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Alumnae Association/Office of Alumnae Affairs Records

Identifier: BC09-00

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Alumnae Association/Office of Alumnae Affairs records include correspondence, memos, meeting minutes, flyers, promotional materials, invitations and guest lists, mailings, biographical questionnaires, statistics, photographs, moving images, president and trustee reports, bound account books, receipts, reunion booklets, scrapbooks, and memorabilia.

Of particular interest are the Marian Churchill White ’29 and Joan Sweet Jankell ’58 files; these series give insight into the role of President of the AABC (White) and Class President (Jankell). Additionally, there is a considerable amount of WWII material in the series Alumnae Affairs Office Files and Committees, dealing mainly with Barnard’s efforts on the home front, participation in the National Service Committee, and the S.S. Barnard Victory.


  • Creation: 1889-2015



Two files in box 19 are restricted.

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Reproduction Restrictions

Photocopies or scans may be made for research purposes.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Barnard Archives and Special Collections. The Barnard Archives and Special Collections approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Historical Background

The Associate Alumnae of Barnard College (AABC) was organized in 1895. In 2002, the name of the organization was changed to the Alumnae Association of Barnard College. The organization has two primary aims: to keep graduates in contact with the College and with each other; and to provide financial help for the College and its students. The AABC works closely with the Alumnae Affairs Office to organize award presentations, concerts, lectures, luncheons, and reunions.

Since 1898, the group has had a representative on the Board of Trustees. In 1899 the alumnae set up the Student Loan Committee which has provided tuition funds to worthy candidates in the form of loans and scholarships. In the late 1920's the AABC raised funds for the purchase of Barnard Camp, a country retreat which operated from that time until as late as 1974. The AABC has published a magazine since 1912. Originally called Barnard College Alumnae Bulletin, it is currently called Barnard Alumnae Magazine and is published quarterly. Issues of the magazine comprise collection BC 11.8.


68.5 Linear Feet (78 boxes, 3 half document boxes, 15 oversize boxes, 15 cartons, 2 document drawers, 4 gigabytes)




This collection consists of records from the Alumnae Association and the Office of Alumnae Affairs.

Collection Arrangement

The records are arranged in the following series and subseries.
Series 1. Alumnae Affairs Office Files, 1903-2012
Series 2. Committees and AABC Minutes, 1889-2006
Series 3. Reports & Registers, 1894-2008
Series 4. Directories, 1895-2010
Series 5. Alumnae Fund, 1904-2004
Series 6. Alumnae Council, 1914-1993
Series 7. Reunion, 1908-2015

Subseries 7.1. By Class Year, 1929-2015
Subseries 7.2. By Year, 1966-2014
Subseries 7.3. Office FIles, 1908-2009

Series 8. Marian Churchill White '29 Reunions Files, 1926-1967
Series 9. Joan Sweet Jankell '58 Reunions Files, 1965-1978
Series 10. Alumnae Clubs, 1926-2000s

Subseries 10.1. Cities Regions, 1929-2000s
Subseries 10.2. Barnard in Westchester, 1933-1997
Subseries 10.3. City of New York, 1950-1997
Subseries 10.4. Long Island, 1937-1990
Subseries 10.5. General, 1930s-2000s

Series 11. Class Files, 1929-2011
Series 12. Photographs, 1930-2010
Series 13. Memorabilia, 1950s-2000s
Series 14. Media, 1990s-2000s

Material within each series is arranged in alphabetical order, and chronological therein. Boxes 92-110 comprise an accession from 2015. Files from the accession are arranged alphabetically then chronologically in series 1-10 and chronologically in series 11-14.

Physical Location

This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Office of Alumnae Affairs.


Additions are expected.

Processing History

This collection was processed by Marcia Bassett and Julia Mix Barrington, BC ‘12. Finding aid written by Julia Mix Barrington in April 2012.

This finding aid was updated by Hilary Price in July, 2015. This finding aid was updated by Charlotte Kostelic in December, 2015.

Descriptive Rules Used: Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard. Encoding: Machine readable finding aid encoded in EAD 2002.

Finding aid written in English.

  • 9 typesetting forms, use unknown - possible from mortarboard or another publication
Guide to Alumnae Association/Office of Alumnae Affairs Records
Hilary Price
© 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

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