Guide to the Alice King Garrison (1906-2002) Scrapbook

Collection Title: Alice King Garrison (1906-2002) Scrapbook
Dates: 1924-1928
Identification: 31/6/56
Creator: Garrison, Alice King, 1906-2002
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The materials in the Alice King Garrison scrapbook date between 1924 and 1929 and document her social and academic life at Northwestern University. Included are many newspaper clippings, photographs, dance cards, printed materials, and other memorabilia.
Acquisition Information: This scrapbook was donated to the University Archives by Alice King Garrison on August 23, 1978, as Accession #78-44.
Processing Information: Vanessa L. Smith; January 2000.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Alice Jane King was born November 30, 1906, in Chicago, Illinois. King attended Northwestern University as an undergraduate in the early 1920s. She was an active athlete and club member. King eventually earned a Master's and worked as a teacher.

The King family moved to Wilmette, Illinois during Alice's childhood. She attended New Trier High School in Winnetka, graduating 36th out of a class of 206, on June 20, 1924. While a Senior at New Trier, King was elected to The New Trier (TNT) club, an honorary society representing “the highest all-around distinction a student can attain.” She excelled in athletics throughout her life. This strength was first evidenced in High School, and continued throughout her time at Northwestern University and her professional career. Both parents were graduates of Northwestern University, College of Liberal Arts, her father, Karl David King, in 1899 and her mother, Bessie C. Smith King, in 1900. Her church affiliation was Congregational.

While at Northwestern University King lived in Willard Hall. She was an active member of several Athletic Associations, including the Women's Athletic Association (W.A.A.), in which she was a member from 1924-1928 and served as an Officer and Secretary for the 1925-1926 academic year. She was a member of the Daughter of Neptune Swimming Association, an Honorary Swimming club for Women, where she held the position of President and Presiding Officer in 1927-1928. She was also a member of the Alpha Beta of Theta Sigma Phi, an Honorary Fraternity for Women in Journalism; and Kappa Alpha Theta, a Social Sorority that focused on high scholarship. King was also a member of the Northwestern University Student Congress in 1927 and 1928. She graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Certificate in Physical Education in June, 1928.

In 1927 King participated on the Y.W. and Y.M.C.A. Circus Board, where she also worked with John Plowman in the “Property” position for the Circus. The Circus (held in Patten Gym), was an annual event for Northwestern University, and community, from 1908 to 1950, with proceeds benefiting Northwestern University Settlement, and later the Y.W. and Y.M.C.A., as well as the University's Student Loan Fund. From 1927-1931 King was a camp counselor at Camp Bryon Afon. From 1928-1931 she taught Physical Education at Deerfield Shields High School.

From 1931-1932, King did graduate course work at Northwestern University Graduate School and Teachers College at Columbia University (New York), receiving her MA from Teachers College.

In 1935, King taught at Gardner School in New York City. In that same year she married Eli Welch Garrison, a 1929 graduate of Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina. After the couple's marriage, they moved to Wilmette, Illinois. Their first child, Lester LeRoy, was born August 12, 1939.

King was a teacher throughout her career. One 1946 notation in her records indicates that she was a “Special teacher for crippled children.” She also taught in the Wilmette Public Schools and at New Trier High School. She was a member of the League of Women Voters and the PTA. Her husband, a salesman for Remington Rand, died in 1993.

Alice King Garrison has retired from teaching and currently resides in Sun City, California.

Scope and Content

The materials in the Alice King Garrison scrapbook date between 1924 and 1929 and document her social and academic life at Northwestern University. Included are many newspaper clippings, photographs, dance cards, printed materials, and other memorabilia.

The scrapbook has a purple hard-cover with a gold University Seal inscribed on the front; originally bound with a white leather cord. On the interior cover is a photo of the University, a Northwestern Banner, and University Seal. On the back cover is an unsigned watercolor (possibly done by King) of a pirate ship. The scrapbook style/type was copyrighted 1913 and produced by Inter-Collegiate Press, Kansas City, MO. Inserted in the back of the scrapbook are additional pages of photographs, printed material and memorabilia that appear to have been additions to the original book. These pages are black as opposed to the grey pages of the main book.

King's scrapbook documents her athletic achievements, and the recognition and honors she received, particularly in association with her strength as a swimmer, and as a contributor to the organizations in which she was involved. Also evidenced in her scrapbook is the social climate during her time at Northwestern. Many news articles from the Daily Northwestern give insight to King's popularity, as well as her friendships with other athletes and those active in student life at Northwestern; including the May Queen of 1928, Miss Jane Olson.

Due to its deteriorating condition, the scrapbook was disassembled and treated by the Northwestern University Library Conservation Laboratory in December, 1999. A number of loose items were placed in separate folders; these include materials relating to the Women's Athletic Association (W.A.A.); various publications such as the 1927 Women's Week-End Festival Program, 1928 Commencement Programs; and a purple felt armband with a white “N.” A plastic sleeve holds loose news clippings. In addition, oversized materials (full pages from newspapers, including one issue of Surkuss Solly, the Circus publication) were photocopied, the photocopies placed in a folder with the scrapbook, and the originals (now encapsulated) filed in the University Archives oversize materials drawers.


Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)--Students

Personal Name

Garrison, Alice King, 1906-2002


College students--Illinois--Evanston

Women college students--Illinois--Evanston