TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

History

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Box and Folder Listing

Alumnae Association, 1885-1969

Men's Alumni Association, 1961-1969

Alumni Association, 1969-2012

Director of Alumni Services, 1961-2012

Parents' Association, 1954-1982

MacMurray College

Office of Institutional Advancement

Alumnae-Alumni Association Collection



Overview of the Collection

Repository: MacMurray College
Creator: Office of Alumni Services
Title: Alumnae-Alumni Association
Dates: 1885-2012
Quantity: 2.5 cf cubic feet
Abstract: The bulk of the collection consists of minutes, reports, correspondence, and programs created by the Alumnae Association and alumnae. Included in this collection are minutes, reports and correspondence created by the Men's Alumni Association that was organized in 1961. Several folders in this collection are from the MacMurray Parents' Association that was created through the efforts of the Office of Development.
Language: The records are in English.

History

The Alumnae Association was organized July 2, 1857 as a way for former students and teachers to meet the graduating class at commencement time. The women elected officers, appointing the treasurer to collect a small amount of money before the meeting to pay for a dinner arranged for the get-together. Because of the dire financial status of the school, the women realized they could help by appealing to all graduates to contribute whatever they could to support the school. The association floundered for many years until it was revived in the first full reunion at the 1870 commencement with a dinner and program that became an annual event. When Dr. Harker became president of the college, he requested the association to connect in a greater capacity with alumnae and former students to help raise funds for expansion of the school and the establishment of an endowment. As the graduating classes grew larger in size and the women came from further distances, alumnae societies, or clubs, organized in large urban cities, enabling alumane who could not attend college functions to connect with one another.

In 1909, Harker established the annual observance of Founders' Day in October and at the same time the alumnae decided to establish Memorial Scholarships. During the observance of Founders' Day, a candle-ighting ceremony became part of the observance. The women lit a yellow and a blue candle during the evening meal following the day's activity. In 1922, the association corresponded with as many alumnae with a request that if they couldn't attend the college either at commencement time or in October that, where ever they were, to light two candles in their home or gathered in a society in observance and remembrance of the school. The candle-lighting ceremony contiunes at each annual meeting to this day when the alumnae meet on campus or gather in regional meetings.

In 1961, following the graduation of the first class of men, President Michalson and the men's senior class president organized the Men's Alumni Association. The Men's Alumni Association met once a year in May. When Founders' Day observance changed to Homecoming Weekend, the alumni began meeting twice a year.

In 1969, the Men's Alumni and Alumnae Association merged into one association, although the women still meet for alumnae weekend during commencement weekend.

The Parents' Association began in 1959 to connect parents of attending students with college faculty and administration. To involve the parents' more, the Dad's Day program was eliminated in favor of a Parents' Weekend scheduled in the fall and the spring. The association offered informational, as well as entertainment events during the weekend. The Parents' Weekend became the Family Weekend in 1982 and it is about this time that the association disbanded and the weekened responsibilities became part of student life programming.

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Scope and Contents

The collection is organized by creators, specifically alumnae, men's alumni, comibined alumni and parents association. The Alumnae Association created the majority of the collection with minutes beginning in 1885 and ending in 1969 when they merged with the men into one organization. There are two sets of alumnae minutes and reports, one set kept by the executive board and one set kept by the alumnae secretary. They are also minutes strictly created by the executive board. Several folders are devoted to correspondence between the alumnae societies and the executive board. A folder is dedicated to alumnae reminiscences of the school written for the college centennial as well as a folder of the centennial pageant and fashion show the association performed as part of the celebration. Many folders contain sample letters created by the association for mailing, and information notices sent out for meetings and gatherings. Several folders contain an incomplete run of programs from alumnae day or weekend from 1885-2010.

The collection by the Men's Alumni Association include minutes and reports of the executive board from 1962-1969 and a folder with historical information on the founding of the man's alumni organization. Only a few program exist from the annual gatherings. One folder has correspondence between members of the executive board.

Other items in the collection include a 1927 round-robin alumnae letter, alumnae club directories, alumnae in the military during WW II, a scrapbook kept by Belle Short Lambert, and alumni newsletters.

The collection of the Parents' Association contains mostly programs and mailings about the parents' weekends, later family weekends.

