More W&L History Online

Among the materials recently added to the University Library’s online Digital Repository are several notable items integral to the history of Washington and Lee University.

  • We recently loaded more than ten additional years of the student newspaper the Ring-Tum Phi, bringing online coverage forward to 1937.  Issues published from 1897 to 1937 can be searched and/or viewed online.
  • You now can listen to audio of former Vice President Alben Barkley’s speech at the 1956 Mock Convention, widely known as the event during which Barkley collapsed and died.   The piece includes an introduction and concluding comments by alumnus and Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications, Emeritus, John Jennings, who was then a student at W&L.
  • Digitized 8mm film from alumnus Milton Eliot shows 1956 footage of the Colonnade, the Mock Convention parade and sessions, and additional footage of students at social events.  Please note that this video may take 20 or more minutes to load.

The Digital Repository is a developing project which seeks to collect, preserve, and provide access to selected materials owned or created by W&L and members of its community.  Questions about the DR can be referred to Alston Cobourn, Digital Scholarship Librarian.

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