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Office of Alumni Relations records

Identifier: RG0026

Collection Scope and Content

Materials in the collection includes photographs and negatives of President Trachtenberg, events, alumni reunion weekends, campus buildings, Distinguished Alumni Awards dinners, homecomings, alumni on the cover of Time, and Alumni Achievement Awards.

The collection also includes print materials regarding annual meetings, addresses, events calendars, publications, questionnaires, reunions, Honorary Degrees, special events, Alumni Directories, the General Alumni Association, meeting minutes, Cherry Tree and National University Law School yearbooks, and plaques. Materials in the collection range in date from 1848-2010. Note: Not all series are processed. Ask staff for assistance.


  • Creation: 1848-2010

Restrictions on Access

Series 5, 6, 15, and 17 are closed to research for 50 years from date of record creation.

Restrictions on Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Historical Note

The George Washington Alumni Association (GWAA) was founded to strengthen the relationship between alumni and the University. There are alumni programs for each school at the university as well as associated alumni groups such as Columbian Women and the Society of the Emeriti. Alumni affairs reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

This history note was written in 2005.


70.75 Linear Feet

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Collection includes photographs and negatives, office files regarding Alumni Achievement Awards, and memorabilia.

Collection Organization

Organized into 23 series: Photographs; Memorabilia; Alumni house files; Photographs of distinguished alumni; General alumni association files; Alumni association board of directors files; T-shirt; Binders; Contact sheets and negatives; Photos from old events; Historic materials; Images of distinguished alumni; Photos of President Trachtenberg; Alumni directories; General alumni association files; Yearbooks and memorabilia; Alumni association files; Alumni weekend; Notebook; Alumni files; Law alumni photographs; GW Impact, report on philanthropy; and a file on alumni killed in the September 11 attacks. There is no series 19.

Acquisition Information

Materials acquired through transfers from Office of Alumni Relations.

Guide to the Office of Alumni Relations records, 1848-2005
Partially Processed
University Archives, Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

George Washington University Gelman Library
2130 H Street NW
Washington DC 20052 United States of America