The Dave Brubeck Quartet

Source:  University Archives Photograph Collection, 55-01-5833

Staff Person:  Kacy Guill


In the Fall of 1957, the Student Government Association invited the Dave Brubeck Quartet to play at East Carolina College.  By the time the performance occurred in February 1958, Dave Brubeck’s bass player had been replaced by Eugene Wright.  Since he was African American, Eugene Wright was not permitted to play on stage at ECC, but required to perform from off stage.

In response, the Student Government Association petitioned ECC President John Messick for permission to invite any entertainment they chose without consideration of race.  The Board of Trustees granted permission.

Nuclear Age


Source: The Daily Reflector Image Collection East Carolina MC #741.28.f.45

Staff Person: Dale Sauter

Description:  Over seventy years ago, on December 2, 1942, the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction was initiated. For more details, see the source link
This week’s staff pick is a reminder of the public’s awareness and fear after the start of the nuclear age.

A. M. Handley journal

Source:   Handley, A. M., Journal, East Carolina Manuscript collection #1064.1.a

Staff Person: Ken Harbit


One of the great classics of American literature, and a treasure of world literature, Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick was published for the first time on October 18, 1851. It tells the story of the sailor Ishmael and his adventures on the whaler Pequod, led by Captain Ahab who leads his crew on a hunt for the whale Moby-Dick.

You can read a first hand account about what shipboard life was like during Melville’s time, and probably the inspiration for much of his writing, in the A. M. Handley journal located in Joyner Library’s Digital Collections; call number 1064.1.a