Altered Plans

 

Each new academic year brings new faces to campus.  This fall brought a new classroom building, the E. Craig Wall Academic Center. Faculty, staff and students are getting used to new classrooms, labs and offices.  What once was plans on paper and computer screens is now a 3-dimensional space reshaping the look of the campus.

Not all building proposals have come into being as originally designed.  Beginning with the original Chambers building, initial ideas shifted -altered by budgets and continued conversations about the best use of spaces.

 Original plans for the Chambers building

Original plans for the Chambers building

In the case of Chambers, the building constructed was about 1/8 of the planned structure.  The vision included a grand quad with spaces for Laundry Court and a Steward’s Court linked by a garden.

Schemata for quad

Schemata for quad

Chambers as built.

Chambers as built.

With the completion of the Wall Academic Center, work has begun on Martin Chemical building. Like Chambers, the current Martin is the second iteration of the building.  Plans for the first Martin Chemical Laboratory were published in the class of 1899’s yearbook Narrative of the Nines (note: This only yearbook not to use the title Quips and Cranks. It only contains information about the senior class. )

Original design for the college's first science building.

Original design for the college’s first science building.

The building constructed in 1901 looked a little different.

The entrance remained similar but the roof line changed.

The entrance design remained but the roof line changed.

The plans for Johnston Gymnasium underwent similar smaller changes. The college produced a 16-page fund-raising booklet for the “New Gymnasium” focusing on the inadequacies of the existing gym facilities and the failure of 19 recent graduates to pass the the Marine Corps physical test. The building design was featured on a page that quoted an 28 March 1942 Atlanta Journal editorial under a headline “Davidson Will Be Next:”

Vanderbilt is following the lead of Harvard, Yale and other great Eastern universities in prescribing a mandatory course of physical training for the student body. Beginning Monday every matriculate, unless crippled or the victim of an organic weakness, must participate in calisthenics or competitive action. The program is similar to that which Harvard has worked out and will start on April 6.

This sketch was described as a tentative suggestion

This sketch was described as a tentative suggestion

Revised plans c1948

Revised plans c1948

Johnston Gym as built.

Johnston Gym as built.

Very different designs were on the table as the college looked to build a new library in the 1970s. The general footprint remained the same as architects played with arches and columns.

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Library as built in 1974.

Library as built in 1974.

In the 1990s, the fund-raising prospectus for a new visual arts building imagined as a more of a complex.

View of proposed visual arts building from Main Street.

View of proposed visual arts building from Griffith Street.

The final version incorporated elements into one space.

View from Main Street looking toward Griffith Street.

View from Main Street looking toward Griffith Street.

Some plans, such as a garden near the Carolina Inn have never made it from sketches to revisions to construction so we can only imagine how they might look.

This garden would have been directly behind the building.

This garden would have been directly behind the building.

The Calling Cards of Miss Louise Sloan

The College Archives & Special Collections recently received new material on Louise Sloan, collected from a closet in what had been the long-time home of Sloan family on South Main Street (next to Town Hall). Louise (1892-1992) was a local character – a long-time time resident known for her thriftiness and spunk.

The Sloan house on South Main Street, built circa 1900 and longtime home of Louise Sloan.

The Sloan house on South Main Street, built circa 1900 and longtime home of Louise Sloan.

Born to Ida Withers Sloan and James Lee Sloan, Jr. (Class of 1884), Louise worked as an insurance agent and the 1920 census taker. Her father was described as “a local businessman, and sometime postmaster and mayor” by Mary Beaty in her book, Davidson: A History of the Town from 1835 until 1937. Sloan, Jr. occasionally owned a store or two on Main Street, invested in the Linden Cotton Mill in town, and served as mayor from 1900 to 1920 and again for 1925-1926. Both of Louise Sloan’s parents came from prominent local families, with ties to the area that predate the founding of Davidson College. She attended Peace College (now William Peace University) in Raleigh, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1911.

