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Collection Overview
Title: Inaugural Committee records
Date: 1959-1997
Location Code: 28/3, FF3/D4
Reference Code: A27
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

Scope and Content Note

This collection documents the work of the inaugural committees and the inaugural ceremonies for presidents Knowles, Ryder, Curry, and Freeland.  It is arranged alphabetically by folder title, then chronologically within.  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 work for the Knowles and Ryder Inaugurations is less well documented.  The collection contains video footage of the Ryder and Curry ceremonies (Boxes 4, 8), and audio recordings of the Knowles inauguration (Box 1).  Other material of note includes print-outs of the first inaugural Web site, for President Freeland's inauguration (Box 9).

Related materials can be found in collections A1 (President Speare: Box 2, Folder 19; Box 5, Folder 68), A2 (President Ell: Box 2, Folders 22-27; Box 5, Folder 111; Box 9, Folder 154; Box 16,  Folder 254; Box 17 Folders 255-257; and Box 31, Folder 542), and A14 (Motion Picture Collection: Boxes 2, 12, and 17; Video of President Knowles Inauguration).

Chronology
March 20, 1917 Frank Palmer Speare Inaugural Chair: Arthur Stoddard Johnson, Chairman of the Board, Boston Young Men's Christian Association.
November 19, 1940 Carl Stephens Ell Inaugural Chair: Robert Gray Dodge, Chairman of the Board, Northeastern University Board of Trustees.
September 8, 1959 Asa Smallidge Knowles Inaugural Chair: Milton J. Schlagenhauf, Director of Public Functions, Professor, Northeastern University School of Business.
October 28, 1975 Kenneth Gilmore Ryder Inaugural Chair: Kenneth W. Ballou, Dean of University College, Northeastern University Adult Education Programs.
December 1, 1989 John Anthony Curry Inaugural Chair: Eugene M. Repucci, Jr., Senior Vice-President of Development, Northeastern University.
January 17, 1997 Richard Middleton Freeland Inaugural Chair: Vincent J. Lembo, Northeastern University Counsel and Secretary, Board of Trustees.
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BoxTitleDate
Knowles Inauguration
2Attendance Lists1959
2Clippings1959
1Faculty Dinner (2 reels; 2 cassettes)1959
3Congratulatory Certificates (3 folders)1959
3Congratulatory List1959
2Graduate Center Dedication1959
1Inauguration Ceremony (3 reels; 3 cassettes)1959
2Information for Participants1959
2Invitations1959
2Memoranda1959
2Programs (3 folders)1959
2Publications1959
2Resume1968
2Seating Chart1959
2Thank You Letters1959
Ryder Inauguration
4Address1975
5Congratulatory Certificates (4 folders)1975
4Invitations1975
4Memoranda1975
4“Northeastern Inauguration” 16mm reel1975
4Pins1975
4Procedures1975
4Programs1975
4Video1975
Curry Inauguration
7Committee Files1989
6Inaugural Address1989
7Inauguration Buttons1989
Inaugural Committee Working Files
7Design / Printing / Publicity Committee1989
7Events Schedule1989
7Gala Committee1989
7Inaugural Committee1989
7Inaugural Committee Office1989
7Installation Ceremony Committee1989
7Introductory Material1989
7Invitation Lists1989
7Lecture / Faculty Committee1989
7Local Arrangements Committee1989
7Luncheon Committee1989
7Reception Committee1989
7Reports1989
7Steering Committee1989
7Student Reception Committee1989
7Inauguration Invitations1989
6Inauguration Program1989
6Letters of Congratulation from Colleges1989
6Presidential Lecture1989
7Press Kit1989
6Procedural Script for Installation of John A. Curry1989
6Schedule Information1989
8“To Install as President…” (2 VHS)1989
Freeland Inauguration
9Committee Files (3 folders)1996-1997
10-11Congratulatory Certificates (6 folders)1997
11Congratulatory Letters (2 folders)1997
11Inauguration Video (2 VHS)1997
9Invitations1997
9Memoranda1997
9Posters1997
9Press Kits1997
9Printing Estimates1997
9Programs1997
9Web Site1997