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UAI 5.197.55.5

Harvard University. Vice-President for Alumni Affairs and Development. Records of the Human Resources Program : an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: UAI 5.197.55.5
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Harvard University. Vice-President for Alumni Affairs and Development.
Title: Records of the Human Resources Program, 1975-1981 (inclusive), 1978-1979 (bulk)
Date(s): 1975-1981 (inclusive), 1978-1979 (bulk)
Quantity: 1 collection (1.3 cubic feet (4 boxes)
Abstract: The Human Resources Program was established in the Office of the Vice-President for Alumni Affairs and Development, ca. 1978, to systematically identify Harvard alumni, alumnae, or friends who were either not known to Harvard or not already involved with the University. These records document efforts to identify alumni talent, especially individual alumni who might be candidates for leadership or committee positions.

Acquisition Information:

Received 5 November 1984 from the Harvard Alumni Association as part of accession 10267.

Custodial History:

It is not known how the records moved from the Office of the Vice-President for Alumni Affairs and Development to the Harvard Alumni Association; however, their moving directly from the Vice-President's Office to the Alumni Association is highly probable, because the Human Resources Program worked closely with the Alumni Association. The University Archives took custody of these records in a single accession that was composed chiefly of Alumni Association records.

Processing Information:

Re-processed by University Archives staff 2002. Re-processing included the proper identification of the originator and purpose of the records and the creation of this inventory. This inventory compiled by Kate Bowers based on the work of Andrea Goldstein.

Conditions on Use and Access:

University Records are restricted for 50 years from the date of creation; student records and personnel records are restricted for 80 years from the date of creation; there is no restriction on published material. Consult Harvard University Archives reference staff for details.

History

The Human Resources Program was established in the Office of the Vice-President for Alumni Affairs and Development, ca. 1978, to systematically identify Harvard alumni, alumnae, or friends who were either not known to Harvard or not already involved with the University. Such individuals were sought not only for contributions of gifts to Harvard, but also for contributions of talent or leadership. The work was carried out in cooperation with the the Associated Harvard Alumni.
The Alumni Affairs and Development Standing Committee was the catalyst for the creation of the Human Resources Program. The Board of Overseers established this committee in May 1978 to help improve relations between the Harvard Alumni Association and the University Development Office and to encourage broader and consistent alumni involvement with the University.
The Alumni Affairs and Development Standing Committee itself was created in response to one of the recommendations made in a 1978 report from the Committee on the Structure and Function of the Board of Overseers Concerning Harvard's Governmental Structure. The Committee on Structure was also known as the Gilbert Committee. Two of the Standing Committee's purposes were to improve relations between the Harvard Alumni Association and the University Development Office and to encourage broader and consistent alumni involvement in the University.

Organization of the Records

The folders are listed as they were received from the Alumni Association. No attempt has been made to re-organize the material.

Scope of the Records

These records document the activities of the Human Resources Program and chiefly document efforts to identify alumni talent, especially individual alumni who might be candidates for leadership or committee positions. These records document how the vision of the Gilbert Committee and the Alumni Affairs and Development Standing Committee was implemented by the Office of the Vice-President for Alumni Affairs and Development.
Most of the records had been maintained by Janet Willson, Coordinator of Human Resources Data in the Office of the Vice-President for Alumni Affairs and Development. Much of the correspondence is with Howard Gillette, Assistant to the Vice-President for Alumni Affairs and Development. The records consist of the administrative and program files. They contain information about cooperative programs run by the Human Resources Office and the Associated Harvard Alumni. Materials consist of correspondence, memoranda, meeting minutes, planning and project files, biographical data, reports, and alumni questionnaires. These records should not be confused with employee records.

General

This document last updated 2004 November 15.

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