There are many town stories about Louise Sloan, many dealing with her extreme frugality and propensity for never throwing anything away. Jan Blodgett and Ralph Levering’s One Town, Many Voices contains many such tales and reminisces:

“She loved reading the Wall Street Journal, but only if she could read it at the college library or retrieve copies from the trash at the post office.”

“‘She was always very dressed and had her rouge on,’ Elaine McArn recalled. ‘She wore a little black suit a lot with a black hat with a veil.’ ‘She wore fifty-year-old clothes or older and walked all over town and picked things up,’ Mary Fetter Stough noted. ‘Every evening she would go through the garbage cans [downtown],’ Jane Power Schenck observed. ‘We [children] were always afraid of her because we thought she was a witch.'”

“She was famous for attending weddings at DCPC to which she had not been invited. During receptions in the fellowship room, invited guests watched with amusement as she filled her purse with goodies that she presumably ate at home later.”

This last story is the most commonly repeated, and although she wasn’t invited, it was considered a slight if Miss Sloan did not crash your wedding. She worked for a bit at the College Library, and then Library Director Chalmers G. Davidson (Class of 1928) even took out a second subscription of the Charlotte Observer for the students because Sloan so often snagged the paper as soon as it arrived.

Louise Withers Sloan posing inside a tree trunk in 1941.

Louise Withers Sloan posing inside a tree trunk in 1941.

However, these tales of thriftiness shouldn’t give the impression that Louise Sloan was one-dimensional, or at all disliked in town – as Mary Beaty wrote, “Miss Louise is something of a landmark herself, one of Davidson’s human institutions, a southern gentlewoman of soft features and incisive mind.” (Davidson: A History of the Town from 1835 until 1937)

One of the new additions to our collections found in the closets of the old Sloan house is Louise Sloan’s calling card collection – a wonderful snapshot of the social life in the town of Davidson in the first half of the 20th century. Some of the cards have the top left corner folded down, which could have several possible meanings – as Emily Post conveys in her 1922 Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics, and at Home chapter on “Cards and Visits”:

Turning down a corner of a visiting card is by many intended to convey that the visit is meant for all the ladies in the family. Other people mean merely to show that the card was left at the door in person and not sent in an envelope. Other people turn them down from force of habit and mean nothing whatever. But whichever the reason, more cards are bent or dog-eared than are left flat.

A sampling of Miss Sloan's calling cards.

A sampling of Miss Sloan’s calling cards.

One of our favorites, this calling card is from "Jim" - first name only.

One of our favorites, this calling card is from “Jim” – first name only.

These cards illustrate the relationships between families in Davidson – both old town families, and faculty families that made the town their home. We look forward to exploring more of the collections from the Sloan house, and learning even more about the fascinating Louise Sloan!

Chaucer’s Parlement of Foules

Parlement of Foules first page

Parlement of Foules first page

Geoffrey Chaucer wrote Parlement of Foules in around 1381, and it is one of the first references to Valentine’s Day being a special day for lovers.  The text of the poem has been passed down in manuscripts (since Chaucer didn’t have access to a printing press!) and is composed of 699 lines.  It tells of the narrator’s dream of going through a beautiful country where a large flock of birds are debating while three male eagles try to seduce a female bird.  None of the eagles triumphs, and the dream ends with a welcome to the coming spring.  Our copy of Parlement of Foules was printed at the Riverside Press for Houghton Mifflin & Company in 1904 and illustrated by the noted typographer, Bruce Rogers.  Our copy is number 130 of a limited run of 325 copies printed in letter batarde in red and black on handmade paper, and is one of over 20 volumes in our collection from the Riverside Press with type designs by Rogers.  The volume is bound in cream vellum with gilt spine lettering, and is illustrated with large floriated initial letters in blue and gold.

Use of floriated letters

Use of floriated letters

It represents one of Bruce Rogers’ few experiments with a medieval style, and was one of his favorite books.

Our thanks go to Dr. H.M. Marvin, Davidson class of 1914, for giving us this beautiful work.

