Events such as natural disasters (fire, tornado), pandemics (influenza and COVID-19), protests (BSO, Vietnam), racist/hate incidents (anti-gay and lesbian graffiti, racist note), and wars (Civil War, World Wars) are highlighted in the Episodes in College's History community.

Sub-communities within this community

  • Natural Disasters [9]

    This collection contains photos and documents about a tornado and fires that damaged the college campus.
  • Protests [65]

    Photos and documents related to protests of national and campus issues.
  • Public Health [0]

    This collection contains photos and documents about the 1918 flu pandemic, COVID-19, and other public health related cases.
  • Racist and Hate Incidents [10]

    Photos and documents related to racist and hate incidents on campus.
  • Wars [68]

    Photos and documents related to the Civil War, World War I, and World War II.

Recent Submissions

  • 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 ...
  • 115 Catherine Street, Tornado Damage 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1980-05-13)
    A tree lays in the front yard of 115 Catherine Street in the aftermath of the 1980 Kalamazoo tornado.
  • Stowe Stadium Sign Damaged by Tornado 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1980-05-13)
    This view of the fence along the college's tennis courts shows the Stowe Stadium sign nearly toppled after the May 13, 1980 tornado.
  • Fence Damage, 1980 Tornado 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1980-05-13)
    A group of people stand on the sidewalk along West Main Street examining the damaged fence around Stowe Stadium caused by the F-3 tornado. Severn Hall can be seen in the background at right.
  • Surveying Tornado Damage, Catherine Street 

    Wilson, Ray (Kalamazoo College, 1980-05-13)
    A man and two boys stand among the uprooted trees in front of an apartment building on Catherine Street. The damage was caused by the F-3 tornado that struck Kalamazoo on May 13, 1980.
  • Tornado Damage, Tennis Courts 

    Wilson, Ray (Kalamazoo College, 1980-05-13)
    A toppled umpire's chair and battered fence at the Stowe Stadium tennis courts can be seen after a tornado hit Kalamazoo on May 13, 1980. The tornado traveled down West Main Street towards downtown Kalamazoo.
  • Tornado Damage, Carmel Street 

    Wilson, Ray (Kalamazoo College, 1980-05)
    A street light lays on top of a Volkwagen Beetle parked along Carmel Street (later renamed to Acker Lane) after a tornado hit Kalamazoo on May 13, 1980.
  • Tornado Damage, Stowe Stadium 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1980-05-13)
    The fence around Stowe Stadium along West Main Street was knocked down by a tornado that hit Kalamazoo on May 13, 1980.
  • "K" Student Helps with Tornado Cleanup 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1980-05)
    After a tornado caused damage in Kalamazoo on May 13, 1980, Kalamazoo College students helped to clean up branches and other debris. After this act of community service by students, the Day of Gracious Living often ...
  • Kalamazoo College Mess Hall, 1918 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1918)
    This photograph most likely shows the mess hall built in 1918 for use by the Student Army Training Corps. According to the December 1918 Kalamazoo College Bulletin, "With scarcely three weeks notice before time for school ...
  • Students Protest Ousting of Professor 

    Acme Newspictures (Kalamazoo College, 1937-12-14)
    Students at Kalamazoo College protest the ousting of a popular professor, Dr. Carey Ganong, of the Economics department, and demand his reinstatement. The students refused to attend classes and marched through the campus ...

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