Fonds UA 19 - Alumni Association Inc. of the University of Manitoba fonds

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Alumni Association Inc. of the University of Manitoba fonds

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  • 1913-1990 (Creation)
    Alumni Association Inc.

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6.1 m of textual records, 228 photographs, 1 album: 9 photos, 16 negatives, 3 contact sheets, 1 slide, 5 postcards. 1 sketch

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The Alumni Association Inc. of the University of Manitoba was founded in 1921 by a handful of graduates. Their objective was to reach out to the growing numbers of graduates of the University and to sustain their interest and long-term support of the University. In 1935, the Association was incorporated in the Province of Manitoba as a not-for-profit organization with its own, independent volunteer Board of Directors. The Alumni Association operated largely as an independent association until 1958 when President Saunderson created the Public Relations and Information Office. The Alumni Association assumed the operative role of the Public Relations and Information Office and received direct funding from the University.

It is the Alumni Association that provides, preserves and strengthens the vehicle for alumni involvement. The Association and the University share many common interests and objectives. One of which is to maximize the University's opportunities to communicate with graduates on a regular basis. This communication reinforces the relationship between the University through the alumni affairs portfolio and the Alumni Association. Alumni Affairs is a department of the University directed by the Association's executive director. Its role is to facilitate alumni-related activities between the Alumni Association and the University.

In 2001, the Association celebrated its 80th anniversary. An Association with such a long life has faced many challenges and seen many changes. In large measure, it reflects the much broader history of the University. For example, until 1988, the Alumni Association had the responsibility for soliciting alumni donations to the University. In 1988, this function was transferred to the Department of Private Funding in order to consolidate all fund raising ventures. Also, on May 10, 1999, the President of the University of Manitoba and the President of the Alumni Association signed a funding agreement that allowed for no-fee alumni membership to all University of Manitoba graduates. This agreement has been renewed in 2002.

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A1980-043, A1980-047 and PC 8 was donated in two accessions in 1980 by Laird Rankin of the Alumni Association.

A2003-114 was donated to Archives & Special Collections in 2003 by the Alumni Association.

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A1980-043, A1980-047: the fonds contains: minutes and correspondence of the Board of Directors and Committees, including the Centennial Committee; files on awards, fund raising and advertising activities; correspondence with branches of the Association and other Canadian and American Alumni Associations; annual reports; miscellaneous correspondence of former Alumni Executive Director, John M. Gordon. Most records date from 1950 to 1975.

PC 8:The photograph collection contains 222 images. Where possible, individuals in the images have been identified and dated. Many of the photographs appeared in the Alumni Journal and The Manitoban between the years 1960 and 1973. There are 29 oversized photographs of early twentieth century graduating classes and intercollegiate activities.

A2003-114: The fonds contains 43 photographs of historical figures relating to the University of Manitoba, the Canadian Forestry Convention in Winnipeg, and the official opening of BRIDGE. The fonds also contains a newspaper clipping of a cartoon.

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A1980-043, A1980-047: This collection is arranged into thirteen series: General Correspondence; Alumni Annual Conferences; Alumni Conferences; Alumni Symposia and Seminars; Centennial Activities; Alumni Fund Raising, Appeals, Journal Advertising; Faculty and Departmental Information; Annual Meetings, Elections, Scholarships, and Awards; Miscellaneous Correspondence and Reports; Other Alumni Associations; Board of Directors, Committees, Annual Meetings, Awards, Festivals, Clubs, and Associations; John M. Gordon Miscellaneous Correspondence, Newspaper clippings related to the University.

PC 8: This collection is arranged into 8 series: Fort Garry Campus Buildings, Administrative Staff, Students and Faculty, Convocations and Honorary Degrees, Art on Campus, Negatives, Miscellaneous, and oversize photographs.

A2003-114: This collection is arranged according to the colour and dimension of the photographs.

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A1980-043, A1980-047: Finding aid created by Mary Pallett (January 1980). Encoded by Brett Lougheed (June 2006).

PC 8: Finding aid created and encoded by Jennifer Rutkair (July 2007). Converted by Justin Fuhr (June 2016).

A2003-114: Finding aid created by Heather Beattie (2005). Encoded by Brett Lougheed (June 2006). Converted by Justin Fuhr (June 2016).

Revised by N. Courrier (December 2019).

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