Last Page

Last Page

Limited edition information with printer's mark

Limited edition information with printer’s mark

Panoramic Views

This week’s mail brought a new gift to the Archives — panoramic photographs from 1943 of a class of airmen taking training at Davidson College. They were class 7 of the Army Special Training Program (ASTRP). We can only identify one of the men in the photograph but we have the names of all the men who participated in the training courses.

William Randolph is on the front row, fifth from the right.

William Randolph is on the front row, fifth from the right.

The photos are in good condition but showing one of the hazards of oversize photographs – some fold lines.  We are grateful to have these photos as we do not have much documentation for the Army trainees who spent came to campus for 12 week sessions. Some of their courses were taught by Davidson faculty, others by military personnel.

The earliest panoramic photograph in our collection dates from 1917.

Davidson student body in 1917

Davidson student body in 1917.

We haven’t done a headcount to see if all 394 students made it to the photo shoot that day. The buildings behind the students include Old Chambers and the YCMA/Morrison Hall. Both buildings are gone from campus. The camera technology of the era distorts the geography but still gives a good sense of the look of the college.

Most of our panoramic photos come from the 1917-1929 period and many of them are of student-soldiers.

G Company of the Davidson's ROTC students, pose for a picture in uniform in front of their tents at Camp McClellan in Alabama.

G Company of the Davidson’s ROTC students, pose for a picture in uniform in front of their tents at Camp McClellan in Alabama in 1923.

We have more images of SATC and ROTC activities through yearbooks and student scrapbooks taken both on campus and at summer camps.

Our one athletic panoramic was made off-campus – at a college with a larger stadium. The original image isn’t clear enough to read all the information on the scoreboard beyond the advertisement for the Howard Theater.  The team played games at Georgia Tech, Richmond, Va, Greenville, SC and at Wearn field in Charlotte – any guesses which place this is?

Varsity football team in 1921.

Varsity football team in 1921.

The oldest of the panoramics in our collection is from 1955.

Davidson students and faculty on 8 March 1955.

Davidson students and faculty on 8 March 1955.

If everyone is present, there are 845 students and 63 faculty arranged in front of the Chambers Building. College staff are not included in the photograph.  One year later, and one woman could have been included as a faculty member — Carolyn MacBrayer.  It’s hard to imagine such a formal portrait today of students and faculty -the number of ties worn regularly to campus has dropped considerably in the last decades.  Even with ties and suits, today’s wide-angle lens would capture find a much less homogeneous group.

 

Pumpkin Dessert Squares

Last week, Davidson freshmen ran the Cake Race – a Davidson tradition that dates back to 1930. According to an article in the November 13, 1930 issue of The Davidsonian, “It is intended that the first cake race held this year will set a precedent for future Freshman classes, and that in the future it will become an annual and looked forward to event in the yearly routine of the Freshman classes.”

The first cake race also saw the setting of "a new college cake race record," naturally.

The first cake race also saw the setting of “a new college cake race record,” naturally.

Track coach Heath “Pete” Whittle (Class of 1930) is responsible for beginning the Cake Race at Davidson when he began working in the athletics department in 1930. Whittle would stay in charge of the track team and serve as an Assistant Director of Athletics until 1971. The purpose was for Whittle to scout new running talent for the track team, and the cakes were the motivation for then mandatory race. Cakes baked by faculty spouses and townswomen were not the only prizes – students could also claim a number of items donated by local businesses.

Cakes are solicited from College employees and townspeople alike, as this 1990 memo shows.

Cakes are solicited from College employees and townspeople alike, as this 1990 memo shows. I heeded the helpful hint to use a disposable container for my cake.

