Voorhis Vikings Alumni Collection UA2011.1

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA, 91768
(909) 869-3109

Title: Voorhis Vikings Alumni Collection
Identifier/Call Number: UA2011.1
Contributing Institution: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.5 Linear feet 1 Container
Date (inclusive): 1964-2002
Shelf Location: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, University Library, Special Collections, Room 4434, Shelf E-3

Scope and Content

This collection contains files from the Voorhis Viking Alumni, this include meeting minutes, correspondence, newspaper clippings of Jerry Voorhis and the Voorhis campus, materials written by Jerry Voorhis and stories written about him. Also years of the Voorhis Vikings newsletter, directories for members from the Voorhis Alumni and a scrapbook filled with pictures, more newspaper clippings, and items from Jerry Voorhis' memorial.

Background on Jerry Voorhis and Voorhis Vikings

Jerry Voorhis always wanted to keep in touch with the alumni of the Voorhis School for Boys. Before the School was closed in 1938, alumni were welcomed back on weekends, and one of the cottages was designated as the Alumni House. After Jerry was elected to Congress and the School was closed, he continued to meet with alumni whenever possible. The meetings were ordinarily held at either the San Dimas property of the former School or at the School Camp in Mammoth Lakes. For many years, the alumni maintained the Camp. It was turned over to the Boys and Girls Club of East San Gabriel Valley in 1975. It continues to be operated by the Club as Camp Voorhis Viking. In 2002, 298 children were able to enjoy its outdoor experience. The Voorhis Viking Alumni Association also gave the Club an endowment fund to provide "camperships" for especially needy children.
Voorhis alumni provided scholarships to worthy students for many years out of the Voorhis Viking Alumni Association treasury. Later they established a scholarship endowment fund at Claremont Graduate University. Jerry Voorhis had been the first graduate from that school, earning a Master's degree in history from it in 1928, writing his thesis on "The Education of The Institution Boy," [Archives LD 7501 V6 V56]. Finally, in 2002, Voorhis alumni established the Jerry Voorhis Memorial Scholarship Fund at Cal Poly Pomona University. Many homeless and orphaned boys of all races were cared for at the Voorhis School during the ten-year period it operated. They went on to distinguish themselves in the armed forces during World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars, as well as in their professions and ongoing community service. Perhaps the best evidence of the strength of Jerry's personality and the inspiration he provided is that the Voorhis Viking Alumni Association continued to function for over 60 years after the Voorhis School for Boys closed. Chris Wain*

Processing Information Note

Processed by David Baeza

Subjects and Indexing Terms

O'Brien, Ben -- Archives
Voorhis, Jerry, 1901-1984 -- Archives
California State Polytechnic College, Kellogg-Voorhis -- History
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Voorhis School for Boys
Voorhis Viking Alumni Association--California State Polytechnic University, Pomona


Box 1 UA2011.1 1964-2002

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.0 Box Letter to Ben O'Brien from Ronald R. Simons, thanking him for the donation Print-outs of Voorhis Vikings pages from University Archives website - 2002 Voorhis Campus Historical Photos Voorhis Vikings Association By-laws/ Articles of Incorporation Voorhis Vikings Asssociation Meeting Minutes 1976-2000 Voorhis Alumni Mailing list Voorhis Vikings Newsletter 1978-1989 Voorhis Vikings Christmas Message 1970 - 1978 Voorhis Vikings Christmas Message 1979 - 1984, 1996 Correspondence Between Ben O'Brien and Jerry Voorhis Correspondence Between Ben O'Brien and Gordon Haskell Correspondence of Mary Glasgow Newspaper Clippings about Voorhis Campus Newspaper Clippings about Jerry Voorhis Newspaper Clippings about Jerry Voorhis' Death - 1984 Luncheon Menu with Jerry Voohis Handwritten Notes A speech of Jerry Voorhis - February 15,1964 (includes transcript, notes, and pictures) Voorhis Ecological Reserve Pamphlet and Newspaper Article - 1983 "Poems" book by Jerry Voorhis "The Story Of A High Sierra Camp" by Jerry Voorhis "The Careers of Jerry Voorhis" by Arthur S. Calderwood "Jerry Voorhis As I Knew Him" by Al Berg David S. Burgess Family Letter 1992-1995, 2000 Photocopy of "Poly Vue" 1939 Cassette Tape Labeled Gordon Haskell - Bulgaria June 1990 3-ring Binder contents: Pictures and papers from Voorhis Park Dedication/ Reunion, Photocopies of Historic Photos of Voorhis Campus Newspaper Clippings and Business cards of Robert Minear Items from Jerry Voorhis Memorial Service Photocopies of articles from "Poly Views"