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Office of Alumni Relations records

Identifier: A004


In the early 1900s, alumni activities at Northeastern University were organized by each department. In 1927 William C. White, who later became Executive Vice President of Northeastern University (NU), was appointed the first Alumni Secretary. Rudolf O. Oberg replaced White in 1929 as Alumni Secretary of the Day Colleges. Oberg expanded the role of organizing alumni events and furthering alumni relations, and due to his efforts, an alumni office was created in 1943, with Oberg as Director of Alumni Relations. An Alumni Federation was formed in 1946 to combine the alumni activities and interests of the Day Colleges, School of Law, and School of Business. In 1960 the Office of Alumni Development was formed to take over alumni fund raising from Alumni Relations. In 1964, the Board of Trustees created the National Council with the purpose of raising funds for Northeastern University and its alumni programs. Activities of the National Council are documented in the archives up until 1998.


  • Creation: 1926- 2009


Language of Materials

The collection is entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access:

Records are closed for 25 years from the date of their creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office.


William C. White, Alumni Secretary
Rudolf O. Oberg, Alumni Secretary
Rudolf O. Oberg, Director of Alumni Relations
Edward G. Elliott, Director of Alumni Relations
John P. Green, Director of Alumni Relations
Paul F. Cowen, Director of Alumni Relations
Maureen J. Feely, Director of Alumni Relations
Steven Calvert, Executive Director of Alumni Relations


15.50 cubic feet (23 containers)

System of Arrangement:

Organized into 3 series: 1. Alumni Association; 2. Alumni Relations; and 3. National Council.

Physical Location

22/4, 33/4


  • Feldscher, Karen. Northeastern University,1989-1996: The Curry Years, Smaller But Better. Boston: Northeastern University, 2000. Call Number: LD4011.N21 F3x
  • Frederick, Antoinette. Northeastern University, An Emerging Giant: 1959-1975. Boston: Northeastern University Custom Book Program, 1982. Call Number: LD4011.N22 F7x
  • Frederick, Antoinette. Northeastern University, Coming of Age: The Ryder Years, 1975-1989. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1995. Call Number: LD4011.N22 F7x
Finding aid for the Office of Alumni Relations Records
Finding aid prepared by Irina Tsiklik
January 2009
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Snell Library
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02115 US