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Patricia W. & J. Douglas Perry Library
The Records of the ODU Office of Alumni Relations
The ODU Alumni Association was established in 1957 as an independent and all volunteer organization. In 1961, it became part of the university and gained paid personnel and a president. Through the office of Alumni Relations, the Alumni Association focused on keeping graduates connected to the university through reunions and alumni weekends, and contributing to the university by way of regular fundraisers. The Alumni Association grew over the years, forming specialized chapters such as one for the Nursing School in 1977 and a chapter devoted to the School of Business in 1988. In 1990, the Alumni Association joined with the Office of Government Relations to launch the Alumni Legislative Network, dedicated to lobbying on behalf of Old Dominion University.
SCOPE AND CONTENTS
This collection includes administrative letters, pamphlets, reports, event programs, invitations, memorabilia, and photographs from the 1960s to the 2000s. They include material on fundraising, reunions, alumni weekends, and chart the growth of the alumni office both in the university and among alumni.
Series I: Office Files. This series contains office files including correspondence, pamphlets, reports, event programs, newsletters, and handbooks from the 1960s to the 2000s. Material is arranged chronologically.
Series II: Memorabilia. This series contains memorabilia including alumni stickers and reunion pins. The only dated item is from 1983. Material is arranged alphabetically.
Series III: Photographs. The Alumni Office collected photos and devised a numbering system to help identify these. This series has been kept in original order based on this photo numbering system with the exception that folders were divided into groups of 25 photos each and unidentified photos and extras are given their own folders for each grouping of 100 photos. Additionally, reference materials are included in a folder at the beginning of the series. These reference items include a spreadsheet, a CD containing only a digital version of this spreadsheet, and a compilation of notes that were found on envelopes and pieces of paper within this series that may be helpful in identifying photos. Materials are from the 1980s and 1990s.
Open to researchers without restrictions. Questions on literary property rights should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian.
6 Hollinger Document Cases
Series II: Memorabilia
Folder 10: Alumni Stickers
Series III: Photographs
Folder 1: Photo Reference Materials (including a notes and spreadsheet describing photos 1000-1611)
Note: Most of the photos 201-300 are not numbered on the photos, but have been divided into four folders of twenty-five photos each to be consistent with the ordering of the rest of the photos in this collection. An additional 34 unnumbered photos were found in the original folder labeled 201-300. These have been placed in a folder at the end titled “Photos 200s extras.” These may include duplicates or may be photos that were misfiled. There is also a folder titled “Photos 300s extras” which do appear to be duplicates.
Folder 6: Photos 201-225
Folder 1: Photos 401-425
Folder 1: Photos 700-725
Folder 1: Photos 1000-1025
Folder 1: Photos 1301-1325