I mentioned the Holmes McNeely Papers just a couple days ago and when I arrived today there they were sitting on a book truck in the back of the Woodson as if I had summoned them with the power of my thoughts. (In reality, I think they were requested in preparation for the official opening of the new band hall this Friday.)
I’ve used these papers before but experience has taught me that if you look again later you will nearly always see something new. I was charmed to find these two shots in the same scrapbook but not right next to each other:
They’re undated but at a quick glance it looks like the mid-1950s to me. I especially love the first image. There is a real sweetness, I think, that comes with those headscarves and bobby socks.
Bonus: I’m not really given to speculation about what Edgar Odell Lovett might think about this or that campus development but sometimes I do have to wonder.