This collection includes programs, documents, and speeches from Founders Day convocations at Kalamazoo College. The original charter of Kalamazoo College was signed on April 22, 1833. Kalamazoo College celebrates Founders Day in April of each year.

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  • 1939 Founders Day Address 

    Goodsell, Charles True, 1886-1941 (Kalamazoo College, 1939-04-24)
    This is the text of Charles T. Goodsell's Founders Day address given on April 24, 1939. Goodsell was a Professor of History at the College from 1928 to 1941.
  • Genevieve U. Gilmore Honorary Degree Citation 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1984-04)
    Genevieve U. Gilmore received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at Founder's Day in 1984. This is the text of the degree citation.
  • John Alfred Hannah Honorary Degree Citation 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1967-04)
    Educational statesman and civil rights leader John Alfred Hannah received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at Founder's Day in 1967. This is the text of the degree citation.
  • Albert Calhoun Pittman Honorary Degree Citation 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1974-04)
    Pastor Albert Calhoun Pittman received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree at Founder's Day in 1974. This is the text of the degree citation.
  • Founders Day Talk, 1987 

    Barrett, Laurence N., 1915-2002 (1987-04)
    Text of the Founders Day Talk given by Laurence Barrett in 1987. Includes an extensive history of the Kalamazoo Plan (the "K Plan").
  • Founders' Day Oration 

    Woodard, William P. (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 1918-04-22)
    The Founders Day 1918 Class Oration, given by William P. Woodard.
  • The Real World 

    Start, Lester J., 1919-2001 (1986-04-18)
    Founders Day Address given at Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan on April 18, 1986.
  • Founders Day Program, 2009 

    Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College., 2009-04-24)
  • Founders, All 

    Seuss, Diane, 1956- (2009-04-24)
    Poem celebrating the Kalamazoo College community written by Kalamazoo College Writer in Residence Diane Seuss for Founders Day 2009 (April 24, 2009).