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Foster G. McGaw (1897-1986) Papers Scrapbooks

 Collection
Identifier: 55/28/4
This series consists of twenty-six scrapbooks presented to Foster and Mary McGaw by some of the institutions nationwide to which the McGaws made substantial financial donations. The scrapbooks acknowledge the McGaws’ gifts of building funds, scholarships, and other monetary contributions, and commemorate ground breaking and cornerstone- laying ceremonies, building dedications, award dinners, memorial concerts and arts festivals. Although a few of the scrapbooks were presented by public libraries and religious organizations, the majority were given by educational institutions which benefited from the McGaws’ generosity.

Most of the scrapbooks are similar in content, and typically feature photographs, drawings, newspaper and magazine clippings, invitations, proclamations, press releases, programs, and letters of thanks. The scrapbooks also contain photographs of the McGaws, the construction and dedication of buildings, honorary speakers, students, university presidents, and participants in the arts festivals. Boxes 7-11 hold five scrapbook volumes, titled “A Tribute to Foster G. McGaw,” consisting of approximately 3000 letters congratulating McGaw on his seventy- fifth birthday and the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the American Hospital Supply Corporation in 1971.

Dates

  • 1951-1983

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at specialcollections@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Extent

12 Boxes (including 5 drop-front boxes)

Abstract

This series consists of twenty-six scrapbooks presented to Foster and Mary McGaw by some of the institutions nationwide to which the McGaws made substantial financial donations. The scrapbooks acknowledge the McGaws’ gifts of building funds, scholarships, and other monetary contributions, and commemorate ground breaking and cornerstone- laying ceremonies, building dedications, award dinners, memorial concerts and arts festivals.

Arrangement Note

The scrapbooks are arranged into boxes initially according to format. Thereafter they are arranged chronologically according to the date of their presentation to the McGaws or of the event which they document.

Method of Acquisition

This series includes separations from the papers of Foster G. McGaw (Accession 88-52). Two scrapbooks were donated by Marge Bradford on April 5, 1989 as Accessions 89-50 and 89-51.

Separated Materials

Bindings removed from fourteen scrapbooks have been discarded. One photograph of the Mary McGaw music building has been added to the University Archives photograph collection under the heading “Foster G. McGaw.”

Other Descriptive Information

Box one of the series includes scrapbooks disassembled or removed from their bindings for purposes of preservation.

Processing Information

Alex Strauss, January 28-29, 1998.
Title
Guide to the Foster G. McGaw (1897-1986) Papers Scrapbooks
Author
Alex Strauss
Date
05/01/2000
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Contact:
Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US
847-491-3635