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Collection # DRT-180.1-001

Scrapbooks of the Directors of Development
and Alumni Affairs,
1962-1974

 

Main Entry: Development Office
Volume:
4 Scrapbooks

Biographical/Historical Note:
The Office of Development and Alumni was created in 1961 by Capt. William R. Brewster. M.C. Paget was the first director (1961-1968) and Bob Ballentine was the first Public Relations Director in the 1960s, when he initiated the publications. The Office has been responsible for Alumni affairs, publications, annual giving, and other organized fundraising efforts, such as Capital Campaigns. Over decades the office underwent a number of reorganizations with numerous directors, systems, and programs. In 1968 when Paget retired, J.W.C. “Doc” McKay assumed the position of Director of Development and Alumni Affairs. After 33 years at GMA/Woodward, McKay died suddenly in December, 1968. Burt Fargason then served in the position from the summer of 1969 until 1972. Joe Lowe held the position from 1972 until his retirement in 1974.

Scope and Content:
Arranged in chronological order, this collection is composed of three scrapbooks covering years 1962-1974. They are composed of newspapers clippings, mimeographed pages, and printed correspondence. The first scrapbook, created by M.C. Paget during the period 1962-1968, is quite large, 18”x16.5”, 159 pages. This covers crucial years when GMA was just initiating the Development Office, organizing an active alumni association, beginning fund raising programs, admitting girls and phasing out military. The scrapbook includes copies of important letters from Capt. Brewster announcing these changes. For preservation purposes, the scrapbook was partially disassembled because the items taped to approximately half of the pages were unattached. These items were filed in page order separately. The remainder of the pages whose materials still adhered were left intact and boxed separately.

The second scrapbook, 12”x12,” was begun by Doc McKay and covers the period July, 1968-1970. The second scrapbook covered 1970-1974 after the military had been discontinued and Woodward Academy established. It is smaller, 11.5”x12”, and shorter, 46 pages. Its content is very similar.

The collection also includes the Georgia Military Academy Guest Register, with guest signatures from 1962-1972. The Register is spiral bound, 11”x8.5”.

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