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Collection # DRT-270.0-001

Centennial Celebration Collection,


Main Entry: Development Office
16 Boxes, 6 History Boards, 1 Framed Logo

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. The office has been responsible for alumni affairs, publications, annual giving, and other fundraising efforts, such as Capital Campaigns. Over decades the office underwent a number of reorganizations with numerous directors, systems, and programs. John Anderson became Vice President for Development in 1990.

In 1996, President Tom Jackson began to contemplate plans for a grand celebration of the school’s centennial. John Anderson and the Development Office was placed in charge of developing and executing the Centennial Celebration. Over a two year period, planning committees composed of parents, teachers, and alumni began meeting on a periodic basis to propose a variety of ways of celebrating the school’s birthday. During the 1999-2000 school year a plethora of celebration activities were orchestrated by the Development Office involving nearly every group within the Woodward community. Not only were there lavish opening and closing ceremonies involving the Founder's Day Convocation, mass student choir performances, and rock concerts, but also every school held commemorative and celebratory events. The band commissioned and performed an original musical piece entitled Lines From Lanier and the History Department hosted special lectures in memory of Col. Woodward. The school was decorated with banners and a special Centennial Store was set up on the internet and in the Paget Gym and many different items of memorabilia were sold. The celebration was highlighted by the on-campus Centennial Ball.

Scope and Content:
Arranged by topic, this collection consists of a variety of paper and memorabilia items produced by Development as a part of the Centennial Celebration, 1999-2000. Nearly three thousand original student essays from all the schools were displayed in 21 large notebooks, stored in 5 document storage boxes. Also included in one document box are planning committee reports and John Anderson’s master plan notebook for the entire Centennial Celebration (including expenditure accounts). Copies of all printed advertisements, invitations, and brochures are included. Of special interest is the commemorative booklet, “Reflections: A Collection of Essays and Art Honoring the Celebration of G.M.A. and Woodward Academy.” Nearly a thousand color photographs of the opening and closing ceremonies are housed in three boxes. There are dozens of commemorative items from the Centennial Store- reversible caps, plates, coffee mugs, T-shirts and sweat shirts, ties, paper weights, car tags, book markers, Christmas ornaments, hair ribbons, lapel buttons, mouse pads, tiles, etc. Five lamppost banners, five bus decals, and a large framed copy of the specially designed Centennial logo are included. Of special interest are six large architectural boards documenting the history of the school which were displayed in the rotunda of Richardson Hall.

Subject Headings:
Band 230.4


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