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Office of Alumni Relations records

 Collection
Identifier: A004

Overview

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.

Dates

  • 1926- 2009

Creator

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.

Chronology

  • 1927-1929 William C. White, Alumni Secretary
  • 1929-1943 Rudolf O. Oberg, Alumni Secretary
  • 1943-1970 Rudolf O. Oberg, Director of Alumni Relations
  • 1970-1973 Edward G. Elliott, Director of Alumni Relations
  • 1974-1979 John P. Green, Director of Alumni Relations
  • 1980-1990 Paul F. Cowen, Director of Alumni Relations
  • 1994-1998 Maureen J. Feely, Director of Alumni Relations
  • 1999-2004 Steven Calvert, Executive Director of Alumni Relations
1927-1929
William C. White, Alumni Secretary
1929-1943
Rudolf O. Oberg, Alumni Secretary
1943-1970
Rudolf O. Oberg, Director of Alumni Relations
1970-1973
Edward G. Elliott, Director of Alumni Relations
1974-1979
John P. Green, Director of Alumni Relations
1980-1990
Paul F. Cowen, Director of Alumni Relations
1994-1998
Maureen J. Feely, Director of Alumni Relations
1999-2004
Steven Calvert, Executive Director of Alumni Relations

Extent

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

Bibliography

  • 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
Title
Finding aid for the Office of Alumni Relations Records
Author
Finding aid prepared by Irina Tsiklik
Date
January 2009
Language of description
Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
92 Snell Library
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02115 US