the health & figure of the body, contribute much to display ye: endowments
and Accomplishments of the mind, the youth in Dickinson College shall be
permitted to learn such exercises are innocent, conducive to health, &
external elegances as that approved of by the Principal and professors.
Benjamin Rush, A Plan of Education
for Dickinson College 1785
All the photographs you will find within are drawn from the Special Collections of the Dickinson College Archives and all depict sport at the College over the past one hundred years. As for this selection, which is only a very small portion of the archival holdings on this topic, no attempt has been made to tell a particular story of Dickinson. There is no deliberate concentration on outstanding teams or athletes, no intent to describe the growth of sport for women, for example, and has no other planned point of view. The aim is a series of "snapshots" of the recreational and sporting life of Dickinson, described and placed into an historical context, which will tell their own story.
The pages you will see are all the product of a group of novice history majors taking the Dickinson History Department's introductory methodology course during the autumn of 1997. Their work here was a part of the requirements for completion of the term. The instructor in this course retained the right to make editorial changes for presentation's sake, and in some cases this has been done. But, in the main, the quality of the pages are as you see it, and you may find varying success which may well have related to the student's final mark in the course.
The best use of this "electronic book" requires
advice for some, if not for others. The pages are linked from a "chronological
navigation page." Click on the photographic essays you would
like to view and you will be taken there. Please use the "back" function
on your browser to return to this table of contents, until we develop further
the internal links in the "book." Another item of technical interest
and possible use is the fact that each photograph on an essay page is linked
to its specific counterpart in the Dickinson Electronic Photographic Archive.
By clicking on the photograph on the essay page, you can reach the digital
original, from this copy is taken and which is very often larger, more
detailed, and completely open for downloading should you wish.