The records of the Office of the President (Ryder) comprise approximately 40 cubic feet of material and are arranged into four series: (1) Appointments, Correspondence, and Memoranda, (2) Colleges, Departments, and Other Units, (3) Committees, Councils, and Organizations, and (4) Subject Files. While the bulk of the collection documents Kenneth Gilmore Ryder's tenure as the fourth president of NU, 1975-1989, there are some records scattered throughout the collection created by his predecessor, Asa Smallidge Knowles (see A3).
The collection holds abundant information about NU's involvement with community affairs, particularly with the Boston Public Schools desegregation, in Series III, Subseries B and in Series IV. KGR was an active member on several local community committees that were formed to address the desegregation issue. Such organizations, which included the Citywide Coordinating Council [CCC] (Boxes 24-26, 93, 95-96, Folders 177-200, 796-799, 811, 831) and the Steering Committee of College Presidents (Boxes 39-40, 93, Folders 272-278, 801), oversaw the implementation of desegregation in the public schools. Additional materials regarding Boston Public Schools desegregation can be found in Boston Schools Involvement (Boxes 45-50, 94-95, Folders 332-361, 805, 816-817). The files on the Boston Public Schools include records, such as newsletters, reports, and correspondence, of the Urban Schools Collaborative Office (formerly Office of Phase II Programs), an NU unit established in 1976 to implement the University's relationship with the public schools.
For more information on other aspects of NU's community work, see Series II: Office of Community Affairs (Box 12, Folders 89-90); Series III, Subseries B files: Fenway Civic Association (Box 27, Folder 202) and Fenway Project Area Committee (Boxes 27-29, 95, Folders 203-217, 819); and Series IV files: Boston, City of (Boxes 43-44, 93, 95, Folders 304-320, 802-803, 812-813) Boston Housing Authority/Housing and Urban Development (Box 45, Folder 328); Boston Housing Authority Scholarship (Box 45, Folder 329); Housing and Urban Development Projects (Box 68, 94, Folders 563, 806); Mission Hill (Box 72, Folders 603-604); and Southwest Corridor (Boxes 81-83, 94-95, Folders 678-693, 808, 824-826). These files include correspondence, memoranda, policies, newsletters, minutes, newspaper clippings, reports, and notes.
The bulk of the collection is contained in Series IV. SUBJECT FILES. Of special interest are KGR's writings (Box 91, Folders 789-792) and speeches (Box 83-85, 95-96, Folders 694-727, 827). Most of his speeches were delivered before non-NU constituencies. Some are recorded on audio cassettes. Information on KGR's ten-year anniversary [as president of NU] can be found in Boxes 63-64, 92, 95-96, Folders 515-521, 794-795, 818, 833 and materials on his testimonial dinner can be found in Boxes 76-79, Folders 646-659. These files include visual and audio recordings.
Series IV also contains information that document about KGR's trips to foreign countries, such as Israel (Box 88, Folder 758)and China (Box 50-51,96, Folders 367-383), to promote cooperative education and exchange programs. Materials include itineraries, reports, correspondence, and photographs. In addition, he attended several international conferences on cooperative education (Box 56, Folder 435). Also located in Series IV are awards and honors celebrating Ryder's many years of service to Northeastern and the Boston Community. One award of interest is the piece of the U.S.S. Constitution given to Ryder upon his election as a Lifetime Trustee Emeritus by the Northeastern University Corporation.
The files that are named after NU's individuals, such as Harry T. Allen (Box 42, Folder 295); Philip T. Crotty (Box 56, Folder 437); John A. Curry (Boxes 56-60, Folders 438-459); James S. Hekimian (Box 67, Folder 552); James S. King (Boxes 69-70, Folders 579-582); Melvin Mark (Boxes 70-71, Folders 585-589); Anthony Penna (Box 73, Folders 611-614); Daniel J. Roberts (Box 79, Folder 660); and Raymond Williams (Box 90, Folders 784-786), document KGR's planning meetings with these individuals, who held high administrative positions at NU.