UR.08.006 Alumni Association records, 1918-1992

Alumni Association records 1918-1992UR.08.006

Summary Information

Title
Alumni Association records
Inclusive Dates
1918-1992
Extent
0.5 Cubic feet
Call Number
UR.08.006
Language
English
Finding Aid Prepared By
Finding aid prepared by Martha Cornog, Sarah Mitchell (2009)
Repository
W. W. Hagerty Library 3300 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 215.895.6706 archives@drexel.edu

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Drexel Institute of Technology--Alumni and alumnae
  • Drexel University--Alumni and alumnae
  • Fund raising
  • Universities and colleges--alumni and alumnae.

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Administrative History

The Alumni Association of what is now Drexel University was first established in 1895 under the name of the Associated Alumni of Drexel Institute with the object of promoting the best interests of the Institute, strengthening the ties between the Institute and its graduates, and furthering the welfare of the individual members by co-operative effort. The association was run by an Executive Board, and annual membership dues were charged. Group social events were held since the early years as well as educational programs and fund-raising for various projects. One goal for these funds has been to provide scholarships for deserving students. Efforts were also made to urge alumni to help new graduates find employment, to identify potential new students, and to issue various publications.

The original Associated Alumni was an umbrella association presiding over a group of individual alumni associations for the separate schools of the institute, which in 1917 consisted of the Engineering, the Domestic Science and Arts, and the Secretarial. Each school association had its own administrative structure, dues, officers, etc. Awards for new graduates sponsored by the individual alumni groups began as early as 1907.

A new constitution in 1923 refers to the larger group under the name of the Drexel Institute Alumni Association, with representatives on the Executive Committee from each of the Institute schools. However, the individual smaller alumni organizations continued. An Alumnae Club was formed in 1925.

The Associated Alumni of Evening Classes of Drexel Institute formed their own association in 1910 with the additional purpose of encouraging development of activities for undergraduates to supply a social ambiance often missing for evening students. Originally, each of the seven diploma courses in the Evening School had their own mini-association with separate members, by-laws and constitution, and elected officers.In addition to supporting scholarships, early efforts of the Evening School Alumni included trying to secure more recognition from professional education bodies for technical institutes not granting academic degrees.

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Scope and content note

The collection comprises seven series containing a variety of materials, including correspondence, letters and solicitations, constitutions and bylaws, directories and lists, fliers and brochures, text of speeches, descriptions of programs, summaries of past events, and newsletters. The earliest document in the collection is dated 1895 and the most recent dated 2012. While the materials relating to events and fund raising are more substantial than in the other series, all series have significant gaps. Items appear to have been donated sporadically by several different university offices and individuals who collected them on a haphazard basis. Assignment of folders reflects to some extent the original arrangement, which was inconsistent and in some cases overly detailed.

The last series of this collection, Class of 1911 Engineers, contains items pertaining to the class of 1911 Engineers. It was compiled by Mr. W.H. Biester and Mr. C. Harold Dutton, the former being the class secretary and the latter taking over after his death. Collection contains reunion information (such as attendance correspondences, location, list of attendance, etc.), photographs, and death information (such as notices and correspondences, lists of deaths, and records of donations on behalf of the dead) up until 1976. Other items contained in the collection include letters planning a dinner for A.M. Chesney, an article about N.B. Bertolette, and other items pertaining to the class of 1911.

The collection is organized in seven series: Directories and Lists, Events, Fundraising, Internal Records, Newsletters and Updates, Recruitment of Students, and Class of 1911 Engineers.

