Source: University Archives
East Carolinian front page, 1958
Staff Person: L. K. Gypsye Legge
In 2008, East Carolina University celebrates the Golden Anniversary of homecoming with our Golden Class: the graduates of 1958. That year, East Carolina College, as the institution was then known, celebrated 50 years of higher education in Eastern North Carolina with an enthusiasm as great as we have seen for the centennial of East Carolina Unversity. Reviewing documents of the era for an exhibit to honor visiting alumni, I found the image below amusing and enlightening:
A 21-inch television seems almost quaint, as an educational experiment, in light of the more than 300 Smart Classrooms, complete with computer controlled projectors and web access, available today. There is also a reference to Joyner Library as the site of the studios. Even with progress, some things are constant. Today Joyner Library still contains studios, but now the focus is on videoconferencing [http://www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/systems/JL_Videoconferencing.cfm, accessed November 5, 2008.]
ECU has the largest distance education prograrm in North Carolina [http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/DEOrientation/upload/StudentSept07.htm, accessed November 5, 2008.] With this anonymous news item and photo, it becomes clear that many of our current achievements are the result of decades of effort pursuing all avenues to provide effective education for all students enrolled in East Carolina University.
Source: University Archives (digital image being accessioned)
Staff Person: L.K. Gypsye Legge
Last week we enjoyed delightful weather in Eastern North Carolina. Thursday, the 24th of April was sunny and warm, but breezy enough to make an afternoon outside a delight even without a festival of fun for its own sake. Happily, Pirates and their friends got to do both, with the 29th celebration of Barefoot on the Mall. Research in the University Archives revealed that this event was created in 1979 by Laura Lauffer. According to an unsigned feature article in the 1990 Buccaneer, Ms. Lauffer was a senior at Rose High School, interning at ECU when she suggested a day of music, crafts, refreshments, and booths for student organizations. Ken Hammond is quoted as saying the name was chosen“… because she wanted the festival to be something the students come to barefoot, and relaxed.”
A page from the 1979 Buccaneer shows a smaller crowd on a cooler day:
Page 256 of the 1979 Buccaneer
Page 257 of the 1979 Buccaneer
Poignantly, the 1990 article goes on to relate that Ms. Lauffer did not attend ECU, or any college in the Fall of 1979, because she was paralyzed when her car was struck by a drunk driver. Now, ECU can accommodate students of many abilities, and the office of Disability Support Services makes the Home of the Pirates even more diverse and welcoming! Information about the services offered can be found at: http://www.ecu.edu/cs%2Dstudentlife/dss/
The picture below is a new addition to the University Archives as it was created in a digital format last week. You can find out more about this year’s event, and see other images, at: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/mktg/barefoot_on_the_mall_08.cfm>
Barefoot on the Mall, 2008
Source: University Archives UW0000/2/4/7.1
Panoramic view of group in front of Old Austin
Staff Person: L. K. Gypsye Legge
It is impossible to predict what may appear next in Special Collections. A phone call was made one afternoon to the Search Room desk. On the line was a woman who lives in Jackson, Mississippi. Her great-aunt was an alumna of East Carolina, and she had a picture to donate to University Archives that included her relative and Robert Wright in a group photo.
Maury York, Assistant Director and Head of Special Collections, was pleased to accept the donation when the donor came to Greenville, and the framed photo came to University Archives for accessioning. It was a delightful shock to realize what had been tentatively identified as an image from the 1920’s is, in fact, our only vintage copy of a photo published in the Volume 1 Number 2 issue of the [ECTTS] Training School Quarterly!
Photographic prints have much more detail than most mass printing methods, and especially printing from the early 20th Century. This photo will allow us to make higher quality images for reproduction, provide more detail for researchers to study and, given that this is the Centennial for ECU, reminds us that we should not think that we are done collecting or researching – something “new” can pop up any time!
Source: Moore Family Papers, East Carolina Manuscript Collection #275
Charles O’Hagan Laughinghouse Papers, East Carolina Manuscript Collection #267
Edgerton Family Papers, East Carolina Manuscript Collection #361
World War I draft notice
Staff Person: Brian Johnson
This document is a NOTICE OF CALL AND ORDER TO APPEAR FOR PHYSICAL EXAMINATION issued by the Local Board for the County of Pitt, State of North Carolina, Greenville, N. C. on July 30, 1917 to Allen Thurman Moore notifying him that he has been called for military service by the United States to serve in World War I, that he has been issued Serial No. 2376 with order no. 425, and is to appear at the office of the Local Board at 1:30 P. M. on Aug 6, 1917. The notice is signed by the Chairman of the Local Board of the War Department, Joseph John Laughinghouse and the Clerk of the Local Board, Michael Edgerton.
Allen Thurman Moore was the son of David C. Moore who served as Clerk of the Superior Court. Allen Moore again was ordered to appear for a physical examination on January 30, 1918 and was found qualified for special and limited military service.
Prior to the war he attended the University of North Carolina and after which he lived in Greenville, NC.
The original document and many other legal papers can be found in the Moore Family Papers, collection #275 in the Manuscript Collection of the Special Collections department, Manuscript Collection 275. Related collections are the Charles O’Hagan Laughinghouse Papers (#267) and the Edgerton Family Papers (#361).
Source: Albert A. Joseph Collection, East Carolina Manuscript Collection #682
Proctor Hotel Lobby, Greenville North Carolina
Staff Person: Brian Johnson
This is a photo of the lobby of the historic Proctor Hotel located at Third and Evans St. in Greenville. The hotel was in operation at the time of World War I and was considered one of the finest hotels in North Carolina. It had sixty rooms that were equipped with hot and cold running water, electric call bells and many of the rooms had a private bath. There were electric elevators and electric lights. It featured a lobby, office, large dining room and reading rooms. It was elegantly furnished and had an “air of refinement” according to a brochure of Greenville published in 1914. Renovated in 2004, the four story building is now named the Self Help Building. This photo and many more scenes of North Carolina can be found in the Albert A. Joseph Collection (call #682) in the Manuscript Collection of the Special Collections Department. Finding aid: Manuscript Collection 682.