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Guide to the University of San Diego Fiftieth Anniversary records
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content Note
  • Arrangement
  • Preferred citation
  • Processing Information
  • Related Material
  • Index Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: University of San Diego Fiftieth Anniversary records
    Date (inclusive): 1998-2000
    Collection number: USDA_2009_020
    Creator: University of San Diego Office of Public Relations
    Extent: 2 boxes, 1 oversize (2 linear feet); plus 12 videos
    Repository: University of San Diego, Archives and Special Collections
    Copley Library
    5998 Alcalá Park
    San Diego, CA 92110
    Abstract: The University of San Diego celebrated the 50th Anniversary of its founding with a year of celebrations in 1999. These records consist of planning materials, committee meeting minutes, publications, programs, mailings, speeches, photographs, and videos related to the events held during the 1999 anniversary year.
    Languages: English

    Historical Note

    The University of San Diego celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1999. The anniversary celebration commemorated the groundbreaking ceremony that took place in December 1949, and the following fifty years of growth. In 1998, a committee of faculty and staff was appointed, and budget allocated, to plan for the 1999 festivities. Celebrations took place throughout the year of 1999 and included activities such as a 50th anniversary community party for all San Diego residents; a trio of performances featuring Culture Clash, 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors and the Gilbert Castellanos Trio; an Employee Appreciation picnic; a 50th Anniversary Convocation; and the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice groundbreaking and Conference. Extra fanfare was added to annual events such as Founders Day and Homecoming in honor of the anniversary. A Liturgy of Thanksgiving was held in Menlo Park, California to honor the Religious of the Sacred Heart and their support in the foundation of the University. In addition to celebration events, the planning committee selected the theme of "Tradition with Vision", and an accompanying logo which was featured on banners, mailing labels, and commemorative pins. The anniversary also included feature publications that highlighted the 50 year history of the University. These included a feature advertisement in the San Diego Union Tribune and a special edition USD Magazine.

    Scope and Content Note

    These records consist of planning materials for the various publications and events that were organized to celebrate the University of San Diego Fiftieth Anniversary. Correspondence, meeting minutes, advertising, news clippings, and programs highlight the variety of events that were held during the year. Planning for the 50th Anniversary Logo that was turned into banners, pins, and mailing labels is included as well as the pins. Among the events represented in these planning materials are the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice groundbreaking ceremony and conference. The publications that highlighted the anniversary, USD Magazine Golden Anniversary Issue and the Advertising Supplement to San Diego Union Tribune, are included. Also included is a survey and survey results gathered about the success of the event.
    Photograph albums from the March 25, 1999 USD Experience, Five Decades of Distinction event are included as well as video footage of news and campus events.


    These records are arranged in alphabetical order.

    Access Information

    These records are open for research.

    Preferred citation

    [Folder Title], Box # Folder #, University of San Diego Fiftieth Anniversary records, Copley Library, University of San Diego, Archives and Special Collections.

    Processing Information

    This collection was processed by Tessie Camina in 2009. It was further processed by Ashley Toutain in 2016.
    Photograph albums and videos were added in 2019.

    Related Material

    Videos covering the Joan Kroc donation and President Alice Hayes' Fiftieth Anniversary Convocation are also available in the Archives.

    Index Terms

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Hayes, Alice B.
    Rodee, Virginia
    Golding, Susan

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    University of San Diego
    University of San Diego. Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    San Diego (Calif.)

    Subjects and Indexing Terms