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 [73]

    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 [31]

    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

  • BSO Protest, 1969 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1969-05)
    Members of the Black Student Organization (BSO) stand in protest in front of the Fine Arts Building. This may have been the Saturday,May 17, 1969 protest in which the BSO rejected the college administration's response to ...
  • BSO Students with Administration's Response 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1969-05)
    Four members of the Black Student Organization (BSO) walk down the steps of Mandelle Hall after receiving from the college administration a written response to their demands. Three of the four students are identified. ...
  • White Students Support BSO Demands 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1969-05-24)
    White students sit on the lawn in front of a campus building on May 24, 1969, holding signs that read "We Support BSO Demands. Black Autonomy - Black Studies." The student rally was in support of the Black Student ...
  • BSO Members Protest at Banquet 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1969-05)
    Two members of the Black Student Organization (BSO) stand at the podium during a banquet on campus. College president Weimer K. Hicks sits to the right of the podium. Members of the BSO sent a set of demands to the campus ...
  • Students Demand Intercultural Efforts 

    Kamalaldin, Kamal (Kalamazoo College Index, 2014-05-28)
    A demonstration held on May 17, 2014 demanded the creation of an Intercultural Center on campus as well as anti-racism training, transparency in diversity efforts by the administration, and changes to the student code of ...
  • Call and Response: Rally Across Town 

    Smith, Colin (Kalamazoo College Index, 2014-10-29)
    A rally for the National Day of Action Against Mass Incarceration and Police Brutality was held at Bronson Park on October 22, 2014. Speakers included Patrice Cullors-Brignac and Kalamazoo College student Rian Brown, Class ...
  • K Students Travel to Ferguson, MO 

    Giscombe, Kevona (Kalamazoo College Index, 2014-10-15)
    Fifteen Kalamazoo College students who were members of the Black Student Organization and the Caribbean Society joined the protests of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The students also participated in a ...
  • Black Lives Matter flyer, 2014 

    Unknown author (2014-11)
    This flyer was posted on campus by the student group Black Girls Rock! in November of 2014. In that year, the Black Lives Matter movement gained national attention as it protested the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Student's Respond to President's Speech 

    Haedicke, Michael; McClintic, Erin R. (Kalamazoo College Index, 1998-09-30)
    The student newspaper reported on events on campus in the days following a racist note and fire in a Black student’s dorm room. The First Year Forum would cover the topic of a “culture of silence.” A candlelight vigil was ...

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