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Name of Creator:Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). College of Business Administration
Title:College of Business Administration records
Reference Code:A25
Location Code:28/3, 35/3
Extent:6.05 cubic ft. (8 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection documents the growth of the faculty and program offerings of Northeastern University's (NU) College of Business Administration from the late 1930s to the late 1990s. The bulk of the material dates from 1960 to 1990. The history, expansion, and future plans of the college are documented throughout the annual reports, responses to accreditation questionnaires, and admissions publications. Accreditation records provide information concerning the history of the college, program offerings, faculty, and directions in which the college was headed. The admissions publications document the schools and concentrations offered, as well as the growth of the college into a market-conscious competitor, vying for potential students and relationships in the business community. Newsletters, clippings, and publications describe how the college has interacted with the business world. The student guides, handbooks, and manuals from the late 1960s through the early 1980s contain information about student regulations, tuition and fees, honor societies, and curricula. The fiftieth anniversary celebration of the college in 1958 is also well documented with correspondence, planning materials, tickets, programs, photographs (photocopied), speeches, and audio tapes.
Historical Abstract:Northeastern University's (NU) College of Business Administration was established in 1922 as a conventional four-year program leading to the Baccalaureate Degree in Science. It was the second day college at NU. In 1924, the college adapted its programs of instruction to the five-year Cooperative Education Plan. In 1960, NU's evening School of Business merged with the day College of Business Administration. The evening program began in 1907 as the School of Commerce and Finance of the Greater Boston YMCA. In 1928, the School of Commerce and Finance was renamed the School of Business. The 1960s marked a period of unprecedented growth for the college and its programs, particularly in the areas of graduate and executive education. In 1963, the newly created graduate school introduced its first day program, the full-time M.B.A. The Graduate School of Professional Accounting was established in 1965 as a 15-month program offering an M.S./M.B.A. degree and an M.S. in Taxation. Graduate-level certificate programs in executive development were also introduced in the 1960s.
System of Arrangement:Organized into 2 series: 1. Administrative Records; and 2. Publications.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). College of Business Administration.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). School of Commerce and Finance.
Conditions Governing Access:Records are closed for 25 years from the date of their creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office. Student records (box 8, folder 9-14) are closed for 75 years from their date of creation.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Ken Risley, June 1998; Updated by Migyeong Geum, October 2012.