Now the Cake Race is a voluntary event, with a fixed distance of 1.7 miles. The race wasn’t held in 1931-1933, 1941-1949, or 1972, as interest seemed to have waned, but upperclassmen insisted on the return of the race the following year and the 1.7 mile rite of passage has remained ever since. Sterling Martin (Class of 1963), a former winner of the Cake Race and organizer of the event from 1972 until the mid-1990s, said “The upperclassmen had a fit… they said they had to go through it, so they wanted to see everybody else run it. The next year we reinstated the race.” (Davidson Journal, Fall/Winter 1987) A few other colleges and universities have held cake races, and Georgia Tech’s also seems to have been tied to scouting new runners for the track and cross country teams, but it isn’t known whether Whittle was inspired by cake races at other institutions.

Sterling Martin selects a cake as his prize for winning the 1959 cake race.

Sterling Martin selects a cake as his prize for winning the 1959 cake race.

A group of freshmen women in the class of 1989 pose with their hard-earned cakes, August 1985.

A group of freshmen women in the class of 1989 pose with their hard-earned cakes, August 1985.

When Daisy Southerland married Pete Whittle in 1933, she too joined the Cake Race tradition. Daisy Whittle (1906-1991) hailed from Mobile, Alabama, and worked as the Director of Christian Education at First Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia, prior to moving to Davidson. Once established in town, Daisy ran a nursery school out of the Whittle family home, was active in the Davidson College Presbyterian Church, and made cakes for every class of freshmen until at least 1987. Although Pete Whittle passed away in 1975, Daisy continued attending the annual Cake Race and was active in the Davidson Senior Center.

Daisy Whittle presents a cake to a winning racer in 1963.

Daisy Whittle presents a cake to a winning racer in 1963.

As Daisy described in the Davidson Journal Fall/Winter 1987 issue, “I don’t think I’ve ever missed a race… I’ve made cakes every year, and my daughters helped when they were in high school. The cakes were usually chocolate, because that’s my favorite.” This year, to honor Daisy’s legacy and celebrate a new class of Davidson freshmen, I selected one of her recipes to make for the 2016 Cake Race and for this installment of our Recipes From the Archives blog series. Unfortunately, we don’t have any of her chocolate cake recipes in our collections, but Daisy did submit a recipe for Pumpkin Dessert Squares to the Davidson Senior Center’s 1985 printing of The Davidson Cookbook.

Daisy Whittle's Senior Center portrait, taken by Frank Bliss.

Daisy Whittle’s Senior Center portrait, taken by Frank Bliss circa 1980.

As the Davidson Journal‘s Fall/Winter 1987 issue states, “there are several competitions going on here – one involving the 140 freshmen running the 1.7-mile race, and another fiercer contest among the cake bakers waiting and watching to see whose cake will be picked first.” Daisy Whittle’s cakes have long been picked early in the selection process – racers are given place cards as they cross the finish line, and select cakes by that placement, alternating between men and women winners. Utensils are handed out, so cake eating can begin right away.

Daisy Whittle's recipe

The Pumpkin Dessert Squares I made for this year’s Cake Race.

I followed Daisy’s recipe to the letter, with the exception of cutting the cake into squares and serving with whipped cream. I assumed the whipped cream wouldn’t hold up in the August heat of North Carolina, as cakes are placed outside an hour or so before the race begins. Instead I sprinkled a little bit of powdered sugar on top of the cake, and constructed a festive, inedible banner topping in order to make the cake more appealing to the runners.

Some this year's cake spread - one photograph can't capture all of the cakes!

Some this year’s cake spread – one photograph can’t capture all of the cakes!

My version of Daisy's Pumpkin Dessert, with "Welcome Wildcats" banner topper!

My version of Daisy’s Pumpkin Dessert, with “Welcome Wildcats” banner topper!

As Alex Hunger (Class of 2009) said in a 2005 Charlotte Observer article on the Cake Race, “I’ve never had to work this hard for a cake… running for (cake) definitely makes it more worth eating.” I hope all of the members of the Class of 2020 enjoyed their cake-filled welcome to Davidson!

Orientations Past

The Class of 2020 is on campus. Another academic year is launched so what better time to look back at the beginnings of the classes of 1870, 1920, 1970, and 1995.

