Chatham University Commencement Program Collection 1870-2018

Chatham University

Summary Information

Repository
Chatham University
Title
Chatham University Commencement Program Collection
Creator
Chatham University.
Collection Number
RG04.2018.007
Date [inclusive]
1870-2018
Extent
3.0 linear feet
Abstract
Chartered in 1869, Chatham University (formerly Pennsylvania Female College, Pennsylvania College for Women, and Chatham College) is a fully coeducation insitution of higher education located in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.  The Commencemetn Collection documents commencement excercises from 1870 to the present.  The collection primarily includes event programs, photographs, ephemera produced by Chatham University for the event.

Preferred Citation:

Chatham University Commencement Collection, 2870-2018, RG04.2018.007, Chatham University Archives & Special Collections..

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Administrative History:

Chartered on December 11, 1869 by the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, the Pennsylvania Female College was initiated by Reverend William Trimble Beatty and several members of the Shadyside Presbyterian Church with the intention of providing “for young ladies what colleges of the first class accomplish for young men.” The campus was situated in the affluent Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in a building that held the previous distinction of being the largest private residence in Allegheny County.  A Board of Trustees which included Rev. Beatty and several members of the Shadyside Presbyterian Church, led the selection of college administrators and the development of college curriculum aiming to “furnish [students] the means of a thorough, well-proportioned and liberal education adapted to their wants in life.”

In 1890 the name of the institution was changed to Pennsylvania College for Women, and in 1955 the name was changed again to Chatham College in honor of William Pitt, First Earl of Chatham and namesake of the City of Pittsburgh. In 1994, Chatham College expanded around its historic undergraduate women’s college by beginning to offer graduate programs to both men and women with a special emphasis in the health science fields.  University status was granted in 2007 and the institution is thereafter named Chatham University.  Additional campus locations, including one in the East Liberty neighborhood called East Side and one in Gibsonia called Eden Hall Farm, were added in 2008.

In 2014, Chatham University’s Board of Trustees approved a resolution to implement coeducation within all colleges and schools while creating structures and programs that preserve the University’s commitment to women’s education and leadership.

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains documentation of commencement exercises held at Chatham University between 1870 and the present, including both undergraduate and graduate degree conferral ceremonies.  The collection primarily contains printed event programs listing event speakers, musical performances, and other elements of the commencement ceremony.  Event programs list names and degrees conferred to graduating students attending the ceremony as well as honorary degrees conferred during the event.  The collection also includes some newspaper clippings about, photographs and slides depicting, tickets to, and printed email communications about commencement ceremony events.

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Arrangement of Materials:

Records are arranged chronologically by date.  Where appropriate, folders divide materials relating to graduate commencement ceremonies from materials relating to undergraduate commencement ceremonies.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Chatham University, November 2018

Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA, 15232
412-365-1212
jkmref@chatham.edu

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on access.  The records are open for research use.

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Related Materials

Related Materials:

Chatham University Marketing & Communications Department Records

Chatham University Historical Film Collection

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Chatham University.

Subject(s)

  • Chatham University -- Archives
  • Education of Women -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- History -- Sources
  • Women -- Education--Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- History -- Sources

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Commencement Programs 

  DrawerFolder
Pennsylvania Female College Commencement, 1870s 11
  DrawerFolder
Pennsylvania Female College Commencement, 1880s 12
  DrawerFolder
Pennsylvania College for Women Commencement, 1890s 13
  DrawerFolder
Pennsylvania College for Women Commencement, 1900s 14
  DrawerFolder
Pennsylvania College for Women Commencement, 1910s 15
  DrawerFolder
Pennsylvania College for Women Commencement, 1920s 16
  DrawerFolder
Pennsylvania College for Women Commencement, 1930s 17
  DrawerFolder
Pennsylvania College for Women Commencement, 1940s 18
  DrawerFolder
Pennsylvania College for Women/Chatham College Commencement, 1950s 19
  DrawerFolder
Chatham College Commencement, 1960-65 110
  DrawerFolder
Chatham College Commencement, 1966 111
  DrawerFolder
Chatham College Commencement, 1967-1969 112
  DrawerFolder
Chatham College Commencement, 1970-1975 113
  DrawerFolder
Chatham College Commencement, 1976-1979 114
  DrawerFolder
Chatham College Commencement, 1980-1983 115
  DrawerFolder
Chatham College Commencement, 1984-1985 116
  DrawerFolder
Chatham College Commencement, 1986-1989 117
  DrawerFolder
Chatham College Commencement, 1990 -1993 21
  DrawerFolder
Chatham College Commencement, 1994 22
  DrawerFolder
Chatham College Commencement, 1995 23
  DrawerFolder
Chatham College Commencement, 1996 24
  DrawerFolder
Chatham College Graduate Commencement, 1996 25
  DrawerFolder
Chatham College Commencement, 1997 26
  DrawerFolder
Chatham College Commencement, 1998-1999 27
  DrawerFolder
Chatham College Commencement, 2000-2004 28
  DrawerFolder
Chatham College Graduate Commencement, 2000-2004 29
  DrawerFolder
Chatham University Commencement, 2005-2009 210
  DrawerFolder
Chatham University Graduate Commencement, 2005-2009 211
  DrawerFolder
Chatham University Commencement, 2010-2014 212
  DrawerFolder
Chatham University Commencement, 2015 - 2018 213