Tuesday, January 26, 2016

New acquisition!

Just was given this postcard dated 1909. It is group shot of the school faculty on the steps of the old Normal school. The man on the left in the front is Charles MacFarlane, Principal 1901-1910. The younger man in the middle is Fred Belland perhaps, a teacher of physical education and other subjects. Much to determine, an exciting donation!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Hartwell & Tower

Since we have a new president at the college, it seems appropriate to look back at some of our previous presidents. Here are two who saw the college through some very challenging and interesting times. Ernest Hartwell, left, was the last principal of the old Normal school, and the first president of the Teachers College, a transformation in the school he was instrumental in achieving. He also successfully staved off the threat of closure of the school, something we can all be grateful for! He served here 1936-1944.

Donald Tower, right, was president of the college from 1944-1964. When he came here the school was a small institution with perhaps 300 students and 25 faculty, all in the one building, (which we now call Hartwell Hall.) The post WWII years radically transformed Brockport, like all higher education then. Tower was a founding member of the SUNY system in 1948, oversaw the expansion of the campus by a number of buildings, including Lathrop  on Kenyon, shown in this photo, and saw the enrollment grow from a few hundred to a few thousand students and a corresponding growth in staffing levels.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Hello Goodbye

This is just a charming picture, part of a set of slides Rosalie Mowers took of her kindergarten class in 1953. Part of a section labeled "Hello Goodbye" it shows these girls going home from the campus school!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Raye Conrad, disc jockey!

This slide is part of a set of recruitment photos taken c.1950. The slide shows Frank Lane, Education, left, then an unidentified woman, Wayne Dedman, History; Ray Conrad, Education, at the record player; and Pauline Haynes, Music, right.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Original Ellsworth

This is the original painting of Ellsworth, from a photo in the 1963 Saga yearbook. The painting hung then in Lathrop, which at that time was the student union. The painting was lost somewhere along the way in subsequent years, and the one in Seymour today is a more recent version. Bob Bloxsom was the student artist who painted the original in 1956.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Name this machine!

Recently the archivist shared some photos of Greg Scarborough who was a physics professor here from 1958-89, with his son Mark. In one of the photos, from 1958, Professor Scarborough is in the lab, at a machine; can anyone ID the machine? We're pretty sure it isn't a roulette wheel ;-)