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Case 4: Celebration

Shown here is an image from the exhibit "‘Twas the Night: 1930s Selections from the Nancy H. Marshall A Visit from St. Nicholas Collection and the University Archives," on display in the third floor rotunda of Swem Library from December 9, 2011 through February 13, 2012.

 

The following is a transcription of the label text presented in this case:

 

Clement C. Moore

A Visit from Saint Nicholas

Illustrated by Berta Elmer Hader

New York, New York: The Macmillian Co., 1937

 

Clement C. Moore

The Night Before Christmas

Illustrated by Keith Ward

Racine, Wisconsin: Whitman Publishing Co., 1935

 

Clement C. Moore

The Night Before Christmas

Illustrated by Frank J. Lefevre

Springfield, Massachusetts: McLoughlin Bros. Inc., 1937

 

The Nancy H. Marshall A Visit from St. Nicholas Collection

 

President Bryan’s entourage on stage, circa 1935 –1940

University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8

 

"We had a series of skits, put on by the fraternities and sororities. I don’t know how it ever befell on my responsibility, but I had the job of rehearsing and directing those fraternity and sorority skits. I began working with it around Thanksgiving and every night from then until the Christmas party I met in the gymnasium of Jefferson Hall, and we rehearsed skits.”

 

J. Wilfred Lambert ‘27

 

Oral History Interview on January 8, 1975

Longtime W&M administrator

Retired as Vice President of Student Affairs, 1973

 

University Archives Oral History Collection, UA 43

 

"Charlie Duke [College Bursar] was the ‘Lord of Misrule,’ and he served as the master of ceremonies and introduced the various skits and banged the floor with a great staff and really had a great time serving as the boss of the whole affair. After the skits had been performed and paraded and the winners chosen, there was dancing until 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning.”

 

J. Wilfred Lambert ‘27

 

Oral History Interview on January 8, 1975

Longtime W&M administrator

Retired as Vice President of Student Affairs, 1973

 

University Archives Oral History Collection, UA 43

 

Chi Omega performance, 1937

John H. Garrett Photographs, UA 5.101

 

"At midnight, Mr. Bryan and chief members of

the faculty paraded to the stage and witnessed

a floor show put on by various fraternities and sororities; each group’s performance could only last about seven minutes. It all had to be over within an hour. There was a prize given; great refreshments were served in the other rooms.”

Leslie Cheek, Jr.

Oral History Interview on May 11, 1976

 

Professor of Art and Architecture, 1935-1939

Head of Department of Fine Arts, 1938-1939

 

University Archives Oral History Collection, UA 43

 

Cards of admission, 1936

 

Tickets were distributed to students, faculty, staff, and guests of the president at the Wren Building on the evening of the event.

Christmas Activities Papers, UA 165

 

From the Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library at the College of William and Mary. See swem.wm.edu/scrc/ for further information and assistance.

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Taken on January 3, 2012