnames: N-ZPackage 2
  • Late ArrivalsPackage 2