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Name of Creator: Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Inaugural Committee
Title: Inaugural Committee records
Date: 1959-1997
Reference Code: A27
Location Code: 28/3, FF3/D4
Extent: 2.50 cubic ft. (11 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract: This collection documents the work of Northeastern University's inaugural committees and ceremonies for presidents Knowles, Ryder, Curry, and Freeland. Invitations, programs, congratulatory certificates, and inaugural address texts from each of the four inaugurations are included. The committee work for the Curry and Freeland inaugurations is well documented, while the organizational work for the Knowles and Ryder inaugurations is less well documented. The collection contains video footage of the Ryder and Curry ceremonies, and audio recordings of the Knowles inauguration.
Historical Abstract: Northeastern University's Inaugural Committee organizes and manages the induction ceremony of University presidents. There have been six presidential inaugurations in the history of Northeastern: 30 March 1917 - Frank Palmer Speare; 19 November 1940 - Carl Stephens Ell; 8 September 1959 - Asa Smallidge Knowles; 28 October 1975 - Kenneth Gilmore Ryder; 1 December 1989 - John Anthony Curry ; 17 January 1997 - Richard Middleton Freeland.
Language and Scripts: This collection is entirely in English.
System of Arrangement: The collection is arranged in one chronological sequence.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Curry, John Anthony (1933-)
  • Freeland, Richard Middleton (1941-)
  • Knowles, Asa Smallidge (1909-1990)
  • Ryder, Kenneth Gilmore (1924-)

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Inauguration Committee.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)--Presidents.

  • College presidents -- Inauguration.

Conditions Governing Access: The collection is unrestricted.
Processor: Finding aid prepared by Ken Risley, March 1999; updated by Hanna Clutterbuck, April 2009