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Name of Creator: Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of Alumni Relations.
Title: Office of Alumni Relations records
Date: 1926– 2009
Reference Code: A04
Location Code: 22/4, 33/4
Extent: 15.5 cubic ft.
Scope and Content Abstract: The records of Northeastern University's Office of Alumni Relations document the office's activities and communications, alumni events, and the activities of various alumni clubs. The records include correspondence, event announcements, a scrapbook, publications, meeting minutes, and monthly reports. Of special interest are records concerning NU alumni, faculty who served in World War II, and The National Council. The National Council records document the groups objective to raise funds for alumni programs. The records include committee meeting minutes, annual reports, voting records and listed rolls concerning the organization's activities.
Historical Abstract: 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.
Language and Scripts: The collection is entirely in English.
System of Arrangement: Organized into 3 series: 1. Alumni Association; 2. Alumni Relations; and 3. National Council.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • White, William C., 1902-1986
  • Oberg, Rudolf O.
  • Elliott, Edward G.
  • Green, John P.
  • Cowen, Paul F.
  • Feeley, Maureen J.

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)--Alumni and alumnae.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)--Office of Alumni Relations
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)--Alumni Association.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)--National Council.
  • Universities and colleges--Alumni and alumnae--Massachusetts--Boston.
  • Universities and colleges--Alumni and alumnae--Societies, etc.
  • World War, 1939-1945--Veterans.
  • Class reunions.

Conditions Governing Access: Records are closed for 25 years from the date of their creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Stephanie Ward, additions processed by Michele Lee, Rebecca Parmer, and Irina Tsiklik, December 1995; August 1996; August 2008; December 2008.