Class of 1870

In the fall of 1866, only 3 students enrolled as freshman raising the total enrollment to 27.  Unlike many classes, the class of 1870 grew over the next for years, ending with 13 seniors at graduation.  For those 3 and the 10 that joined them, there was no formal orientation. Students were expected to find their way to the college and to a faculty member who could help them find their dormitory room and classrooms.

Class of 1920

By the fall of 1916, the 129 entering new students were not left so adrift. The YMCA had begun regularly publishing a handbook full of useful information in 1904.

Title page for 1916-17 student handbook, now known as the Wildcat Handbook.

Title page for 1916-17 student handbook, not yet known as the Wildcat Handbook.

Today’s class might find the phrasing of the 1916 advice a little odd:

– To the man who is just entering upon his college course the transition from High or Preparatory School to College is filled with possibilities for either good or evil. The effect which a four year’s residence in a college is going to have upon a man is largely determined by the ideas which he absorbs, the standards which he sets, and the companions whom he selects within a short time after the opening of the session.

Description of honor code in handbook.

Description of honor code in handbook.

The handbook also provided a “Definition of Provoking Hazing”:

Provoking hazing is any willful act by any Freshman toward any upperclassman contrary to the existing traditions for the conduct of Freshmen on the campus, such as: jibing, making slighting, objectionable remarks, treating with undue disrespect upperclassmen, giving class yells, making Freshman numerals conspicuous, etc.

The reference to making “Freshmen numerals conspicuous” shows that memories of the Freshman Riot of 1903 had yet to fade. Perhaps because the class of 1920 was another large class – 129 new students to 48 seniors (394 students total).

Class of 1920 in 1917

Class of 1920 in 1917

The college administration took more of an interest in orientation that fall, launching a new initiative of mandatory “Freshman Lectures.”  The first speaker was college president William Martin who also had proper conduct and hazing on his mind. His talk was described (by an upperclassman Davidsonian reporter) as “a strong appeal to the Freshmen to realize that they are expected to conduct themselves in a manly way and abide by the traditions of the campus in regard to their attitude toward the older students.”

Faculty in 1916. President Martin is seated, second from the right.

Faculty in 1916. President Martin is seated, second from the right.

 

The 1916-17 class schedule could fit on one page in the Davidsonian.

The 1916-17 class schedule could fit on one page in the Davidsonian.

Class of 1970

Although the class of 1920 was a large class, the overall enrollment numbers by class were closer in the fall of 1966: 279 freshman out of 1008 students total.

The Wildcat Handbook was no longer published by the YMCA but continued to provide useful information with a few editorial comments and warnings added in:

Dear Freshman,  You will enter a “New Davidson” this fall. It had its “face lifted” this past year through the combined efforts of students and faculty., in some cases. With some of the new liberties that you will enjoy must come some new responsibility. The “drinking rule” was eliminated from the Student Body Regulations, but the faculty still have a rule against it. Unless you are willing to suffer the consequences, it is not advisable to drink on campus. If you are caught you have only yourself to blame.

The “gambling rule” was also repealed. This has led to a great deal of “reactionary” gambling. It has also led to some richer and poorer Davidson students. This is still against the ruling of the faculty. Do not get into these games so early in your college career. They can cause you more worry than they could possibly be worth and will take away from your study time tremendously.

Honor System in 1966

Honor System in 1966

Gone were the mandatory lectures, instead the college offered a 2 day orientation camp and the YMCA started a series of freshman “talks” in the residence halls.

16 September 1966 Davidsonian article praising the new class and raising questions about orientation length.

16 September 1966 Davidsonian article praising the new class and raising questions about orientation length.

Davidson faculty in 1966

Davidson faculty in 1966

Class of 1995

Between the fall of 1966 and 1991, total enrollment grew by 500 students. The class of 1995 made up 395 of the 1,500 students on campus with 218 men and 177 women.

Davidsonian article describing orientation 90s style.

Davidsonian article describing orientation 90s style.

