16.25 linear feet (39 document boxes).
The collection is organized in seven series: I. Inaugurations and openings, 1973-1998; II. Commencements, 1994-1996; III. President's Lecture Series, circa 1992-2001; IV. Ogden Lectures, circa 1987-1997; V. Bill Slack Correspondences, 1991-1997; VI. Summer College, 1986-1997; VII. Providence Journal/Brown University Public Affairs Conference, 1988-2006.
Brown University Special Events Department files is arranged in seven series: Series I, Inaugurations and openings (1973-1998) includes documents from the Howard Swearer, Vartan Gregorian, and E. Gordon Gee inaugurations; these papers include budgets, planning documents, festivities, invitations. Also included are files for the Institute for International Studies speakers, such as J. William Fulbright, Linda Wertheimer, and Cyrus Vance. The series also contains material on the opening of the Swearer Center for Public Service, the Pizzitola Athletic Center and several other campus centers. Series II, Commencements (1994-1996) includes documents concerning event planning and rentals, student orations and guest lectures, ceremonies and programs, transportation and housing. Series III, President's Lecture Series (circa 1992-2001) includes files for lecturers such as Norman Mailer, William Burroughs, Joan Didion, Wilma Mankiller, Oliver Sacks, and Ken Burns. Series IV Ogden Lectures (circa 1987-1997) includes files for lecturers such as Richard Holbrooke, Nelson Mandela, Mary Robinson, Brian Mulroney, plus correspondence and planning documents. Series V, Bill Slack Correspondences (1991-1997) includes the correspondence of Brown's Director of Special Events. Series VI, Summer College (1986-1997). Series VII, Providence Journal/Brown University Public Affairs Conference (1988-2006) includes transcripts of such conferences as Sport--Is It Only a Game? (2000); The Dignity of Children (2001); and A Time of Great Consequence: America and the World (2003).
The Brown University Special Events Department files pertain to campus events that took place from 1973 through 2001 and include presidential inaugurations, campus center openings, lecture series, commencements (1994-1996), and the Providence Journal/Brown University Public Affairs Conference. The collection contains correspondence, financial documents, lists of speakers, speeches, schedules, programs, seating arrangements, menus, videos and photographs.
There are no restrictions on access, except that the collection can only be seen by prior appointment. Some materials may be stored off-site and cannot be produced on the same day on which they are requested.
Brown University Special Events Department Records, OF-1ZSE-1, Brown University Library.
Researchers are advised that express written permission to reproduce, quote, or otherwise publish any portion or extract from this collection must be obtained from the Brown University Library. Although Brown University has physical ownership of the collection and the materials contained therein, it may not claim literary rights. It is up to the researcher to determine the owners of the literary rights and to obtain any necessary permissions from them.
William J. Slack was the Director of Special Events at Brown University from the early 1980's into the early 2000's.