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Alumnae of Northwestern University Records

 Collection
Identifier: 0/6/1
This series filling eleven boxes is arranged in twelve major categories: historical material; correspondence; minutes and reports of the Board of Directors; committee reports; financial records; fliers, clippings and press releases; material regarding the WAA-MU Patron program; records pertaining to Woman's Day, NU Day and Alumnae Awards; records of the 75th Anniversary Committee; Continuing Education records; records pertaining to Scholarships and Fellowships; and Gifts and Grants records.

In the first box of the series is a one folder containing by-laws and revisions (1929-91). Three folders contain a scrapbook history of the organization (1916-34) compiled by Louis E. Paullin. Drawn from early minutes that have not survived, the history is accompanied by clippings and programs. Also included is an early history (1922) written by Enid Hennessey. One folder contains later histories, including Helen Nixon's (1948) and Earlene Palmer's (1950-80). Also, the first box contains two folders of correspondence arranged chronologically by date.

The records of the Board of Directors comprise one and a half boxes. They include minutes, lists of Board members and Committee Members, lists of Past Presidents, annual meeting invitations and guest lists, reports presented at the annual meeting, and president's reports to the alumni council. Minutes include two folders of early bound volumes (1929-36); later minutes (1956-91) are typewritten. These minutes incorporate the Treasurer's reports. The annual reports summarize the major yearly activities of the organization.

One half box of committee records include reports from standing and special committees. The largest groups concern Homecoming, Long Range Planning, Membership, and Programs and Teas.

Financial records fill nine folders. One folder contains records concerning financial procedures. Included are agreements between the Alumnae and the University regarding funds held by the University on their behalf. Treasurer's Reports (1959-91) occupy two folders. The remaining folders contain annual reports of the finance committee, treasurer's correspondence, fund statements, cash books, bills, and lists of safe deposit box contents.

Among fliers, clippings and press releases relating to the Alumnae are promotional folders and a scrapbook of press clippings (1948-71) concerning all activities of the Alumnae.

There are also five folders of programs, correspondence and reports concerning the Alumnae's WAA-MU Show patron program (1948-91).

The records of Woman's Day occupy four folders. One folder contains all of the announcements (1965-76). A publicity scrapbook (1967-72), compiled by the Woman's Day committee, occupies another folder and two folders contain programs, correspondence and miscellaneous clippings arranged chronologically (1965-74). As noted above, Woman's Day was renamed NU Day in 1977. Six folders contain NU Day materials (1977-91) arranged chronologically. Included are programs, correspondence, reports, lists of attendees, press releases, and clippings. Two folders contain material pertaining to the Alumnae Award given annually at NU Day.

Records documenting the 75th Anniversary Campaign and related programs occupy one and one-half boxes. Five folders contain the minutes of committee meetings and one folder contains correspondence arranged chronologically. Two folders contain meeting notes and speeches given by Tish Robinson, co-chairman of the 75th Anniversary. The files of Peggy Parsons, Associate Director of the Northwestern University Alumni Association, include her correspondence and notes regarding events surrounding the 75th Anniversary celebration. Three folders contain mailing lists, lists of contributors and financial records pertaining to the Campaign. One folder contains the text of an Alumnae history included as a supplement to NU Perspective, Spring 1990. Seven folders contain materials relating to the 75th Anniversary events, which included NU Day, including invitations, programs, correspondence and clippings.

The records of the Continuing Education Committee occupy one and one quarter boxes. These include minutes; correspondence; a historical summary of courses; brochures; financial records; and guidelines for class planners and proctors.

Records pertaining to scholarships and fellowships given by the Alumnae fill five folders. These include annual reports; financial summaries of scholarships and fellowships awarded; lists of recipients; and the applications and award letters.

The files concerning Gifts and Grants fill two boxes. The first folder contains summaries of gifts and grants awarded through 1988. Eleven folders contain grant proposals and award letters. Three folders contain annual reports and correspondence regarding the proposed Harris Hall and University Hall gifts. Finally, there are two folders of materials relating to the 75th Anniversary grants: one folder of Academic Enrichment Committee minutes, guidelines and grants and a folder of Curricular Development Committee minutes, guidelines and grants.

Dates

  • 1929-1992

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact us at archives@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3136 to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Extent

26.00 Boxes

Abstract

The Alumnae of Northwestern University, originally called the Associate Alumnae, was founded in 1916. Its purpose was “to further projects of interest to the women of the University and to promote friendly intercourse between alumnae of all departments.” Through their current programs - continuing education classes, NU Day, and WAA-MU patrons - the Alumnae raise funds to provide a variety of fellowships and grants to the University's students and faculty. This series is arranged in twelve major categories: historical material; correspondence; minutes and reports of the Board of Directors; committee reports; financial records; fliers, clippings and press releases; material regarding the WAA-MU Patron program; records pertaining to Woman’s Day, NU Day and Alumnae Awards; records of the 75th Anniversary Committee; Continuing Education records; records pertaining to Scholarships and Fellowships; and Gifts and Grants records.

Arrangement Note

This series filling eleven boxes is arranged in twelve major categories: historical material; correspondence; minutes and reports of the Board of Directors; committee reports; financial records; fliers, clippings and press releases; material regarding the WAA-MU Patron program; records pertaining to Woman's Day, NU Day and Alumnae Awards; records of the 75th Anniversary Committee; Continuing Education records; records pertaining to Scholarships and Fellowships; and Gifts and Grants records.

Method of Acquisition

Transferred to the University Archives in separate accessions: Accession No. 80-95 (Charlotte Voigts, June 12, 1980); Accession No. 85-73 (Charlotte Voigts, May 10, 1985); Accession No. 86-153 (Charlotte Voigts, August 21, 1986); Accession No. 86-154 (Charlotte Voigts, August 21, 1986); Accession No. 88-108 (Earlene Palmer, May 17, 1988); Accession No. 90-125 (Lynn Carver, August 14, 1990); Accession No. 90-202 (Bette Martin, December 20, 1990); Accession No. 92-16 (Alumni Relations; February 4, 1992); Accession No. 92-147 (Peggy Parsons, June 22, 1992). Donated to the University Archives in separate accessions: Accession No. 88-108 (Earlene Palmer, May 17, 1988); Accession No. 90-202 (Bette Martin, December 20, 1990); Accession No. 92-148 (Shirley Calhoun, July 13, 1992); Accession No. 92-150 (Tish Robinson; July 17, 1992); Accession No. 92-149 (Charlotte MacLean; September 8, 1992). One archival box of Alumnae-related materials was removed from the University Archives General Files and added to this series.

Separated Materials

Approximately two and one-half linear feet of duplicates were discarded. Two folders of photographs, one of general photographs and the other of photographs relating to NU Day were added to the University Archives photographic collection.

Processing Information

Kathleen Roy Cummings, March, 1992 - December, 1992
Title
Guide to the Alumnae of Northwestern University Records
Author
Kathleen Roy Cummings
Date
01/03/1992
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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