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Xavier University Capital Gifts Campaigns collection

 Collection
Identifier: XUA-56
This collection includes correspondence, brochures, reports and other materials relating to the various capital gifts campaigns conducted by Xavier University (formerly St. Xavier College) from 1915 to the early 21st Century.

Dates

  • 1915-2011

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Some materials may have restricted access. Please contact the archives staff.

Extent

2.5 linear feet (5 boxes)

Overview

This is a collection of documents relating to the various capital gifts campaigns conducted by Xavier University. It encompasses the St. Xavier Diamond Jubilee Fund (1915-1920) through the To See Great Wonders campaign (2006-2011).

History of Xavier University Capital Gifts Campaigns

Xavier University has conducted various capital gifts campaigns throughout its history. This collection reflects those campaigns initiated in the Twentieth Century and going forward. Capital gifts campaigns are differentiated from the annual fund raising activities also conducted by the university.

Capital gifts campaigns for the time period encompassing this collection were: 1. Diamond Jubilee (1915), for the building of Alumni Hall; 2. Jesuit Centennial Fund (1940) that celebrated the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Society of Jesus, and the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Jesuits in Cincinnati. Its purpose was to raise money for academic scholarships, for endowed scholarships, for endowed professorial chairs, and to eliminate university debt; 3. Xavier University Fund and Good Will Campaign (1945), for endowments and building projects; 4. Long Range Development Program (1956) that celebrated the 125th anniversary of the establishment of the Athenaeum, for scholarships, fellowships, and building construction; 5. Xavier University Advancement Fund (1972); 6. Sesquicentennial Fund celebrating the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Athenaeum, for a new College of Business Administration building and endowments; 7. Cornerstone Campaign (1987), for scholarships, endowments, and building activities, including new science facilities; 8. Century Campaign (1996), for endowments, building renovations, and the building of a convocation center (later named the Cintas Center); 9. To See Great Wonders(2006), for the construction of the Hoff Academic Quadrangle, other construction projects, endowments and to increase the annual fund.

Biographical / Historical Capital gifts campaigns for the time period encompassing this collection were: 1. Diamond Jubilee (1915), for the building of Alumni Hall; 2. Jesuit Centennial Fund (1940) that celebrated the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Society of Jesus, and the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Jesuits in Cincinnati. Its purpose was to raise money for academic scholarships, for endowed scholarships, for endowed professorial chairs, and to eliminate university debt; 3. Xavier University Fund and Good Will Campaign (1945), for endowments and building projects; 4. Long Range Development Program (1956) that celebrated the 125th anniversary of the establishment of the Athenaeum, for scholarships, fellowships, and building construction; 5. Xavier University Advancement Fund (1972); 6. Sesquicentennial Fund celebrating the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Athenaeum, for a new College of Business Administration building and endowments; 7. Cornerstone Campaign (1987), for scholarships, endowments, and building activities, including new science facilities; 8. Century Campaign (1996), for endowments, building renovations, and the building of a convocation center (later named the Cintas Center); 9. To See Great Wonders(2006), for the construction of the Hoff Academic Quadrangle, other construction projects, endowments and to increase the annual fund.

Statement of Arrangement

Materials are arranged by folder chronologically by the period of the individual capital gifts campaign.

Accruals

Additions to this collection are anticipated.

Processing Information

This collection was reprocessed into its current arrangement and description as part of a major University Archives reprocessing project in 2012-2013. This reprocessing project was largely an effort to disband a record group system, developed in the late 1970s, used to arrange university records. The record group scheme had been established by the first University Archivist, Lee Bennish, SJ, and chiefly organized materials by originating office and organizational structure. After Bennish’s tenure, oversight of the archives changed several times and resulted in a lack of adherence to the record group scheme for new acquisitions. The 2012-2013 processing project also sought to incorporate records for which little acquisition or contextual information existed. The project staff primarily reorganized records into subject-based collections. Occasionally subjects coincided with offices of origin (e.g. Subject, Presidents; Office, Office of the President; Collection, Xavier University President’s Office). This subject-based arrangement makes it difficult to identify or describe the collections by office of origin but administrative project records do indicate transfers and connections between original record groups and 2012-2013 collections. During the project, records were rehoused in archival folders and boxes, and new finding aids were created using the OhioLINK Finding Aid Creation Tool.

As of 2017, University Archives no longer employs the 2012-2013 system of arranging collections by subject.
Title
Xavier University Capital Gifts Campaigns collection
Status
edited-full-draft
Author
Thomas Kennealy, S.J.
Date
2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: a Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2015-04-22: Additions to the collection were made
  • 2017-07-31: Finding aid revisions by Anne Ryckbost
  • 2018-07-18: Added processing information note

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Special Collections, Xavier University Library Repository

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