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Name of Creator:Lowell Institute School Alumni Association.
Title:Lowell Institute School Alumni Association records
Date:1905-2001
Reference Code:M30
Location Code:71/3
Extent:4.30 cubic ft. (6 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The Lowell Institute School Alumni Association records offer insight into the structure, functions, and activities of the association and its membership. The collection also provides demographic information on almost every alumnus of the Lowell Institute School through 1955. The collection includes memoranda, bulletins, correspondence, reports, newsletters, photographs of alumni (1940-55), photographic half-tone plates of yearbook images, and a phonograph-recorded speech by the Lowell Institute School's first director, Charles F. Park (ca. 1936).
Historical Abstract:The Lowell Institute School was founded in 1903 to provide technical training to industrial workers seeking to enhance their skills. Its Alumni Association was founded in 1905 by members of the Lowell Institute School's first graduating class, the Class of 1905. The association A adopted its first Constitution in 1906 with the mission of "maintaining and increasing the interest of the graduates in the school...[and] increasing the influence and reputation of the school in the industrial community...." In an effort to help alumni find employment, the association established an Employment Bureau (ca. 1911). Although the bureau was eventually phased out, the association maintained job placement information on graduates through the mid-1950s and possibly later. The association activity waned considerably during the early 1970s; nevertheless, the association's bulletin, the Alumni News, continued to be published until 1996 when the Lowell Institute School moved to Northeastern University.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Park, Charles Francis

  • Lowell Institute School. Alumni Association
  • Lowell Institute School Alumni
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Lowell Institute School Alumni
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Alumni

  • Associations -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Technical Institutes -- Alumni
  • Vocational school graduates -- Massachusetts -- Boston

Processor:Finding aid prepared by Karen Abramson, Migyeong Geum, March 1999, October 2012