Alumni Association Records, 1934-2015 *JMU Records*

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Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Creator:
James Madison University Alumni Association
Title:
Alumni Association Records
Collection No.:
UA 0022
Date:
1934-2015
Extent:
13 boxes, 4.29 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
English
Abstract:
The Alumni Association Records, 1934-2015, consists of 4.29 cubic feet in 13 boxes. The collection primarily consists of the administrative files of the James Madison University Alumni Association, all referring to the individual graduated classes of JMU, Madison College, and the State Normal School.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Alumni Association Records, 1934-2015, UA 0022, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

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Administrative History

The JMU Alumni association was formed June 13, 1911, soon after the first 20 women graduated from the school, then the State Normal and Industrial School for Women at Harrisonburg. At the time, it was known as the Alumnae Association, reflecting its all-women membership. As the growing Madison College began accepting male students, the association renamed itself the Alumni Association to reflect the institution's move towards coeducation. In 2017, the Alumni Association had over 127,000 members.

The JMU Alumni Association is a JMU organization which facilitates relations with JMU alumni and the university, encouraging their continued engagement and support for the school. The organization's membership consists of all individuals who have completed 12 credit hours from JMU or its previous institutional iterations.

The Alumni Association is directed by the Alumni Board of Directors, an executive committee, and representatives from the JMU Board of Visitors. The primary actions and strategies of the Board of Directors are carried out by the Office of Alumni Relations.

One of the most visible activities the Alumni Association organizes is class reunions. The reunions take place at regular intervals after a class's graduation. The Alumni Association handles the logistical issues in planning, notifying, and registering alumni for the event. Festivities often include campus tours, luncheons, and group photographs.

The Alumni Association also oversees the Bluestone Society, a subgroup of alumni from JMU having celebrated their 50th class reunion. Bluestone reunions are marked by larger-scale events and festivities and the members' induction into the society. The earliest mention of the organization was in 1974 at the 50th reunion of the class of 1924. Its official title was given in 1983 for the joint reunion of alumni from 1908 to 1933. All alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago are automatically inducted into the society. The society's name comes from the bluestone architecture of the quad area, the oldest portion of the JMU campus.

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Scope and Content

The Alumni Association Records, 1934-2015, consists of 4.29 cubic feet in 13 boxes. The collection primarily consists of the administrative files of the Alumni Association, all referring to the individual graduated classes of JMU, Madison College, and the State Normal School. The collection also includes the photographs used in a commemorative reunion book and a VHS tape of 1999 reunions.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged in two series. Series 1 is arranged alphabetically and then chronologically by class year. Series 2 is comprised of three multi-part folders.

  1. Series 1: Administrative Files, 1934-2015
  2. Series 2: Photographs, 1995

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions

Copyright for Official University records is held by James Madison University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Acquisition Information

Transferred to Special Collections by the JMU Alumni Association in August 2016.

Location

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL: https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/

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Related Materials

Related Material

JMU Special Collections is also home to more than 40 collections of alumni papers.

Separated Material

The yearbook-style reunion book Welcome back to the memories… the decade of the '40s has been removed from the collection and is cataloged as part of Special Collections' rare book collection.

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Index Terms

Genre and Form

  • Administrative records
  • Photographs
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Newsletters
  • Membership lists
  • Booklets

Subject

  • State Normal and Industrial School for Women (Harrisonburg, Va.) -- Alumni and alumnae
  • State Normal and Industrial School for Women (Harrisonburg, Va.) -- History
  • State Normal School for Women at Harrisonburg (Harrisonburg, Va.) -- Alumni and alumnae
  • State Normal School for Women at Harrisonburg (Harrisonburg, Va.) -- History
  • State Teachers College at Harrisonburg (Harrisonburg, Va.) -- Alumni and alumnae
  • State Teachers College at Harrisonburg (Harrisonburg, Va.) -- History
  • Madison College -- Alumni and alumnae
  • Madison College -- History
  • James Madison University -- Alumni and alumnae
  • James Madison University -- History
  • College students

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Bibliography

"History of Bluestone Reunions." http://www.alumni.jmu.edu/s/1591/gid3-Alumni/index.aspx?sid=1591&gid=3&pgid=3124 (accessed August 2017).

"About the JMU Alumni Association." http://www.alumni.jmu.edu/s/1591/gid3-Alumni/index.aspx?sid=1591&gid=3&pgid=3124 (accessed August 2017).

