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Creator: Office of the President (Speare).
Title:Office of the President (Speare) records
Dates:1896-1951
Call Number:A01
Location:22/1, FF1/D1
Volume:1.6 cubic ft. (5 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The records document Frank Palmer Speare's tenure as Educational Director of the Evening Institute of the Boston Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), and President and President Emeritus of Northeastern University (NU). Included are reports and correspondence documenting the Evening Institute of the YMCA and its connection with NU, correspondence relating to Richards Hall and Science Hall, NU committee minutes, fund-raising reports, and FPS's writings, speeches, and professional will.
Historical Abstract:Frank Palmer Speare (FPS) was named the Educational Director of the Evening Institute of the Boston YMCA in 1896. He transformed the loosely organized school into an institute for higher learning that eventually became Northeastern University (NU). He oversaw the launching of several of NU's early schools: the evening law school, the now-defunct automobile school, the evening polytechnic schools, the school of commerce and finance, and the co-operative engineering school. In 1916 the Evening Institute was incorporated and renamed Northeastern College. FPS was elected the college's first president and was inaugurated on March 31, 1917. FPS retired on June 30, 1940 and was appointed President Emeritus. He remained associated with NU as a Trustee and Corporation member until his death in 1954.
Arrangement:Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Speare, Frank Palmer, b. 1870.

  • Boston Young Men's Christian Association. Evening Institute.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of the President.

  • Universities and colleges--Massachusetts--Administration.
  • College buildings--Massachusetts--Boston.
  • Educational fund raising--Massachusetts--Boston.
  • Education, Cooperative--Massachusetts--Boston.
  • College presidents--Massachusetts--Boston.

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Processor: Finding aid prepared by Ilona Kirilova and Patricia Mulderry, April 1995; updated by Anna J. Cook, May 2010.