The editors of the Wildcat Handbook took a lighter tone then their predecessors and promoted a balance of work and play.

Self-discipline is one phrase that you’ve probably heard many more times than you wish. At Davidson, it’s imperative that you possess this virtue. Using your time wisely is a skill you quickly need to acquire because a typical day here is nothing like your 8:30 to 3:30 high school schedule. . . . Of course, Davidson is not all study and no play. Recreation and just goofing off are essential to our physical and mental health. It is humanly impossible to study all day and night, and with so much going on at school, who would really want to, anyway? Naturally, you wouldn’t want to spend your study breaks down at Patterson Court every night, for these seem to last well past your intended time, and in many cases you never make it back to the library. But some time “on the court” or the Union does have a tendency to relieve tension.

The keys to surviving your freshman year are self-discipline and time-management. But aside from that, enjoy! Study, work hard and spend  your time wisely, but remember, to do all this, you’ve got to mix in some fun, too.

By time class of 1995 graduated, the college had expanded orientation to include special events for parents and even more events for students.

Horatio Alger – “Rags to Riches”

Ragged Dick

Ragged Dick

You’ve probably heard a comment at some time about a person’s success being “a real Horatio Alger story.” Have you ever wondered that that reference was all about?
Horatio Alger (born January 13, 1832) was an American writer known for his juvenile novels about poor boys who rise to lives of comfort and security through hard work, courage and honesty. Although not raised in the dire situations of the heroes of his novels, Alger’s name has become synonymous with that “rags-to-riches” story-line.

Ragged Dick

Ragged Dick

Alger, a New Englander from Chelsea, Massachusetts, attended Harvard in the class of 1852, where he won numerous awards and began his writing career. After graduation, with no job in the offing, he returned home and continued to write. His first novels were published in 1864, and in that same year Alger became pastor of the First Unitarian Church in Brewster, Massachusetts. Accused of improper conduct, Alger left the church in 1866. He moved to New York City, and began to concentrate on his writings.

Ragged Dick

Ragged Dick

He also became concerned about the thousands of vagrant children in the city, and began to write his stories of boys who rise from their poverty. Usually the stories revolved around a poor boy who meets a wealthy gentleman and through some act of courage and honesty endears himself to that gentleman, and is taken in as his ward. The first of Alger’s books, and probably the most well-known, was

Ragged Dick, 1st edition

Ragged Dick, 1st edition

Ragged Dick: or, Street life in New York with the Boot-blacks, originally published as a serial, and then as a novel in 1868. It was a best-seller, and Alger signed a contract with Loring Publishing for a Ragged Dick series.

Ragged Dick ending

Ragged Dick ending

He continued to write stories with the same “honest boys succeed” theme, but the quality deteriorated, and the plots were no longer appreciated in the same way, so by the 1890s his popularity faded.

Ragged Dick has not been totally forgotten, and even became the basis for a 1982 musical, Shine!.

Horatio Alger is represented in the Rare Book Room with a first edition of Ragged Dick.

Preface

Preface

Preface

Preface

Ragged Dick: or, Street life in New York with the Boot-blacks / Horatio Alger. Philadelphia: Porter & Coates; [Boston]: A.K. Loring, 1868. First edition, first issue. With added engraved and hand-colored title page. Other illustrations hand-colored.

August Literary Birthdays

I thought we’d pay tribute this month to some authors, born in August, and represented by works in the Rare Book Room. Can you match the author with the work?