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Arrangement

Collection is arranged by creator, then separated by minutes, reports, corresondence and other items.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Access to the collection is unrestricted.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Organizations:

MacMurray College

Places:

Illinois

Subjects:

Alumnae and alumni

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Box and Folder Listing

Alumnae Association, 1885-1969
Box Folder
26A 1 Executive Board Minutes, 1885-1919
2 Executive Board and Annual Meeting Minutes, 1909-1943
3 Executive Board Minutes, 1953-1963
4 Executive Board Minutes, 1963 September-1969 May
5 Minutes and Reports, 1944-1952
6 Minutes and Reports, 1953-1956
7 Minutes and Reports, 1957-1960
8 Minutes and Reports, 1960 Spetember-1968 June
9 General Secretary Reports, 1909-1918
Two books of handwritten journaling about the college alumnae, with an occasional report of the annual program at the commencement week gathering.
10 Alumnae Council Minutes, 1941-1949
The council consisted of members from the alumnae clubs, class representatives and association members-at-large.
11 Class of 1927 Round Robin Letter, 1953-1956
12 Kansas City and St. Louis Societies Correspondence, 1923-1931, 1956, 1980
Letters dated between 1923-1931 were addressed to the alumnae office director that contain tidbits of information on the activities of the societies or the individual alumnae. One letter from 1956 and 1980 are written as a report of the society activities.
13 Indiana and Indianapolis Societies Correspondence, 1921-1931, 1956
See note for folder 11
14 Illinois Alumnae Correspondence, 1921-1930
Letters addressed to the alumnae office director containing information on the activities of individual members from all over Illinois other than Chicago.
15 Chicago Society Correspondence, 1919-1930
16 Rockford Society Correspondence, 1927-1930
17 New York Society Correspondence, 1928-1931
18 Los Angeles Society Correspondence, 1924-1930
19 Washington and Montana Societies Correspondence, 1921-1929
20 Programs, 1875-1968
Some years missing.
21 Programs, 1969-2011
Some years missing.
22 Correspondence for the Centennial, 1945-1946
Letters from individual alumnae with reminiscences of their time at the college, submitted for the centennial celebration.
23 Centennial Pageant, 1946
Typescript of the pageant performed by several alumane during the centennial celebration.
24 Chapel Piano Fund Drive, 1960
25 Reminiscences of Reuiniong Class, 1976
Compiled by the classes of 1927, 1931, 1936, 1946, 1951 and 1956 and read at the annual meeting in May 1976.
Box Folder
26B 1 Candle-lighting Ceremony
2 Direct Mailings, 1946-2006
Flyers, notices, postcards, and bulk letters sent all alumnae about programs and meetings. Some years missing.
3 Alumnae Clubs Directories,
4 Alumnae in the Military, 1943-1945
5 Manuals and Handbooks
6 Scrapbook, 1907-1913
7 Memorial Book 1910
One handwritten memorial to President DeMotte, written by Jennie Ward.
8 Ephemera
9 Fashion Show Script, undated
Men's Alumni Association, 1961-1969
Box Folder
26B 10 Founding of Men's Association, 1961
Correspondence and draft of the first constitution
11 Executive Board Minutes, 1962 October-1969 February
12 Executive Board Minutes, 1962-1973
13 Correspondence, 1961-1969
14 Programs, 1962-1963
Alumni Association, 1969-2012
Box Folder
26B 15 Executive Board Minutes, 1969-1976 June
16 Executive Board Minutes, 1976-1982 October
17 Executive Board Minutes, 1983-1994
1983 is incomplete
18 Executive Board Minutes, 1995-2005
Some years incomplete
19 Executive Board Minutes, 2006-2012
20 Reports to the Board, 1985
21 Jacksonville Society Correspondence, 1968-1974
22 By-laws and Constitutions
23 Class Agent Sample Letters, 1981
24 Class Agent Sample Letters, 1981
24 Class Newsletters, 1966-1971
Box Folder
26C 1 Direct Mailings, 1970-1980
2 Direct Mailings, 1981-1990
Director of Alumni Services, 1961-2012
Box Folder
26C 3 Correspondence, 1961-1992
Many years missing.
4 Newsletters, 1978-2012
Many years missing.
5 Memo from Mac, Newsletters 1963-1970
6 Newspaper Clippings,
Parents' Association, 1954-1982
Box Folder
26C 7 Women's Campus Club Minutes, 1954-1960
8 Reports and Minutes, 1959-1982
9 Direct Mailings, 1960-1982
10 Parents' Weekends, 1959-1974
Informational mailings and schedules of events.
11 Parents'/Family Weekends, 1975-1982
12 Perspective Newsletter, 1973-1981