Joseph Brostek Commencement Records

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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Arrangement

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Joseph Brostek Commencement Records


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Descriptive Summary

Repository: Queens College (New York, N.Y.) Department of Special Collections and Archives
Title: Brostek Commencement Records
Dates: 1941-Present
Extent: 3.0 Linear feet, 4 boxes
Mixed materials All Boxes
Abstract The collection is comprised of commencement programs and baccalaureate programs maintained by the Office of Special Events and Alumni Affairs. Awards, medals, and honorary degrees given at commencements are also documented.
Identification: INST.2013.001
Languages: English

Historical Note

The Department of Special Events and Alumni Affairs maintains copies of commencement programs for the office’s use and records. Joseph R. Brostek, the director of the department, gathered the programs from 1941-2005 into binders and donated them to the Queens College Department of Special Collections. In 2005 he authored an analysis of the Queens College commencement activities. The report is held with the collection. Since 2005, the Special Events and Alumni Affairs office has sent over an official copy of the year’s commencement program for addition to the collection.

Commencement ceremonies have been held each year since the first graduating year at Queens College. Until 1959 the ceremony was held in February for fall graduates as well as in the spring. Separate baccalaureate ceremonies were held from 1962-1975, then integrated with the larger commencement ceremonies from 1976-78 and 1990. They are still held today.

Awards and honorary degrees are also given out at commencement ceremonies. A list of the recipients of awards from 1946-1991 is held in the collection. Recipients of honorary degrees and the merits upon which the degrees were determined are also present.

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Scope and Contents Note

The Joseph Brostek Commencement Records (1941-2012) were donated by Joseph R. Brostek, Director of the Department of Special Events and Alumni Affairs at Queens College. Every commencement program from 1941 onward is present in the collection, as are the extant baccalaureate programs from 1962 onward. Brostek also gathered materials on the honorary degrees and awards given by the university. Included in the collection is a 2005 report written by the donor analyzing the Queens College commencement activities.

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Arrangement

The collection is comprised of three series:
Series I: Commencement & Baccalaureate Programs 1941-2013
Series II: Honorary Degrees and Medals Awarded
Series III: Commencement Scripts
Series IV: Commencement Exercises, Notes, and Convocations

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Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research. Staff may restrict access at its discretion on the basis of physical condition.

Copyright

The Joseph Brostek Commencement Records are owned by the Queens College Libraries. The records were produced by Queens College. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Item, date (if known), box, Joseph Brostek Commencement Records, Department of Special Collections and Archives, Queens College, City University of New York.

Source

The bulk of the collection was donated by Joseph R. Brostek, Director of the Office of Special Events and Alumni Affairs, in 2012. Additions are collected by the Department of Special Collections and Archives.

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Series I: Commencement Programs 1941-Present Box 1
Commencement and Baccalaureate Programs arranged by year
Series II: Honorary Degrees and Medals Box 2
This series consists of a single binder. A list of the recipients of awards from 1948-1991 can be found in the front folder flap. The binder is arranged alphabetically by last name of honorary degree holder, and includes citations. The process for selecting awardees is also in this binder.
Series III: Commencement Scripts Box 3
Scripts for Commencement, articles and 2 tapes. Contains items from the years 1948, 1952, 1988, 1990, 1992-2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008.
Series IV: Commencement Exercises & Notes Box 4
Contains Commencement exercises and other miscellaneous items relating to commencements from the years 1941, 1953, 1975, 1976, and 1977. Also includes folders from Professor Simon and other miscellaneous commencement related materials, and 50th anniversary Convocation booklets.