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Collection Inventory

Directories and lists ca. 1970s-1980s   2.0 folders

BoxFolder

Alumni class directories and alumni directory letter 1975, 1979   1.0 folder

11

Philadelphia organizations checked for Drexel alumni n.d.   1.0 folder

12

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Events 1906-1985   9.0 folders

BoxFolder

Alumnae luncheons and conferences: programs and flyers 1944-1977   1.0 folder

13

Alumni Association lecture: "Trends and Challenges" by Leland Haworthy 1966   1.0 folder

14

Alumni invitations and flyers 1906-1975, 2010-2012   1.0 folder

15

Alumni lecture by Parke Schoch ca. 1911   1.0 folder

16

Alumni tours: flyers 1970-1985   1.0 folder

17

Class of 1940, 25th reunion 1965   1.0 folder

18

Drexel 100 2011 

127

Evening College Alumni Association: Awards dinner dance 1976, 1977, 1982   1.0 folder

19

Reunion 1978 flyer 1978   1.0 folder

110

Workshop flyer: Alternative careers for library and information professionals 1981   1.0 folder

111

Evening College Alumni Association events 1992-1993 

3

College of Engineering Alumni Association events 1992-1993 

3
Box

College of Information Science Alumni Association events 1992-1993 

3
BoxFolder

Alumni relations and events 1963-1964   3.0 folders

31-3

Alumni rally and men's basketball game 2014 

37

Reunion Class of 1964 2014 

38

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Fundraising 1949-1979   13.0 folders

BoxFolder

Alumni annual fund 1950-1976   1.0 folder

112

Alumni fund 1953-55, '60 1953-1960   1.0 folders

125

Alumni fund 1959 1958-1959   1.0 folder

126

Alumni Scientific Laboratories Building fund-raising 1950   1.0 folder

113

Annual giving flyers and letters 1977-1979   1.0 folder

114

Class fund flyers ca. 1978-1979   1.0 folder

115

"The Economy of Giving" brochure series 1964   1.0 folder

116

Futures program 1976   1.0 folder

117

"Instruments in Knowledge" brochure ca. 1966   1.0 folder

118

"Let's Talk About" brochure series 1961   1.0 folder

119

Mains Memorial Scholarship Fund 1975   1.0 folder

120

"One Year" brochure re: Drexel expansion 1950   1.0 folder

121

Report of the Pro Tem Steering Committee re: Drexel expansion 1949   1.0 folder

122

Report on financial support by alumni 1968-1969   1.0 folder

123

"Support '73'" publication 1973   1.0 folder

124

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Internal records 1895-1992   5.0 folders

BoxFolder

Alumni Council on Institute Affairs, minutes 1951   1.0 folder

21

Alumni relations positions n.d.   1.0 folder

215

Board of Governors 1968-1969, 1992   1.0 folder

22

Complaint to the Board of Trustees 1918   1.0 folder

23

Constitutions 1895?-1934   1.0 folder

24

Constitution of the Drexel Institute Alumnae Club 1925   1.0 folder

Constitution of the Drexel Institute Alumnae Club, 1925

24A

Early historical summaries 1895-96, 1904, ca.1941   1.0 folder

25

 Worrell, Harriet E Data on Alumni organizations: report by Harriet Worrell circa 1939   1.0 folder

Data on Alumni organizations: report by Harriet Worrell, circa 1939

25A

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Newsletters and updates 1909-1980s   3.0 folders

BoxFolder

Brochures 1960s-1980s   1.0 folder

26

News about alumni 1909, 1966, 1968   1.0 folder

27

Newsletters and updates 1911-1975   1.0 folder

38

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Recruitment of students 1915, 1937, 1983   1.0 folder

BoxFolder

Recruitment of students 1915, 1937, 1983   1.0 folder

29

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Class of 1911 Engineers 1911-1976   5.0 folders

BoxFolder

Reunions and Pictures 1911-1966   1.0 folder

210

Dinner for Andrew Chesney 1947   1.0 folder

211

Reunions and Death 1960-1976   1.0 folder

212

Class of 1911 deaths 1940-1976   1.0 folder

213

Andrew Chesney and WH Henry Biester Deaths, 1966 Reunion 1966-1967   1.0 folder

214

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Memory books 2010-2014 

BoxFolder

Class of 1960 Memories 2010 

41

Class of 1962 Memories 2012 

42

Class of 1964 Memories 2014 

43

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