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Alumni Office records

 Collection 0021-UA

The functions of the Alumni Office include the maintenance of alumni records, sponsorship of special programs for alumni, liaison with the alumni association, and representation of alumni interests within the campus community. The collection consists of the office's operating records and includes committee files, memorabilia and photographs.


  • 1927-1960

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


5.50 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The records of the Alumni Office span the years 1927 ¥£to¥£ 1961; the bulk of the materials cover the mid-1950s. They include minutes, correspondence, reports, press releases, and financial records relating to the administration of the Alumni Office and its programs.

Administrative History

The Alumni Association was organized in 1893, and reorganized in 1947 to consolidate the previously created separate professional school alumni organizations. Its purpose was to promote the interests and welfare of the university and further good relations between the university, Maryland residents, and alumni. The staff of the Alumni Office, as on-campus liaison, carried out its goals through fundraising, sponsoring social events to develop support for the university through loyal alumni, and serving on various university committees. The Alumni Office reports directly to the president of the university.


This collection is organized as six series:

  1. Series 1: Memorabilia
  2. Series 2: Administrative Files
  3. Series 3: Committee Files
  4. Series 4: Associated Alumni Organization
  5. Series 5: University Departments and Programs
  6. Series 6: Photographs

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The records of the Alumni Office were transferred to the University of Maryland College Park Libraries in the 1970s.

Related Material

Related material can be found in the following records groups: Records of Alumni Office (UMS), Records of Alumni Office (UMCP), Records of Alumni Association, Records of Alumni Association International, Records of the Office of Alumni Programs, and Records of Alumni Affairs. The University Publications collection contains material from the Alumni Office (UPUB A42), Alumni Association (UPUB A43), Alumni Association International (UPUB A44) and College Park Alumni Association (UPUB C30)

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.

The Alumni Office Records
Guide revised by: Gretchen K. Youngerman, July 1989.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742