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Office of University Special Events records

Identifier: RG0111

Collection Scope and Content

Materials in this collection includes shovels for building groundbreakings, a framed drawing of the University ceremonial mace, medals, invitations, commencement guides, programs commemorative items, 175th anniversary celebration of the University items, a framed certificate, hard hats, t-shirts, sweat shirts, hats, posters, residence remodelling of the Shouse (Alumni) house, lecture series, and monumental celebration. They range in date from 1981 to 2011. Note: Not all series are processed. Ask staff for assistance.


  • 1981-2011


Restrictions on Access

Series 13 is closed to research for 25 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 or Biographical Note

The Office of University Events is a division of the Office of the Vice President for Communications. The Office of University Events plays a role in a wide variety of events held on and off campus, including academic lectures, groundbreakings and grand openings, President's Medal presentations, convocations, and television and radio events in the Media and Public Affairs Building, just to name a few. The office is also an information resource for others on campus who are planning events and would like guidance and advice.

Michael Freedman, Vice President for Communications, also oversees the Office of University Relations and The George Washington University Printing and Graphics.

GW was recognized by Congress in 1996. A bill was introduced originally in January, but was read on February 7, 1996: "By Mr. Inouye: S. Con. Res. 41. A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of the Congress that The George Washington University is important to the Nation and urging that the importance of the University be recognized and celebrated through regular ceremonies; to the Committee on the Judiciary."


52.5 Linear Feet

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Collection includes shovels for building groundbreakings, medals, invitations, commencement guides, programs, 175th anniversary celebration of the University items, t-shirts, hats, posters.

Collection Organization

Organized into nineteen series: Commemorative items and Publicity materials, Commencement videos, Special events memorabilia, Dorm groundbreaking, Clothing and apparel, Charter day posters, 175th anniversary catalog items, 175th anniversary items, Event posters, Posters, Posters and specifications, 175th anniversary celebration materials, 175th anniversary electronic time capsule, Sweat shirt, Memorabilia, 175th anniversary banners, Drawing of University mace,175th anniversary unused posters, and office files.

Acquisition Information

Materials acquired through transfers from the Office of University Special Events.

Guide to the Office of University Special Events records, 1981-2011
Partially Processed
University Archives, Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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

2130 H Street NW
Washington 20052 United States of America