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Administrative Files, 1934-2015

Series 1: Administrative Files, 1934-2015, is primarily made up of files used for the logistical planning of reunions and files created for reunion attendees. These files include photographs, reunion booklets, active class member lists, sign-up sheets, alumni correspondence, and newsletters. These files remain largely in their original order, organized by the graduating classes. Nearly every class file includes reunion booklets for reunions between 1970 and 2005. Most class files include group photographs of alumni during reunions, as well as candid shots of reunion festivities.

Some ephemeral material donated by alumni to be used to benefit reunion festivities. One such example is a Madison College degree as well as a sorority membership certificate, housed in the Class of 1955 file.

Also in the series are files for the Bluestone Society and unlabeled class files. The Bluestone Society file includes administrative files for early Bluestone Society reunions, as well as the alma mater for the society. The unlabeled class file includes materials from reunions, but hold no indication as to which graduating class they correspond.

Photographs with accompanying negatives remain in their original envelopes for organizational purposes.

A VHS tape labeled "1999 Reunions" is also included. This likely has recordings of the events and festivities of various reunions that took place in 1999. A note is included in the VHS box that lists names and addresses of alumni and their corresponding years, likely a list of alumni to whom copies of the VHS were distributed.

Title/Description Instances
Bluestone Society, 1983-1995 box 1 folder 1
Class of 1912, 1988, undated box 1 folder 2
Class of 1914, 1988 box 1 folder 3
Class of 1915, 1971-1986 box 1 folder 4
Class of 1917, 1987 box 1 folder 5
Class of 1919, 1989 box 1 folder 6
Class of 1921, 1988-1989 box 1 folder 7
Class of 1923, undated box 1 folder 8
Class of 1925, 1974-1990 box 1 folder 9
Class of 1926, 1991 box 1 folder 10
Class of 1927, 1977-1986 box 1 folder 11
Class of 1928, 1978-1990 box 1 folder 12
Class of 1929, 1979-1989 box 1 folder 13
Class of 1930, 1989-1991 box 1 folder 14
Class of 1931, 1931-1989 box 1 folder 15
Class of 1932, 1989-2001 box 1 folder 16
Class of 1933, 1983-2008 box 1 folder 17
Class of 1934, 1974-2004 box 1 folder 18
Class of 1935, 1934-2005 box 1 folder 19
Class of 1936, 1983-2001 box 2 folder 1
Class of 1937, 1988 box 2 folder 2
Class of 1938 (folder 1 of 2), 1988-1998 box 2 folder 3
Class of 1938 (folder 2 of 2), 1988-1998 box 2 folder 4
Class of 1939 (folder 1 of 2), 1979-2004 box 2 folder 5
Class of 1939 (folder 2 of 2), 1979-2004 box 3 folder 1
Class of 1940, 1990-2005 box 3 folder 2
Class of 1941, 1976-2001 box 3 folder 3
Class of 1942, 1992-2007 box 3 folder 4
Class of 1943 (folder 1 of 2), 1978-2008 box 3 folder 5
Class of 1943 (folder 2 of 2), 1978-2008 box 4 folder 1
Class of 1944, 1979-2004 box 4 folder 2
Class of 1945, 1985-2005 box 4 folder 3
Class of 1946, 1985-2006 box 4 folder 4
Class of 1947, 1977-2002 box 4 folder 5
Class of 1948 (folder 1 of 2), 1968-2005 box 4 folder 6
Class of 1948 (folder 2 of 2), 1968-2005 box 5 folder 1
Class of 1949 (folder 1 of 2), 1979-2004 box 5 folder 2
Class of 1949 (folder 2 of 2), 1979-2004 box 5 folder 3
Class of 1950 (folder 1 of 2), 1988-2005 box 5 folder 4
Class of 1950 (folder 2 of 2), 1988-2005 box 5 folder 5
Class of 1951 (folder 1 of 4), 1951-2007 box 6 folder 1
Class of 1951 (folder 2 of 4), 1951-2007 box 6 folder 2
Class of 1951 (folder 3 of 4), 1951-2007 box 6 folder 3
Class of 1951 (folder 4 of 4), 1951-2007 box 6 folder 4
Class of 1952 (folder 1 of 3), 1972-2007 box 6 folder 5
