CACHE Digital Archive (College Academic and Historical Experience) is a digital platform that collects, preserves, and distributes digital material. The Kalamazoo College Archives contains a broad range of materials on the 185-year history of Kalamazoo College, including administrative records, biographical files, publications, scrapbooks, photographs, and more.

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Academic Departments, Programs, and SIPs [11949]
Administrative Offices [503]
Athletics [743]
Biographical Materials [126]
Board of Trustees [6]
Buildings, Grounds, and Facilities [435]
CACHE Administrator Documents [7]
Centers and Institutes [878]
Convocations and Celebrations [410]
Episodes in College's History [173]
Faculty [176]
Historical Collections and Artwork [911]
Photographs and Audiovisual Materials [875]
Publications (Catalogs, Newspapers, Yearbooks, Alumni Magazines, etc.) [874]
Student Organizations and Activities [179]
United States Tennis Association (USTA) Boys 18 & 16 National Tennis Championships [35]
  • Letter from Nathan Church to his family, 1858 

    Church, Nathan (Kalamazoo College, 1858-02-20)
    Student Nathan Church writes home to his family about college life in February of 1858. He discusses his roommate, the food, tuition, his classes, and fellow students. A letter written by Church's nephew is also included ...
  • James P. Cadman diary, January to May 1858 

    Cadman, James P. (Kalamazoo College, 1858-05)
    James P. Cadman was a student at Kalamazoo College, initially studying in the Preparatory Department and then at the college level. He graduated in 1863 and then served in the cavalry during the Civil War. This diary, ...
  • Queering the “x” in Latinx : A Queer, Feminist Theorization of Latinidad 

    Valentin, Cynthia (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College., 2020-03-16)
    This essay uses the queerifying Latinx to theorize a new formation of latinidad: a queer, feminist, intersectional latinidad. Queer, feminist, intersectional theory is utilized to argue that Latinx can be a site of decolonial ...
  • “Strange Power of Speech”: A Metaliterary Analysis of “Kubla Khan” and “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” 

    Golembiewski, Kathleen (2012)
    The author places Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s two poems in the context of her own experience of vision and storytelling. Coleridge’s narrators, she writes, “are unable to convey their experiences, I will argue, not because ...
  • The Modern Politics of Ancient History : 2013 Archaeological Excavations at Santa Maria de Zamartze & Ancient Vasco-Roman Interactions and the Dialectic with Modern Nationalism 

    Melgar, Brianna M. (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2014)
    This paper is inspired by, and based on, my experience working at a Roman archaeological site at the church of Santa Marfa de Zamartze (Zamartze) in Navarra, located in the Basque Country of Northern Spain. The paper is ...
  • Student Album, 1914-1917 

    Unknown (Kalamazoo College, 1917)
    This album from an unidentified student includes photos of Kalamazoo College's campus (Mirror Lake, the men's dorm, gym) and candid shots and group pictures of students from 1914 through 1917. Some faculty members are ...
  • 1907 Prize Album 

    Unknown (Kalamazoo College, 1907)
    A note inscribed on the inside cover of this photo album states, "Presented to Alexandrine LaTourette (Hemp) as prize at party of class of 1907 held at home of Dr. George A. Williams." A photo of the Class of 1907 in ...
  • Personal Scrapbook of a Woman Student, 1904-08 

    Unknown (Kalamazoo College, 1908)
    This photo album was created by an unidentified student, probably a woman who graduated in 1908. It includes photos of the city of Kalamazoo, the college buildings, and students in Ladies' Hall (the women's residence) and ...
  • Who's New at Kalamazoo 1993-94 

    Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo College, 1993)
    Known as the "baby book", this yearbook features members of the freshman class in 1993 as well as faculty and staff. It also includes welcome notes from the two Student Commission presidents and the college president ...
  • Index Special Edition: A Plea for Tolerance 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College Index, 1986-06-06)
    The student newspaper issued a special edition titled "A Plea for Tolerance" in response to anti-gay graffiti found in Dewing Hall. The issue includes photos and letters written by students, faculty, and staff denouncing ...
  • "Homosexuality is a Pitfall" graffiti 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1986-06-01)
    Graffiti found in Dewing Hall, a classroom building, on June 1, 1986 attacked members of the college's gay community. This particular photo shows graffiti on the door to a women's bathroom that says "Homosexuality is a ...
  • "Go Home Lesbos" graffiti 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1986-06-01)
    Kalamazoo College's campus was shocked on June 1, 1986 to find Dewing Hall marked with anti-gay and lesbian graffiti. This image shows "GO HOME f*ckin' LESBOS. I don't believe in this kind of 'verbal' abuse, but it's fun ...
  • "AIDS Is Your Punishment" graffiti 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1986-06-01)
    Dewing Hall was vandalized with homophobic graffiti on June 1, 1986. This particular image shows "AIDS is your punishment!" written in chalk on a door. Other words were written above this but were smeared and are illegible. ...
  • "GLSG + WIG = DEATH" graffiti 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College Index, 1986-06-01)
    On June 1, 1986 graffiti was found chalked in Dewing Hall. This photograph shows graffiti that read "GLSG + WIG = DEATH!!" The two student groups mentioned were the Gay and Lesbian Support Group (GLSG) and the Women's ...
  • Dewing Vandals Come Forward 

    Overton, Joni (Kalamazoo College Index, 1986-06-27)
    This article from the student newspaper informed the campus that two students who chalked homophobic messages in Dewing Hall came forward to the college administration. Both faced disciplinary action that included apologizing ...
  • Letter to Campus Community, September 28, 1998 

    Jones, James F., Jr. (James Fleming), 1947- (Kalamazoo College, 1998-09-28)
    In this letter to the campus community, President James F. Jones, Jr. gives details of a racist note left on a student’s dorm room door on Sunday, September 27, 1998 and a fire in the same room the following day. The ...
  • President Jones Speaks 

    Harris, Lisa-Marie (Kalamazoo College, 1998-09-28)
    President James F. Jones, Jr. addresses the college community on the campus quad on Monday, September 28, 1998 to talk about a racist note posted on a Black student’s dorm room door on Sunday afternoon. That Monday morning ...
  • Julius Moore Speaks 

    McClintic, Erin R. (Kalamazoo College, 1998-09-28)
    Julius Moore ’96 speaks to the Kalamazoo College student body about the racist note left on another Black student’s dorm room door the previous day (September 27, 1998). A fire in the same student’s dorm room that morning ...
  • Hatred Will Not Be Tolerated 

    Harris, Lisa-Marie (Kalamazoo College, 1998-09-28)
    Members of the Women’s Resource Center carry a sign that reads “Hatred will NOT be tolerated.” Students are gathered in the background to listen to the address from President James F. Jones about the racist note and fire ...
  • Letter to Parents, September 29, 1998 

    Jones, James F., Jr. (James Fleming), 1947- (Kalamazoo College, 1998-09-29)
    In a letter dated September 29, 1998, college president James F. Jones, Jr. wrote to parents of students to address a racist note and dorm room fire that shocked the college campus. After giving details of the two events ...

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