Skip to main content

Alumni Association Records

 Collection
Identifier: UA 0022

  • Staff Only

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.

Dates

  • 1934 - 2015

Creator

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 materials authored or otherwise produced as official business of James Madison University is retained by James Madison University. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user. For more information, contact the Special Collections Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

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.

Extent

4.29 cubic feet (13 boxes)

Language of Materials

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.

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. Administrative Files, 1934-2015
  2. Photographs, 1945-1995

Acquisition Information

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

Related Material

See also: Alumni Collections held by Special Collections.

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.

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).
Title
A Guide to the Alumni Association Records, 1934-2015
Status
Completed
Author
Dillon Thomas
Date
August 2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the James Madison University Libraries Special Collections Repository

Contact:
880 Madison Drive
MSC 1704
Harrisonburg Virginia 22807
(540) 568-3612