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Records of the Development Office 

Wofford College.  Development Office
Records, 1854-2000
Record Group 600
4.5 cubic feet and 1 volume

Historical note: 
The College's relations with its alumni and with potential donors began almost as soon as the first students enrolled in 1854.  The Alumni Association was chartered by the Board of Trustees in 1859 and has been continuously active ever since.  Initially, the trustees designated a member of the faculty to serve as the college's financial agent, making him responsible for soliciting gifts to the young institution.  Among the early financial agents were future Methodist Bishops William Wallace Duncan, Alexander Coke Smith, and John Carlisle Kilgo.  Each held a faculty appointment and performed fund-raising duties as part of the appointment. 

The modern period of development work began in the 1940s, with alumni directors Leroy H. Cox, Larry A. Jackson, T. Keller Cogswell performing various alumni relations and fund-raising responsibilities.  A series of fund-raising campaigns in the years after World War II tried to increase the endowment and provide for new capital projects.  By the 1980s, under the leadership of Russell S. Picton, Larry T. McGehee, and David M. Beacham, the development office was responsible for annual giving, gift planning, and soliciting major gifts for capital projects.  Their work, under the leadership of President Joab M. Lesesne, raised the college's endowment over the $100 million mark and saw a significant expansion of the college's physical plant. 

Organization:  The overall record group of Alumni and Development Records is divided into 2 individual record groups, each of which is divided into several series.  The record groups include the Development Office group and Alumni Affairs and Parents Programs group.  The Alumni Association and the Parents Advisory Council, while separate entities, perform most of their functions through the Office of Alumni and Parents Programs.  The Development group consists of materials about annual and planned giving, the endowment, and development campaigns.  The Alumni and Parents Programs group consists of the records of the alumni office, class reunion correspondence, materials relating to the Alumni Association and the Parents' Advisory Council, and Homecoming.

Scope and Content note:  The collection is a broad one, encompassing the work of a number of staff members.  The records include memoranda, reports, fund-raising materials, development publications, photographs, and information that documents this office's relations with alumni and donors.  Some older volumes contain records of donations made in the 19th century. 

Access: Certain files restricted.  See archivist for details. 

Cite As: Records of the Wofford College Development Office

Finding Aid: Folder listing

Location: Archives, Sandor Teszler Library, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC 29303-3663

Related Material: Records of the Office of Alumni and Parents Programs 

Group, Series, and Folder Listing

Series 1 - Financial Agent Books (on shelf)

Box 1
Series 2 - Development Office
   Wofford College Developments
   Marts and Lundy Fund-Raising Survey Report, 1954
   2 copies
   Marts and Lundy Report, 1955
  Milliken Challenge
   Development Leadership Workshop, 1978
   Romill Challenge
  "Case for Support and Advancement of Wofford College," 1990
   Malambri, Will, Report, 1998

Series 3 - Endowment Records
  Endowed Funds
  Windows on the Future: The Endowed Scholarship Funds of Wofford College (3 copies)
  Edge of Excellence Endowment Fund 
  Living Endowment

Series 4 - Annual Fund
 Alumni Fund (through 1970, 2 folders)
 Annual Fund (2 folders)
 Annual Fund letters, 1946-54
 Notes received with payments
 Requests for removal and complaints

Series 5 - Planned Giving and Gift Planning
 Planned Giving
 The Benefactor

Series 6 - Gift Reports (Chronological by year)

Box 2
Series 7 - Honor Roll of Contributors (1970-2000)
  Gallery Proofs

Box 3
Series 8 - Development Campaigns
 1945 - The Wofford of To-Morrow
 1954 - Centennial Development Campaign
 1960-61 Bulwarks of Freedom, Advance Fund
 1972 - Endow
 1984 - The 1984 Challenge
 1990 - The Campaign For Wofford
 1996 - Great Expectations: The Campaign For Wofford