Fonds 12.005 - University of Winnipeg Alumni Association fonds

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University of Winnipeg Alumni Association fonds

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CA UWA 12.005

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  • 1920 - 2007 (Creation)
    University of Winnipeg Alumni Association

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0.6 m of textual records.
0.2 m of photographic records.
21 CD-ROMs.
3 floppy disks.
1 cloth beanie.

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The University of Winnipeg Alumni Association traces its roots to the Wesley Graduates Association, which was organized at a meeting of nearly 150 alumni on February 15th, 1935. Other alumni organizations already existed within Wesley and Manitoba Colleges: such as the Wesley Club, the Wesley Alumnae Association, and the Manitoba College Alma Mater Society. The Alumnae Association joined them at their second meeting on March 14th. The Wesley Graduates Association had an elected President and Executive and served to keep updated information on alumni and distribute College literature to its members i.e. Vox Wesleyana. It also raised funds for scholarships and bursaries. In June 1938, when Manitoba and Wesley joined as United College, the Wesley Graduates Association became the United College Graduates Association and also took over the Alma Mater Society of Manitoba College. United College became the University of Winnipeg in July 1967, and during the academic year of 1967-1968 the United College Graduates Association voted to changed its name to the University of Winnipeg Alumni Association.

The University of Winnipeg Alumni Association increased its membership and involvement with the University after 1967 with several initiatives, such as publishing the Alumni Bulletin starting in 1970 to communicate news and stay in touch with alumni, and campaigning for the Entrance Scholarship Program starting in 1973. In addition to other awards and scholarships offered or funded by the Association, starting in 1990 the Distinguished Alumni Award was established.

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The records in this fonds were collected by the Alumni Association. In 2012 they were transferred to the University of Winnipeg Archives.

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Fonds contains records produced or collected by the University of Winnipeg Alumni Association, related to both its administrative functions and its networking with alumni of the University and its antecedent colleges. The first series consists primarily of minutes and other material from the meetings of the Alumni Council, as well as files the Council arranged related to specific events or topics undertaken by the Association. The second series is a collection related to the United College Class of 1950 and their reunions, donated to the Association by several alumni, particularly Arthur and Joyce Rich. It includes photographs and programs from events, ephemera, and newspaper clippings. The third series is comprised of photographs taken by the Alumni Association at reunion and other special events held for alumni, such as lectures and tours, as well as photographs of student life donated to the Association from alumni. Many of the photographs are digital.

The fonds also contains a sous-fonds of records donated to the Alumni Association by Hazel Alexina Parkinson, nee McDonald, Wesley College class of 1923.

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  • English

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Some of the photographs in this fonds are reproductions from Special Collections SC-2 and SC-4, the University Relations & Communications photograph collection, and the University Relations photograph collection 01.001.

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Description created 20 June 2018 -- Daniel Matthes
Finding aid created 8 June 2018 -- Daniel Matthes

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  • English

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