Class of 1952 (folder 2 of 3), 1972-2007 box 7 folder 1
Class of 1952 (folder 3 of 3), 1972-2007 box 7 folder 2
Class of 1952 Video, May 2002 Media Cabinet 1 VHS UA0022-VHS-002
Class of 1953 (folder 1 of 2), 1988-2008 box 7 folder 3
Class of 1953 (folder 2 of 2), 1988-2008 box 7 folder 4
Class of 1954 (folder 1 of 2), 1979-2004 box 7 folder 5
Class of 1954 (folder 2 of 2), 1979-2004 box 7 folder 6
Class of 1955 (folder 1 of 2), 1953-2005 box 7 folder 7
Class of 1955 (folder 2 of 2), 1953-2005 box 8 folder 1
Class of 1956 (folder 1 of 3), 1986-2006 box 8 folder 2
Class of 1956 (folder 2 of 3), 1986-2006 box 8 folder 3
Class of 1956 (folder 3 of 3), 1986-2006 box 8 folder 4
Class of 1957 (folder 1 of 2), 1987-2007 box 8 folder 5
Class of 1957 (folder 2 of 2), 1987-2007 box 8 folder 6
Class of 1958 (folder 1 of 4), 1978-2008 box 9 folder 1
Class of 1958 (folder 2 of 4), 1978-2008 box 9 folder 2
Class of 1958 (folder 3 of 4), 1978-2008 box 9 folder 3
Class of 1958 (folder 4 of 4), 1978-2008 box 9 folder 4
Class of 1959 (folder 1 of 3), 1979-2010 box 9 folder 5
Class of 1959 (folder 2 of 3), 1979-2010 box 9 folder 6
Class of 1959 (folder 3 of 3), 1979-2010 box 9 folder 7
Class of 1960 (folder 1 of 2), 1990-2005 box 10 folder 1
Class of 1960 (folder 2 of 2), 1990-2005 box 10 folder 2
Class of 1961 (folder 1 of 3), 1960-2001 box 10 folder 3
Class of 1961 (folder 2 of 3), 1960-2001 box 10 folder 4
Class of 1961 (folder 3 of 3), 1960-2001 box 10 folder 5
Class of 1962 (folder 1 of 2), 1987-2011 box 10 folder 6
Class of 1962 (folder 2 of 2), 1987-2011 box 10 folder 7
Class of 1963, 2003 box 10 folder 8
Class of 1964 (folder 1 of 2), 1974-2004 box 11 folder 1
Class of 1964 (folder 2 of 2), 1974-2004 box 11 folder 2
Class of 1965, 1990-2005 box 11 folder 3
Class of 1966 (folder 1 of 4), 1986-2006 box 11 folder 4
Class of 1966 (folder 2 of 4), 1986-2006 box 11 folder 5
Class of 1966 (folder 3 of 4), 1986-2006 box 11 folder 6
Class of 1966 (folder 4 of 4), 1986-2006 box 11 folder 7
Class of 1967 (folder 1 of 2), 1987-2001 box 12 folder 1
Class of 1967 (folder 2 of 2), 1987-2001 box 12 folder 2
Class of 1968, 1995 box 12 folder 3
Class of 1969, 1979-2002 box 12 folder 4
Class of 1970, 1975-1995 box 12 folder 5
Class of 1971, 1990-2001 box 12 folder 6
Class of 1972, 1977-1987 box 12 folder 7
Class of 1973, 1973-1998 box 12 folder 8
Class of 1974, 1975-1994 box 12 folder 9
Class of 1983, 1980-2015 box 12 folder 10
Unlabeled Reunions, 1984 box 12 folder 11
VHS tape from Reunions, 1999 Media Cabinet 1 VHS UA0022-VHS-001

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Series 2: Photographs, 1945-1995

Series 2: Photographs, 1945-1995, is made up of the photographs submitted by various 1940s alumni to be compiled into the "Welcome back to the memories... the decade of the '40s" yearbook-style book given to Bluestone Society members during reunions in the 1990s. All photographs have reference tags attached to refer to its location in the book. The photographs are largely of the 1940s alumni, most taken in the 1990s to represent the alumni at the time of the reunion. The alumni are mostly depicted with friends and family. Many photographs have hand-written notes on the back to identify those pictured and context. These photographs are all represented in the book, most with additional detail on those depicted.

Photographs are stored according to size for organizational purposes.

Title/Description Instances
"Welcome back to the memories…" Photographs (folder 1 of 3), 1940-1995 box 13 folder 1
"Welcome back to the memories…" Photographs (folder 2 of 3), 1940-1995 box 13 folder 2
"Welcome back to the memories…" Photographs (folder 3 of 3), 1940-1995 box 13 folder 3

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