Office of University Special Events records
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.
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
Language of Materials
Collection includes shovels for building groundbreakings, medals, invitations, commencement guides, programs, 175th anniversary celebration of the University items, t-shirts, hats, posters.
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.
Materials acquired through transfers from the Office of University Special Events.
- Anniversaries Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Commencement ceremonies -- Washington (D.C.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Events Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Foggy Bottom (Washington, D.C.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- George Washington University
- Lectures and lecturing Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Washington (D.C.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- 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
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English