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Name of Creator:Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of Development Information Systems
Title:Development Information Systems Records
Reference Code:A37
Location Code: 42/4
Extent:8.0 cubic ft.
Scope and Content Note:The collection consists of obituaries and biographical information on Northeastern alumni/ae, as well as information on select university employees or donors. Records from 1992–2002 consist of materials indicating an alumnus/a's death along with Office of Development Information Systems database information for that individual. Database information includes the alumnus/a's graduation year, degree, address, marital status, and profession, as well as information regarding their monetary contributions to the university. Database records are accompanied by obituaries or notes indicating the individual's death, and most make note of whether the death was acknowledged with a condolence card or reported in the university's alumni magazine. Records from 2003 and later consist only of alumni/ae obituaries, usually printed from the Boston Globe,,, and local news sources.
Historical Note:

The Information Systems section of Northeastern's Office of Development is responsible for maintaining and processing data relevant to the University's alumni. It is also responsible for processing monetary gifts to the University. Throughout its history, and based on its varying responsibilities, Information Systems has been known as Alumni Records, Research, and Gift Information; Alumni Records; and Alumni Records & Directory.

Northeastern's first Alumni Department opened in 1927, headed by Engineering alumnus William C. White. Its mission was to inform alumni of university affairs, organize alumni events, and gather information on alumni's whereabouts and employment. From at least 1929, the office prepared alumni directories including names, class years, addresses, and present employment information for all Northeastern graduates (and “non–graduates” who wished to remain in contact with the Alumni Association). In the 1960s, the alumni department split into Alumni Relations and Alumni Records, with Records being responsible for managing alumni information and coordinating an annual alumni fund. In 1977–1978, alumni affairs further split into Alumni Records, Alumni Development, and Alumni Relations; Records handled personal information, and development managed gifts. In 1982, Alumni Records became Alumni Records and Gift Information Systems, and gift processing became once again the responsibility of the Records department. In 2001, as the department took on responsibility for all university gifts processing, its name changed to Office of Development Information Systems. Although Information Systems maintains a database of alumni names, addresses, and employment information, it no longer maintains the alumni directory, and is not involved in the actual solicitation of gifts to the university.

Language and Scripts:The collection is entirely in English.
System of Arrangement:The collection is organized alphabetically.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of Alumni Records, Research, and Gift Information
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of Development Information Systems
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of University Development
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of Development Information Systems

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)––Alumni and alumnae––Obituaries
  • Obituaries––Massachusetts––Boston
  • Obituaries––New England
  • Obituaries––United States

Conditions Governing Access:Records are closed for 25 years from their date of creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office. Donor information is restricted for 75 years.
Immediate Source of Acquisition:These records were transferred from the Office of Development Information Systems.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:Copyright restrictions may apply.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Maria R. Estorino and Jillian M. Price, November 1999, March 2015