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Austin Scholarship Program Records

Identifier: 12/3/4

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Scope and Contents

The Records of the Austin Scholarship Program are organized into three subseries: historical/biographical materials, administrative files, and student-related files. Most of the material was collected and saved by James Worthy and reflects his strong commitment to preserving and documenting the history of the scholarship.

Historical/biographical materials span the years 1929 to 1988 and include announcements, clippings and blank application forms, biographical information about F.C. Austin, a presentation album given to Austin by the Northwestern University Board of Trustees commemorating his gift, information about the Austin Building, and correspondence regarding the book The Austin Scholarships: A History by James Worthy and Walter Scott.

General Administrative files contain correspondence, reports, committee documents, arrangements for events, fund-raising, and alumni affairs. Also included in this subseries are documents pertaining to the study plans and courses for the first group of Austin Scholars, financial records, and material on the 50th Anniversary celebration held in 1979, as well as two reunions held in the 1990s.

Student files are arranged chronologically and separated into two groups: the "original" Austin Scholars, 1929-1936, and those attending since the reinstatement of the scholarship in 1959. Student directories often contain personal notes from alumni and reflect the close-knit nature of the group of the first 40 Austin Scholars. Correspondence from this group of students includes letters of introduction written by students to other scholarship recipients as well as letters written thanking Mr. Austin for creating the scholarship and updating him on the progress of the program. There are also histories of the first Austin Scholars written that eventually were incorporated into the book on the history of the scholarship. There are students' academic records and applications from both time periods. Material from the later years consist mostly of alumni directory questionnaires.


  • 1928-1994


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. The following folders, which contain academic records of individual Austin Scholars, may contain sensitive materials; consultation with University Archivist required prior to use: Box 1, folder 13, Box 3, folders 3, 4, 11, 12, 13.


3.00 Boxes

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F.C. Austin Scholars are selected from students at Northwestern Unviersity's Kellogg School of Management (including its earlier incarnations) "because they have demonstrated exceptional leadership in academic and professional endeavors, and show promise of future leadership". The Records of the Austin Scholarship Program (for years from 1929 into the 1990s) consist of historical/biographical materials, administrative files, and student-related files.


Materials in each series are generally arranged in a chronological order.

Method of Acquisition

The Records of the Austin Scholarship Program were donated to the University Archives as several accessions:

Accession No.; Donated by; Date #77-23; Edwin M. Martin, James Worthy; 1977 #79-97; Edwin M. Martin, James Worthy; 1979 #79-227; James Worthy; November 23, 1979 #80-93; Edwin M. Martin, James Worthy; 1980 #87-218; James Worthy; August 7, 1987 #89-84; Richard Piaget (through James Worthy); May 26, 1989 #94-176; James Worthy; October 3, 1994 #00-108; Evelyn Routt Warfel; March 4, 2000

Related Materials

See also: the James C. Worthy (1910-1998) Papers, 1932-1999, Series 12/1/14, The Austin Scholarships: A History, originally published in 1979, revised in 1987 and 1994, published by J. L Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Separated Materials

Copies of the Austin Journal, volumes 1-6 (1930-1936) have been separated to the University Archives' collection of serial publications. One folder of James C. Worthy's student papers and notes, dating from his time as an Austin Scholar, was separated and added to the James Worthy Papers. Three inches of duplicate and extraneous material were discarded.

Processing Information

Margaret Faverty, January 17, 1984, Chinedu Iloabachie, Summer 2001, and Francine Keyes, March 2005.

Guide to the Austin Scholarship Program Records
Margaret Faverty; Chinedu Iloabachie; Francine Keyes.
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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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