Sesquicentennial Celebration Collection

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Sesquicentennial Celebration Collection
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Call Number: UA284
Dates: 2000
Physical Description: 3.31 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: University of Rochester Archives

Table of Contents:

Revision Information
Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Three-Dimensional Objects
Books and Video Recordings
Subject Files
Binders
Collection Overview
Title: Sesquicentennial Celebration Collection
Call Number: UA284
Dates: 2000
Physical Description: 3.31 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: University of Rochester Archives

Biographical/Historical Note
Founded in 1850, the University of Rochester marked its 150th anniversary in the year 2000. The occasion "represented a once in a lifetime opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of the University and its faculty and, in the process, to enhance its image among its many constituents." The year-long commemoration was the result of the most comprehensive and creative marketing campaign in University of Rochester history. Key elements included the limited edition pictorial history book Beside the Genesee and a day-by-day desk calendar sent to over 43,000 alumni and friends. A special logo featuring a birthday candle and the University's motto Meliora ("Ever Better") adorned many posters, publications, mailings, and other ephemeral items.

The highlight of the anniversary year was the first Meliora Weekend, held from October 12-15, 2000. Also called Sesquicentennial Weekend, the four-day festivities included class reunions, discussion panels, lectures, home games, luncheons, musical performances, department open houses, and a twenty-minute fireworks display over the River Campus. Prominent guests and speakers included political satirist Mark Russell, actor Robert Duvall, NASA chief Dan Goldin, and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. Also present were many prominent alumni such as Harvard Law professor and ABC news commentator Arthur Miller '56, Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Barry Miller '64, and Nobel Laureate Stephen Chu '70, who went on to become Secretary of Energy under President Obama. Altogether, some 7,800 people attended over 109 programs and activities carefully balanced between academia and entertainment.

In addition to the main Sesquicentennial Weekend, twenty-two smaller celebrations were held throughout the country from November 1999 to September 2000 for those unable to visit Rochester in October. The total attendance of 2,600 exceeded all regional goals and marked a 119% increase in participation from all past events.

By all accounts, the Sesquicentennial was a momentous turning point in the history of the University of Rochester. Two years of intense planning and preparation left behind a large pool of volunteers happy to take on future events and created new fundraising offices targeting different groups within the UR community. Most importantly, Meliora Weekend - an incorporation of Reunion, Family Weekend, Homecoming, and Regatta - was established as a new annual tradition that keeps alumni connected with their alma mater and promotes school pride. Overall, the Sesquicentennial raised the bar and set a new standard for all future celebrations at the University of Rochester.

Scope and Content
The collection contains numerous museum objects, publications, and ephemera related mostly to Sesquicentennial Weekend.

The binder "An Archive of Sesquicentennial Marketing Materials" contains Internet print-outs, publications, stationary, ephemera, and mailings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Much of the University of Rochester Sesquicentennial Collection was gathered by the University Archives during the festivities. Additional material was received in May 2001 from Margaret Bond in Public Relations; from Mary Jo Ferr, Director Sesquicentennial and Reunion Operations; and from Joseph P. Mack, Trustee Chairman of the Sesquicentennial.Access
For access to this collection, please contact the University of Rochester Archives (archives@library.rochester.edu) at least two business days prior to your planned visit.

Please note: Some materials may be restricted or require permission for use.

Use
To request reproductions or permission to publish materials from the collection, please contact the University of Rochester Archives (archives@library.rochester.edu). Researchers may be responsible for determining any copyright questions.



Citation
[Item title, item date], Sesquicentennial Celebration Collection, UA284, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Eileen L. Fay
Publisher: University of Rochester Archives
Address: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation
River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd.
Rochester, New York 14627-0055
archives@library.rochester.edu

Finding aid publication date: May 2012
Revision Information
March 2018: EAD revision.

Content List
Three-Dimensional Objects
Box 1Candle (blue, scented) in glass votive with Sesquicentennial logo given to all attendees of Sesquicentennial Weekend - in blue box with card: "A gift from Robert B. Goergen '60" (3)
Box 1"Celebrate in 2000!" plastic blue slinky (1 in blue box, 1 loose)
Box 1Greeting cards with embossed University seal (1 package)
Box 1"Happy Birthday Rochester!" 2000 desk calendar sent to alumni and UR community members (3)
Box 1Keychain (gold) with Sesquicentennial logo (1)
Box 1Media access tag
Box 1"Meliora: One Hundred Fifty Years" coffee mug (blue glass) (2)
Box 1Paperweight (glass) with Sesquicentennial logo - in gold box (1)
Box 1Paperweight (glass) with image of Rush Rhees Library (1)
Box 1Pen (blue) - in purple box (1)
Box 1Ring (14K) with University seal and year 1850 - comes in small blue case (1)
Box 1"University of Rochester: Sequi Weekend" - yellow megaphone with mascot (1)
Box 2Pennants (blue and gold) with Sesquicentennial logo (3)
Box 2T-shirts (gray) with Sesquicentennial logo (2)
Box 2T-shirt from Susan B. Anthony Legacy Race with picture of 1905 girls' basketball team (1)
Box 2Tote bag (white) with Sesquicentennial logo (1)
Box 2Tote bags (blue) containing materials given out to participants in October festivities (3 filled, 1 empty)
Books and Video Recordings
Box 3Beside the Genesee: A Pictorial History of the University of Rochester by Jan LaMartina Waxman (1 copy)
Box 3Transforming Ideas: Selected Profiles in University of Rochester Research and Scholarship edited by Robert Kraus and Charles E. Phelps (1 hardcover, 1 softcover)
Box 3Official Sesquicentennial video (2 videocassettes)
Box 3WXXI coverage of Sesqui events (1 videocassette)
Subject Files
Box 4, Folder 1"150 Treasures from the Libraries in Honor of the University of Rochester's Sesquicentennial"
Box 4, Folder 2Bookmark: Library News at the University of Rochester, Fall 2000
Box 4, Folder 3"The Campus That Wasn't: Planning the University" exhibit promotion cards
Box 4, Folder 4Campus Times Sesquicentennial edition, October 12, 2000
Box 4, Folder 5"Celebrating a Community Partnership" (Democrat and Chronicle supplement), October 15, 2000
Box 4, Folder 6Clippings
Box 4, Folder 7Currents, October 9, 2000
Box 4, Folder 8Eastman School of Music Alumni Weekend historical photo booklet
Box 4, Folder 9Interpres (yearbook), 2000
Box 4, Folder 10Meliora Weekend event programs, 2000
Box 4, Folder 11Meliora Weekend invitation brochures, 2000
Box 4, Folder 12Miscellaneous
Box 4, Folder 13Renuion brochure, 2000
Box 4, Folder 14Rochester Review, Winter-Spring 2001
Box 4, Folder 15Sesquicentennial Convocation program
Box 4, Folder 16Sesquicentennial Convocation remarks
Box 4, Folder 17Sesquicentennial Weekend programs
Box 4, Folder 18Stonehurst Capital Invitational Regatta program
Binders
Volume 1Sesquicentennial Summary
Volume 2"An Archive of Sesquicentennial Marketing Materials"


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