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George A. Foster (1859-1922) Papers

Identifier: 31/6/205

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Scope and Contents

The George Alfred Foster papers consist principally of an autograph book which includes signatures of Northwestern University Academy classmates and associates, with those signatures often accompanied by high-minded, aspirational exhortations and quotations or with brief reminiscences of shared experiences. Some of those reminiscences afford insight into student life and activities at Northwestern University Academy during 1877, the last year of Foster’s attendance. There are, as well, signatures of classmates who attended the Northwestern University class of 1881’s 25th reunion banquet (June 20, 1906) which was held at Foster’s Evanston home.

Accompanying the autograph book is a program from the Northwestern University class of 1881 25th reunion banquet, a photograph which appears to be from that class reunion, and two photographs featuring George and Mary Foster and members of their family.


  • 1877 - 1906


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.


1 box

Language of Materials



George Alfred Foster (1859-1922) attended Northwestern University Academy and graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor of arts degree in 1881. His papers consist of photographs, a reunion program, and an autograph book which includes signatures of Northwestern University Academy classmates and associates.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to Northwestern University Archives by Carolyn Ostrow (Accession #08-125).

Processing Information

Processed by Kevin B. Leonard and input into ArchivesSpace by Jill Waycie, October 29, 2020.

Guide to the George A. Foster (1859-1922) Papers
Kevin B. Leonard
2020 October 29
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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US