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Name of Creator:Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of University Development
Title:Office of University Development records
Date: 1920-2001
Reference Code:A10
Location Code:23/1, 32/4, 33/1, 35/1
Extent:33.65 cubic ft. (45 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The records of Northeastern University's (NU) Office of University Development (OUD) documents the university's activities in developing alumni relationships and fundraising planning and campaigns. Materials consist of correspondence, memoranda, newspaper clippings, newsletters, brochures, flyers, reports, scrapbooks, films, and video tapes. Documents from the Diamond Anniversary Development Program, the Century Fund, the Centennial Campaign, and the Leadership Campaign include information regarding financial goals, fund-raising methods, and assessment of NU's needs, activities, and accomplishments. Newsletters and publications of the OUD provide updates on the fund-raising campaigns' solicitation efforts and achievements. Of special interest is a film (ca. 1920) that seeks to raise money for new buildings for the Evening School of Law and the Evening School of Commerce and Finance. The collection also includes records of two Vice Presidents for Development, Reppucci and Meyer. The files of Eugene Reppucci and Richard Meyer contain information relating to the planning of the Leadership Campaign, correspondence with NU offices, and alumni relations programs, activities, and donations. In addition, the collection contains records documenting fund raising before the inception of the OUD, including account books from the Alumni Office and general fund-raising publications.
Historical Abstract:Asa S. Knowles, Northeastern University's (NU) third president, created the Office of University Development (OUD) in 1959 to increase NU's resources through fundraising activities and campaigns. These activities include Planned Giving, which encourages bequests, annuities, trusts, and life income agreements; Corporation and Foundations, which promotes capital gifts and grants from corporations, foundations, and other organizations; Alumni and Friends, which manages donations from former students and other individuals; and Annual Giving, which promotes a yearly fund drive to solicit donations from former students. The OUD also works closely with the Office of Alumni Relations on alumni solicitation. These two offices jointly sponsor recognition programs, such as the Husky Associates, the Huntington Society, the Frank Palmer Speare Society, and the Century Club, to acknowledge individual contributors, alumni supporters, and corporate benefactors. Since the inception of the OUD, Northeastern has launched four major fundraising campaigns: The Diamond Anniversary Development Program (1961-1973), the Century Fund (1980-1991), the Centennial Campaign (1991-1998), and the Leadership Campaign (2001-2006).
Language and Scripts:English
System of Arrangement:Organized into 3 series: 1. Senior Vice President for Development; 2. Administration; 3. Media.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Meyer, Richard
  • Reppucci, Eugene M., Jr.

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of University Development
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Husky Associates
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Huntington Society
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- National Council

  • Educational fund raising
  • College publications -- Massachusetts
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Funds and scholarships
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Alumni and alumnae
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Buildings

Conditions Governing Access:Records are closed for 25 years from the date of their creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office. Records designated as restricted in the finding aid are closed for 75 years from the date of their creation.
Related Archival Materials:Office of Alumni Relations records (A4), Corporations and Foundations records (A55), Office of Institutional Advancement records (A90), Eugene Reppucci papers (M181).
Processor: Finding aid prepared by Abigail Cramer, August 2011Finding aid prepared by Michele Lee, March 1996; updated by Ellen Lassiter, September 2006; updated by Abigail Cramer, August 2011.