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RG-AL:  Alumni Office Records Subseries
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Class Agent Materials

Class agent materials are generally from 1949 on and are arranged by class year. Most are letters from agents with news of classmates, duplicated and distributed by the Alumni Office. Arranged in reverse chronological order within folders.

Class Letters

Class letters, most prior to 1920, from classmates to the class secretary. Some are the original letters. Most were compiled and edited by the secretary, printed as "annual letters" and distributed in booklet form. In the following list assume the item is in published booklet format unless indicated TLS (typewritten letter signed), ALS (autograph letter signed), ADS (autograph document signed). Class year is in the first column; dates letters written or published are in the second column. Class of 1956 Oral Histories Included in box 20 with the Class of 1956 letters. 1882 Cyclone Class Memoirs. G 83.3 Sol Record Book of the Class Library Fund of the '87 Alumni Association, 1887-1898. Constitution of the Class of 1882. Constituion of the Class of 1911. Class of 1879. Secretary's book 1878-1880. Secretary's Book, Class of 1879. Class of 1964 "Recyclone A Memory Book" with class of 1964 letters.

Director's Papers

Jones (Mary G. Jones) Correspondence, etc. 1948-70 Retirement ceremony, 1971, speeches, alumni letters Jones's letter to alumni announcing her retirement, 1970. Davidson (Grace Lang Davidson) Turner position paper alumni conferences, Nov. 1976 Turner position paper alumni conferences, post-conference materials. Davidson termination, 1977.

General Programs

Alumni Association awards (biographical sketches of recipients), photographs, attendents' signatures; 1989 includes "Songs of Old Grinnell" (words only).

Reunion Directories/Autobiographies

Autobiographical information which class members recorded on forms distributed by the Alumni Office and printed in booklet form for reunion classes. Arranged by class year (not by reunion year). Class of 1893- . Except for the 1913 reunion of the Class of 1893 (Souvenir: Reunion of '93 Grinnell) and the 1966 reunion of the Class of 1916 (Golden Anniversary Record of the Class of 1916), these booklets have been compiled since about the reunion of 1988. [These photographs were part of a display, probably for the 50th reunion of the class of 1928 in 1978. Because of their condition several of the posterboards were disassembled, labels copied on the verso of the photos, and shelved in folders with other papers in the Archives record group (RG-Alum/Ser.3.1:1928). Three posterboards are intact and filed in the oversize #1 file drawer (RG-Alumn/Ser.3.1.1928)]

Shane Cook's papers

Historical Note: At the request of a group of alumni, President Drake created The President's Committee for a Stronger Minority Presence (PCSMP) in 1989. Its mission was "to explore avenues for assisting the College in building a stronger multi-cultural community beginning with a focus on the minority community." Their first meeting was in September 1989. They met with a group of faculty, students, and staff to draft recommendations for the President. The Multicultural Task Force was created in August 1991 to work toward the goal of making the college a more multicultural community. It included students, faculty, and staff. Cook's papers contain memos, surveys & results, and minutes from Task Force meetings and similar materials for the PCSMP plus its recommendations to the President. There are many duplicates of items in various folders that were not discarded during processing. Provenance: Transferred to Archives by Shane Cook, Alumni Secretary and staff member for both groups, March 1999 Related materials: Additional materials on the Multicultural Task Force (02.12 p15)

Special Programs and Events

Football centennial, 1989 Programs; clippings; attendance lists. "After the Last Practice" poem by Ed Hirsch. Football monument and time capsule in Rosenbloom Field (design, financing, correspondence, invoices, list of items in time capsule) Career Services networking. 1981-83 Correspondence, reports. More papers in RG-CD, particularly series 1.1. Alumni awards: Lists of recipients, arranged by recipient class year, classes of 1900-91; another list arranged by reunion year, 1967-84. Alumni award nominations from classes of 1910-19 for awards made 1961-82. Papers contain biographical information about nominees. Unsorted.