Tom Wolfe at W&L in 1951

 

Many of this week’s articles on the death of renowned writer Tom Wolfe take note of the fact that he attended Washington and Lee University, graduating in 1951.   (Although it does not mention his education, a personal favorite is a reminiscence by a “retired astronaut“.)

We in the University Library can offer some evidence of Mr. Wolfe’s senior year.  The 1951 Calyx, the “Annual Publication of the Students of Washington and Lee University,” contains numerous examples of the young Mr. Wolfe’s achievements as a student, including his service as sports editor of the Southern Collegian,  his fraternity membership (Phi Kappa Sigma), and his official senior photo (below), with an annotation listing more of his accomplishments.

 

 

 

He can be seen in his baseball attire (although misidentified as “Wolf” in the caption), perhaps offering an early glimpse of an interest in white clothing.

 

 

Speaking of baseball, the Ring Tum Phi‘s May 22 issue announces the upcoming game between the faculty and the varsity, with Mr. Wolfe pitching against some of his professors:

 

The above examples are taken from the W&L Digital Archive, which offers online access to many items from the University Library’s Special Collections.   Here are links to the online items excerpted above:  The 1951 Calyx and the May 22, 1951 Ring Tum Phi.   (You should opt to view/open the PDF file on the left side of the page.)

Perhaps needless to say, the University Library has an extensive collection of books written by Tom Wolfe.

Library Hours for Summer

 

“Too soon we breast the tape and too late we realize the fun lay in the running.”   (Walt Kelly)

 

Here are our hours of operation for Leyburn Library and Telford Science Library for summer 2018.

  • May 29 through August 31  —  open weekdays 8:30am to 5:30pm   (closed weekends)

 

Photo by Allison Young (’20) from wlulex.

Honoring Our Senior Student Workers

 

Our student workers truly make it possible for the University Library to provide the services which help define a Washington and Lee education.  In the spring we recognize each of the graduating seniors who have worked with us as student workers by purchasing a book related to their major, their research, or their personal interest and then placing a dedicatory bookplate in the front of the volume.   (An example is at the bottom of this page.)

These books and their bookplates, along with a little information about each student, will be on display on the Main Floor of Leyburn Library through the week of Commencement.

We entusiastically thank these young women and men whose work and spirit have done so much to enhance the University Library.   We will miss you and we wish you the best of luck!

 

Mallory Stephenson (and one more)

Alice Tran (and one more)

Lauren McManus

Austin Choi

Hines Liles

Dani Leon-Osorio

Emily Stewart

Elizabeth Wolf

Monica Musgrave

Matthew Inglis

Christofer Chang

Truth Iyiewuare

Elizabeth McDonald

Rebecca Melkerson

Chandler Wickers

Arlette Hernandez