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 [11946]
Administrative Offices [503]
Athletics [743]
Biographical Materials [125]
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 [152]
Faculty [176]
Historical Collections and Artwork [898]
Photographs and Audiovisual Materials [872]
Publications (Catalogs, Newspapers, Yearbooks, Alumni Magazines, etc.) [873]
Student Organizations and Activities [179]
United States Tennis Association (USTA) Boys 18 & 16 National Tennis Championships [35]
  • Eurodelphian Costume Meeting, 1889 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1889-06)
    The note attached to this photo reads “Euro Costume Meeting June 1889 (?). Standing: Lena Powers, Mae Phelps, Mame Hopkins, Ida Cook, Waugh (W. Va.). [Middle row:] Ritta Smith, Birdsall, Potters (Alma), M. Cook, Elizabeth ...
  • Y.W.C.A. New Girl's Party, 1913 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1913-09)
    This photo from the album of Lydia Buttolph, Class of 1916, is captioned “Mechanical dolls – at Y.W.C.A. new girl’s party, Sept. 1913.” Five unidentified women dressed as dolls stand in front of Bowen Hall. While four ...
  • Kappa Pi "Majestic" Vaudeville, 1915 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1915-03-17)
    This photo from an unidentified student’s album is captioned “K.P. ‘Majestic’ Vaudeville 1915.” The name of the show was likely derived from Kalamazoo’s Majestic Theatre, a vaudeville house located on South Street. The ...
  • Seventeen 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1923)
    In 1923, the senior class at Kalamazoo College put on the play “Seventeen” by Booth Tarkington. A photograph of the cast on stage shows one actor in blackface, playing the role of Genesis. The character in Tarkington’s ...
  • Prepping for Historical Pageant, 1933 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1933-10)
    In October of 1933, the college celebrated its centennial with a convocation, reunions, a historical pageant, and other events. According to the centennial program, the historical pageant “is designed to portray varying ...
  • The Apache Dance 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1950-03)
    Two women in either redface or blackface dance together in the 1950 minstrel show, the Darktown Jamboree, at Kalamazoo College. An article in the March 27, 1950 issue of the Index referred to this act in the minstrel show ...
  • The Darktown Jamboree, 1953 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1953-03-21)
    On March 21, 1953, the men’s Century Forum literary society put on its 5th annual minstrel show, the Darktown Jamboree, in Bowen Hall. This image shows three of the stereotypical roles in a minstrel show: the interlocutor, ...
  • Minstrel Show Chorus Line 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1953 c.)
    This photograph of a minstrel show at Kalamazoo College (c. 1953) shows six men on stage in a chorus line formation dressed in bandeau tops and in shorts with balloons attached. They are all barefoot and in blackface, ...
  • Three Women Singing in a Minstrel Show 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1950s c.)
    Three women in blackface and wearing striped pencil skirts, neckties, and headscarves perform in an undated minstrel show at Kalamazoo College. Members of the chorus sit on the stage behind them. The men’s Century Forum ...
  • Women Performing in a Minstrel Show 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1950s)
    Women perform in a minstrel show at Kalamazoo College in these two undated photographs. Front and center on stage, is the interlocutor in a hat and suit. Members of the chorus (wearing white shirts) sit in rows behind ...
  • "A Mere Matter of Marching” : A Look at The War of 1812 in the Old Northwest 

    Ceci, Kyle (2020-03-01)
    When one thinks of the War of 1812 they generally think of the burning of the Canadian Parliament and White House or the Star-Spangled Banner, but rarely does one think of the frontier. The frontier in the War of 1812 was ...
  • Bande Dessinée et Identité Nationale Pendant la Guerre Froide aux États-Unis et en France 

    Sauget, Harriet A. (2020-03-01)
    L'après-guerre est généralement considérée par les Américains comme une guerre froide entre l'URSS et les États-Unis. Cependant, ce point de vue est insuffisant, car il ne tient pas compte du fait que la période a également ...
  • Deformities and Monsters : Complicating Images of the Other in Early Modern Europe 

    Finholt, Anders (2020-02-01)
    Monsters have always lurked in the recesses of humankind's imagination, populating the darkness of caves and the corners of maps. They embody the unknown and the unexplainable while simultaneously reflecting these anxieties ...
  • Sherwood Prize Declamations program, 1876 

    Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo College, 1876-06-21)
    On June 21, 1876, the Sherwood Society sponsored its annual declamation contest. The following members of the freshman class participated: Charles W. Barber, Lemuel W. Bowen, Julia Dibble, Robert W. Kane, Myatt Kyau, ...
  • Sherwood Prize program, 1877 

    Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo College, 1877-06-19)
    This prize speaking competition, sponsored by the Sherwood Rhetorical Society, involved music, prayer, and speeches presented by members of the freshman class. The following students participated: Myatt Kyau, Louie ...
  • Sigma Rho Sigma Annual Banquet program, 1923 

    Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo College, 1923-06-08)
    The Sherwood Society's annual banquet in 1923 followed an Arabic theme. According to an article in the June 20, 1923 issue of The Index, "Odors of incense carried out the illusion which was given by the Sheik and Sheba ...
  • Sherwood Prizes in Declamation program, 1908 

    Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo College, 1908-06-15)
    In the 1908 Sherwood Prize Speaking contest, members of the Class of 1911 presented music and declamations. The speeches were recitations of well-known orators such as James G. Blaine's "The Death of Garfield," Henry W. ...
  • Sherwood Prizes in Declamation program, 1907 

    Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo College, 1907-06-17)
    Sponsored by the Sherwood Rhetorical Society, this annual prize contest included a program of music and declamations by members of the freshman class. Students recited well-known speeches such as Robert G. Ingersoll's ...
  • The K-Zoo 

    Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 1919)
    Published by the junior class, the 1919 yearbook includes student and faculty portraits, student organization and athletic team photos, Student Army Training Corps information, senior class will and prophecy, class histories, ...
  • The Winter of Our Disability : Understanding Disability in Film through Richard III 

    Bays, Cameron (2020-04-01)
    This paper combines Shakespeare scholarship and film study. Given that Richard III still holds massive influence in our collective consciousness, we cannot simply ignore it, but also given our current relationship with ...

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