Guide to the Records of the Dartmouth College, Alumni Relations, 1821 - 2006Manuscript DA-212

Introduction

The Alumni Relations Office is responsible for programs and communications between Dartmouth alumni and the College. Through most of its existence the office has had three primary areas: classes, clubs, and continuing education.

A number of associations exist to conduct the business of the alumni. The Club Officers Association and class officer associations (e.g., Class Presidents, Class Secretaries, Class Treasurers) are all primary examples. Overseeing these, and other alumni business, is the Alumni Council, part of whose charge is to provide for the interchange of ideas among alumni, between alumni and the college, and between alumni and the Board of Trustees.

Prior to 1984 the functions of the Alumni Relations Office were under the Office of the Secretary of the College. It consisted of four officers: the Secretary of the College, who had overall responsibility for all alumni relations and who supervised the office: and the Associate Secretaries, who had specific responsibilities; one for club activities and special events; one for class activities (reunions and class officers organizations); and one for Alumni Continuing Education (Alumni College, academic seminars for clubs and classes, etc.). In addition, the Secretary supervised alumni records, class newsletters. and alumni mailings.

Since 1984 the Secretary's Office has undergone a series of administrative changes, including name changes ( Alumni Programs Office, 1984-85; Alumni Affairs Office, 1985-1994; and since July 1994, the Alumni Relations Office); an increase in the number of full-time officers, and a broadening of responsibilities for each of those officers. The Editor of the Alumni Magazine, while not an Alumni Relations officer per se, reports to the Director of Alumni Relations for administrative, but not editorial, purposes.

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