Alumni Memories

College students have been back on campus for a few weeks now, and homecoming season is fast approaching. Although my college years are not yet too far behind me, I fondly reminisce about the days spent in those hallowed halls of learning.

Dunbarton College. Arrival of students at school. Photo by Theodor Horydczak. Between 1920 and 1950. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/thc.5a43078

Dunbarton College. Arrival of students at school. Photo by Theodor Horydczak, between 1920 and 1950. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/thc.5a43078

These classroom images below remind me of early morning lectures and exploratory laboratory sessions.

Mathematics class at Tuskegee Institute, 1906. Photograph by Francis Benjamin Johnston, 1906. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ds.03647

Mathematics class at Tuskegee Institute, 1906. Photo by Francis Benjamin Johnston, 1906. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ds.03647

American University. Beirut, (A.U.B.). Class in chemistry bldg. [i.e., building] Gift of the Rockefeller Foundation. Photo by American Colony, between 1920 and 1933. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/matpc.02842

American University. Beirut, (A.U.B.). Class in chemistry bldg. [i.e., building] Gift of the Rockefeller Foundation. Photo by American Colony, between 1920 and 1933. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/matpc.02842

I recall spending most of my time among the stacks of the campus library. I was not only studying, but also working at my first library job.

4. Historic American Buildings Survey, M.B. Paine, Photographer April, 1934 MAIN READING ROOM, LOOKING EAST. – University of South Carolina, Library, South Sumter Street, Columbia, Richland County, SC. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/hhh.sc0086/photos.150702p

Of course, I’m sure we all have just as many vivid memories of friendships, romances, and other adventures that rounded out the college experience. Can you relate to this bashful couple below?

<em>Are college students bashful? Film director says they are.</em> Photograph by National Photo Company. 1927. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c06955

Are college students bashful? Film director says they are. Photo by National Photo Company, 1927. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c06955

Many hours were spent soaking up the sun between classes, talking with classmates about everything from aspirations to vacations.

Miscellaneous lot of photographs by Barbara Wright, e.g. University of Virginia, Franconia, New Hampshire, Maine. University of Virginia. 1938. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsa.8d37440

Miscellaneous lot of photographs by Barbara Wright, e.g. University of Virginia, Franconia, New Hampshire, Maine. University of Virginia, 1938. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsa.8d37440

And what would the college experience be without the excitement of sporting events and a little friendly competition?

Daytona Beach, Florida. Bethune-Cookman College. Football coach giving instructions to one of the players, during spring training. Photo by Gordon Parks. January 1943. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsa.8d12541

Daytona Beach, Florida. Bethune-Cookman College. Football coach giving instructions to one of the players, during spring training. Photo by Gordon Parks, January 1943. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsa.8d12541

Tobacco auctioneer who "bet on Carolina" and lost, pays off the wager by pushing the warehouseman in a wheelbarrow from the warehouse to the courthouse. Durham, North Carolina. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. 1939. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsa.8a41875

Tobacco auctioneer who “bet on Carolina” and lost, pays off the wager by pushing the warehouseman in a wheelbarrow from the warehouse to the courthouse. Durham, North Carolina. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott, 1939. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsa.8a41875

Alas, my college years came to a close with bittersweet graduation. Do our photos trigger happy memories of your own school days?

Barnard Girls -- 6/3/14. Photo by Bain News Service. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ggbain.16160

Barnard Girls — 6/3/14. Photo by Bain News Service, 1914. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ggbain.16160

 

Crimms, Bushnell, Childs, Sears. between 1889 and 1895? //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c04257

Crimms, Bushnell, Childs, Sears. between 1889 and 1895?. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c04257

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