1. Richard Henry Dana                                              A. Frankenstein
2. Herman Melville                                                   B. The African Queen
3. Percy Bysshe Shelley                                            C. The Star Song
4. Alfred Lord Tennyson                                            D. Brokeback Mountain
5. Sir Walter Scott                                                     E. The Happy Hypocrite
6. Annie Proulx                                                         F. Reynard the Fox
7. Robert Herrick                                                       G. Kenilworth
8. Max Beerbohm                                                      H. Two Years before the Mast
9. Bret Harte                                                              I. The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table
10. Charles Wright                                                     J. Moby Dick
11. C.S. Forester                                                         K. The Luck of Roaring Camp
12. Johann Goethe                                                     L. Zastrozzi
13. Oliver Wendell Holmes                                       M. North American Bear
14. Mary Shelley                                                        N. Idylls of the King

The African Queen

The African Queen

The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table

The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Kenilworth

Kenilworth

Reynard the Fox

Reynard the Fox

The Happy Hypocrite

The Happy Hypocrite

The Luck of Roaring Camp

The Luck of Roaring Camp

Answers: 1-H; 2-J; 3-L; 4-N; 5-G; 6-D; 7-C; 8-E; 9-K; 10-M; 11-B; 12-F; 13-I; 14-A.

Dogs of Davidson

In some parts of the world, the dog star Sirius shows up in the night sky about this time leading to the phrase Dog Days of Summer. This seems an appropriate time to highlight campus pups.

Although the college mascot is a wildcat, dogs have had a fair representation on campus over the years.  The earliest image comes from the class of 1889.

From the John Hunter Grey photograph collection. The image came with identification for all the students, but not the dog.

From the John Hunter Grey photograph collection. The image came with identification for all the students, but not the dog.

The 1916 Quips and Cranks included a little canine humor in its pages.

1916 Quips and Cranks - students humor, made-up professor.

1916 Quips and Cranks – joke from yearbook’s Campus Calendar section. Note: the professor is a made-up name.

During the WWI years, when students found themselves in uniform, they were adopted by at least one dog.

Before ROTC, there was the Student Army Training Corps program. Perhaps these students are resting after a day for drills?

Before ROTC, there was the Student Army Training Corps program. Perhaps these students & pup are resting after drills?

Spaniels appear to have been a popular choice into the 1940s – this pup joined students at a music summer camp.

Musical pup circa 1943

Musical pup circa 1943

During the 1950s, Mike Meyers ’53, of Bill Edward‘s fame, chronicled the life and times of several Davidson dogs.

26 November 1951 Davidsonian story

26 November 1951 Davidsonian story

In February 1952, students created a snow sculpture honoring a dog.

In February 1952, students created a snow sculpture honoring a dog.

Another Mike Meyers doggie exclusive

Another Mike Meyers doggie exclusive from March 1952

Full article on George.

Outdoing the 1916 Quips and Cranks, the 1974 yearbook featured a full piece on Davidson’s Dog Life.

1974 defense of campus dogs.

1974 defense of campus dogs.

One of the dogs of 1974

One of the dogs of 1974

1976 yearbook photo

1976 yearbook photo

Students at Davidson from 1980 to 1983 documented dogs waiting by the Post Office, lounging around, and providing comfort to students.

Cooling off in 1980

Cooling off in 1980

1981 yearbook photo of playful pups

1981 yearbook photo of playful pups

1981 yearbook doggie ode

1981 yearbook doggie ode

On duty at PO crosswalk

On duty at PO crosswalk

Puppy love

Puppy love (1981)

1982 yearbook dog page

1982 yearbook dog page

Pete in 1982

Pete in 1982

Dog days in 1983

Dog days in 1983

We don’t have a date for this commencement and we don’t think the dog got a diploma.

Just waiting to retrieve tossed hats.

Just waiting to retrieve tossed hats.

Students haven’t been the only dog-loving wildcats on campus. Grier Martin, Davidson president, 1958-1968, and his wife Louise entertained students with their talented pet.

Presidential pup Jezebel going through her paces.

Presidential pup Jezebel going through her paces.

Visiting Philosophy professor Gordon Michalson pampered his pet.

Are we there yet?

Are we there yet?

And College Communications writer extraordinaire John Syme’s canine friends are campus legends.

John Syme and Oscar enjoy front campus in 2002

John Syme and Oscar enjoy front campus in 2002

Salade Niçoise

It’s time for another Recipe from the Archives – summer salad edition! This week’s recipe is Dr. Catherine Slawy-Sutton’s Salade Niçoise, from Great Expectations: The Davidson College 1990-1991 Office Support Staff Cookbook.

