Homecoming Weekend is a time of reconnection. Alumni return to campus and the familiar haunts of their college days. They catch up with old friends and classmates, their favorite professors, and explore the campus anew. In preparation for their return, some alumni dust off photo albums and scrapbooks to jog their memories.
Last Homecoming Weekend Melinda Eager Poole ’78 donated historic materials to Special Collections and Archives at CC’s Charles L. Tutt Library.
Poole gave the college a Sigma Chi Fraternity memory book that her grandfather, Leonard Prentice Eager, had made during his freshman and sophomore years at CC, 1912-14. In it, Eager included photographs depicting CC students, many of them Sigma Chi members, enjoying the outdoors in and around Colorado Springs. One above shows a group on a railroad bridge, possibly what is now known as the Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway.
“My decision to attend CC was very much influenced by my paternal grandfather. He took me on a trip to Colorado my junior year of high school so I could see the campus,” Poole recalls. “I thought the campus was beautiful, and my grandpa’s enthusiasm for the place affected me. I am forever grateful to grandpa for showing me Colorado College.”
From the Archivist
Tutt Library’s Special Collections is home to a wide range of materials, and one of the most modern is Curator and Archivist Jessy Randall’s most recent book, “How to Tell if You Are Human” (published by Pleiades, 2018). With an entirely new approach to poetry, Randall transforms diagrams, schematics, charts, graphs, and other visual documents from books into poems that speak to the absurdities, anxieties, and joys of life in this modern age. Her latest is part poetry, part diagrams, part pictures, and wholly entertaining and intriguing. She juxtaposes images from old scientific manuals, instruction manuals, and other 19th- and 20th-century ephemera (she is an archive librarian, after all) with words that bring life to both.