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Alumni Association Inc. of the University of Manitoba fonds
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- Alumni Association Inc.
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6.1 m of textual records
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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.
The Alumni Association provides, preserves and strengthens the vehicle for alumni involvement. One way this is achieved is by maximizing 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. In large measure, the history of the Association 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 was renewed in 2002.
The records were donated to Archives & Special Collections in two accessions in 1980 by Laird Rankin of the Alumni Association.
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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.
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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.
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Finding aid created by Mary Pallett (January 1980). Encoded by Brett Lougheed (June 2006). Revised by N. Courrier (December 2019).