The cover of

The cover of Great Expectations: The Davidson College 1990-1991 Office Support Staff Cookbook.

As mentioned in the “Better Than the M & M’s Pimento Cheese” post, the Office Support Staff was born out of an earlier group known as The Chambermaids – a reference to the statues on Chambers Building, where most of the administrative staff worked, and a reference to the fact that the offices were almost entirely staffed by women. The Chambermaids, renamed the Office Support Staff (OSS) in 1982, was aimed at fostering professional development, advocating for needed changes on behalf of staff, and providing opportunities for social engagement. During the 1990-1991 academic year, the OSS compiled Though Great Expectations: The Davidson College 1990-1991 Office Support Staff Cookbook as a fundraiser. Recipes were solicited from across all areas of campus.

Members of Office Support Staff in Fall 1989. 1st row: (from left to right) Jeanne Mandt, Jane Biggerstaff, Judi Murphy, Ann Callahan, Pat Snow, Mary Wilson, Barbara Mayer, Pat Richart, Mittie Wally; 2nd row: (from left to right) Pat Gardner, Mary Mack Benson, Glenda Erwin, Kristi Mayhew, Cheryl Branz, Jean Martin, Ethel Black, Katrina French, Frances White; 3rd row: (from left to right) Diann Cavin, Gail Hoke, Aileen Vinson, Harriet Kessler, Sara Paige Lewis, Barbara Carmack, Pat Burgess, Frances McCorkle, Jo Archie, Joan Franz, Gail Sloop, Brenda King, Sarah Jackson.

Members of Office Support Staff in Fall 1989. First row, from left to right: Jeanne Mandt, Jane Biggerstaff, Judi Murphy, Ann Callahan, Pat Snow, Mary Wilson, Barbara Mayer, Pat Richart, and Mittie Wally. Second row: Pat Gardner, Mary Mack Benson, Glenda Erwin, Kristi Mayhew, Cheryl Branz, Jean Martin, Ethel Black, Katrina French, and Frances White. Third row: Diann Cavin, Gail Hoke, Aileen Vinson, Harriet Kessler, Sara Paige Lewis, Barbara Carmack, Pat Burgess, Frances McCorkle, Jo Archie, Joan Franz, Gail Sloop, Brenda King, and Sarah Jackson.

The recipe I chose to make, Salade Niçoise, was submitted by Catherine Slawy-Sutton, Professor of French & Francophone Studies at Davidson. Born in Angoulême, France and raised in Dakar, Senegal, Catherine received a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Nice and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington. She began working at Davidson College as Visiting Lecturer in 1980, moving to Assistant Professor in 1985, Associate Professor in 1991, and Professor in 1999. Catherine is married to recently retired French & Francophone Studies Professor Homer Sutton (Class of 1971), and the two professors have accompanied Davidson students on several study abroad programs in France.

Catherine Slawy-Sutton in 1997, from that year's Quips and Cranks.

Catherine Slawy-Sutton in 1997, from that year’s Quips and Cranks.

Since Catherine studied in Nice, I assumed she’d know a good Salade Niçoise! I hadn’t yet made a salad for Recipes from the Archives, and this hearty provençal staple seemed like a perfect fit. As Catherine describes it in the Great Expectations cookbook, “This is a recipe for a consistent summer salad.”

Catherine

Catherine’s recipe for Salade Niçoise and “ze reeal French Salad Dressing” vinaigrette that accompanies it.

I purchased oil-packed tuna in order to get the best flavor, and used tomatoes recently gifted to me by Davidson’s Systems Librarian, Susan Kerr, who grew them in her home garden. With boiling the potatoes and hard boiling the eggs, the preparation time for the salad was a bit longer, but completing the recipe was very easy, and the results are delicious!

Salade Niçoise with vinaigrette on the side.

The finished Salade Niçoise, with vinaigrette on the side.