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Growing Home: Cultivating a Campus

May 2013

One of our goals here in the Archives is to strengthen the collective memory of the Presbyterian College community by expanding our online presence using images as well as factual information.   This semester we are happy to have Allston LaBruce, a History major who is wrapping up his senior year with an Internship in the Archives, to assist with this work.

Several years ago the introduction of our PC Buildings online exhibit showcased the research performed by our first Interns, Lance Poston ‘10, Caroline Todd ’10, and Stewart Self ‘10.  These student interns each worked a semester assisting us in gathering information on the history of many of the buildings on our campus.  Allston is preparing a presentation that builds upon the framework started by these interns.  He has prepared a timeline of the land acquisition and physical development of the Presbyterian College campus over time.

Grotnes and Barron Dorms, Brown Commons construction, West Plaza<br />c. 1989
Grotnes and Barron Dorms, Brown Commons construction, West Plaza
c. 1989

The PC Archives has received a collection of photographs and newspaper clippings that have been used in campus publications over the years. These files were passed down through the college’s Public Relations office from Ben Hay Hammet to Grant Vosburg to Jonathan Hooks, who entrusted them to the Archives last fall.   We plan to interfile these materials with our other archives photographs and clippings.  The addition of these materials will strengthen our holdings, adding many images of buildings under construction and aerial photographs, as well as other treasures.  Allston is using these new images for his project in order to illustrate the development of the Presbyterian College campus

We also plan to expand the PC Buildings online exhibit to include additional structures and sports complexes, as well as buildings no longer standing.  This exhibit reminds us that not only are the people of Presbyterian College a part of the college’s rich heritage, but also the beauty of our buildings, plazas, and natural areas.